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Provider Alert: Tuberculosis Outbreak in North County

This alert is to notify providers of an outbreak of isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis (TB) among Oaxacan persons in the northern region of Santa Barbara County. To date, nine active TB cases have been identified within this community; 5 of the cases have epidemiologic links and the same genetic pattern on their TB isolate, suggesting the same chain of TB transmission. All case-patients are residents of Santa Barbara County, aged 1-79 years old, and all are ethnically Oaxacan (persons from a region in Mexico who often speak Mixteco and do not speak Spanish.) The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has been conducting an ongoing investigation of this outbreak and is asking medical providers within North County to have an increased suspicion for TB in patients from the Oaxacan community who present with TB symptoms, both in children and adults.

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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.

Mary Sharp Appointed to Board of Directors

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The first vacancy in 15 years for the Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s board of directors didn’t last very long. In a unanimous vote among the three board members present at Thursday night’s meeting, the board approved longtime Lompoc resident Mary Sharp to fill the seat that became open when Leslie Kelly’s resignation went into effect Nov. 1. Sharp, who is a licensed CPA for Lompoc accounting firm Walker Wilson & Hughen, was one of five applicants to seek the open seat. None of those applicants was present at Thursday’s board meeting. Sharp got the call Thursday night that she had been selected.

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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Champion Center Update

While we are going through the process with Cal Mortgage to fund the center's construction, soft demolition of the old hospital has moved forward now that the asbestos and lead abatement have been completed.The contractor is currently salvaging copper and any other salvageable items. Internal walls are being torn down in preparation for the remodeling. We expect this phase to be completed in the next 3 weeks.