Gestational Diabetes

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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

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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


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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.


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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

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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

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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.

Elizabeth Linneman

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If anyone needs to know the moods, or likes and dislikes, of the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC)’s residents, Elizabeth Linneman is the person with the information.

Caring for the Caregiver

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Family Caregiver Support Network Coordinator Adrianna Rojas is an advocate of researching and providing the appropriate resources and services to fit each caregiver’s need.

 Dr. David Cortese

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Physician Services welcomes Dr. David Cortese to the facility on Third Street, where he will provide a full range of Orthopaedic services to the community. Dr. Cortese is a fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has additional fellowship training in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Reconstructive Surgery.

Meet Nancy Mutoro, MD (Internal Medicine)

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center is proud to introduce Dr. Nancy Mutoro, MD our newest physician to join Physicians Services. Dr. Mutoro earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 2013.

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