elderly couple discussing with daughters

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Most of us spend a lot of time planning. From vacations to our financial future, careful versus haphazard planning can make the difference between a botched vacation and insufficient funds for a timely retirement. In the healthcare world, poor end-of-life care planning may result in pain and suffering for you and your loved ones.  

Mother with Baby Jonah

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Jonah Gustilo was just determined to make an early arrival into the world. The second son of Amber and Ben Gustilo was initially due on Dec. 10, and his parents planned for him to be delivered via a scheduled C-Section at Cottage Hospital on Dec. 4. “He decided he didn’t want to wait,” his mother said.

Faustina Caudillo

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Faustina Caudillo’s role as a caregiver started at a young age, taking care of her grandma. In her early teens, she was there to help ease her elderly grandmother’s transition from life.

 New Year

Written by Lindsey Arevalos, MHA, MS on

Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when many of us make resolutions. There’s no denying that making – and keeping – resolutions is difficult.

It takes courage to let go of the safe and familiar in order to try something new, but I encourage you to take that first step in the direction of something new and different. If you take that chance, there is the potential for amazing possibilities, excitement, and immense pride when you accomplish something you didn’t believe was possible.

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The Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) Board of Directors is seeking to fill a vacancy following the December passing of Board Member Linual White Jr. The board will accept resumes and letters of intent from interested applicants until noon on Jan. 19, 2018. The appointment to fill the vacancy is planned for the Board of Directors’ regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 25.

Rangel family with new baby and nurses

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A 7-pound, 10-ounce newborn boy arrived on New Year’s Day — making him Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s first baby of 2018. Bryson Anthony Rangel was due to be born on Dec. 29, but the second son of Danielle and Ruben Rangel appeared to be perfectly happy to stay in utero for several days past his expected arrival.

senior woman sick with flu

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Did you know these 6 facts about seniors who get the flu?

Erin Holt

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Erin Holt started out her career path in Child Development and quickly learned that it wasn’t the job for her. The Lompoc native and 1976 graduate of Lompoc High said she had friends who were nurses, who encouraged her to consider the medical field.

Kate Griffith

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At first, Kate Griffith didn’t think anything of a small flesh-colored growth on her bicep. It had regular edges and was symmetrical – showing none of the typical indicators of potential skin cancer. In November, the proprietor of Flying Goat Cellars in Lompoc went to see her primary care physician, Dr. Carl Schlosser. The mark on her arm had recently grown in size, and she was quickly referred to surgeon Dr. Bandhit Sinkaset for the removal of the growth, which was diagnosed as melanoma.

Nancy Mutoro, MD

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Dr. Nancy Mutoro was looking for a place to practice medicine, she considered the importance of working for a facility that treats people like individuals, rather than a number. With that philosophy driving her, she found Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

Bob Barboza

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As a retired longtime Lompoc insurance agent, Bob Barboza is used to working with people. So coming to LVMC to volunteer as a “Blue Coat” helper when he retired seemed a perfect job.

Nurse with Patient

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) is screening all visitors for influenza-like illness at the skilled nursing facility due to an increase in influenza cases at the center. CCC staff is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the management of influenza in long-term care facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies an “outbreak” as when two or more residents are confirmed to have influenza.

family holiday dinner

Written by Lindsey Arevalos, MHA, MS on

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I truly love the Christmas season: the cold temperatures, the lights, the activities, time with family, the feeling that comes over you when you think of and give to others.

Airplane

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The risk for exposure to influenza during travel depends somewhat on the time of year and destination, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to take precautions. In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season can begin as early as October and can last as long as into April or May. In the Southern Hemisphere, flu activity usually lasts from April to September.

Dr. Tomas Machin

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Dr. Tomas Machin has been named Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC)’s 2017 Physician of the Year. An anatomic and clinical pathology physician, Dr. Machin was chosen by LVMC staff for exemplifying our values and for maintaining the trust of the community, patients, and residents; for continuously striving to improve services; for communicating openly and honestly and for working as a team member with hospital staff.