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Ruben Alonzo named Director of Patient Services at Vista del Mar Hospital

January 11, 2022 Posted in: News Release

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2022

VENTURA, Calif. - Ruben Alonzo has been appointed the Director of Patient Services at Vista del Mar Hospital. Located in Ventura, the hospital provides inpatient stabilization treatment for immediate mental health and chemical dependency crises and outpatient programs to address long-term mental health recovery. Vista Del Mar Hospital is also the only psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient services to adolescents in Ventura County.

Alonzo brings over 15 years of social work experience in child welfare, medical, and mental health. "Ruben has partnered with public and private sectors, health organizations, and government agencies. This collaboration with management, treating psychiatrists, and clinical staff will serve him well in... Continue reading →

Vista del Mar Hospital welcomes new directors

January 6, 2022 Posted in: News Release

VENTURA, Calif. – Vista del Mar Hospital welcomes two new directors to its leadership team. Lorena Bucholtz has been appointed the Director of Human Resources, and Deleene Walker is the new Director of Outpatient Services.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lorena and Deleene to the team. They each bring diversified knowledge, expertise, professional experience and will be key players as we rebuild the hospital and grow our outpatient programs," said Dan Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Vista del Mar Hospital. "They are both a natural fit for our Vista family, and I am so pleased to have them on board."

Lorena Bucholtz comes to us from USADebusk, where she worked as the Human Resources Business Partner, supporting cross-functional partners in a multi-state, multi-division... Continue reading →

Austin Muhleka named CFO of Vista del Mar Hospital

May 17, 2021 Posted in: News Release

VENTURA, Calif. – Austin Muhleka has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Vista del Mar Hospital. Located in Ventura, the hospital provides inpatient treatment for stabilization from an immediate mental health or chemical dependency crisis and outpatient programs to address long-term mental health recovery.

"Austin is a natural fit for Vista del Mar's culture, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our leadership team as we continue to plan for the opportunities ahead of us," said Dan Powell, CEO of Vista del Mar Hospital. "Austin has been working with our sister hospital at Aurora Las Encinas, understands our corporate structure and is committed to our mission of providing mental health programs and services."

Muhleka brings a broad... Continue reading →

Dr. Timothy Park Named Medical Director

December 22, 2020 Posted in: News Release

For Immediate Release: December 22, 2020

VENTURA, Calif. – Timothy Park, D.O., has been appointed Medical Director of Vista del Mar Hospital. Located in Ventura, the hospital provides inpatient treatment for stabilization from an immediate mental health or chemical dependency crisis and outpatient programs to address long-term mental health recovery.

“I'm very excited and humbled to be joining the team at Vista del Mar,” said Park. “It was because of my experience at this hospital as a medical student that I ultimately became a psychiatrist. Working with Dr. Ruths, Dr. Sager and Dr. Reyes was fantastic, and now, to return to Vista del Mar as a staff psychiatrist and medical director is truly an honor.”

After attending medical school at Western... Continue reading →

Vista del Mar Hospital names new CEO

December 7, 2020 Posted in: News Release

For Immediate Release: Dec. 7, 2020

Contact: Jeanette Villanueva, jeanette.villanueva@aurorabehavioral.com, (805) 846-9060

VENTURA, Calif. – Daniel Powell, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, has been named Vista del Mar Hospital’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Powell brings 18 years of healthcare leadership, most recently serving as the Mental Health Operations Leader for Ventura County Medical Center’s (VCMC) Psychiatric Programs.

“I’m delighted and honored to join the Vista Del Mar team to carry on the tradition of exceptional patient care for the citizens of our county, “said Powell. “I look forward to... Continue reading →

Vista del Mar Hospital presents a countywide suicide prevention initiative to spread awareness and save lives

August 28, 2020 Posted in: News Release

For Immediate Release: August, 28 2020

Contact: Jeanette Villanueva, Director of Business Development
Cell: (805) 846-9060 / Email

VENTURA, Calif. – During September’s National Suicide Prevention Month, Vista del Mar Hospital is presenting a countywide initiative to provide awareness and ultimately save lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state. In California 4,491 died by suicide in 2018, including 94 people in Ventura County alone. This reflects a total of 84,137 years of potential life lost before age 65. On a national level, suicide is the second leading cause of... Continue reading →

Vista del Mar Hospital partners with CSU Channel Islands to provide COVID-19 screenings

April 2, 2020 Posted in: News Release

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2020

VENTURA, Calif. – Vista del Mar Hospital has partnered with the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Nursing Department to provide Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings to all hospital visitors and staff.

“We are thrilled to have student nurses helping the hospital to ensure that all individuals coming to our campus are screened following the CDC-recommended screening process,” said Jenifer Nyhuis, Vista del Mar’s CEO. “This gives us greater peace of mind knowing that we are doing all we can to reduce the risk of exposure to our patients, staff and visitors.” Student nurses are conducting COVID-19 screenings from 7 am to 7 pm of all incoming persons to the hospital. After each student nurse is screened themselves, they then screen... Continue reading →

Jenifer Nyhuis, CEO of Vista del Mar Hospital, receives the Šimanek Distinguished Service Award

December 27, 2019 Posted in: News Release

For Immediate Release: December 27, 2019

Contact: Jeanette Villanueva, Director of Business Development, (805) 746-1411, Email

During the devastating Thomas Fire, which destroyed much of the hospital campus, Nyhuis took early action to evacuate patients.

VENTURA, Calif. – Jenifer Nyhuis, CEO of Vista del Mar Hospital in Ventura, has received the 2019 Šimanek Distinguished Service Award from the California Hospital Association Center for Behavioral Health. The award, named after its first recipient attorney Joe Šimanek, recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in the behavioral health setting.

Nyhuis was just six months into her tenure as CEO... Continue reading →