Every one of our patients has a story and an experience worth telling. Below are real patients sharing their stories about thier journign to better health.
Family Welcomes Newest Addition
For the Gonzalez family, the arrival this week of newborn Paul Augustine Gonzalez is lucky #13. Maria and Jose Gonzalez welcomed tiny Paul at 8:33 pm on Tuesday in LVMC’s Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum department, with assistance from OBGYN Dr. Rod Huss.
In the halls of the Comprehensive Care Center, applause and cheers started breaking out as Sheila Holley cruised by with her walker. “Sheila! Look at you!” came the calls and recognition.
On the Right Path With Dr. Cortese
Mary Fahning is no stranger to broken bones and keeping an active lifestyle. A year ago, the Lompoc resident broke her foot and hiked 150 miles with the injury until she could get to a doctor.
Patient Story: Beverly Dean
At the age of 76, Beverly Dean had a clean driving record, without even a fender-bender. But when she was on vacation out-of-state, a rain-slicked road ended her exemplary history.
Patient Story: Shirley Holston
After a disabling stroke, an independent Shirley Holston found herself needing an assisted living environment. After a few locations, she has now settled into the Comprehensive Care Center where one of the residential cats, Mirage, has adopted her and visits regularly.
Patient Story: Larissa Ybarra
Larissa Ybarra’s first experience with childbirth didn’t go exactly as expected. Her little baby boy was due Sept. 10, 2017 and she planned for him to be born in Santa Barbara. But little Lucca had other plans. He arrived Aug. 4 and came in with an exuberant entrance.
Calming Nerves and Easing Fears
Ruth Kline Kane’s new year almost ended as soon as it began. The childcare coordinator for the Lompoc Family YMCA was not feeling well at work early in January and passed out in a restroom.
An Early Delivery For Little Jonah
Jonah Gustilo was just determined to make an early arrival into the world. The second son of Amber and Ben Gustilo was initially due on Dec. 10, and his parents planned for him to be delivered via a scheduled C-Section at Cottage Hospital on Dec. 4. “He decided he didn’t want to wait,” his mother said.
Patient Story: Kate Griffith
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.
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