students at lvmc

Written by Ed Braxton on in LVMC News

Lompoc Valley Medical Center and Lompoc High School has forged a unique partnership designed to expand student knowledge of careers in the medical field. Every spring, a group of students come to the hospital on Fridays for an intense round of job-shadowing in various departments.

Vince Moya, CCU Monitor Tech

Written by Nora Wallace on in Staff Spotlight

As he sits in the central nursing hub of Lompoc Valley Medical Center's (LVMC) Critical Care Unit (CCU), the hands of Telemetry Technician Vince Moya never stop moving. Moya is seated between two computer screens, each listing names of patients and critical medical information such as cardiac rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen saturation level and more.

John D. McCaffery, MD

Written by Nora Wallace on in LVMC News

Meet Dr. McCaffery, he treats children and adults and is affiliated with ENT Associates of Santa Barbara. Dr. McCaffery earned his Bachelor of Science from Washington & Lee University and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University.

Learn More about Dr. McCaffery

sun, uv rays

Written by Heather Woolsey on in Health & Wellness

Temperatures are up, the sun is out and we are all ready to begin enjoying our favorite outdoor activities for summer. During these long days, the average person will spend more time outside exposing themselves to ultraviolet (UV) rays. These rays damage the structure of our skin cells and cause damage to the connective tissues increasing your risk of cancer. With that it in mind, it is important to understand the risks and protective measures to take while enjoying the summer.

soy marinade

on in Health & Wellness

This marinade recipe is frequently used at my own home. We call it ‘The Marinade’. When I put it together, I make a triple batch every time. Then I store it for up to two weeks in my fridge, in an airtight container such as an old sauce jar.  

champion center

Written by Nora Wallace on in LVMC News

The final patient of the Champion Center successfully completed chemical dependency detoxification treatment and graduated from the facility on June 23. Champion Center opened in November 2014 and is located at 303 S. C St., the site of the former Lompoc Hospital. In its almost three years of operation, the Champion Center provided medical detox, residential treatment, and sober living components, as well as Outpatient Partial Hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment for chemical dependency patients.

Karen Vordale

on in LVMC News

Karen Vordale was drawn to her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner because of a desire to advocate for her patients. In March, she accepted a new position at the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) and has quickly integrated herself into the family-like atmosphere of care.

sean buck and CCC patients in activities room

on in LVMC News

For decades, there have been a few tried and true standards for residents: Every holiday, residents parade through the facility with staff, bedecked in festive hats and accessories and marking Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July and the like. There are also competitive bingo games, spirited exercise classes and movie nights.

Dr. Gill, Orthopedic Surgeon

Written by Nora Wallace on in Physician Profiles

In his practice, he surgically repairs and replaces knees and hip joints repairs fractures and takes care of orthopedic ailments. “That’s one of the nice things about practicing and living in Lompoc,” the orthopedic surgeon muses. “There’s obviously things you sacrifice, not only on a personal level but a professional level, but it’s still the personal relationships you develop that are the most rewarding things. People trust you with their lives. That has an impact on me. It’s priceless.”

Jim Raggio, CEO

on in LVMC News

As Chief Executive Officer of Lompoc Valley Medical Center, I want to address the recent survey process our hospital experienced. I am so confident in our preparation that we look forward to each and every unannounced survey. No one here would argue with the benefit of having a fresh set of eyes looking at our operation. We are proud of our culture, which focuses on opportunities to improve the wonderful care we provide.

patient wristband

Written by Melissa Debacker, MSN, RN, CPHQ, HACP on in Blog

Healthcare Risk Management is a proactive and responsive profession that works to deliver safe and trusted healthcare by saving lives, preventing errors and conserving financial resources.

During this week, LVMC is pleased to join the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) in sharing some key messages about Risk Managers, their work and our efforts to deliver safe and trusted healthcare.

enjoying the sunshine

Written by LVMC Staff on in Health & Wellness

In the Lompoc Valley, residents are more apt to start worrying about high temperatures in the fall, when our area traditionally sees the mercury climb in September and October.

School is out now, Flower Festival is around the corner, and word comes that temperatures are expected to be on the rise in the next few days.

No June Gloom, for the time being at least. 


Written by Alice Milligan on in Blog

For the past 26 years, the nonprofit Lompoc Hospital District Foundation has reached out to the community for financial help.

One day every spring for that more than a quarter-century, the Flower Valley Golf Classic has been a Friday gathering place for supporters of the foundation’s mission – which is to help provide the Lompoc Healthcare District with funds to purchase capital items or make capital improvements.

Men's Health Awareness

Written by Heather Woolsey on in Health & Wellness

In an effort to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys, LVMC has created the following information graphic. Please continue reading for more information.

Cannellini Bean Salad

on in Health & Wellness

Yield: 1 pint
Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cannellini beans, 14 oz can
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp lemon, zest & juice each
  • 1 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 pinch rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper - to taste


  1. Drain & rinse beans - dry on sheet paper towel.
  2. In a bowl, gently combine all ingredients.
  3. Taste & adjust seasoning as needed.
  4. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes so flavor can meld.

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