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Jim White

Jim White is the chief information officer at Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

Name: Jim White

Business: Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Location: 1515 E. Ocean Ave., Lompoc

Phone: 737-3300

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What is your job title?

I am chief information officer.

Would you describe your job?

There’s always been a separation between the information technology and the care given to patients by doctors and nurses. Today the two are merged. Information technology is integrated with patient care. It is my job to make sure that the computing systems which process medical information work properly 24/7. Our computers process everything from electronic medical records to registration to billing.

How long have you had the job?

16 1/2 years.

How did you get the job?

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I was a data systems operator in the Navy. When I got out I became a network engineer. I was working for Computer Science Corporation in Lompoc when they got a request from Jim Small, administrator at the Comprehensive Care Center, to see what it would take to computerize the hospital.

I went to the hospital and talked to doctors, nurses and administrators to determine the functionality needed for a computer system. I wrote a specification. Two years later, there was a job opening at the Lompoc Hospital. I applied for the job and got it.

What do you like most about doing your job?

I like the people here in Lompoc Valley Medical Center. They are awesome, great people, so much talent. I look forward to going to work.

What do you find most

challenging?

The dynamics of the industry are challenging, things constantly changing. There are a lot of moving parts. How do you do more with the changes in the industry in an era of tight money?

What do you do in your spare time?

Right now I’m building two playhouses, one for my granddaughter and one for another family. We spend time up at Lake Nacimiento.

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