As a retired longtime Lompoc insurance agent, Bob Barboza is used to working with people. So coming to LVMC to volunteer as a “Blue Coat” helper when he retired seemed a perfect job.

Bob has been a Blue Coat for about 1 ½ years, handing out badges to visitors in the Medical-Surgical waiting room and helping patients arriving for surgeries or procedures. “I wanted to give back to the community,” Bob says. “The community has been good to me. I love helping people and being with people.”

When patients and guests arrive for surgeries or visits, Bob said they may be confused or anxious. “I like putting them at ease and showing them where to go or what to do,” said Bob, who has lived in Lompoc for 50 years.

He said the easy-going atmosphere of the LVMC nurses and staff suit his personality. “I’m happy here,” he adds. “It’s really good helping people.”