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Facts about Influenza

It's flu season again and your friends at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center have recommended a few simply things that you can do to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Keep your hands out of your mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Use disinfectant cleaner to clean commonly used surfaces in your home.
  • Be sure to get the seasonal flu shot each year.

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FreeNet Offline

“FreeNet” is a hospitality service we provide as a no cost internet for visitor and patients.  The carrier, as of today stopped providing service in this area and the circuit is now dead.  So, please let all patients and visitors know (that ask) that LVMC no longer provides internet services.  I am not sure if it will be possible to replace with another service in the near future.  Generally these service startups take a few months.

What Do You Do If You Get Sick With The Flu?

This is the time of the year when people can get sick with the flu and respiratory illness. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. This gives your body a chance to heal more quickly, and also reduces the risk of spreading the flu to other people.

If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are very sick or worried about your illness, first contact your health care provider (doctor, physician’s assistant, etc.) or your local urgent care center. The Emergency Room should not be used for routine medical care.

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Saving Taxpayers $7M

Thanks to a recent — and timely — refinancing, taxpayers in the Lompoc hospital district will save a total of more than $7 million on repayment of bonds that were used to build the new Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

Physician of the Year Award - 2012

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Physician of the Year 2012 was awarded to Khawar M. Gul, M.D., of the Lompoc Valley Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Gul is a cardiologist and has been on the Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) medical staff since August 2010.

Dr. Gul completed his medical training at Rawalpindi Medical College. He subsequently completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston Texas. He went on to complete a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases and a fellowship in Cardiac Computed Tomography at the University of California – Los Angeles (Harbor-UCLA Medical Center). He further specializes in being a frequent parking violator.

In his spare time, Dr. Gul likes to spend time with his family, reads and listens to music. He is currently taking flying lessons.

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The ‘Physician of the Year’ is awarded annually; the winner is selected from a list of nominated physicians by a vote of the staff of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

Medical Chief of Staff

We would like to introduce our new Medical Chief of Staff, Randall Michel, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Randall Michel graduated in 1971 from Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC; where he also completed his internship/residency in 1977. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He then became a member of our medical staff on April 26, 1979.

Happy Holidays

The staff of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center would like to wish the residents of the Lompoc Valley a warm and safe holiday season.