Concerns that patients and the community will be ignored have sparked a protest at two Ventura County hospitals after a merger involving hospital operator Dignity Health finalized.

The first such protest occurred at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and the second is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard.

Organizers hope to give notice to the new owners of the $28 billion corporation that needs of the community must be a priority.

“Patients, workers and the community need to be reassured that this new corporation is going to look out for them in the future,” said David Aguilar, an employee at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. “It’s all too common for a mega-corporation to squeeze employees and harm patients in the process rather than invest in both of them.”

In December, Dignity Health, which operates St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital at 2309 Antonio Ave. in Camarillo and the Medical Center in Oxnard as well as hospitals and clinics in 22 other states, merged with Colorado’s Catholic Health Initiatives, expanding the corporation’s reach to a 28-state operation with over 159,000 employees nationwide.

The demonstration will take place Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, 1600 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard.