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Alice Iwai

Alice Iwai worked as an operating room nurse for more than 25 years at the former Lompoc Hospital site. Though she retired in 1993, Alice is still at Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

Cannabis While Breastfeeding

California law allows adults 21 and older to use, carry and grow cannabis, although federal law prohibits its use. As of Jan. 1, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act details where California residents can use cannabis, how much can be possessed per individual and the penalties for illegal use.

couple making a healthcare decision

It’s something most of us would prefer not to think about. We seem to plan so many aspects of our lives, yet when it comes to health care decision making and end-of-life decisions, we would rather avoid the issue. Few people take a proactive approach to their medical decision-making -- perhaps because getting sick is a fear for many of us, and ignoring such a thought makes it feel less likely to happen. Whatever the reason, as a medical social worker, I find that more patients don’t have an Advanced Directive than do.

Gina Devris

Years ago, Gina Devris took one of those ubiquitous personality/career tests about finding the best profession to suit her personality.
The results came back: doctor, psychiatrist or occupational therapist.

Breastfeeding mother

Did you know that one of the most common reasons given why new mothers discontinue breastfeeding during the first few weeks is due to sore nipples? Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt but the fact is, most mothers will experience some degree of soreness during the early stages of breastfeeding.

Nancy Sparkman

Something clicked for Nancy Sparkman in her second year of working as a registered nurse. At the end of her nursing school at Santa Barbara City College, she realized thatshe had made a good choice for her future. “This is exactly where I’m supposed to be,” she remembers thinking.

Breast Feeding Mother

Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) is now offering an Outpatient Lactation Service available to all breastfeeding mothers. Appointments may be made at Lompoc Valley Medical Center:Hospital, 1515 E. Ocean Ave. The service, by appointment, is available to all breastfeeding mothers, regardless of where the baby was delivered.

CCC Nurse Leadership

Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Comprehensive Care Center has been recognized by the American Health Care Association for meeting key quality initiative goals. The AHCA, in collaboration with the National Center for Assisted Living, aims to improve the lives of those receiving long-term or post-acute care. The AHCA Quality Initiative is a national, multi-year effort to improve quality of care in long-term and post-acute care centers.