LVMC Community Update

Written by Steve Popkin on in LVMC News

This week our CEO update the Lompoc community on the upcoming stay-at-home order, new COVID cases and positivity rate, vaccinations, our retiring board president, Mr. Raymond Down, and much more.

New Board Members being sworn in

Written by Nora Wallace on in LVMC News

A swearing-in ceremony was held Friday at Lompoc Valley Medical Center for two board members. 

Ray Down standing next to his dedication  plaque

Written by Nora Wallace on in LVMC News

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board Room was named Thursday in honor of outgoing Board President Raymond F. Down Jr. Mr. Down served on the Board of Directors for 47 years.

glass of Rompope

Written by LVMC on in Staff Spotlight

We asked some our staff "What is a special or unique December holiday tradition in your family?” Our Outreach Coordinator Karen Ortiz had this to say:

man taking a moment to relax and breath

Written by LVMC on in Health & Wellness

Don't take your lungs for granted. They are essential for life even if you don't think about them. That's why it is crucial to prioritize your lung health. These helpful recommendations can help you breathe easier and keep your lungs healthy.

family

Written by LVMC on in Health & Wellness

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new look for many families celebrating Thanksgiving this year. With health experts suggesting avoidance of large, in-person gatherings, many families will instead celebrate “Zoomsgiving” using the popular video conferencing platform or other social distance means to visit with one another.

Turkey

Written by Lindsey Arevalos, MHA, MS on in Health & Wellness

Though many people complain about the feeling of being “as stuffed as a turkey,” overeating isn’t likely to land you in the Emergency Department on Thanksgiving. It’s more likely you could end up needing medical care for a common accident such as slicing your finger while carving the turkey, or burning your hand while pouring gravy.

LVMC Community Update

Written by Steve Popkin on in LVMC News

This week our CEO updates the Lompoc community about Covid Vaccines, Covid Positive Hospitalized Patients, Tier Status Figures, and this year's Flu Season. 

man doctor appointment

Written by LVMC on in Health & Wellness

In the US, the National Cancer Institute estimates that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. For those of African descent, the number is more startling — 1 in 5 men are projected to develop the disease.

cigarettes

Written by Mark Hadley on in Health & Wellness

Lung cancer comes from many different sources that can trigger a mutation. Some sources come from the environment, such as exposure to Radon. Some sources are byproducts of fossil fuels. Some come from smoking cigars, cigarettes, and second-hand smoke. Knowing your surroundings and keeping your distance from potential carcinogens can help reduce the risk of contracting many different forms of cancer.

woman holding her throat, diagram of reflux

Written by Christopher Taglia, MD, DABS, DABOM on in Health & Wellness

When most people get concerned about their health, they tend to think about their risk of acquiring high blood pressure or diabetes as examples. They may focus on the potential for having a heart attack or stroke. These concerns are appropriate and justified, however, there is likely a disease that is just as common and being overlooked completely. 

LVMC Community Update

Written by Steve Popkin on in LVMC News

This week our CEO updates the Lompoc community about the new Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Lompoc Covid-19 Workgroup, Lompoc Valley Covid Cases, California Covid Mortality Trend, and Covid Positive Hospitalized Patients.

beautifully colored COVID rendering

Written by Christopher Taglia, MD, DABS, DABOM on in Health & Wellness

The COVID-19 global pandemic has been taxing on all of us. By the time of writing this, approximately 10 million Americans have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and 238,000 have lost their lives. And to make matters worse, beyond the immediate health impact of this virus, one cannot ignore the socioeconomic consequences. 7.5 million small businesses have become at-risk for closing, and 22 million Americans have lost their jobs.

physicians holding their signed commitment

Written by LVMC on in LVMC News

Physicians at Lompoc Health North — H Center and Lompoc Health — North Third Center are taking a special pledge to prescribe antibiotics only when it is deemed medically necessary for patients. 

Diabetes

Written by LVMC on in Health & Wellness

Diabetes is a disease of altered insulin secretion and or peripheral resistance that results in hyperglycemia, or abnormally high blood glucose. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common health problem worldwide. In the United States, 8 percent of the population-- or 17.9 million -- people have been diagnosed with DM.  Despite such high numbers, the disease is under-diagnosed and it is estimated that 5.4 million people have undiagnosed diabetes. It is important to learn about diabetes, as it is estimated that 182,000 deaths annually are attributed to diabetes mellitus and its complications.