ccc staff in front of Comprehensive Care Center

in LVMC News

About a dozen Comprehensive Care Center employees have a funny nickname for themselves: Boomerangs. It’s not because of some affinity for the rotating hunting tool often associated with Australia. Instead, It’s a term of endearment, bestowed upon the staff who have worked for months or years at the CCC skilled nursing facility and left for some time before being lured back. They came back for a number of reasons — better hours, closer to family, career advancement. But one reason unites them all: they simply love working at the CCC.

nurses rounding patient beds

in LVMC News

On weekdays at LVMC, a small cluster of key staff responsible for patient care walk into every patient’s room in the Medical Surgical, Critical Care and at times the Alternative Birthing units.

Led by each patient’s primary nurse, the group circles the patient’s bed with a specific purpose. This effort is known as Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounding, or SIBR, and has been a practice since last October.

staff at VMG

in LVMC News

Last summer, Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) created a partnership with Valley Medical Group (VMG) to purchase the building at 136 N. Third St. in order to facilitate the formation of a hospital- based clinic on the property.

But not more than 56 years ago, three physicians united together to form the VMG partnership with the purpose of conducting “the practice of medicine and surgery” in Lompoc.

The partnership, formed Jan. 1, 1961, was between Drs. William Gausman Jr., Eldon Elam and James Warrick. Eventually, their practice became known as Valley Medical Group of Lompoc Inc., or VMG. Later, Drs. Barry Coughlin and Edward Wallace joined the group.

Staff Educator, Melinda DeHoyos

in Staff Spotlight

In-service days, staff development and better orientation training for new nurses are some of the ways LVMC’s new nurse educator is making an impact. I'm Melinda DeHoyos, and my 20-hour a week position combines my clinical background with a desire to teach and expand the education of the nursing staff. I keep nurses up-to-date with the most relevant Evidence-Based Practice information – in order to provide safe, effective care.

CCC residents visiting with a happy puppy

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Every month at LVMC’s Comprehensive Care Center, a group of volunteers brings visitors to see patients and residents. But the visitors are not human. This group belongs to “Love on a Leash,” a charitable organization based in San Diego that has more than 2,000 members around the nation.

Coronary Artery Disease Model

in Health & Wellness

In the U.S., more than 250,000 women die each year from ischemic heart disease (IHD). Current projections indicate that this will increase with our aging population and epidemics of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes mellitus.

Lindsey Arevalos, Prime Coordinator

in LVMC News

Cardiovascular disease, or a range of conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels, can lead to heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Every year, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack – and of those, 525,000 are experiencing the condition for the first time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 614,000 people dying annually. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, with an average of one American dying every four minutes from stroke.

Staff of Imaging Center

in LVMC News

A new device in LVMC’s Diagnostic Imaging Department offers patients access to three-dimensional imaging technology for mammograms. The GE SenoClaire breast tomosynthesis machine provides improved accuracy in finding the shape, size, and location of any irregularities in the breast.

Using low-dose, short X-ray sweeps around a compressed breast with only nine exposures, the FDA- approved technology uses a special method that removes motion from the imaging tube, helping to reduce blur and increase image sharpness.

Dr Ente giving his lecture at USCF

in LVMC News

Lompoc neurologist Dr. Philip Ente was invited this month to conduct Memory and Aging Center Grand Rounds at the University of California at San Francisco’s School of Medicine.

The school, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians, invited Dr. Ente as its first speaker of 2017.

Jim Raggio, CEO

in LVMC News

LVMC’s Vision Statement reads: “Lompoc Valley Medical Center, in collaboration with physicians, caregivers, and the community, is recognized as a leader in a coordinated healthcare delivery system through the provision of superior quality services in a healing environment. We plan for and act to produce an ever-improving healthy future for those whom we serve.”

in Foundation

More than $12,500 was raised this year for the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation from the 2016 Holiday Home Tour and Tea.

The event, which took place Dec. 11, included self-guided tours of four spectacular homes, as well as a delectable array of culinary treats at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s Ocean’s Seven Café.

Nurses of LVMC's Birthing Center

in LVMC News

Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital was recognized this week by the California Health and Human Services Agency for surpassing a federal goal aimed at reducing Cesarean births for first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies.

Depression and Addiction

in Infographics

Statistics confirm that there’s a definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances. Effective prevention and treatment services exist for these conditions, and improving one’s health and wellness is a key goal.

in Foundation

Lompoc Valley Medical Center and the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation’s Community Education Committee invite the public to a Disaster PrepareAthon on Oct. 22.

The interactive family-friendly event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on LVMC’s main parking lot and lawn at 1515 E. Ocean Ave. “It is time for Lompoc to get prepared and for LVMC to help our community to help themselves with a strong brace of support from our Lompoc Fire Department, Red Cross, Lompoc Police Department, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and many local collaborating agencies,” said LVMC Outreach Coordinator Karen Ortiz.

in Foundation

Some 350 people braved the scorching heat Sept. 25 for the 2nd annual Lompoc Hospital District Foundation Colorthon – and helped raise $20,000 for the nonprofit.

The Colorthon at River Park also attracted more than a dozen vendors and food trucks and kicked off with an energetic Zumba workout by Cynthia Bittle.

The Foundation is in the midst of a $2 million capital campaign to raise funds to renovate Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s skilled nursing and post-acute rehabilitation facility, the Comprehensive Care Center.