man getting a cardiograph

in Health & Wellness

A diagnosis of heart disease from your physician can cause a myriad of emotions. As you recover from the immediacy of the new medical situation, you may find yourself in emotional turmoil. You may feel scared, alone and confused. You may even feel like a totally different person. But there are ways you can cope with the disease, and most people continue to live healthy, productive lives.

LVMC ER

in LVMC News

This morning at 6:45 am, an unknown individual approached a local physician at Lompoc Valley Medical Center as he was readying to enter the acute hospital at the rear entrance of the building.

The individual assaulted the physician and attempted to rob him. Officers with the Lompoc Police Department responded to the incident, and the suspect is now in custody. Police officers remain at the hospital completing their investigation.

The physician is being treated and evaluated.

Lorraine Jones, MSN, RN

in LVMC News

Lorraine Jones, MSN, RN, has been named the new Administrator of LVMC’s Comprehensive Care Center. Most recently, Lorraine was the Director of the Critical Care and Emergency Departments.

family

in Health & Wellness

Learning – and sharing – information about your own family health history can be one important step toward making healthy changes for your future.

infected lungs

in Health & Wellness

In this winter season, coughs are more prevalent than ever. But knowing what is a cough associated with a typical head cold, and what might be more serious, is important.

Heart Shaped Jam-filled Sandwiches

in Healthy Cooking

The last thing an elementary school teacher wants is a day when students are overloaded on sticky, gooey, chocolate treats. So if you’re a parent or guardian, consider staying away from packaged candy, calorie-laden chocolate treats, and offerings packed full of added sugar and virtually no nutrition on Valentine’s Day.

NHC Lab Window

in LVMC News

The laboratory at Lompoc Health — North H Center is now open for all your full-service laboratory needs. The lab is open from 7 am to 5 pm weekdays. Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins are welcome. 

Call (805) 737-8646 for an appointment.

Please note: If you are a former Sansum HMO patient, you will still receive laboratory services at Pacific Diagnostic Labs.

Shingles

in Health & Wellness

It’s a painful rash disease that many people are at risk of developing – especially as they age. Shingles, also called herpes zoster, can also lead to severe nerve pain called postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN. People can suffer for months or years with PHN.

 Amy McConnaughey

in Staff Spotlight

This year, we are periodically spotlighting employees who volunteer their time and talents to help our community. Amy McConnaughey has been our Financial Analyst for 3 years and 4 months and volunteers as a coach for the San Francisco Junior Giants through the Lompoc Recreation and Parks Department.

Frank Smith, MD

in LVMC News

Lompoc Valley Medical Center extends its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of former local surgeon, Dr. Frank L. Smith, who was killed in the crash of his twin-engine Aztec airplane on Jan. 17.

heart healthy food

in Health & Wellness

Every year, about 735,000 American have a heart attack. Of these, more than a half-million, or 525,000, are experiencing their first heart attack. Additionally, 210,000 people annually have another heart attack, after a previous cardiac event.

Jim Raggio

in LVMC News

A ceremony was held at Lompoc Valley Medical Center Tuesday with members of the medical staff, in honor of retiring Chief Executive Officer Jim Raggio.

man at exam

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.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in the US, and estimates suggest there are more than 3 million American men living with the disease.

man doctor appointment

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.

baby breastfeeding

in Health & Wellness

January is a time of bright beginnings – a new year, a new semester for students, and for Lompoc’s newest members, the joyful early stages of infancy.