Oralia Arriaga, EVS

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Oralia Arriaga has spent almost three decades in one of the most vitally important jobs at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. But many people will never meet her, nor will they ever comprehend the full scope of her job.

Safety Officer, Edwin Braxton

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Healthcare Security and Safety Week celebrates the role of healthcare security and safety professionals in serving healthcare facilities, personnel, patients and visitors.

The theme for Healthcare Security and Safety Week 2017 is "Fostering Safe Healthcare Environments."

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Erica Sanchez is relatively new to the Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) staff, but as a Quality Improvement RN, she’s known by many of the staff. For the past few weeks, Erica has been staffing both flu clinics and a “roving cart” to provide flu shots to all LVMC staff.

Art Baumach

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Art Baumach had a very busy professional career, rising in the corporate ranks o the aerospace industry and traveling all over the world. When he retired, he suddenly had free time. “I didn’t want to sit around doing nothing when I retired,” he said. “I like to help people.”

Manuel Medina

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Manuel Medina spent 10 years in the U.S. Army and 12 years in the military Reserves. Now, he spends at least once a week visiting military veterans who are residents of Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Comprehensive Care Center.

Kirsten Ball

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For 17 years, Kirsten Ball worked in banking and investments, rising through the corporate world of First Valley Bank, Montecito Bank and Trust and AG Edwards Investments. She was a teller and later operations manager and loved her work. But all those years, she longed to become a nurse.

Dr. Michael Ashnin

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Dr. Michael Ashnin is the son of a nurse. His late wife was a nurse. He is the father of a nurse. And as he put himself through medical school, he too was a nurse. In his family are many medical professionals – nurses, doctors, and dentists. He was born and raised in the medical world. The native of Latvia – a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia – earned his medical degree from the Latvian Medical Academy.

Amy Misner

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A year after graduating Lompoc High School, Amy Misner was working in the LVMC cafeteria, serving meals and staffing the cash register.

She met her future husband that way, and also found a career. One day while working at the register, a coworker stopped by and mentioned she was leaving her job as a hospital phlebotomist and asked Amy whether she’d be interested in applying for the position.

Dr. Hossam Gamal, PharmD - Pharmacy Director

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I might seem born to become Director of Pharmacy at LVMC – my grandfather, father, brother, and sister are pharmacists. The native of Cairo, Egypt, grew up following my father Amer Gamal Amer to work at the family’s pharmacy, learning about the ways of medicine. Then one day while exploring around the shop, I found an ornate diploma for my grandfather’s degree of pharmacy – and learned that my own father had once explored around my own father’s pharmacy as a youngster. 

Vince Moya, CCU Monitor Tech

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As he sits in the central nursing hub of Lompoc Valley Medical Center's (LVMC) Critical Care Unit (CCU), the hands of Telemetry Technician Vince Moya never stop moving. Moya is seated between two computer screens, each listing names of patients and critical medical information such as cardiac rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen saturation level and more.

Staff Educator, Melinda DeHoyos

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In-service days, staff development and better orientation training for new nurses are some of the ways LVMC’s new nurse educator is making an impact. I'm Melinda DeHoyos, and my 20-hour a week position combines my clinical background with a desire to teach and expand the education of the nursing staff. I keep nurses up-to-date with the most relevant Evidence-Based Practice information – in order to provide safe, effective care.

Summer Janklow

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When presented with the blank canvas of designing the interior of the newly constructed Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Summer Janklow saw it as an opportunity to repay all the gifts she’d been given in her life.