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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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Taxpayers Save with LVMC Bond Refinancing

Thanks to a decision to refinance the Lompoc Healthcare District’s general obligation bonds, district taxpayers are seeing a significant savings on property tax payments.

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors agreed to refinance $31.4 million in bonds, with a projected cost savings of $9 per $100,000 in property tax assessment. The fiscal move will save taxpayers an estimated $6 million over the life of the bonds.

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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.

A dedication from LVMC to ride on Rose Parade Float

CEO Jim Raggio, Chief Nurse Executive Jayne Scalise and Director of the Critical Care Unit Katie Ellis participated Wednesday afternoon in an emotional ceremony in the Honda Room. Mr. Raggio was invited by the American Hospital Association and OneLegacy, an organ and tissue recovery organization, to sign a special dedication for inclusion on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on Jan. 1, 2015. The float is called “The Never-Ending Story” and honors organ and tissue donors, recipients and families. Mr. Raggio's message, thanking donors for their gift of life, is attached to a vial holding a fresh rose, which will join thousands of others on the float. Also at the press conference were the children and grandchildren of donor Stephanie Kazianka, mother of nine and foster mother to 59 children, who died at LVMC in 2011. Mrs. Kazianka gave the gift of her kidneys, corneas and tissue. Her donations are credited with helping about 50 people, including a 63-year-old woman who received one kidney.

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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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A new Director of Medical Records

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce Barbara Frink has been named Health Information Management Director for the Lompoc Healthcare District. Mrs. Frink comes to the district after a distinguished 16-year career at Boulder Community Hospital, where she most recently served as Interim Director of the Health Information Management Department.

As Health Information Management Director at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Mrs. Frink will manage a 15-person department responsible for implementing and maintaining the confidentiality and security of medical record information for the Acute Hospital, Comprehensive Care Center and the Champion Center.

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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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New Fall Lecture Series

The Lompoc Hospital Foundation's annual re-occuring Health Lecture Series is starting back up this fall with some very informative and helpful lecutres. On October 15, our very own Dr. Naishadh Buch, Pharm.D. will be presenting a lecure on pharmacistis increasing role in patient's healthcare. And on November 5th Donna Beal
 will be speaking about Alzheimer's and other related diseases.

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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 .

Frank Signorelli Stepping Down

Over the past four-plus decades, Frank Signorelli has been deeply involved in all of the many changes that have taken place in the Lompoc hospital community. Nearing the end of his 41st year on the board, however, Signorelli, who is the current board president, has decided to move on.  

From the planning and construction of the new hospital building, to the various other projects — such as the Comprehensive Care Center and the recently completed Champion Center — Signorelli has been a member of the five-person board that oversees and manages the district.

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