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First Lompoc Baby of 2019 and family

Kalea Ancheta came into the world at 10:43 am on January 1, becoming Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s First Baby of 2019.

Kalea was born to parents Mayra Ancheta, a Registered Nurse at LVMC’s Comprehensive Care Center, and Darrell Ancheta, a maintenance supervisor with Santa Barbara County Housing Authority.

2019 resolutions

This time of year, everyone is gearing up for their New Year’s Resolution. The most popular resolutions generally are weight loss and health-related. People are out signing up for new gym memberships and restocking their pantries with “health foods” that they’ve never eaten before. These New Year’s Resolutions are created with good intentions and the hopes that these changes will help the person be healthier and lose weight.


couple reviewing their hospital bill

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) will comply with a new federal regulation requiring hospitals to make their standard prices publically available on the Internet.

The regulation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is meant to provide patients more information to inform their healthcare decisions and to understand their potential financial liability for services they obtain at the hospital. The regulation also enables consumers to compare charges for similar services at different hospitals.

Odessa with Nurse

Sitting in the Comprehensive Care Center’s activities room, Odessa Gilmore can usually be found with a smile on her face.


Steve Popkin, CEO

In February, Stephen Popkin will take the helm at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. Mr. Popkin replaces retiring CEO Jim Raggio. Prior to arriving, he answers some questions about his life and career.

new Lompoc doctors

Lompoc Valley Medical Center is actively working to increase community access to a stable group of quality physicians. Several new primary-care and specialist physicians have been recruited to come to Lompoc.


Jim Raggio

As I approached retirement at the end of 2018, I attended my last BETA Healthcare Group and District Hospital Leadership Forum board meetings. 

The community should be very proud that Lompoc Valley Medical Center was a founding member of both organizations.

New Foundation Board of Trustee Members

During its annual meeting in late 2018, the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation welcomed a new slate of Foundation Trustees and Executive Board members. The Foundation, a 501c (3) non-profit organization, works with Lompoc Valley Medical Center to enhance the healthcare services in the region, and also the help educated and inform residents of Lompoc about healthcare-related topics.