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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

Quarter honors.

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.”

Lab Hours:

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.

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

Western Ontario.

Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Auxiliary Meeting

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

in Lompoc.

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.