Living Here Guide

Nurse helps others in the ‘Norman Rockwell painting’ of Templeton

Carrie Vucasovich is a nursing supervisor at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.
Carrie Vucasovich is a nursing supervisor at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.

For Carrie Vucasovich, it’s Templeton’s caring spirit that makes the community feel like home — and the beautiful rolling scenery doesn’t hurt, either.

“This is like living in a Norman Rockwell painting,” she said.

Vucasovich was no stranger to the area when she moved to Templeton about 20 years ago — she grew up in Santa Ynez and graduated from Cal Poly. She went on to study nursing in Southern California and lived in Sacramento and Los Angeles before settling in San Luis Obispo County with her husband.

Now a nursing supervisor and emergency preparedness coordinator at Twin Cities Community Hospital, Vucasovich finds joy in helping others through their struggles. She recognizes the “impact you can make on someone’s life in a split second.”

“The thing that I enjoy the most is meeting people and interacting with them in their time of need,” Vucasovich said.

Vucasovich has served others close to home and farther away. She’s traveled to Baja California to provide medical equipment and surgical assistance with the Flying Samaritans and helped out with Templeton High School’s Booster Club when her now-grown daughter was a student. Vucasovich has also taught classes on cardiac life support and women’s heart health.

“I love to take on different challenges,” she said.

These opportunities to help others make Vucasovich appreciative of Templeton’s small-town vibe. In larger cities, “there’s just not a lot of opportunity to give, unless you do it in a big way,” she said.

“People here are very caring,” she said. “They’re focused on the community.”

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27


Population: 7,753

Key employers:

• Twin Cities Community Hospital

• Templeton Unified School District

• Private medical practices and services

• Wineries and agriculture

Community Events:

• Fourth of July Parade and Pancake Breakfast

• Concerts in the Park, every Wednesday, June 8-Aug. 17, 2016

• Wine and Roses Bike Ride, Oct. 15, 2016

• Founder’s Day Celebration, Oct. 22, 2016