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St. John’s Regional Medical Center Receives $88,000 grant from the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation

Donation supports labor and delivery modernization project

OXNARD, CA – May 24, 2021 – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a member of Dignity Health, is pleased to be the recipient of a generous grant from the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation. The funds have been designated to purchase GE PandaTM iRes Infant Warmers for the four new labor and delivery rooms expected to open this summer.

Panda Warmer“We are grateful to The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation for this very generous donation,” said Shareen Taylor Bishop, Director of Perinatal Services at SJRMC. “The Panda Warmers keep our tiniest patients safe and regulate the environment during the transition from the womb.”

The new GE Panda iRes warmers provide state-of-the-art features that respond to the needs of the hospital’s youngest patients. The device’s innovative design allows nurses access to the most advanced tools, such as the pulse oximeter and heat sensor. The award-winning Panda Warmer also allows newborns to remain comfortably at their mothers’ bedside while monitoring the baby’s vitals, body temperature, and weight.

“St. John’s Regional Medical Center continues to be appreciative by the incredible support of The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation,” said Darren W. Lee, President and CEO of St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center. “Their contribution to the Labor and Delivery modernization project provides a significant advancement toward the care of our youngest patients.” 

The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation supports organizations that provide services for the health, education, guidance or welfare of children and adolescents in Ventura County, as well as organizations that are engaged in cancer research. Since 2004, The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation has provided funding to SJRMC for the purchase and maintenance of advanced equipment for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Maternity and Birth Center.

[PHOTO: GE PandaTM iRes Infant Warmer]


About St. John’s Healthcare Foundation 
St. John’s Healthcare Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1985 to serve Ventura County by providing philanthropic support for building projects, equipment, patient care services and community programs for St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. The Foundation staff works closely with the Foundation Board of Directors and hospital leadership to oversee a comprehensive fund development program, which incorporates campaign outreach, special events, private Foundation and Corporate Grants, along with individual giving and planned gifts. For more information about supporting St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center, visit

About Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center
St. John’s Regional Medical Center is a 265-bed acute care, award-winning facility. Serving Ventura County for more than one hundred years, St. John’s is the first and only Certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in Ventura County and a recipient of the American Heart Association’s, Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Designated as a STEMI Receiving Center, St. John’s is highly recognized in the community for excellence in cardiac care. Our Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and our Integrated Breast Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. SJRMC houses a comprehensive Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, providing specialized care to the tiniest patients as well as a Beacon Award-Winning Intensive Care Unit. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at

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Monday, May 04, 2015

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