Whenever someone needs something at LVMC, Tiffany Mamane quickly becomes the most popular person around. A buyer in the Purchasing Department, Tiffany is responsible for making sure essential items are ordered for hospital use – everything from pens to band-aids and sutures. “They used to call me the go-to girl,” she said. “They came to me for everything. They still do.”
As she explains it, she purchases “all the supplies for a small town hospital,” including Physician Services, the Comprehensive Care Center, and the Hematology-Oncology practice. “It’s really fast-paced,” she said of her job. “”There always something different. I’m always on the go. I’m always multi-tasking.”
Born at Vandenberg Air Force Base when the base still had a hospital, Tiffany is a 1996 graduate of Lompoc High School. She studied to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and also took a course to be a medical assistant while also having her four children.
She started at LVMC in 2008, working as a birth certificate clerk in the Health Information Management department. Her grandmother, Lola Day, worked in Central Supply for many years. When an assistant buyer job became available, she applied, and eventually became the main buyer.
“I like helping everybody, and everybody always comes in here needing help,” she said. “I help get what they need so they can do patient care. I’m kind of what goes on behind the scenes.” At times, she said she’s like a private investigator, trying to figure out who ordered what item when something comes into the warehouse without proper identification or tracking down a vendor for a certain item. Recently, she’s had to determine where to buy a surgical item, because the manufacturing plant is in Puerto Rico and was damaged by the hurricane.
“I like talking to all the people when they come in,” she said. “They’re friendly. Everybody is easy to work with. I like my team.” In her job, she must make sure the quality of the item she orders is high, but that costs are appropriate as well. And, everything must arrive on time.
She is still learning every day, she said. “I like the responsibility that comes with this job,” she said. “I have my routine down. I’m an independent worker.”