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Employee Holiday Party

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center Employee Holiday Party is back! The party will be held on Friday, December 5th at the:

Dick DeWees Community Center
1120 W Ocean Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436

From: 6:00pm to 10:00pm

All employees are invited to attended and may bring one guest. Seating is limited so be sure to get your ticket early. Tickets will be sold at $5.00 each strarting November 24th.

There will be food, fun wine and music. Chef Mike Despres will be preparing the dinner and appetizers. 

In order to make this party a success the Council needs volunteers to help decorate, setup and clean up. To show our appreciation for you help, volunteers will get in for free.

Contact Carol Armero at to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Helping Homless Children

The staff of Lompoc Valley Medical Center is honored this year to be a sponsor of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul toy and clothing drive for children living in three family shelters in the Lompoc Valley.

From November 17th through December 19th, the LVMC Employee Council will be collecting jackets, shoes, blankets and plush animal toys for children living at the Bridgehouse, Marks/Hope House and Recovery Transition Home. 

The children range in age from newborn to 17.

Employees can drop thier contributions off with Cindy Morehart in HIM (ext. 6330), Carol Armero in Radiology (ext. 3375) or the collection box in the Med/Surg break room.

Contact Jeremy Farnum at ext. 5756 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Hot Chocolate and Candy Canes

Send a little something sweet to help keep a co-worker warm during the holidays while helping to warm a homeless child.

The Employee Council will be selling Holiday CandyGrams for a minimum donation of $2.00 starting December 1st. Grams will consist of Hot Chocolate, Marshmallows, candy canes and a holiday poem. 

Grams will be delivered on Friday, December 19th

All proceeds will be used for the purchase of new shoes, clothes and blankets for homless families.

Please contact Pam Cowell at ext. 4322 for more information.

Ugly Sweater Contest

The Council will hold an Ugly Sweater Contest on December 19th at 2:00pm at the Ocean's Seven Cafe in the Acute and at 2:30pm in the Activities room at the CCC. Come in your ungliest christmas sweater for a chance to win $100. All participants will also receive a gift.

Contact Carol Armero at ext. 3375 if you have any questions.

Department Gift Basket Contest

We will be hosting a Department Gift Basket contest. Get together with your co-workers and create a stunning gift basket anyone would love to receive.

Judging will take place on December 19th during lunch from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Honda and Surf room at the Acute.

Please turn in completed baskets to Denise Phelps (ext. 4323) in Patient Accounting. 

Helping the Hungry

Now’s the time to help the needy and get a chance to earn a prize from the Employee Council! The LVMC department who collects the most non-perishable food items through November 21 will have bragging rights and earn a prize. An Employee Council member will collect the items each week and run a tally until the final count is revealed on November 21. Let’s help the needy and hungry in our community – please be generous and make sure no donated items are expired. Let’s try and beat last year’s tally of 1,668 items!

Here’s a list of sample items to donate: canned tuna, chicken, beef stew; jellies and jams; honey; sugar/flour; bean soups; mayonnaise; vegetable oil; salad dressing; canned or dried beans; baked beans; canned chili; peanut butter; syrup; infant formula and baby food vegetables; canned and boxed pudding; instant breakfast drinks; granola bars; canned vegetables or soup; canned nuts; spaghetti sauce; graham crackers; V-8; pancake, bread or muffin mixes; canned pastas; noodles; oatmeal; hot cereal mix; cold cereals and rice and pasta mixes.

Contact Kristina Grasser at ext. 8331 or Cindy Morehart at ext. 6330 for more information.

About the Council

The LVMC Employee Council is advocacy group authorized by the Chief Executive Officer as an organization through which LVMC employees can participate responsibly and meaningfully in the governance of the LVMC staff community. 

Our goal is to ensure that the interests of the all employees are understood and addressed by LVMC leadership and to foster positive working relationships amongst employees of all departments .

The Employee Council is a growing and evolving group of dedicated and motivated employees who want the LVMC to be a place all employees enjoy working, but we can’t do it without participation and feedback from you. All employees are welcomed and encouraged to participate; whether that means coming to a meeting to contribute ideas or by volunteering to help organize an event, we need you.

For more information please feel free to email Jeremy Farnum at ext. 5756 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Feeding the Community

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center employees donated 953 pounds of canned goods and nonperishable items today to the Santa Barbara County FoodBank for needy residents of the Lompoc Valley.

There were 908 individual items collected by Benny Valdivizo in his FoodBank truck.

We're thankful to have such generous employees and pleased to be able to help our community.

Clothing Homeless Children

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center employees held a jacket and clothing drive to collect donations for the more than 53 homeless children living in Lompoc's three shelters. Hundreds of jackets were collected via donations from hospital staff, as well as jackets collected by staff members from the lost and found bins at Buena Vista, Fillmore, Los Berros, Miguelito, Clarence Ruth elementary schools and Lompoc Valley Middle School.

Environmental Services staff at the hospital washed the clothing, which was folded by staff in the Health Information Management office.

LVMC is proud to help our community members in need.