Rosalie Zepeda was born and raised in Lompoc and for the past 27 years has been a steadfast figure at LVMC’s Comprehensive Care Center. Rosalie is one of the longest employed Environmental Services Technicians on staff.
“I was working out in the fields, doing hotel work, cleaning houses,” says Rosalie, a 1975 graduate of Lompoc High School. “I wanted to get out of working in the fields. It’s a really hard job.”
Because a friend worked in the department then called “housekeeping,” Rosalie decided to apply. She’s been on staff ever since. She worked a few months at the former hospital site but otherwise has been at the CCC.
“I really like my work,” says the mother of two daughters and one granddaughter. “I like the residents. I like to smile at them.” At the skilled nursing facility, she treats each room as if it is a resident’s home. She knocks each time she asks to enter.
“We have to respect them,” she said. “You get attached to them. It’s like family. The residents are important.”
In 2000, Rosalie was an employee of the quarter. “I’m not a person to switch jobs,” she explains of her longevity. “I like to stay in my job. It’s a good place to work. They take care of you.”