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Community Benefit Programs

St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo share a commitment with others to improve the health of our community. St. John's Hospitals serve all residents of Ventura County, including populations of several federally designated Medically Underserved Areas. We provide a wide range of community benefit programs and services to address significant health needs for our communities as identified in the Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA).

Community benefit programs include financial assistance for those unable to afford medically necessary care; a range of prevention and health improvement programs conducted by the hospitals in conjunction with community partners; and investing in efforts that address social determinants of health. In Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021), St. John's Hospitals provided $39,312,995 in patient financial assistance, unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health improvement services, and other community benefits. 

Programs include:

Community Health Outreach Programs, including St. John's Food Pantry

St. John's Health Ministries Basic Needs Program seeks to alleviate the non-medical barriers to seeking health care by assisting underserved, low-income individuals with food, shelter, and transportation. The program provides groceries, financial counseling, and basic grants for emergency housing, utilities, transportation, and medications. 

The community-based St. John's Food Pantry in Oxnard has provided social and health services to underserved, low-income residents of Ventura County for more than 35 years. In Fiscal Year 2021, The Food Pantry served 6,000 people and distributed 307,000 pounds of groceries.

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St. John's Regional Cancer Center

St. John’s Regional Cancer Center provides comprehensive free bilingual services to cancer patients, families, and caregivers in Ventura County. Services include nurse navigation, nutrition counseling, community education, emotional counseling, support groups, and classes.

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Community Wellness and Education Programs

St. John's offers several prevention and health improvement programs to improve the well-being of community members. Click here to explore the current catalog of classes and events. Programs include:

Senior Wellness Program

The Senior Wellness Program improves the health and wellness of seniors through supportive and safe healthy behavior programs. The program provides supervised and monitored mobility and exercise opportunities, regular blood pressure testing, and early referral and self-management health education to prevent a medical crisis and hospitalization.

Diabetes Education and Support Group

St. John's provides outcomes-based bilingual education and follow-up support to those who are pre-diabetic or diabetic, and their families, so they are empowered to manage their diabetes and avoid unnecessary hospitalization or use of the Emergency Department. St. John's also offers monthly diabetes support groups in English and Spanish that include presentations by physicians.

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