News Releases & Media Advisories

Making an Impact During National Suicide Prevention Week

September 15, 2020 Posted in: News Release

In early September, mental health advocates and organizations come together to take part in National Suicide Prevention Week. Beginning on September 6th, the week runs through September 12th and encompasses World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. During the week, individuals can learn about suicide prevention measures and work to prevent suicide in their communities.

In the spirit of National Suicide Prevention Week... Continue reading →

Vista del Mar Hospital’s first Medical Director returns

January 28, 2020 Posted in: News Release

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2020 

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

Ventura resident Dr. Richard Deamer returns as medical director after a 22 hiatus

VENTURA, Calif. – Dr. Richard Deamer, Vista del Mar Hospital’s (VDMH) first medical director, has returned to the same position. He was first hired in 1985 and stayed in the position for approximately 13 years. He officially begins as medical director in January 2020.

“I am looking forward to another term as medical director,” said Deamer. “I was very happy, and surprised to be offered the same position I had left about 20 years previous, and... 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 →