2019 Corporate Partner Highlight: Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association

The Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) Corporate Partnership Program is an opportunity for businesses across Ventura County to support CMHS in its commitment to creating a stronger, healthier community. 

Throughout the year, CMHS highlights its Corporate Partners on the NewsBites blog.  This month, CMHS is pleased to feature the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association

“We are the safety net for this community in home health and hospice.” – Dr. Lanyard K. Dial, LMVNA President/CEO and Medical Director

The Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association is a community-based non-profit home healthcare agency that supports patients of all ages and conditions in our community, regardless of their ability to pay.

Who helps out when a badly injured car accident victim or stoke patient is discharged from the hospital but still needs nursing care for open wounds or help with medication?

What about cancer patients nearing the end of their lives who want to spend their final days at home with their families?

And how do vulnerable elderly members of the community, including those who lack financial resources, get help with daily tasks at home?

The Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association is a community-based non-profit home healthcare agency that supports patients of all ages and conditions in our community, regardless of their ability to pay. Community Memorial Health System’s longstanding partnership with Livingston dates back to 1970 and is based on a shared, fundamental commitment to providing each patient with the highest quality of care. Together, the two organizations work to ensure patients receive the care they need at home, after or in between hospital stays, for as long as needed.  This successful partnership has continued to grow as the needs of the community have evolved.

This year, CMHS and Livingston are building a new in-patient hospice program at Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Ventura to serve hospice patients who can’t stay at home for medical reasons. Such patients may need care in the hospital to help manage pain, for example, and they may or may not be able to return home.

“General in-patient hospice care allows the patient and family to be surrounded by a hospice family while still in the hospital,” explains Dr. Lanyard K. Dial, a family doctor in Ventura who specializes in geriatric care, palliative care and hospice care and is Livingston’s President/CEO and Medical Director.

“If they can go home, they will. Sometimes they are on oxygen or need too much IV medicine to be able to go home. We also follow the family after their loved one has passed away to offer ongoing bereavement services.”

Livingston is the only non-profit home health care agency in Ventura County and the only non-profit in the community caring for indigent patients. Livingston offers the following services:

Palliative Care: About 15 years ago, Livingston created a palliative home care program for sick patients needing extra support. Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve a person’s quality of life while maintaining their dignity. Palliative care can be provided at the same time as other curative treatment. Dr. Dial and Livingston helped CMHS establish Palliative Care services in 2008 with the goal of improving patient and family participation in decisions regarding treatment options and goals.

Hospice Care: Livingston provides end-of-life care at home or in the hospital for those no longer seeking treatment for a terminal illness.

Personal Caregiver Services: Personal home caregivers can help vulnerable, ill or elderly people with daily tasks like bathing and sorting out medications.

Home Health Services: This can include a wide range of services from physical therapy for a knee or hip replacement patient, to wound care assistance for a recovering accident victim or surgery patient.

Livingston has about 320 staff members including nurses, occupational, speech and physical therapists, wound care specialists, social workers, and home health aides.

If a patient needs or wants any of these services, Livingston’s nursing staff meets the patient and his or her family members at CMH to make arrangements prior to discharge.  Upon discharge from CMH, the  at-home care plan is already in place, helping to ensure a smooth transition and reducing the need for re-admission to the hospital.  Once the patient goes home, Livingston staff are available to assist patients at any time of day or night.

“As a home care service we are available to patients 24 hours a day so if something happens in the middle of the night, rather than go to the emergency room, they can contact us,” says Dr. Dial.

Did you know:

  • Livingston has about 320 staff members including nurses, occupational, speech and physical therapists, wound care specialists, social workers, and home health aides.
  • Livingston also receives patient referrals from the CMHS Centers for Family Health.
  • Home care patients are all ages and have a variety of medical conditions.
  • Livingston was founded in 1947 by a group of civic-minded business and professional people who saw a need to provide home care services for people who are frail, elderly, sick and disabled, versus institutionalizing them. In 1965, Livingston became licensed and certified by Medicare as a home health agency. In 1981, LMVNA affiliated with the Livingston Memorial Foundation to support the mission of subsidized care for the indigent.

For more information on the services offered by the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, please visit http://www.lmvna.org.

If your business is interested in participating in Community Memorial Health System’s Annual Corporate Partnership Program, please contact the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation at 805.667.2881.