LVMC Community Update, October 16, 2020

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Dear Lompoc Valley Community:

What happened on this date in history? 1928 - A patent was awarded for the first practical light bulb frosted on the inside. As a practical joke, new employees at General Electric's National Electric Lamp Company were assigned the task of making a practical light bulb frosted on the inside, as it was believed impossible to do. Until new employee, Marvin Pipkin (not to be confused with “Popkin”),was assigned this task - and did it. 1964 – America meets the Beatles for the first time, before 728 exuberant fans (out of 50,000 who requested tickets) on the Ed Sullivan Show. 1987 – Jessica McClure (“Baby Jessica”) the 18-month-old baby is rescued from a 22-foot-deep shaft she had fallen into 58½ hours earlier.

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Dear Lompoc Valley Community:

What happened on this date in history? 1928 - A patent was awarded for the first practical light bulb frosted on the inside. As a practical joke, new employees at General Electric's National Electric Lamp Company were assigned the task of making a practical light bulb frosted on the inside, as it was believed impossible to do. Until new employee, Marvin Pipkin (not to be confused with “Popkin”),was assigned this task - and did it. 1964 – America meets the Beatles for the first time, before 728 exuberant fans (out of 50,000 who requested tickets) on the Ed Sullivan Show. 1987 – Jessica McClure (“Baby Jessica”) the 18-month-old baby is rescued from a 22-foot-deep shaft she had fallen into 58½ hours earlier.

COVID-19 Information

Race Ethnicity

For the State of California, the Races/Ethnicities that have a higher than proportional percentage of Covid deaths are:

  • Latino: 38.9% of population; 48.6% of deaths (24.9% higher than proportional)
  • African American: 6% of population; 7.5% of deaths (25% higher than proportional)
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.3% of population; 0.5% of deaths (67% higher than proportional)

Races/Ethnicities that have a lower than proportional percentage of Covid deaths are:

  • White: 6% of population; 30% of deaths (18% lower than proportional)
  • Asian: 4% of population; 11.7% of deaths (24% lower than proportional)
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 5% of population; 0.3% of deaths (40% lower than proportional)

Positivity Rate

Once again, Positivity Rate is the percent of Covid tests that have a positive result. Based upon the most recent published figures, Positivity Rate ranges from a high of 35.5% for South Dakota, and a low of 0.5% for Maine. California, with a Positivity Rate of 2.6%, is lower/better than 42 of the 50 states. 

County Tier System

  • You will recall that almost three weeks ago Santa Barbara County advanced from the Purple Tier to the Red Tier. The soonest that the County would be eligible to advance further, to the Orange Tier, would be next Tuesday. However, the Public Health Department has indicated that although the County has met the Orange Tier Positivity Rate metric and the Health Equity Metric (see below), it has not met the New Cases Per 100,000 population metric.  Therefore, the earliest that the County can now advance to the Orange Tier is two weeks from next Tuesday.
  • On October 13, the State announced an additional metric that Counties with a population over 100,000 must meet in order to advance to the next tier. It is called the Health Equity Metric. I will not go into detail here, but the purpose of the metric is, “to ensure that the test positivity rates in the County’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods, as defined as being in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts, do not significantly lag behind its overall County test positivity rate.”

Covid Positive Hospitalized Patients

  • Once again, the number of patients hospitalized at hospitals in Santa Barbara County has decreased. As of today, there are 14 hospitalized patients. Of the 14, there is 1 Covid positive patient at LVMC.

Lompoc Health

  • Through the first three quarters of 2020, ending September 30, we have had 59,624 patient visits at the Lompoc Heath medical facilities. These include our North H Center, North Third Center, Oncology Center, and Orthopedic Center (these numbers do not include visits to our Counselors and Sleep Center). The number of visits reduced significantly during the early months of Covid and now are about back to normal. If we extrapolate the number of visits for the entire year of 2020, without adjusting for patient visit reduction due to Covid, it comes to 79,499. That equates to approximately 1.3 patient visits to Lompoc Health for every “man, woman, and child” in the Lompoc Valley, over a one-year period.
  • We are diligently working on enhancements to the patient experience at Lompoc Health, including such things as incoming phone call process, online registration, expediting of patient appointment scheduling, etc. Thank you for your patience as we continuously work to improve.
  • Over the past two years, we have been expanding the Lompoc Health services and physicians/providers to best meet the healthcare needs of Lompoc Valley residents. Shown below are the Lompoc Health specialties we provide, and the number of providers in each specialty:
    • Primary Care - Adult (including Internal Medicine physicians, Family Practice physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners) - 19
    • Pediatrics - 4
    • General Surgery - 4
    • Bariatric Surgery – 1
    • Occupational Medicine – (Included in Primary Care)
    • Orthopedic Surgery (general, sports medicine, spine) - 3
    • Oncology/Hematology - 2
    • Otolaryngology (ENT) – 2
    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – 1
    • Urgent Care – (Included in Primary Care)
    • Counselors – 3
    • TOTAL LOMPOC HEALTH PROVIDERS - 39

Donations 

A huge thank you to the following businesses and individuals who have made donations of Personal Protective Equipment and supplies, food for our healthcare workers, and other acts of kindness.  You are all very much appreciated!! (Bold type means a donation since the last update.) Dr. Connie Chan; Vandenberg Village Lions; Direct Relief; Albertson’s Store #3171--and those individuals who participated with Albertson’s; Northrop Grumman; Southwest Carpenters Union; INTO THE AM CLOTHING LLC-Matt Marchione;  Kathy Milham; Kimberly Todd; Vons Market; Celeste Dugré; Subway; Sleep Center; Doreen Ross; Lompoc Pizza Hut; Superior Home Health; Miguelito Elementary School; Cajun Kitchen; La Purisima Mission Mask Makers; Advanced Performance Physical Therapy; SONOS; Pickle & Peanut Restaurants Inc.; Jordano’s; Lompoc Little Caesar’s Pizza; Victoria Perez; Diana Coronado; Firework Foundation; The Daily Grind; Industrial Eats; Vivid Financial Management; Christine Collier; David Carey DDS; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Sue McIntyre; McDonalds; Hilton Garden Inn; Anita Macias; a collaboration of 18 wineries--Alma Rosa, Ampelos, Chanin, Fiddlehead, Flying Goat, Garcia, Kings Carey, Kita, Longoria, Loring, Pali, Piedrasassi, Sandhi, Santa Barbara Winery, Sea Smoke, Sweetzer, Temperance and Transcendence; CoastHills Credit Union; CenCal Health; Dunn School; American Host; Kateri and Chris Kingsley; Katherine Milham; Sweet Bliss Sugar Scrubs and Co.; Carol Kirkland; Dr. Iris Radler; Donna Bommersbach; Patricia Henry; Nancy Manes; Annamie Lafferty; Marilyn Romine; Courtney & Mitch Barnham; Ida Kreds; Ingrid Kaper; Judy Carpenter; Space X; Lompoc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Santa Barbara Foundation; Lompoc Hospital District Foundation; Lompoc Unified School District; Lompoc YMCA; Floriano’s Mexican Food; Circle K; Keller Williams Realty of Lompoc; Girl Scouts of Lompoc; Arbonne independent distributors; Orcutt Bakery; Northrop Grumman; L3Harris Technologies; Astrotech Corp.; Harbor Freight; Home Depot; Direct Relief; Heath Dental; CHC Dental; Mikowicz Dental; Kimberly Nails; Not Alone Plumbing; Artisan Uprising Winery/Azeo Distillery; Starbuck’s Store 496; Tom’s Burgers; Super Grill; Sign Gypsies Central Coast.

Thank you, Lompoc Valley Community, for your tremendous support of LVMC and our healthcare workers; it means a lot to all of us! 

As always, please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (805) 737-3301.  Until next time, be well and stay safe!

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Steve Popkin

Chief Executive Officer

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Author: Steve Popkin, Chief Executive Officer

Stephen D. “Steve” Popkin became Chief Executive Officer of LVMC in February 2019. Mr. Popkin has more than 32 years of experience in senior health care management, including 18 years in Chief Executive Officer positions.

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