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United HealthCare Coverage Now Accepted at Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Lompoc Valley Medical Center has reached a provider agreement with United HealthCare effective Nov. 1, 2014. The agreement will allow patients covered by United HealthCare plans to obtain medical services provided at Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

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Statewide Disaster Drill

Staff at Lompoc Valley Medical Center took part in the statewide Medical Health Exercise today, with the scenario of an incoming patient with suspected Ebola virus. To further test the staff response and training, LVMC had one suspected Ebola patient arrive at 6 a.m. and a second at 8 a.m., both presenting as health care workers recently returned from Liberia, and both experiencing extreme symptoms of Ebola exposure. Thank you to staff, patients and others for their help with this effort and their understanding as the drill was conducted throughout the entire morning .

A dedication from LVMC to ride on Rose Parade Float

CEO Jim Raggio, Chief Nurse Executive Jayne Scalise and Director of the Critical Care Unit Katie Ellis participated Wednesday afternoon in an emotional ceremony in the Honda Room. Mr. Raggio was invited by the American Hospital Association and OneLegacy, an organ and tissue recovery organization, to sign a special dedication for inclusion on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on Jan. 1, 2015. The float is called “The Never-Ending Story” and honors organ and tissue donors, recipients and families. Mr. Raggio's message, thanking donors for their gift of life, is attached to a vial holding a fresh rose, which will join thousands of others on the float. Also at the press conference were the children and grandchildren of donor Stephanie Kazianka, mother of nine and foster mother to 59 children, who died at LVMC in 2011. Mrs. Kazianka gave the gift of her kidneys, corneas and tissue. Her donations are credited with helping about 50 people, including a 63-year-old woman who received one kidney.

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Taxpayers Save with LVMC Bond Refinancing

Thanks to a decision to refinance the Lompoc Healthcare District’s general obligation bonds, district taxpayers are seeing a significant savings on property tax payments.

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors agreed to refinance $31.4 million in bonds, with a projected cost savings of $9 per $100,000 in property tax assessment. The fiscal move will save taxpayers an estimated $6 million over the life of the bonds.

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A new Director of Medical Records

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce Barbara Frink has been named Health Information Management Director for the Lompoc Healthcare District. Mrs. Frink comes to the district after a distinguished 16-year career at Boulder Community Hospital, where she most recently served as Interim Director of the Health Information Management Department.

As Health Information Management Director at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Mrs. Frink will manage a 15-person department responsible for implementing and maintaining the confidentiality and security of medical record information for the Acute Hospital, Comprehensive Care Center and the Champion Center.

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