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Lompoc Valley Medical Center is now offering MyHealth Patient Portal, an online tool allowing patients the flexibility of accessing health information and other resources from virtually anywhere.

Patients ages 18 and older may use the free portal, at Lompocvmc.com/myhealth, to see their personal visit history and discharge information; review lab and radiology results; see medical allergies; get lists of prescription medications and view any other personal information via a secure online system.

Patients entering Lompoc Valley Medical Center can sign up for their personal account at the time of registration. It is important that patients provide their personal email address to complete the Patient Portal registration process.

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce Barbara Frink has been named Health Information Management Director for the Lompoc Healthcare District. Mrs. Frink comes to the district after a distinguished 16-year career at Boulder Community Hospital, where she most recently served as Interim Director of the Health Information Management Department.

As Health Information Management Director at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Mrs. Frink will manage a 15-person department responsible for implementing and maintaining the confidentiality and security of medical record information for the Acute Hospital, Comprehensive Care Center and the Champion Center.

Lompoc Valley Medical Center has reached a provider agreement with United HealthCare effective Nov. 1, 2014. The agreement will allow patients covered by United HealthCare plans to obtain medical services provided at Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

The Lompoc Hospital Foundation's annual re-occuring Health Lecture Series is starting back up this fall with some very informative and helpful lecutres. On October 15, our very own Dr. Naishadh Buch, Pharm.D. will be presenting a lecure on pharmacistis increasing role in patient's healthcare. And on November 5th Donna Beal
 will be speaking about Alzheimer's and other related diseases.

Find out more about the Health Lecture Series

Staff at Lompoc Valley Medical Center took part in the statewide Medical Health Exercise today, with the scenario of an incoming patient with suspected Ebola virus. To further test the staff response and training, LVMC had one suspected Ebola patient arrive at 6 a.m. and a second at 8 a.m., both presenting as health care workers recently returned from Liberia, and both experiencing extreme symptoms of Ebola exposure. Thank you to staff, patients and others for their help with this effort and their understanding as the drill was conducted throughout the entire morning .

Over the past four-plus decades, Frank Signorelli has been deeply involved in all of the many changes that have taken place in the Lompoc hospital community. Nearing the end of his 41st year on the board, however, Signorelli, who is the current board president, has decided to move on.  

From the planning and construction of the new hospital building, to the various other projects — such as the Comprehensive Care Center and the recently completed Champion Center — Signorelli has been a member of the five-person board that oversees and manages the district.

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Thanks to a decision to refinance the Lompoc Healthcare District’s general obligation bonds, district taxpayers are seeing a significant savings on property tax payments.

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors agreed to refinance $31.4 million in bonds, with a projected cost savings of $9 per $100,000 in property tax assessment. The fiscal move will save taxpayers an estimated $6 million over the life of the bonds.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer has declared a pertussis epidemic and is urging the healthcare community to protect young infants who are most vulnerable to complications and death from pertussis. As of June 24, 2014, 4,558 pertussis cases had been reported to CDPH, more than the number reported in all of 2013. Locally, there have been 21 cases of pertussis since January, 2014 with 7 of these cases reported in June. There are three additional cases currently under investigation.

CEO Jim Raggio, Chief Nurse Executive Jayne Scalise and Director of the Critical Care Unit Katie Ellis participated Wednesday afternoon in an emotional ceremony in the Honda Room. Mr. Raggio was invited by the American Hospital Association and OneLegacy, an organ and tissue recovery organization, to sign a special dedication for inclusion on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on Jan. 1, 2015. The float is called “The Never-Ending Story” and honors organ and tissue donors, recipients and families. Mr. Raggio's message, thanking donors for their gift of life, is attached to a vial holding a fresh rose, which will join thousands of others on the float. Also at the press conference were the children and grandchildren of donor Stephanie Kazianka, mother of nine and foster mother to 59 children, who died at LVMC in 2011. Mrs. Kazianka gave the gift of her kidneys, corneas and tissue. Her donations are credited with helping about 50 people, including a 63-year-old woman who received one kidney.

7:00pm Wednesday, March 19 in the Ocean’s Seven Cafe

What’s new in joint replacement and arthritis will be presented by the Lompoc Hospital Foundation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in the Ocean’s Seven Cafe inside the Lompoc Valley Medical Center, 1515 E, Ocean Ave. in Lompoc.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Robert Fry, an orthopedic specialist with Sansum Clinic. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture is free of charge.

Fry will provide an update on non-operative and operative treatments for osteoarthritis affecting the knee, hip and shoulder.