Breastfeeding

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During pregnancy, babies are as close to their mothers as they can possibly be, receiving all the necessary things to keep them protected, receiving warmth, food, and oxygen from their mother.

Once they are born, they are abrupt without these essential needs. Placing these infants skin-to-skin with their mothers immediately decreases their stress level and places them back as closely as possible to that warm protected environment to which they have become accustomed.

Breastfeeding

Written by Kayla Benado, IBCLC on

The first two years of life are the most critical time periods within a child’s life to ensure the infant is receiving all the essentials needed for proper growth, health, and development.

Research has proven breast milk to be a superior source of protein for infants. Breast milk is composed of fats, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, water, and contains all the vital nutrients that the infant requires for the first 6 months of life.

Immunization

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The important role vaccines play in preventing serious -- sometimes deadly -- contagious diseases has been a key topic of conversation since the speedy production of COVID-19 vaccines. Healthcare providers strongly encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up-to-date on all their vaccines.

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

Written by Heather Woolsey on

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.

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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.”