t’s the time of year for recognition of some of our amazing employees at LVMC and
Lompoc Health. Recently, three employees were singled out for Employee of the
Lompoc Health Facilities Engineer Fredy Dubon was named Employee of the Quarter
for LVMC’s affiliated practices. Fredy was honored for his dedication, his willingness to
help and his good demeanor. He was chosen for being universally helpful to all the Lom-
poc Health entities.
“He’s an amazing guy,” said Sue Nooney, North H Center manager. “He has integrity.
He’ll drop anything to take care of something.”
Fredy said he worked at the former Sansum Clinic since 2001. He stayed on when
LVMC acquired the practice this past January.
Comprehensive Care Center Physical Therapy Aide Markela Cruz was given Employee of the Quarter honors for the
CCC. Markela was hired in 2014.
Rehabilitation Services Director David Munar called her the “glue that has held the CCC Rehab team together.”
At the acute hospital, Executive Assistant Beth Burk was named Employee of the Quarter for LVMC.
Beth is the Executive Assistant in Administration/Medical Staff Services and was very surprised at the honor.
Beth was nominated by Christine Johnson, Director of Administrative and Medical Staff Services.
“Beth has been a blessing to our department from the time she started,” Christine said. “She has a high work ethic and
does things the right way without cutting any corners, so we never have to question if things are done or not done and how
they are handled. Simply, she is trustworthy and very reliable.”
Beth is responsible for working with CEO Steve Popkin, Chief Medical Officer Randy Michel and Christine, handling
phone calls, activity calendar requests, meeting minutes, agenda management and more.
The hospital district also
recently recognized 36 em-
ployees for service awards
ranging from five years to
40 years. During a Ceremo-
ny of Champions banquet in
late October, honored for 20
years of service were Karen
Unrue, Debbie Thornburg,
Elizabeth Carpio and Maria
Dealba. For 30 years were
Michael Maher and Sandra
Cannon. For 35 years, Julie
McAninch was acknowl-
edged. And for 40 years,
CCC administrator Lorraine
Jones was thanked for her
Honors are coming in to
our facilities as well. Lom-
poc Health – North Third Center has been named the top Family Practice Performer in both Santa Barbara and San Luis
Obispo counties by CenCal Health.
The award was for top 2018 Family Practice Performer in the organization’s incentive program.
CenCal Health administers the Medi-Cal program in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. There are approxi-
mately 1,300 CenCal Health members using Lompoc Health (formerly Valley Medical Group) for primary care needs.
The award recognizes practices from throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties for providing high-quality
healthcare. In part, Lompoc Health – North Third Center was honored for enabling CenCal Health members to have ac-
cess to preventative care visits.
Terri Howell, CenCal’s Director of Provider Services, said “A provider receives this top award for providing necessary
wellness services for our CenCal Health Members. Lompoc Health has continued to demonstrate its focus on improving
the health and wellness of our members. They are a valuable partner of CenCal Health, and I appreciate their dedication
in providing care to our most vulnerable citizens in the communities we serve.”
People are still learning that the laboratory is open in our Lompoc Health – North H Center building. The
hours at the North H Center site are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Appoint-
ments are encouraged. The building is located at 1225 N. H St. and can be reached by calling 805-737-8648. There’s also
laboratory services and imaging appointments at 1111 E. Ocean Ave., Suite 2.
That office can be reached by calling 805-737-3387. It is open weekdays 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both sites are great alterna-
tives to having lab services completed at the acute hospital.www.thelompocvision.com
The Lompoc Vision
“Good News You Can Use.”
by Nora K. Wallace, LVMC Public Relations Coordinator
LVMC and Lompoc Health celebrate Employees
resident, Lola Day, opened the meeting by introduc-
ing our speaker Michele Hunt Director at Activities
at the CCC. She was born and raised in Toronto,
Canada and moved to the Central Coast in 1994. Michele
earned a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Cultural An-
thropology and a minor in Spanish from the University of
Lompoc Valley Medical Center
Michele was a stay at home Mom for 12 years while
raising her 3 children. She has a vast variety of work expe-
riences. Before joining the CCC staff, Michele worked for
organizations that focused on female reproductive health
care, ending domestic violence, women’s shelters. She
started at LVMC CCC in March and loves working in Se-
nior Health Care.
She wants the long term residents to still feel a part
of the community so is offering 4 field trips a month and
especially for those who do not have family locally . Trips
already taken have been for the men have been to the Elks
Club for lunch, Home Depot, and veterans’ memorial sites
She establishes special plan of care for each patient/
resident and meets with the resident or a family member
to discuss their plan. LVMC CEO Steve Popkin entertains
the residents twice a month by playing the piano for them
during the lunch hour. Some of the opportunities offered to
the residents are painting classes, Bible Studies, and wheel-
chair yoga class.
A very enthusiastic leader, Michele has 6 staff members,
4 activity leaders and assistants to make this all work.