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in LVMC News

During a special meeting this week, the Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors approved a partnership with Valley Medical Group to purchase the building at 136 N. Third St. in order to facilitate the formation of a hospital-based clinic on the property.

The board also approved the establishment of Professional Service Agreements with Dr. Lisa Ercolini-Bhatia; Dr. William H. Gausman Jr.; Dr. Christopher Lumsdaine; Dr. Brian Taber; Dr. Bandhit Sinkaset and Dr. Rollin Bailey, who will practice at the building now owned by Lompoc Valley Medical Center.  In addition, Dr. Rod Huss also has a Professional Service Agreement with LVMC to practice at that location.

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center is pleased to be an integral part of the new CaringTogetherLompoc public awareness campaign aimed at the thousands of caregivers in our community.

With an estimated 5,000 caregivers in the Lompoc Valley, systems must be in place to support caregiver needs. 

Lindsey Arevalos

in LVMC News

Lindsey Arevalos, a 2007 Lompoc High School graduate, is the project coordinator of LVMC’s Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal program also known as PRIME. The ve-year, multi- million dollar initiative, is part

of the Medicaid 2020 waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on December 30th, 2015.

Norman Skau cooking in CCC kitchen

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As a young boy, Norman Skau grew up around a diverse elderly population at the Solvang Lutheran Home, where his mother Hanne was the on-staff nurse. The home, next door to the onetime Atterdag College, was full of residents who became quasi- grandparents to the youngster, giving him a lifelong appreciation for seniors.

IMERY’S Health and Safety Manager Bruce Coggin LVMC Chief Information Officer Jim White

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IMERYS Minerals California recently granted LVMC a hilltop location to place solar panels to energize data equipment. LVMC placed a four-panel solar station on a section of IMERYS property that is not useable for the company’s mining operations. CEO Jim Raggio thanked the Corporation for its generous donation and said the district “appreciates the positive working relationship” with IMERYS.

“Our strategic relationship with IMERYS has resulted in a huge cost savings for LVMC”

lvmc's breastfeeding support group

in LVMC News

The LVMC board room is a quiet, contemplative meeting place, where decisions of great importance are made for the future of the healthcare district.

But every Friday morning the sound of laughter – and sometimes crying – bursts through the closed door. At those times, a gathering of a dozen or so mothers meets in the room with their babies, as part of the LVMC Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group.

HAWC Students

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For the spring semester, this group of HAWC (Health and Wellness Careers Academy) students from Lompoc High School visited the acute hospital every Friday during the spring for job shadowing in different departments. The students were able to learn about the education required for specific jobs, and to understand the roles and duties of each department, giving them a hands-on view of the medical profession. The students presented LVMC staff with a framed poster of thanks, and individual testimonials to those who helped with the job shadow program.

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During a Special Board meeting today, the Board of Directors of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center voted unanimously to opt-out of the California End of Life Option Act.

The law allows California doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients requesting the drugs to end their lives. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law last year, and June 9 is the implementation date that allows doctors to write the lethal dose prescription legally.

Dr Rahim Raoufi, MD

in Physician Profiles

For many physicians, there is an intensely personal reason they chose their career path.

For Dr. Rahim Raoufi, the reason reaches back into his childhood, growing up in a small, rural area in Iran. There were no doctors there. The residents had difficulty in getting ill people to a medical facility in time.

in LVMC News

At most skilled nursing facilities, there are activities to keep residents happy and occupied. Bingo, armchair travel, movies and the like are tried and true staples.

At the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC), residents have those activities to enjoy, but also much more.

Dr. Michel

in Physician Profiles

Despite having impressive credentials that include being Chief of Otolaryngology at Vandenberg Air Force Base’s hospital and having a private practice for 36 years, Dr. Michel says his newest job has been challenging for him.

As Director of Medical Staff Affairs, he serves as a physician adviser to the district’s administration, as well being a liaison between the medical staff and administration, and from the medical staff to all other departments.

dr ercolini

in Physician Profiles

Dr. Lisa Ercolini-Bhatia’s path toward a medical career began before she was even born. Throughout her childhood, she’d hear her mother sing the praises of the OBGYN who delivered her — a healthy baby girl despite prenatal fears of a traumatic birth. “I was born healthy, and my mom really attributed a lot of it to really good health care,” Dr. Ercolini- Bhatia explains. “That always stayed with me. I felt like I was here because of good health care. So I want to serve the community by trying to give back.” The family physician has done just that.

code stroke team

in LVMC News

With stroke among the leading causes of death on the Central Coast, having the Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation and a specially trained “Code Stroke” team will allow rapid assessment of a patient, ultimately saving lives. Time is particularly critical with the onset of stroke: physicians have a shortened time frame to diagnose and begin treatment in order to improve outcomes for patients.

in LVMC News

Do you want to have a say at Lompoc Valley Medical Center? Now’s your chance. For the first time, LVMC is creating a new venue for community members to help guide the hospital in its efforts to ensure the focus of healthcare is centered on the patient and the family.

The Patient and Family Advisory Council is a group designed to forge a strong partnership between its healthcare professionals and the community.

Seniors practicing Activities of Daily Life

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As part of the renovation of the Comprehensive Care Center, a new Occupational Therapy transitional kitchen was recently installed. Renovations, including a new physical therapy gym and a Skilled Nursing resident dining room, are paid for through a $400,000 Lompoc Hospital Foundation donation.