Kate Griffith

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At first, Kate Griffith didn’t think anything of a small flesh-colored growth on her bicep. It had regular edges and was symmetrical – showing none of the typical indicators of potential skin cancer. In November, the proprietor of Flying Goat Cellars in Lompoc went to see her primary care physician, Dr. Carl Schlosser. The mark on her arm had recently grown in size, and she was quickly referred to surgeon Dr. Bandhit Sinkaset for the removal of the growth, which was diagnosed as melanoma.

Mary Hennessy

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Lompoc resident Mary Hennessy has been a patient at Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital for various illnesses and procedures. She’s had a CT scan in diagnostic imaging and had her blood drawn at the laboratory, and gives high marks to both departments for her treatment.

Bev Chandler Walter

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Bev Chandler Walter has the kind of life that seems perfect for Hollywood. And that’s the way it was for many years, as she acted in westerns and performed alongside the famed trick rider Montie Montana. She gained fame for taking her solo pilot flight after just less than seven hours of instruction and emphatically calls herself a “cowboy” rather than a cowgirl, because “cowboying” is her profession.

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A special thank you to Brittanii Hodges, who took time to offer up a public thank you on social media to the caring nurses of Lompoc Valley Medical Center Critical Care Unit. Brittani’s daughter, Ava, turned 7 on Sunday and was treated to a rousing celebration from nursing staff and Dr. Cindy Blifeld. Brittanii had been in the CCU with Ava’s newborn sister, Zoe, since last week and had worried about not being able to gather presents for her oldest daughter.

Barlow Baby, BornAtLVMC

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Three decades ago, Dolores Garcia Barlow was born at the old Lompoc Hospital. Her arrival signaled the 3rd generation of her family to call themselves Lompoc natives, going back in years to the birth of her grandfather, Rodrigo DeLira, in 1936. Now, Dolores and her husband Philip have welcomed the newest Lompoc native in their family – Isaac Jackson Barlow.