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About Us

Ray Down

Board President

Ray Down graduated from Cal Poly in 1970 and has enjoyed a financial career on the Central Coast for 30 plus years. He and his wife, Alice, live in Lompoc and have four children. He was appointed to the Board in 1973 and has been re-elected every four years since.

David L. McAninch, III M.D.

Board-certified radiologist, has been a member of the medical staff since 1983 and a Board member since 2000. He received his medical degree from the USC School of Medicine in 1979 and is currently the medical director of the diagnostic imaging department and Professional X-ray.

Mary Sharp

Mary Sharp has lived in the Lompoc Valley since 1959, when her family was transferred to Vandenberg Air Force Base.  After graduating from Lompoc High School, she attended San Diego State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. She returned to the Valley, met and married her husband Buck, raised two children and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from LaVerne University.  Mary is currently working as a CPA at Walker, Wilson & Hughen, CPAs.

Roger McConnell

Roger McConnell is a long-time resident of the Lompoc Valley and is a Trustee of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center. He and his wife, Virginia, a kindergarten teacher, both graduated from the University of Oregon in 1977. They have two children, Kirk, a graduate of student at Stanford University and the Wharton School who works in the health care field. Kelsey, a UCLA graduate and LA resident is the Assistant Programming Director at classical KUSC radio. Roger is a Financial Advisor at Stillman Capital Group, a Registered Investment Advisor.

Linual A. White, Jr.

Linual A. White Jr. was elected to the Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors in November 2014. Mr. White was born and raised in El Centro, CA., where he served in the fire department for 25 years as a battalion chief, operations officer and fire marshal.

Mr. White also served as the Fire Chief of Lompoc from July 2002 until his retirement in December 2009. He also serves on the Lompoc Library Board of Trustees and is on the executive board of the Lompoc Valley Community Health Organization. He is a lifetime member of the Navy League.

He and his wife, Carol, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.

Randell Michel, M.D.

Chief of Staff

Dr. Randell 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.

Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) is licensed, regulated, inspected, and/or certified by a number of public and private agencies at the state and federal levels, including the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and Certification Program (L&C) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The CMS accreditation for the acute hospital is delegated to the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ). Other accreditations include The Joint Commission (Laboratory and Champion Center), American Association of Blood Banks (Blood Bank) and American College of Radiology (Radiology).

The Medical Staff is composed of 104 qualified, licensed physicians who adhere to the strict medical standards of the State of California and Lompoc Valley Medical Center. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of these staff members have had additional training and are board certified in their specialty area. These physicians represent a broad spectrum of specialties and sub-specialties, ensuring that, except in a few cases where highly specialized care is needed, patients will not have to seek medical care far from home.

Lompoc Valley Medical Center was the first operating healthcare District established in California and was created in 1946 by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. The District now includes a state-of-the-art, 60-bed, general acute care hospital and a 110-bed skilled nursing facility.

In its quest to provide new and innovative medical services to the Healthcare District, LVMC is in the process of opening a hospital-based voluntary chemical dependency treatment center – The Champion Center.

Finally, LVMC provides numerous outpatient services, from physical therapy and diagnostic imaging to laboratory services and sleep studies.

Together, these facilities provide a vast array of quality inpatient and outpatient services, health promotion and maintenance programs, as well as geriatric long-term care for District residents.

Scope of Service

Lompoc Valley Medical Center is comprised of three facilities located in the City of Lompoc. The acute hospital is a 60-bed facility offering emergency, critical care, obstetrical, medical-surgical, and surgical services to the community. The Comprehensive Care Center is a 110-bed long-term care and skilled nursing facility. Once it is licensed by the CDPH and open, the Champion Center will offer a unique service -- the “Heroes Program” – to first responders. It will focus on the “care and restoration” of military, law enforcement and fire department professionals who are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chemical dependency issues. 

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center provides healthcare services to all residents of the district from newborns to geriatric, birth through end-of-life. Additionally, LVMC engages experts in the field to conduct external surveys aimed at assessing the future healthcare needs of the community.

The scope and complexity of care provided ranges from emergent and critical care to maintaining the activities of daily living. These services are provided 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. All LVMC facilities are staffed with appropriate licensed professionals to meet the needs of the patients and residents requiring such services. When appropriate, staff may be placed on call to enable them to remain at home or in the area and at the same time respond when needed.

All practice guidelines are jointly established with physicians and clinical staff and finally approved by the medical staff prior to implementation. The District complies with all state and federal guidelines as well as guidelines published by appropriate public or private agencies.

Mission, Vision and Values

With input from our employees, management staff, medical staff and Board of Directors, LVMC has defined our organizational mission, vision and values as follows:

Our Mission: Who We Are and What We Do

We are a community-based healthcare organization providing quality inpatient, outpatient, and long-term healthcare services, appropriately and compassionately.

Our Vision: What We Will Be

We will be a leader in an organized and coordinated healthcare system and an advocate for good health for the Lompoc Valley, and a community educator regarding healthcare issues. This will be accomplished through continually improving existing services, innovation, teamwork, and operational excellence. Our success will come through superior service, responsible use of resources, and cooperation with others.  We will achieve our purpose and vision for our patients, customers, partners, and the community by promoting the following values.

Our Values: What Guides Our Actions

  • Maintaining the trust of our community, patients and residents.
  • Continuously striving to improve our services.
  • Communicating openly and honestly.
  • Working as a team with each other, the medical staff, our patients and residents.
  • Being compassionate and caring to everyone we serve.
  • Encouraging District staff to grow professionally.
  • Using resources efficiently.