The Importance of Advance Directives

in LVMC News

You may hear the term “Advance Directives” during discussions about healthcare or long-term care. But what are they? Advance healthcare directives include two types of legally recognized documents called a living will and a healthcare power of attorney.

family walking into sunset

in LVMC News

Lompoc Valley Medical Center is expanding its healthcare offerings to the community with the introduction of surgical and medication weight loss programs.

armstrong family in tree

in Patient Stories

The couple were so impressed with their entire experience – from pre-natal care to postpartum breastfeeding assistance — that they now joke with one another that they want to have more children just so they can deliver at LVMC. “There were people here to help us the whole way through,” Stacie says. “We didn’t feel like we were having to figure out everything on our own.”

Dr. Christopher Taglia in surgery

in LVMC News

You might say that Dr. Christopher Taglia is carrying on the family business. A board-certified general surgeon and co-founder LVMC’s new Surgical Weight Loss program, Dr. Taglia is newly arrived on the Central Coast and seeing patients at Lompoc Health - North H Center. 

Steve Popkin

in LVMC News

Greetings Lompoc Valley Residents:

The past nine months as Chief Executive Officer of LVMC have flown by, and I have enjoyed becoming part of the community and getting to know many Lompocians.

Bariatric Surgical Supplements

in LVMC News

With the introduction of LVMC’s new Bariatric (weight loss) Surgical Program, a host of multivitamin supplements are now available for purchase at the hospital’s Women’s Auxiliary Gift Shop.

Carla Pacia

in LVMC News

During its annual holiday celebration for staff, Lompoc Valley Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Steve Popkin announced the district’s Employee of the Year, Carla Pacia.

medicine disposal box at LVMC

in Advisories

More than 9,000 pounds of unused and outdated medications were collected throughout Santa Barbara County in 2018.

Thanksgiving meal

in Healthy Cooking

Maybe Aunt Edna’s fattening cranberry dessert is your downfall, or mashed potatoes piled with butter and salt. Maybe you’re in a family where there’s not just a turkey on the table, but also a ham or other main dishes.


in Health & Wellness

While millions of people are aware of their diagnosis, millions more may have COPD and not know the name of their medical issue. COPD is a serious lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.

patient getting a blood draw

in Health & Wellness

The A1C blood test provides information about average levels of blood sugar and can be used to diagnose certain types of diabetes.

Doctor examining xray

in Health & Wellness

Some medical imaging tests can involve exposure to ionizing radiation, and patients should know the risks.

Kim Nelson

in Staff Spotlight

We are periodically spotlighting employees who volunteer their time and talents to help our community. Kim Nelson is a Clinical Informatics Analyst and has been with LVMC for more than 11 years.

Agnes Anderson

in Staff Spotlight

Agnes Anderson is a clinical clerical aide who was hired in March 2017. She can often be found at LVMC’s Diagnostic Imaging registration area, or at Lompoc Health – North H Center.

Maria Bustamante

in Staff Spotlight

Maria Bustamante is an Environmental Services employee at the Comprehensive Care Center. She was hired as an EVS technician in 2001 and has worked at the CCC ever since. She is a past Employee of the Quarter for Lompoc Valley Medical Center.