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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.

This alert is to notify providers of an outbreak of isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis (TB) among Oaxacan persons in the northern region of Santa Barbara County. To date, nine active TB cases have been identified within this community; 5 of the cases have epidemiologic links and the same genetic pattern on their TB isolate, suggesting the same chain of TB transmission. All case-patients are residents of Santa Barbara County, aged 1-79 years old, and all are ethnically Oaxacan (persons from a region in Mexico who often speak Mixteco and do not speak Spanish.) The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has been conducting an ongoing investigation of this outbreak and is asking medical providers within North County to have an increased suspicion for TB in patients from the Oaxacan community who present with TB symptoms, both in children and adults.


Mary Sharp

The first vacancy in 15 years for the Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s board of directors didn’t last very long. In a unanimous vote among the three board members present at Thursday night’s meeting, the board approved longtime Lompoc resident Mary Sharp to fill the seat that became open when Leslie Kelly’s resignation went into effect Nov. 1. Sharp, who is a licensed CPA for Lompoc accounting firm Walker Wilson & Hughen, was one of five applicants to seek the open seat. None of those applicants was present at Thursday’s board meeting. Sharp got the call Thursday night that she had been selected.

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Thanks to a recent — and timely — refinancing, taxpayers in the Lompoc hospital district will save a total of more than $7 million on repayment of bonds that were used to build the new Lompoc Valley Medical Center.