father playing with kids

in Health & Wellness

Being overweight and the reason for it is not as simple as we once thought, it is a lifelong challenge many people face. Weight loss surgery, or Bariatric Surgery, can give someone the tools needed to begin to change their life for the better. A person with severe obesity is at a significantly higher risk of early death, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Weight loss surgery may be the answer a person needs to change their quality of life. 

doctor examining patient's eye

in Health & Wellness

As people say, “The eyes are the window to our soul.” However, what happens when that window looks a little aged or tired appearing?

Patti Field

in Staff Spotlight

Registered Nurse Patti Field has been with LVMC since September 1989 and was hired by former Nursing Director Martha Hicks. She is a Perioperative nurse and Charge Nurse for the post-anesthesia care unit. She previously worked for two years in the Emergency Department, working the night shift.

fruit and glucometer

in Health & Wellness

Your physician just told you that you have pre-diabetes, and you’re wondering how – or even if – you can reverse that diagnosis.First of all, you need to understand the pre-diabetes. That term means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. But if it is left untreated, it will develop into Type 2 Diabetes.

child covering his ears

in Health & Wellness

Tourette syndrome is a medical condition that may be widely recognized, but there remain many misbeliefs about it. Tourette syndrome is a condition that affects the brain and nerves, causing people to make repeated movements and sounds, also known as motor and vocal tics, that they cannot control.

Michele Hunt

in Staff Spotlight

Michele Hunt was hired in March as the new Activities Director of the Comprehensive Care Center. She has lived on the Central Coast since 1994. Michele earned a Bachelor's degree with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Western Ontario. 

Bob Taylor

in Patient Stories

Before the end of April, longtime Lompoc resident Bob Taylor knew about the Comprehensive Care Center, but had never been inside.

apple coleslaw

in Healthy Cooking

This sweet and crunchy coleslaw is a healthy take on the summer stand-by. Use cabbage, carrots, apples and green pepper for a colorful side dish to bring to those summer picnics and potlucks. Depending on your personal taste, you can make it with or without mayonnaise.

Anabel Quintanar

in Staff Spotlight

This year, we are periodically spotlighting its employees who volunteer their time and talents to help our community. Anabel Quintanar, MSN, RN-BC, PHN has been with LVMC since 2004. She first started as a travel nurse for three years. She also worked as an Emergency Department charge nurse before becoming a House Supervisor.

breast pump

in Health & Wellness

Pumping breast milk can be a great tool for mothers that need to be separated from their babies or wish to express their breast milk by an alternate method than nursing at the breast.

vegetables in grocery store

in Healthy Cooking

Living with a healthy lifestyle involves making many personal choices — including whether to follow a balanced diet or a healthy eating plan. But do you know how to choose a healthy eating plan? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020” determine that a healthy eating plan:

funnel cake booth at a festival

in Advisories

The arrival of summer brings not only the end of the school year but the start of the festival and fair season.

mother breastfeeding baby

in Health & Wellness

As a lactation consultant, one of the most common worries I hear mothers express is a concern about their milk supply being too low or too high. When I was a new mother, I had these worries too. If you are experiencing concerns about milk production or infant growth, it’s very important to seek out skilled help from an experienced lactation consultant as well as working hand-in-hand with your baby’s pediatrician. This blog includes some general tips as a starting point for managing your milk production.

Hongxia (Helen) Tong

in Staff Spotlight

Hongxia (Helen) Tong is Infection Prevention and Control Nurse at our Comprehensive Care Center. She has been with LVMC since July 2007.

rendering of lupus infection

in Health & Wellness

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in different parts of the body. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks itself.