Jim Raggio


By now, many individuals living within the Lompoc Healthcare District boundaries have heard of my intention to retire on June 30, 2018. I gave my commitment to the LVMC Board of Directors that I will stay until a replacement is hired, to assure a smooth transition of leadership.

Healthy Meal

Written by Lindsey Arevalos, MHA, MS on

Nutritionists will tell you a simple truth: the foods you choose can make a difference in your life. It may sound simple, but for National Nutrition Month, learning about the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits is the main focus.

Woman holding heart

Written by Dr. Khawar Gul, MD on

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Heart disease does not discriminate between genders – around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Some conditions and lifestyle choices increase a person’s chance for heart disease, including diabetes, being overweight and obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use.

Janet Lopez

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Like many in the healthcare profession, Janet Lopez knew from an early age what she wanted to do as a career. As a little girl, Janet had a pencil box full of alcohol pads, medical supplies, and Band-Aids. When her father had a cut, she would “cure” him and put a Band-Aid on his wound. “I always wanted to be a medical assistant,” says Janet, who holds that job at LVMC: Physician Services. “I always like to help people.”

Pediatric Patient playing Wii

Written by Belinda Hammond on

Our youngest patients now have a little more to do while they’re healing. Thanks to Lompoc’s ChildLife Connection and the Starlight Children’s Foundation, LVMC was the recipient of a state-of-the-art Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment unit. Powered by the latest WiiU system from Nintendo, the Starlight Fun Center offers online access to family-friendly video games, movies, documentaries and educational content.

HEAL Wellness Fair: Heart & Sole

Written by Emily Casarez, MSc. on

The idea of HEAL, or Healthy Eating Active Living, originated with Kaiser Permanente as a Community Health Initiative intending to “improve the health of individuals, families, and communities by addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.”

Sonia Brown with with OB Nurses

Written by Nora Wallace on

Forty years ago this week, Sonia Brown walked into Lompoc Hospital, figuring she might become a volunteer or maybe even try to get hired. The native of Jamaica had completed her nursing training in London, England, and moved to the U.S. with her husband, Billie, a service member.

Breastfeeding mother and child

Written by Kayla Benado, IBCLC on

The American Academy of Pediatrics has made it a key policy to support and encourage exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life. And to further emphasize the importance of breastfeeding, the academy suggests that mothers breastfeed for the child’s first year of life and beyond, if “mutually desired” by mother and infant.

Maple Salmon

Written by Kara Pitou on

With the celebration of American Heart Month underway, it’s the perfect time to talk about the benefits that eating fish can have on reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.


Written by Nora Wallace on

Lompoc Valley Medical Center joins the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health in recognizing the importance of protecting adolescents from dangerous diseases.

 Kara Pitou

Written by Jeremy Farnum on

Kara Pitou has stepped into a newly created volunteer role at LVMC – she’s working in the acute hospital’s Nutrition Services Department. Supervised by Director of Nutrition Services Julie Chudak, Kara is volunteering at LVMC to gain more experience in dietetics as she moves toward a career in that field. A native of Colorado, Kara earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2016.

Care Map

Written by Jeremy Farnum on

The origin of the popular saying “It takes a village to raise a child,” will likely be debated forever. Some say it’s an ancient African proverb, and others contend it’s a Native American saying. No matter its origin, the saying is astute in its recognition of how many hands, eyes, and ears are required to care for a child. But really, the same can also be said for any person who is in need of care.

Sharon Martinez

Written by Jeremy Farnum on

Lompoc attorney Sharon L. Martinez is the newest member of the five-person Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors. Martinez was appointed in late January by the current board to serve out the remaining months of the term left vacant by the death last December of Linual White Jr. White, who had served on the board since the fall of 2014.

golfer mid swing

Written by Nora Wallace on

It’s that time of year again, time to sign up for the 27th annual Flower Valley Golf Classic on May 18. Set amid the rolling, oak-dotted landscape of 309 acres at the Mission Club, the tournament is a fun-filled day of golf, food, camaraderie, a competitive silent auction and a rousing live auction.


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Our online tools take complex medical information and make it simple and easy-to-understand.  Our free educational programs can help you prepare for an upcoming procedure or manage your chronic condition. Have you ever sought advice about coping with heart disease? Or wondered how house dust and smoke impact your asthma? Perhaps you’ve considered undergoing a sleep study, but don’t know what it involves.