Urgent Hospital Updates

Vista Del Mar Hospital Plans to Rebuild After Devastating Fire

The hospital staff worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of its patients during the destructive southern California wildfire, and all patients have been successfully transferred to other area hospitals.

VENTURA, Calif. — The Vista Del Mar Behavioral Healthcare Hospital was not immune to the massive wildfire that scorched thousands of acres in Southern California late last year, and it was hit hard during the evening of December 4, through the morning of December 5. It resulted in the destruction of two buildings: the administration building and a 34-bed unit. All inpatient individuals were safely transported to other hospitals. The original hospital will not be abandoned, and the facilities will be rebuilt as soon as possible. Currently, the hospital is working with architects and city and state authorities for the planning requirements.

"We are working with city and state officials on a collaborative to build community support," said Jenifer Nyhuis, CEO of the Vista Del Mar Hospital. "The goal is to pull resources together as a community and get the hospital back up and running as soon as possible."

On the horrifying evening of December 4, at around 11:40 pm, the hospital staff worked fast to evacuate the 70 patients receiving inpatient care. With no time to get the van keys from a building that was in immediate peril, the 25 heroic staff members began transporting patients with their personal vehicles. They were safely transported to the local fairgrounds to take shelter with the Red Cross for the night. On December 5, all patients were placed in other hospitals in the area, including Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, Las Encinas Hospital, and Ventura County Medical Center-Psychiatric Unit.

Admissions for outpatient care are now open and will begin at our new location, 801 South Victoria, Suite #303, Ventura, CA, on February 5, 2018. To learn more about adult and adolescent outpatient programming, please call the hospital's main number at  The Vista Del Mar Hospital's main phone line is still operational, and those who need more information or who are interested in helping with the rebuilding collaborative may contact Jetta Zellner, Director of Clinical Services, at 805-653-6434 or visit www.vistadelmarhospital.com.

Inpatient care remains closed at this time. We are excited and anticipating a reopen date in May of 2018.  As we begin the rebuild phase, we are asking our community partners to join us in sharing their mental wellness vision for our community. Please email Jetta Zellner, Director of Clinical Services at Jetta.Zellner@aurorabehavioral.com, for additional information regarding the Community stakeholder meeting. We thank you for your support during this time.

About Vista Del Mar Hospital:

Vista Del Mar Hospital is an acute psychiatric facility situated on 16 acres in Ventura, California. Providing the best in mental health care, the hospital has earned the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation. Vista Del Mar Hospital offers specialized programs for adult inpatient and adolescent inpatient care, detox and chemical dependency, and a military support program for active duty and veterans. Visit the hospital website at http://www.vistadelmarhospital.com/ to learn more.