baby sleeping in supine position

Written by Cindy Blifeld, MD on

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month.  This is a good time for us to review the definition of SIDS, what we know about the causes of SIDS and what we can do to implement best prevention strategies.  In addition, it is a time for us to witness and appreciate the success of public health campaigns around the world.

Tiffany Mamane

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Whenever someone needs something at LVMC, Tiffany Mamane quickly becomes the most popular person around. A buyer in the Purchasing Department, Tiffany is responsible for making sure essential items are ordered for hospital use – everything from pens to band-aids and sutures. “They used to call me the go-to girl,” she said. “They came to me for everything. They still do.”


Written by Mark Hadley on

Respiratory Care practitioners, or Respiratory Therapists, are the firefighters of the healthcare team at Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital. We work hand-in-hand with the nurses and doctors who are in charge of the overall health and care plan for the hospital stay of a patient.

Oralia Arriaga, EVS

Written by Deanna Hall on

Oralia Arriaga has spent almost three decades in one of the most vitally important jobs at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. But many people will never meet her, nor will they ever comprehend the full scope of her job.

LHD 5k Colorthon

Written by Nora Wallace on

More than 200 people ran, walked and jumped through vibrant bombardments of color at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park on Saturday while participating in the 3rd annual Lompoc Hospital District Foundation Colorthon. During the event, runners and walkers were sprayed with bursts of colored cornstarch throughout the picturesque 5K course.


Patient undergoing a 3D mammogram

Written by Duard Enoch, MD on

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so it is a good time to be reminded that breast cancer is the most common cancer women will face in their lifetimes (except for skin cancer).  Although it is the most common cancer in women, it can actually have an excellent prognosis, especially when detected early. In fact, early detection is the single most important variable in determining the outcome.

Italian Salsa Verde


Flank steak is delicious. That wasn’t always thought to be the case in culinary circles. Some time ago, flank steak was considered the cut of meat that the butcher would take home at the end of the day because it didn’t sell. It wasn’t a commonly sought after cut of beef. 

Safety Officer, Edwin Braxton

Written by Nora Wallace on

Healthcare Security and Safety Week celebrates the role of healthcare security and safety professionals in serving healthcare facilities, personnel, patients and visitors.

The theme for Healthcare Security and Safety Week 2017 is "Fostering Safe Healthcare Environments."

Breast Cancer Exams

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Breast cancer has been found to affect an estimated 1 in 8 women in the United States. While this number seems high, breast cancer survival has also been on the rise. Survival rates are climbing not only due to innovative, high-quality treatment but also as a result of early detection. Early detection via routine screening has proven to be essential in preventing mortality from breast cancer.

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Erica Sanchez is relatively new to the Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) staff, but as a Quality Improvement RN, she’s known by many of the staff. For the past few weeks, Erica has been staffing both flu clinics and a “roving cart” to provide flu shots to all LVMC staff.

Art Baumach

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Art Baumach had a very busy professional career, rising in the corporate ranks o the aerospace industry and traveling all over the world. When he retired, he suddenly had free time. “I didn’t want to sit around doing nothing when I retired,” he said. “I like to help people.”


Written by Nora Wallace on

In an effort to promote patient healing and improve the quality of care, Lompoc Valley Medical Center has embarked on an initiative to encourage a quieter hospital environment. Studies have shown that high levels of sound can have a negative physical and psychological effect on patients by disrupting sleep, increasing stress and decreasing patients’ confidence in the competence of their caregivers.

quiet at night


From the early times and struggles of nurse Florence Nightingale to the current day and times, noise has remained a challenge for patients and hospitals across the nation. Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing, wrote in 1859 in her now famous Notes on Nursing that “Necessary noise is that which damages the patient. Unnecessary noise is the cruelest absence of care.”

breast cancer awareness

Written by Nora Wallace on

Every October, the color pink seemingly takes over the nation, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month hits its stride. But behind the hue is a comprehensive databank of statistics and facts detailing the true impact of breast cancer in the U.S. and California – as well as Santa Barbara County.

biking to work

Written by Emily Casarez, MSc. on

Have you ever considered riding or walking to work? You may already know that physical activity is beneficial to health, however, you may be surprised to learn just how beneficial an active commute can be for you. A recent BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) study released last April analyzed potential links between how people commute to work and incidences of cardiovascular disease, cancer and all causes of mortality.