Staff Spotlight

Our staff come from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing a wealth of diverse skills and expierences to the work they love- caring for our community.

 Amy McConnaughey

This year, we are periodically spotlighting employees who volunteer their time and talents to help our community. Amy McConnaughey has been our Financial Analyst for 3 years and 4 months and volunteers as a coach for the San Francisco Junior Giants through the Lompoc Recreation and Parks Department.

Brenda Damasco, RN receiving her award

Congratulations to Registered Nurse and Relief Supervisor Brenda Damasco, RN on being named Employee of the Quarter for the Comprehensive Care Center.


Steve Popkin, CEO

In February, Stephen Popkin will take the helm at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. Mr. Popkin replaces retiring CEO Jim Raggio. Prior to arriving, he answers some questions about his life and career.

ccc employees

Two Comprehensive Care Center employees are being recognized for their excellence in long-term care. CCC Administrator Katie Ellis nominated Director of Staff Development Myralda “My” Hulsizer for the California Association of Health Facilities “Nurse of the Year” award. Another honoree was Quality Improvement/Clinical Analyst Danielle Anzaldo, who was nominated as a CAHF Facility Super Star.


Ed Villapando

At Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hematology-Oncology, Pharmacy Technician Ed Villapando is quite literally the man behind the door. That’s because, in a busy practice fronted by oncologist Dr. Donna Walker and her staff, Ed is rarely seen by the hundreds of patients he helps. As a pharmacy technician, Ed is responsible for preparing and dispensing chemotherapy and IV medications for patients.

Socorro Herrera

When she first began working for LVMC about 22 years ago, Socorro Herrera was an Environmental Services, or EVS, employee. She spent some time after that working in the Admitting department, under the tutelage of longtime employee Angie Guerra.


Emely Suarez

Working with Dr. David Cortese at LVMC: Physician Services, Medical Assistant Emely Suarez is getting a first-hand look at the world of orthopedic surgery.

Micheal Grafton

Environmental Services Floor Technician Micheal Grafton is the kind of worker who enjoys white noise, which is a good thing considering his job.