Old Artesia Schoolhouse will open on Saturday

Lombok Historic Artesia School will open its doors on Saturday, August 28 from 2 to 4 pm for locals to visit and learn about the city’s history. There is no fee, but a $ 1 donation is valued.

The school was built in 1876 and was the first district school to be used in the Lombok Valley before its closure in 1961.

In the field of view are old school desks, ink wells, old books, even a dollhouse that looks like Artesia sitting with students.

The School Museum is located at 115 W. Chestnut Avenue and will be open on the fourth Saturday of each month.

For more information call 805-736-9442.

The American Veterans Association will meet on August 28

The nonprofit American Veterans United will hold its monthly general meeting on August 28 at 11 a.m. at North H Street 631 American Legion Post 211 in Lombok.

The non-profit organization aims to help veterans և their families, including those seeking assistance with benefits և claims.

Veterans living on the Central Coast are invited to participate.

Products will be put up for sale at the meeting, after which a 50/50 draw will take place.

Meetings usually take place on the fourth Saturday of each month. According to community health guidelines, masks should be worn.

For more information, contact Henry Alfaro at 805 529-1313. Email avuinc@yahoo.com or visit https://avuinc.org

Lompoc Valley Medical is installing new equipment to better serve patients

Lompoc Valley Medical Center recently installed the state-of-the-art Da Vinci XI Single Console Robotic Surgery system, which will provide surgeons with excellent eyesight and enhanced dexterity, according to CEO Steve Popkin.

The system will allow greater precision, the ability to perform minimally invasive procedures that involve complex, delicate dissection or reconstruction. Advantages of robotic surgery include shorter hospital stays; reduced pain և anxiety; faster recovery time; smaller incisions, which reduces the risk of infection. Reduction of blood loss և transfusion; և minimal scar, said Popkin.

The hospital also recently made two major purchases of diagnostic equipment, and officials are now in the process of significantly improving their PET / CT scanner և MRI replacement.

The new scanner will allow lower doses of radiation և lower molecular imaging (PET) doses և has significant diagnostic image enhancement properties, performs heart scan և has a shorter scan for faster output. According to Popkin, it can also serve patients weighing up to 500 pounds. The scanner is expected to be installed and operational by the end of November.

The new MRI is faster, smoother, and has computer diagnostic (CAD) capabilities that allow it to reap benefits such as prostate cancer screening. The MRI will be installed by a scanner.

According to other hospital news, LVMC has developed a bariatric surgery weight loss program led by doctors Farida Bunua and Christopher Taglia.

After performing the required number of bariatric surgeries (50), LVMC applied for accreditation through the Metabolic և Bariatric Surgery Accreditation ավ Quality Improvement Program. Last week, the hospital underwent a virtual visit և examination, which passed the hospital in flying colors, according to Popkin.

The hospital has been given the highest level of program accreditation – the Comprehensive Center, which will be officially accredited in the coming weeks.

Newly registered nurses were looking for the LVMC Mentoring Program

Newly registered nurses are invited to apply for a special mentoring program offered by Lombok Valley Medical Center.

The 12-month residency will be the second time the hospital offers the program. The program is designed for newly graduated nurses, particularly those interested in working in the Rehabilitation Services Department, which treats outpatients and inpatients.

On August 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an informational dinner և tour will be held at Ocean’s Seven Café, located at 1515 E. Ocean Ave. at the address inside the hospital.

Free lunch reservation required until August 18.

Applicants can apply for the one-year residency program online at lompocvmc.com under the Career tab.

New graduates can contact Bonner directly at bonnerb@lompocvmc.com.

Hired candidates will begin eight weeks of orientation / training with LVMC’s Medical-Surgical-Telemetry Division to build a core nursing foundation. The introductory course also includes a two-week class.

At the end of the course, participants will spend time orienting themselves in one of the clinical departments of LVMC.

During the program, each candidate will receive certificates in the areas of advanced heart support, advanced childhood support, National Institute stroke scale, and neonatal resuscitation.