Buck Sharp

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Will “Buck” Sharp has been a pharmacist at Lompoc Valley Medical Center for nine years. A native of Hollister, CA, he previously owned Valley Rexall pharmacy for 30 years and sold it in 2005.

 Ramon Hernandez

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This year, LVMC is periodically spotlighting its employees who volunteer their time and talents to help our community. Ramon Hernandez has been with us for 8 ½ years and works as a Plant Operations Assistant. He currently volunteers his free time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Jr. Giants Baseball coach.

Pa Nhia Lee

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Pa Nhia Lee is a registered nurse at the Comprehensive Care Center. She earned her RN in 2008 from Allan Hancock College and was hired at the CCC 10 years ago. She is the mother of three children, ages 10, 5 and 9 months.

Lennaya Smith, BSN

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Lennaya Smith, BSN, RN is the Nurse Manager at Lompoc Health — North H Center. Previously she worked for Sansum Clinic and then transitioned to Lompoc Health on January 3.

Brenda Damasco, RN receiving her award

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Congratulations to Registered Nurse and Relief Supervisor Brenda Damasco, RN on being named Employee of the Quarter for the Comprehensive Care Center.

Steve Popkin, CEO

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In February, Stephen Popkin will take the helm at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. Mr. Popkin replaces retiring CEO Jim Raggio. Prior to arriving, he answers some questions about his life and career.

Socorro Herrera

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When she first began working for LVMC about 22 years ago, Socorro Herrera was an Environmental Services, or EVS, employee. She spent some time after that working in the Admitting department, under the tutelage of longtime employee Angie Guerra.

Linda McNutt

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Linda McNutt moved to the Lompoc Valley earlier this year and was looking for something to do with her spare time.

Emely Suarez

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Working with Dr. David Cortese at LVMC: Physician Services, Medical Assistant Emely Suarez is getting a first-hand look at the world of orthopedic surgery.

Micheal Grafton

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Environmental Services Floor Technician Micheal Grafton is the kind of worker who enjoys white noise, which is a good thing considering his job.

Rolanda Cordero

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At one point in her life, Rolanda Cordero was headed to a career as an accountant. A chance discussion with a cousin had her switching to learning about becoming an X-Ray technician.

Joe Osegueda

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Joe Osegueda is one of the many people who keep Lompoc Valley Medical Center running – from behind the scenes. A 25-year LVMC employee, Joe is a cook in the Dietary Services Department. He’s one of the dietary staff responsible for preparing patient meals, and he’s also often the person coordinating the preparation of 1,500 meals every month for beneficiaries of Meals on Wheels – a service few people realize is provided by the hospital district.

Karen Probst

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center Case Management Registered Nurse Karen Probst spent much of her adult life raising her children, volunteering and working in youth ministry.

Aaron Poirier

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A knee injury as a high school student athlete was the impetus that led Aaron Poirier to a career in physical therapy.

Paul Fry

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Paul Fry has been a familiar presence for seven years at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, aiding patients in the Emergency Department as a Certified Physician Assistant.