Aging Population

Written by Donna Beal on in Health & Wellness

As caregivers in the world of dementia, we often feel as if we cannot prepare in advance for the day-to-day activities of caring for our loved one. We are counseled that we need to live in the moment with them. While that is absolutely true, as dementia progresses in our loved one, we need to become better prepared for the healthcare needs of our loved one and become their advocate.

Jackie Melone

Written by Lompoc Valley Medical Center on in Staff Spotlight

A one-time Red Cross volunteer, Jackie Melone was eager to help at the new Lompoc hospital when it opened eight years ago. “I thought it was a wonderful thing to do,” she said. “I like to give back to the community. They needed volunteers. I’ve enjoyed it ever since.”

Gestational Diabetes

Written by Heather Woolsey on in Health & Wellness

Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. This is called hyperglycemia.

Sarah and Sharon Smith

Written by Nora Wallace on in Staff Spotlight

When Sarah Smith was looking for inspiration on a future career path, she didn’t have to search very far. As a high school junior, Sarah spent a night shift shadowing her mother, Sharon, in her job as a Certified Respiratory Therapist at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. That was all it took.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

on in Health & Wellness

As the Thanksgiving table is filled up with dish after dish of delectable delights, why not consider eating something that’s low in fat, high in fiber, has a multitude of vitamins and can be used in everything from soups to salads?

Yvonne Cooper

Written by Nora Wallace on in Staff Spotlight

When the current Lompoc Valley Medical Center was opened, Yvonne Cooper was among those who answered the call for volunteers. She’s been a “Blue Coat” volunteer for about seven years, taking the Wednesday afternoon shift.

Mary Hennessy

Written by Nora Wallace on in Patient Stories

Lompoc resident Mary Hennessy has been a patient at Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital for various illnesses and procedures. She’s had a CT scan in diagnostic imaging and had her blood drawn at the laboratory, and gives high marks to both departments for her treatment.

Andres Cordova, Jr.

Written by Lompoc Valley Medical Center on in Staff Spotlight

If his desire to return home to Lompoc wasn’t so strong, Andres Cordova Jr. might be working on air conditioning and refrigeration units for Ice Capades in New York City.

family caregiver

Written by Karen Ortiz on in Blog

Identifying oneself as a caregiver presents challenges for each of us. We often identify as our role or relation to others: a spouse, a sibling, friend or a neighbor, rather than call ourselves a caregiver. But it is important to recognize, as a caregiver, you are not alone.

Rosalie Zepeda

Written by Lompoc Valley Medical Center on in Staff Spotlight

Rosalie Zepeda was born and raised in Lompoc and for the past 27 years has been a steadfast figure at LVMC’s Comprehensive Care Center. Rosalie is one of the longest employed Environmental Services Technicians on staff.


Written by Nora Wallace on in Advisories

Frights and scares are the keys to a successful Halloween, but so is staying safe. Halloween may bring out the goblins and ghouls – and this year perhaps more than a few scary clowns from the movie ‘It’ – and it also carries with it dangers of its own.

Jim Raggio, CEO

Written by Lompoc Valley Medical Center on in LVMC News

Last July, Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s Chief Nurse Executive Jayne Scalise announced her plans to retire at the end of this calendar year. Her announcement caused me to reflect back on everything she has accomplished during the past 14 years in her role.

Bev Chandler Walter

Written by Lompoc Valley Medical Center on in Patient Stories

Bev Chandler Walter has the kind of life that seems perfect for Hollywood. And that’s the way it was for many years, as she acted in westerns and performed alongside the famed trick rider Montie Montana. She gained fame for taking her solo pilot flight after just less than seven hours of instruction and emphatically calls herself a “cowboy” rather than a cowgirl, because “cowboying” is her profession.

Dr. Dushyant Viswanathan

Written by Lompoc Valley Medical Center on in Physician Profiles

Dushyant Viswanathan, MD, a dual board-certified integrative internal medicine and hospital medicine specialist had one purpose in bringing his service to Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital; “We want to create a culture that will ultimately serve the community,” said the physician known as Dr. DV.

Dr. Srinivas Vuthoori

Written by Lompoc Valley Medical Center on in Physician Profiles

Dr. Srinivas Vuthoori, or Dr. V as he is called, has worked in large hospitals, and in managed care practices with thousands of patients. “I was a hospitalist before I knew what a hospitalist was,” the internist says.