Breastfeeding

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Fiday, August 11 at 10am @ Ocean's Seven Cafe

Leslie Mehigan, breastfeeding liaison for Santa Barbara County WIC, will be speaking on milk supply, sore nipples, WIC services and World Breastfeeding Awareness Month!

Thai Green Curry

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Years ago, as a personal chef for a local family, I needed a recipe that would be versatile for the differing palates of the husband and wife. The wife was a fan of meats – lamb, steak, chicken. The husband was more vegetarian and preferred vegetables and tofu.

Dr. Hossam Gamal, PharmD - Pharmacy Director

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I might seem born to become Director of Pharmacy at LVMC – my grandfather, father, brother, and sister are pharmacists. The native of Cairo, Egypt, grew up following my father Amer Gamal Amer to work at the family’s pharmacy, learning about the ways of medicine. Then one day while exploring around the shop, I found an ornate diploma for my grandfather’s degree of pharmacy – and learned that my own father had once explored around my own father’s pharmacy as a youngster. 

students at lvmc

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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.