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Registered Nurse Sasha Keller has been promoted to the position of Medical/Surgical Department Nursing Director.

Keller, a Lompoc High School graduate, is now responsible for the nursing care of patients in the Medical/Surgical Department, including supporting all aspects of patient care, ensuring staffing levels are adequate for the department’s needs, monitoring nursing practices, ensuring all licensure requirements/credentials/certificates for personnel are valid and current, among other administrative duties.

“I felt like nursing is a profession that really advocates for individuals,” Keller says. “I felt like we were given skills, or obtained skills, that are there to guide and help people to live a better life. In other professions, it’s the same, but it was a calling to me. I feel so fortunate. It was a gift to find my calling, my passion.”

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Linual A. White Jr attended his first meeting December 18 as the newest member of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors.

White ran unopposed in the November election for a four-year term on the board. Board President Frank Signorelli retired this year after 41 years on the board.

During the board meeting, longtime member Ray Down was unanimously approved to serve as President of the board. Roger McConnell was unanimously approved as secretary.

White, a native of El Centro, served as the Fire Chief of the Lompoc Fire Department from July 2002 until his retirement in December 2009. This is his first elective office.

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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.

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DenMat the Lompoc manufacturer of PeriOptix Loupes and the Flashlite LED curing light – today presented a $6,000 check to the Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

LVMC Chief Operations Officer Naishadh Buch and Director of Diagnostic Imaging Tim Stout attended the ceremony at DenMat Headquarters to accept the donation on behalf of the Lompoc Hospital Foundation.

The check represents a portion of DenMat’s October sales from the annual American Dental Association meeting in San Antonio, TX, as well as a portion of sales from the special pink-themed loupes and curing lights released in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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.

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