National Skilled Nursing Care Week


In recognition of National Skilled Nursing Care Week, we honor the foresight of voters 43 years ago for approving a $1.5 million bond for the construction of what was called the Convalescent Care Center.

Lompoc Hospital District Board of Directors realized a need for more long-term beds in the community and promoted the construction of the 27,435-square-foot facility at 216 N. Third St. It was built on the site of the former Susan Van Clief home and nursing home, which was called the Van Clief Sanitarium and existed in the early 1900s and into the 1920s.

It was completed in August 1975. There were 50 skilled nursing beds; 13 intermediate care beds and 11 board and room care beds. The CCC was staffed with 40 people when it opened and immediately had a 100-person waiting list. Private rooms cost $27 per day and semi-private rooms were $25.

CCC photo archive

The facility is now called the Comprehensive Care Center.

About the Author

Author: Nora Wallace, Public Relations

Nora Wallace was hired as LVMC’s Public Relations Coordinator in October 2014. She previously was employed as a newspaper reporter for 25 years at the Santa Barbara News-Press, primarily covering North County news. At LVMC, Nora is also responsible for the management of the Blue Coat hospital volunteers. She is a graduate of Santa Barbara City College and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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