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It's flu season again and your friends at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center have recommended a few simply things that you can do to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Keep your hands out of your mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Use disinfectant cleaner to clean commonly used surfaces in your home.
  • Be sure to get the seasonal flu shot each year.


“FreeNet” is a hospitality service we provide as a no cost internet for visitor and patients.  The carrier, as of today stopped providing service in this area and the circuit is now dead.  So, please let all patients and visitors know (that ask) that LVMC no longer provides internet services.  I am not sure if it will be possible to replace with another service in the near future.  Generally these service startups take a few months.


We would like to introduce our new Medical Chief of Staff, Randall Michel, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Randall Michel graduated in 1971 from Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC; where he also completed his internship/residency in 1977. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He then became a member of our medical staff on April 26, 1979.


Thanks to a recent — and timely — refinancing, taxpayers in the Lompoc hospital district will save a total of more than $7 million on repayment of bonds that were used to build the new Lompoc Valley Medical Center.


This is the time of the year when people can get sick with the flu and respiratory illness. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. This gives your body a chance to heal more quickly, and also reduces the risk of spreading the flu to other people.

If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are very sick or worried about your illness, first contact your health care provider (doctor, physician’s assistant, etc.) or your local urgent care center. The Emergency Room should not be used for routine medical care.