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St. John’s Regional Medical Center to Host Third Annual Cardiac Symposium

Free educational event will feature renowned heart and stroke specialists, cath lab and biplane tours, and share the latest trends in cardiac and stroke technology

OXNARD, CA – (January 27, 2020) – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a Dignity Health hospital, is pleased to host the 3nd Annual Cardiac Symposium: Heart Disease Meets Stroke. Community members are invited to meet the region’s top cardiac and stroke specialists and learn about advances in cardiac and stroke care.

This heart and stroke event will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Healing Garden and Conference Center, located on the lower level of St. John’s Regional Medical Center campus (1600 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard).

The event will feature:

  • Informational presentations by St. John’s cardiac and neuro expert physicians:
    • Heidar Arjomand-Fard, MD – Medical Director of Structural Heart Disease Interventions
    • Megan Mescher-Cox, DO – Internal Medicine
    • Mani Nezhad, MD – Medical Director of Stroke Program at St. John’s Hospitals
    • Akinwunmi Oni-Orisan, MD – Director of the Neurointerventional Program at St. John’s Regional Medical Center
    • Richard Rothschild, MD – Medical Director of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital’s Catheterization Lab
  • Cardiac catheterization lab and Biplane suite tours
  • Blood pressure and bone density screenings
  • Healthy Cooking Demonstration
  • Zumba Gold
  • Yoga
  • Physical Therapy Stretches
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Giveaways and health education

St. John’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. The cardiac program was recently honored with the 2019 Five-Star Coronary Intervention Excellence Award and the 2019 America’s 100 Best Coronary Intervention™ by Healthgrades. St. John’s certified primary stroke center provides the latest in cardiac diagnostic procedures and world-class clinical research trials. The comprehensive cardiac program features: emergency heart care, various treatments for heart disease including non-invasive cardiology services, surgical heart and vascular interventions, electrophysiology treatments, beating heart surgery, minimally invasive valve repair/replacement, and a dedicated outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program.

The stroke program was also recently honored with the 2019 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards for the third consecutive year, and earned a spot on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The comprehensive stroke program features: immediate access to stroke care neurologists within minutes of arrival in our emergency department, a dedicated team composed of stroke neurologist, neurosurgeons, neurointerventionalists, neurocritical care specialists, neuroradiologists, anesthesiologists, and stroke nurse practitioners, an acute stroke team, quick turnaround times for CT scans and lab results to improve timeliness of treatment.

Reservations for the symposium are required as seating is limited, please call (877) 753-6248. For more information, please visit


About Dignity Health - St. John’s Regional Medical Center:
St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard is a recipient of the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence (2012-2015) and is rated among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for five consecutive years. St. John’s Regional Medical Center’s cardiac program offers effective treatment for heart disease as a STEMI Receiving Center, world-class clinical research trials, a certified primary stroke center, and recently became the first hospital in California to offer the world’s smallest leadless pacemaker for patients with bradycardia – slow heart rate. In addition, St. John’s was the first and only hospital in Ventura County to perform cryoablation, an innovative procedure to treat atrial fibrillation – a common heart rhythm disorder. St. John’s Cancer Program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and offers a lung cancer program recognized as the only Center of Excellence in Ventura County. The 16-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. John’s provides family centered care for newborns requiring highly specialized attention. Learn more about other classes, events and support groups at

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Monday, January 27, 2020