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Staff at Lompoc Valley Medical Center took part in the statewide Medical Health Exercise today, with the scenario of an incoming patient with suspected Ebola virus. To further test the staff response and training, LVMC had one suspected Ebola patient arrive at 6 a.m. and a second at 8 a.m., both presenting as health care workers recently returned from Liberia, and both experiencing extreme symptoms of Ebola exposure. Thank you to staff, patients and others for their help with this effort and their understanding as the drill was conducted throughout the entire morning .

Thanks to a decision to refinance the Lompoc Healthcare District’s general obligation bonds, district taxpayers are seeing a significant savings on property tax payments.

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors agreed to refinance $31.4 million in bonds, with a projected cost savings of $9 per $100,000 in property tax assessment. The fiscal move will save taxpayers an estimated $6 million over the life of the bonds.


Over the past four-plus decades, Frank Signorelli has been deeply involved in all of the many changes that have taken place in the Lompoc hospital community. Nearing the end of his 41st year on the board, however, Signorelli, who is the current board president, has decided to move on.  

From the planning and construction of the new hospital building, to the various other projects — such as the Comprehensive Care Center and the recently completed Champion Center — Signorelli has been a member of the five-person board that oversees and manages the district.

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Dr. Tomas Machin, with his birds

During the day, LVMC pathologist Dr. Tomas Machin spends much of his time peering into a microscope, identifying diseases by studying cells and tissues or looking for abnormalities in tissue. It’s largely a quiet, studious endeavor.


Dr. Donna Walker, MD

Dr. Donna Walker sought for years to have a radiation treatment center established in Lompoc, to assist in the treatment of her more than 800 oncology patients. Now, through a strategic partnership with Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Dr. Walker will begin practicing in the new building under construction by Lompoc Radiation Oncology, a branch of Coastal Radiation Oncology, on East Ocean Avenue, adjacent to her current office.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer has declared a pertussis epidemic and is urging the healthcare community to protect young infants who are most vulnerable to complications and death from pertussis. As of June 24, 2014, 4,558 pertussis cases had been reported to CDPH, more than the number reported in all of 2013. Locally, there have been 21 cases of pertussis since January, 2014 with 7 of these cases reported in June. There are three additional cases currently under investigation.


Rahim Raoufi

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 1:30pm in the Ocean's Seven Cafe

Find out what you can do to lower your risk or Colorectal Cancer.

Dr. Rahim Raoufi, a board certified gastroenterologist, will be the featured speaker and will answer questions on colorectal cancer at the presentation. Plan to attend this informative seminar to learn more about this preventable and curable disease when detected early.

Are You at High Risk for Serious Illness from Flu?

If you are at high risk, flu vaccination is especially important to decrease your chances of severe flu-related illness. Get your flu vaccine now.

Influenza, commonly called the "flu," is a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.