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LVMC Names new Controller

Lompoc Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce that Dustin Cheney has accepted the position of Controller.

Cheney, who has been the LVMC Business Office Manager since April 2014, will replace Irene Melton, who is leaving after 17 years with the hospital.

Cheney was hired as a staff accountant for LVMC in 2008. In that job, he was responsible for much of the day-to-day accounting for the hospital and helped produce monthly financial reports for hospital management and the LVMC Board of Directors. He was also involved in budget development and monitoring.

“He worked very closely with Irene, who helped train and mentor him in that role, and also to someday assume the Controller role,” said Chief Financial Officer Bob Baden.
Cheney, who is from Simi Valley, earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University at Northridge.

“I am glad to be a member of the LVMC staff, and am looking forward to the challenges of my new role as Controller,” Cheney said.

The Controller is responsible for managing the day-to-day general accounting functions of the Lompoc Valley Healthcare District, including payroll, accounts payable, purchasing and central services, for the acute hospital, Comprehensive Care Center and The Champion Center.

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Champion Center

Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s Champion Center, the hospital-based voluntary chemical dependency treatment program has been accepting patients for several weeks.

The $20 million Champion Center has 34 acute care medical beds and 30 recovery residence beds. Licensing approval is also due soon for 16 residential beds. The Champion Center is located on South C Street, at the site of LVMC’s original hospital.

There are ADA-compliant beds at every level of care and the center offers a partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient program. There will be acupuncture, yoga and art therapy, among other offerings.
Though the “Heroes Program” for first responders and military is a major part of the center’s mission, anyone age 18 and older may seek treatment there. In the future, there will be a focus on treatment for PTSD and chronic pain.

The Champion Center Administrator is Steve Collier, RN.

United HealthCare Coverage Now Accepted at Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Lompoc Valley Medical Center has reached a provider agreement with United HealthCare effective Nov. 1, 2014. The agreement will allow patients covered by United HealthCare plans to obtain medical services provided at Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

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LVMC Now Offers MyHealth Patient Portal

Lompoc Valley Medical Center is now offering MyHealth Patient Portal, an online tool allowing patients the flexibility of accessing health information and other resources from virtually anywhere.

Patients ages 18 and older may use the free portal, at Lompocvmc.com/myhealth, to see their personal visit history and discharge information; review lab and radiology results; see medical allergies; get lists of prescription medications and view any other personal information via a secure online system.

Patients entering Lompoc Valley Medical Center can sign up for their personal account at the time of registration. It is important that patients provide their personal email address to complete the Patient Portal registration process.

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Statewide Disaster Drill

Staff at Lompoc Valley Medical Center took part in the statewide Medical Health Exercise today, with the scenario of an incoming patient with suspected Ebola virus. To further test the staff response and training, LVMC had one suspected Ebola patient arrive at 6 a.m. and a second at 8 a.m., both presenting as health care workers recently returned from Liberia, and both experiencing extreme symptoms of Ebola exposure. Thank you to staff, patients and others for their help with this effort and their understanding as the drill was conducted throughout the entire morning .