diagram of Cholesterol in arteries

in Health & Wellness

Cholesterol can be confusing. You may hear your primary care physician talk to you about your “cholesterol numbers,” but what do they really mean? And do you know that the foods you eat can change your levels? The Centers for Disease Control wants to make sure you know the difference between myth and facts when it concerns cholesterol. It’s important to commit to getting your cholesterol checked annually, so you can learn more about your risks of heart disease and stroke.

electrical lines

in Advisories

Power outages can occur for a variety of reasons – including earthquakes, floods, wildfires or a Public Safety Power Shut-off, or PSPS.

Adrianna Rojas

in Staff Spotlight

Adrianna Rojas is the Support Coordinator for LVMC’s Family Caregiver Support Network. She was hired in August 2017. The Family Caregiver Support Network (FCSN) is a resource center for Lompoc residents to access education, referrals and supportive services to aid in the delivery of care for their loved ones. 

doctor examining patients skin

in Health & Wellness

Skin cancer is a malignant tumor from cells of the skin. More than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with it every year, making it one of the most common forms of cancer diagnosed in the U.S.

Cara Sims

in Staff Spotlight

Cara Sims is a Clinical Laboratory Assistant at the acute hospital. She was hired in April 1995.

mother feeding her baby food

in Health & Wellness

As the 6-month mark approaches, many moms have questions about how to balance starting solid foods while maintaining their breastfeeding relationship. It’s important to note that although your baby’s intake is going to start expanding to a variety of table foods, your breast milk remains a very important component of their diet during the first year and beyond.

woman checking her blood sugar

in Health & Wellness

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and people are at higher risk if they are African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American/Pacific Islanders. 

Tonya Shultz, Ph.D.

in Patient Stories

The small lump on my right elbow turned out to be a liposarcoma of the right triceps, and it needed to be gone.

Thomas J. Morales

in Staff Spotlight

Thomas J. Morales is a Plant Operations Assistant at LVMC, responsible for pickups of waste such as routine trash, but also biohazards and pharmaceuticals. He was hired in July 2010.

Lompoc Hospital

in Patient Stories

Apprehension, dread, nervousness, fear, caution, uncomfortable, and worry. These are all too common feelings and emotions among patients entering into their local public hospital. With each entry, there is a long shadowed storyline unknown to the passerby or the receptionist at the desk, logging one of many patients for the day. For some, the entire experience can feel unnatural, clinical, and downright impersonal and, at times, even cold. Such a scenario did not greet me on a cool Wednesday morning at the Lompoc Hospital.

father playing with kids

in Health & Wellness

Being overweight and the reason for it is not as simple as we once thought, it is a lifelong challenge many people face. Weight loss surgery, or Bariatric Surgery, can give someone the tools needed to begin to change their life for the better. A person with severe obesity is at a significantly higher risk of early death, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Weight loss surgery may be the answer a person needs to change their quality of life. 

doctor examining patient's eye

in Health & Wellness

As people say, “The eyes are the window to our soul.” However, what happens when that window looks a little aged or tired appearing?

Patti Field

in Staff Spotlight

Registered Nurse Patti Field has been with LVMC since September 1989 and was hired by former Nursing Director Martha Hicks. She is a Perioperative nurse and Charge Nurse for the post-anesthesia care unit. She previously worked for two years in the Emergency Department, working the night shift.

fruit and glucometer

in Health & Wellness

Your physician just told you that you have pre-diabetes, and you’re wondering how – or even if – you can reverse that diagnosis.First of all, you need to understand the pre-diabetes. That term means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. But if it is left untreated, it will develop into Type 2 Diabetes.

child covering his ears

in Health & Wellness

Tourette syndrome is a medical condition that may be widely recognized, but there remain many misbeliefs about it. Tourette syndrome is a condition that affects the brain and nerves, causing people to make repeated movements and sounds, also known as motor and vocal tics, that they cannot control.