Jim Raggio, CEO


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

Written by LVMC Staff on

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. 


Written by Alice Milligan on

For the past 26 years, the nonprofit Lompoc Hospital District Foundation has reached out to the community for financial help.

One day every spring for that more than a quarter-century, the Flower Valley Golf Classic has been a Friday gathering place for supporters of the foundation’s mission – which is to help provide the Lompoc Healthcare District with funds to purchase capital items or make capital improvements.

Men's Health Awareness

Written by Heather Woolsey on

In an effort to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys, LVMC has created the following information graphic. Please continue reading for more information.

Cannellini Bean Salad


Yield: 1 pint
Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cannellini beans, 14 oz can
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp lemon, zest & juice each
  • 1 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 pinch rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper - to taste


  1. Drain & rinse beans - dry on sheet paper towel.
  2. In a bowl, gently combine all ingredients.
  3. Taste & adjust seasoning as needed.
  4. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes so flavor can meld.

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Women discuss healthcare

Written by LVMC on

Many of female patients go to their wellness exam with a laundry list of questions they’ve been waiting all year to ask. Some questions are variability of normal and some questions will be covered during her wellness exam.

LVMC's Stroke Robot Doctor and Patient

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In just 1 ½ years, LVMC has treated more than 80 patients through a specialized program known as “Code Stroke.”

Code Stroke began at LVMC early in 2016, after months of planning and training to earn the designation as an “Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.” 

High Blood Pressure

Written by Heather Woolsey on

High blood pressure or hypertension is a common condition that occurs when your blood flows through your arteries and circulates at a higher rate than is normal.


Written by SBC Public Health Department on

While it may seem like spring has just begun and medical professionals throughout Santa Barbara County are preparing for a summertime influx of mosquitos – and potential health-related problems.

eye exam, eye close up

Written by Nora Wallace on

Dr. Nathan Steinle spent 14 years in college and medical school studying the retina, a postage stamp-size layer in the eyeball. The retina is a tiny layer at the back of the eyeball containing cells that trigger nerve impulses that pass via the optic nerve to the brain, where a visual image is formed.

april is donate life month

Written by Nora Wallace on

This month, LVMC is specifically promoting National Donate Life Month. Working closely with representatives from Donate Life/One Legacy, LVMC medical and nursing staff have facilitated numerous tissue donations, including skin, heart valve, bones, corneas, and pericardiums.

pile of medication

Written by Chad Signorelli, PharmD on

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s healthcare system), nearly 700,000 emergency room visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year are due to adverse drug events.

Childhood Trauma

Written by Belinda Hammond on

Child life specialists traditionally work in hospitals, but the field has grown to include support for children in a variety of settings.Child life specialists also provide support for traumatic events through the coordination of programs offered through non-profit agencies and through some chapters of the American Red Cross.



Members of the Lompoc Hospital Foundation are actively raising money to help give the 110-bed Comprehensive Care Center a major makeover. The foundation, now more than a year into its capital campaign, has raised approximately $500,000 toward the much-anticipated renovation project. Foundation President Alice Milligan is reaching out into the community to urge donations to the $2 million campaign, noting that most of the rooms have not been remodeled since the building opened more than 40 years ago.