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Medical Chief of Staff

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.

What Do You Do If You Get Sick With The Flu?

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.

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Champion Center Update

While we are going through the process with Cal Mortgage to fund the center's construction, soft demolition of the old hospital has moved forward now that the asbestos and lead abatement have been completed.The contractor is currently salvaging copper and any other salvageable items. Internal walls are being torn down in preparation for the remodeling. We expect this phase to be completed in the next 3 weeks.

Physician of the Year Award - 2012

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Physician of the Year 2012 was awarded to Khawar M. Gul, M.D., of the Lompoc Valley Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Gul is a cardiologist and has been on the Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) medical staff since August 2010.

Dr. Gul completed his medical training at Rawalpindi Medical College. He subsequently completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston Texas. He went on to complete a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases and a fellowship in Cardiac Computed Tomography at the University of California – Los Angeles (Harbor-UCLA Medical Center). He further specializes in being a frequent parking violator.

In his spare time, Dr. Gul likes to spend time with his family, reads and listens to music. He is currently taking flying lessons.

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The ‘Physician of the Year’ is awarded annually; the winner is selected from a list of nominated physicians by a vote of the staff of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Northern Channel Islands Fish

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab and lobster taken from the northern Channel Islands located offshore of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Dangerous levels of the nerve toxin domoic acid have been detected in some of these species and may be present in the other species not yet tested. Domoic acid is a naturally occurring toxin that can cause illness or death in humans.

No cases of human poisoning from domoic acid are known to have occurred in California.

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Happy Holidays

The staff of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center would like to wish the residents of the Lompoc Valley a warm and safe holiday season.

Resident celebrates 102nd birthday

Amid festive balloons, and strawberries and ice cream, longtime Lompoc resident Enrique “Henry” Molina celebrated his 102nd birthday at Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s Comprehensive Care Center, where he has lived since 2003.

Molina was joined by nieces Elisa Kuster and Connie Berroteran, great-niece Michele Heter and kind family friend Sara Rodriguez. The centenarian’s baby brother, 89-year-old Isaias Rios, was in  Marian Extended Care and unable to join the party, but sent Molina’s favorite pan dulce — the Mexican sweet rolls he loves. Isaias says he wants to reach 100 years, as his brother has, according to family members.

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