Hospitals achieve honors for the third time
St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), which are Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, are proud to announce they have been honored for the third time with Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth. Each campus received the 2018 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) also received the 2018 Greening the OR Recognition Award. These awards are given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector. Both hospitals received the awards in San Diego, CA on May 9, 2018.
Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals have taken many steps to reduce waste while improving the health of our local environment. Our ongoing commitment to expand the health of our local environment is shown by improving utility consumption and expanding multiple environmental programs, such as the co-generation energy, green purchasing, recycling and toxic elimination programs.
"We are proud to have achieved this award after such an intense focus on improving our environmental impact for a number of years. It has truly been a collaborative effort between many different departments, and we are proud that our team has been recognized for these efforts," says George West, Vice President of Mission Integration for the Central Coast Service Area.
Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading membership and network organization in health care, is committed to sustainability principles and practices to protect patient, staff, community and environmental health. These Environmental Excellence awards recognize health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas. Recipients of the 2018 Partner for Change Award must provide current year waste, energy and water data, recycle 10% or more of total waste stream, and share successful sustainability projects. Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals demonstrate this dedication in ways including: reporting gas emissions, improved utility consumption, and expansion of multiple environmental programs, such as the co-generation energy, green purchasing, recycling and toxic elimination programs. Dignity Health Central Coast continues to provide optimized patient care and employee and patient safety, all while minimizing environmental impact.
The Greening the OR Award recognizes the facility demonstrating the most success in reducing the environmental impact of its surgical suites. Operating rooms are large contributors to a health care facility’s environmental footprint, creating opportunity for significant cost savings and sustainability improvements.
Practice Greenhealth’s Partner for Change Award and Greening the OR Award both reinforce the active role SJPVH and SJRMC are committed to sustaining in helping our environment. All Dignity Health facilities share an obligation to supporting the community and the environment. Through current and future sustainability initiatives, Dignity Health continues to measure, manage and report its collective impact on the environment, ensuring the most positive impact possible.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently honored the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme with a national merit award for program excellence. The Club also received $2,500. BGCOP won an award in the Education and Career Development category for its SeaPerch Program.
The award was presented during Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 112th National Conference in San Diego. Merit Awards for Program Excellence, are sponsored by MetLife Foundation and presented annually for outstanding programs developed and implemented to lead youth to great futures at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.
“Every day our staff works hard and is passionate about what they do. This kind of recognition shows us we’re on the right path and encourages us to continue building community partnerships and strengthen them as we provide the right kind of opportunities for our youth,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP.
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips Club staff and members with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. In partnership with the United States Navy, BGCOP members build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides members with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, members will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages members to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. Members learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.
Each year, before the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national conference, hundreds of award entries are submitted in five core program areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation; as well as in the three overall program areas: Best Overall Program by organizational Budget (as it pertains to your Club’s annual budget amount) – less than $500,000 or more than $500,000; Best Overall Participation and Regular Attendance; and Innovations in Safety.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) youth service organization. BGCOP’s mission is “to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential, as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” Services are provided in three freestanding clubhouses in Oxnard and Port Hueneme which include a dedicated Teen Center, 12 public school program sites, one club site in Nyeland Acres, one site at a Squires Public Housing, and the first Boys & Girls Club in a juvenile hall in the State of California. The purpose of BGCOP is to provide social, educational and recreational programs to all youth ages 6-18 years old, with an emphasis on those in underserved areas. Annual member dues is $20.00 however, no one is turned away regardless of ability to pay. Over 10,400 youth and teens are served annually. For more information, to get involved or to donate, please visit www.BGCOP.org.
Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is excited to announce the first annual comedy night fundraiser, Jokes for Jobs, to be held at Levity Live in Oxnard on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Goodwill's Workforce Programs, which provide vocational and educational opportunities to eliminate barriers to employment for community members such as veterans, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, and individuals with a criminal background in need of a second chance. We work to place our clients in jobs out in the community, not just at Goodwill. We believe in the inherent value of work and the concept that people deserve the opportunity to reach their maximum potential and the highest level of self-sufficiency.
Goodwill's Workforce Programs provide case management, career planning, customer service training and testing, paid work experience, job placement, and various workshops on job readiness.
Tickets for Jokes for Jobs start at $25 and can be purchased at levitylive.com or by contacting Alex Renteria at (805) 890-3460. VIP Sponsorships are available for $400 and include a table for four, priority admission, four drinks, an appetizer platter, and your company logo displayed up front during the event in recognition of your generous support. For more information on the event or our programs, please call (805) 981-0130.
Attention all developers! This is the last call to submit proposals to develop
a mix of retail and residential properties in historic downtown Oxnard. The Oxnard Community
Development Commission Successor Agency and the City of Oxnard are inviting developers to
submit proposals for the development of property groupings known as Plaza Park North (Group
C) and Plaza Park South (Group F).
In 2016, the City of Oxnard-- in conjunction with the Congress for the new Urbanism (CNU)
California Chapter - solicited community input regarding transforming the downtown into a
vibrant, pedestrian-friendly area that includes housing, shopping, dining and parking.
The CNU used the public’s feedback to develop the Downtown Oxnard Vision Plan , which
includes surrounding Plaza Park with multi-story, mixed-use buildings, including restaurants,
with active ground floor uses that front the Park; creating a downtown arts hub that connects
restaurants with the arts; creating a plaza at the north end of Plaza Park; and implementing a
parking management plan.
Each proposal should include the following information:
1. A letter of introduction that includes a summary of the developer’s basic qualifications,
experience, and past projects of similar nature and size.
2. Description of the proposed project.
3. Relevant project experience.
4. A brief summary of the developer’s approach and anticipated timing related to planning,
design, approvals, financing, phasing, development, construction and operation.
5. Proposed purchase price for the properties. If a developer is submitting an offer for a group
of properties, the offer should specify the purchase price assigned to each of the parcels that
are part of that group.
Group C (Plaza Park North) contains 17 parcels bordered by West Fourth Street and South “C”
Street, between Plaza Park and South “B” Street, and includes the former Social Security
Building. Two parcels are owned by the Successor Agency; nine are owned by the Oxnard
Parking Authority; four are owned by the City of Oxnard; and two are privately owned.
Note: The city would consider the inclusion of 0.36 acres along North Fifth Street for any
proposed project. North Fifth Street is available for outdoor seating, but it must remain
open for weekly Farmer’s Markets, ongoing public events and other special events at
Group F (Plaza Park South) contains 14 parcels bordered by West Fifth Street and West Sixth
Street, between South “C Street and South “B” Street. Two parcels are owned by the Successor
Agency; four are owned by the Oxnard Parking Authority; three are owned by the City of
Oxnard; and five are privately owned.
All proposals from developers must be submitted no later than 4 p.m., Friday, May 11, to the
Oxnard City Clerk’s office, 300 West Third Street, Oxnard.
For more information about submitting proposals, contact Economic Development Director
Kym Horner at (805) 385-7407, or visit the past Request for Qualifications for Group C and
Group F .