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death cap mushrooms

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging local residents to be aware of the dangers of ingesting wild mushrooms.

elderly woman and her daughter

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

  • Hosted by Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Family Caregiver Support Network
  • Date: January 17, 2019
  • Speaker: Donna Beal, MPH, MCHES
  • Time: 9 am - 11 am
  • Location: 1515 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc
  • RSVP required: Call 1-800-272-3900 to pre-register.

Lompoc Health - North H Center

Lompoc Valley Medical Center would like to introduce you to Lompoc Health - North H Center. The building formerly owned by Sansum Clinic, at 1225 North H St., is now open with the same amazing group of healthcare staff and providers patients have been used to for more than a decade.

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.