During a brief ceremony today, three new members of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors were sworn into office. Dr. Christopher Lumsdaine, Dr. Elham “Ellie” Novin Baheran and Leslie Kelly, RN, each won four-year terms of office in the November election. The new members join Board President Ray Down and Dr. David McAninch III on the board.

Mr. Down welcomed the new members and thanked them for their interest in serving the community.

“I’m looking forward to the input and new ideas,” Mr. Down said. “We have a great relationship with the existing board and I’m sure we’ll have the same type of quality experience with the new folks. Welcome, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Mrs. Kelly was previously a Lompoc Hospital District Board member from 1998-2013. She previously worked at LVMC for more than 20 years and is now a hospice nurse with Assisted Hospice, serving the Lompoc Community.

Dr. Lumsdaine grew up in the Lompoc Valley and returned to the community in 1998 following completion of medical school and residency training. He is a family practice specialist at LVMC Physician Services.

Dr. Novin is a board-certified internal medicine who moved to the Lompoc area with her family in 2010. Dr. Novin-Baheran has been practicing hospital-based medicine since 2007.

The LVMC board meets at 4:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of each month. The meetings are open to the public, and agendas are posted here.

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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