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Foundation Donates $100,000 for Patient Monitoring System

Written by Nora Wallace on in Foundation

During its annual meeting, the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation presented a $100,000 donation to Lompoc Valley Medical Center toward purchasing a patient monitoring system to be used in the hospital’s operating suite.

During its annual meeting, the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation presented a $100,000 donation to Lompoc Valley Medical Center toward purchasing a patient monitoring system to be used in the hospital’s operating suite.

Chief Executive Officer Steve Popkin accepted the check. The Patient Monitoring System will be used in the surgical area and will sync with the patient monitoring equipment on the patient care floor.

“It will enhance our patient care throughout the hospital,” Popkin said.

The Foundation is in its 31st year.

“These past two years have had much impact on this Foundation – no lectures, no activities, no Flower Valley Golf Classic, no events,” Milligan said. “Last month, we came to life. We sponsored a Colorthon. More than 300 people turned out and were just waiting for us. They were hungry for action. Now we’re ready to go for more action. We’re ready to go.”

The Foundation’s next planned major event is the Flower Valley Golf Classic on May 20, 2022, at the Mission Club in Vandenberg Village.

During the meeting, the Foundation officers were announced.

The officers are:

  • President: Alice Milligan 
  • Vice President: Jim Raggio
  • Treasurer: Gary Williams 
  • Secretary: Christine Fanello

Steve Popkin was elected as a new Foundation Trustee.

Foundation Membership Chairperson Heather Woolsey noted that the non-profit now has 4,157 members. She indicated that the Foundation is also participating in the global “Giving Tuesday” on Nov. 30 to encourage people to give back to their communities in various ways.

Development and Finance Chairman Tyler Perry detailed the fundraising from the Oct. 30 Colorthon 5K at the Mission Club. He noted that the event raised $24,000. He thanked all the sponsors and the Mission Club for its generosity and for providing a spectacular venue.

“Seeing the number of donations, you can just tell the community knows that this is a great organization to support,” Perry said. “I know it’s been a quiet couple of years, but now we move forward from that, and maybe this next year makes up for the last two.”

During the meeting, Milligan also honored Foundation Coordinator Christine Fanello, who is retiring.

Milligan spoke about the coming year and hopes for more fundraising. An annual appeal letter will soon be mailed, with a $100,000 goal toward purchasing a new MRI for Lompoc Valley Medical Center.
“Nothing’s going to stop this Foundation,” she said.

For more information about the Foundation and ways to participate, volunteer, or donate, log onto lhdfoundation.org.

Nora Wallace
Written By Nora Wallace, Public Relations
Nora Wallace was previously employed as a newspaper reporter for 25 years at the Santa Barbara News-Press. At LVMC, Nora is also responsible for the hospital volunteers. She is a graduate of Santa Barbara City College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.