Sitting in a meeting room to plan the next Lompoc Hospital District Foundation fundraiser are a dedicated group of people who have devoted a quarter century to raising money for LVMC and hosting health education lectures for the community. In the past several years, the group has been joined by a young man — Tyler Perry — who wasn’t even alive when the Foundation first came into being almost 26 years ago.
Community Connection: Summer, 2016
Read about LVMC's Breastfeeding Mother's Support Group. Learn about Dr. Raoufi's life-saving new practice. Find out about the exciting new PRIME projects led by Lindsey Arevalos. And discover the lasts news from LVMC.
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Lindsey Arevalos, a 2007 Lompoc High School graduate, is the project coordinator of LVMC’s Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal program also known as PRIME. The ve-year, multi- million dollar initiative, is part
of the Medicaid 2020 waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on December 30th, 2015.
As a young boy, Norman Skau grew up around a diverse elderly population at the Solvang Lutheran Home, where his mother Hanne was the on-staff nurse. The home, next door to the onetime Atterdag College, was full of residents who became quasi- grandparents to the youngster, giving him a lifelong appreciation for seniors.
IMERYS Minerals California recently granted LVMC a hilltop location to place solar panels to energize data equipment. LVMC placed a four-panel solar station on a section of IMERYS property that is not useable for the company’s mining operations. CEO Jim Raggio thanked the Corporation for its generous donation and said the district “appreciates the positive working relationship” with IMERYS.
“Our strategic relationship with IMERYS has resulted in a huge cost savings for LVMC”
The LVMC board room is a quiet, contemplative meeting place, where decisions of great importance are made for the future of the healthcare district.
But every Friday morning the sound of laughter – and sometimes crying – bursts through the closed door. At those times, a gathering of a dozen or so mothers meets in the room with their babies, as part of the LVMC Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group.
For the spring semester, this group of HAWC (Health and Wellness Careers Academy) students from Lompoc High School visited the acute hospital every Friday during the spring for job shadowing in different departments. The students were able to learn about the education required for specific jobs, and to understand the roles and duties of each department, giving them a hands-on view of the medical profession. The students presented LVMC staff with a framed poster of thanks, and individual testimonials to those who helped with the job shadow program.
For many physicians, there is an intensely personal reason they chose their career path.
For Dr. Rahim Raoufi, the reason reaches back into his childhood, growing up in a small, rural area in Iran. There were no doctors there. The residents had difficulty in getting ill people to a medical facility in time.