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No Problems With This Facility?

“The quality of care here is tremendous. There are absolutely no problems with this facility…” CEO Jim Raggio in the Lompoc Record on 5/15/17. A lawsuit filed on December 16, 2016, states that a patient had a hernia procedure at Lompoc hospital that went terribly wrong. The complaint alleges that Lompoc hospital general surgeon Dr. William …

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Lompoc Hospital Medical Malpractice

When a patient is admitted to any hospital a statistical probability that something may go wrong is always present. In poor quality hospitals, more things may go wrong. However, when events have gone terribly wrong an act of medical malpractice may have occurred. Just as auto insurance is required for every driver, hospitals carry insurance …

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Lompoc Champion Center Debacle

Background: The Lompoc Valley Medical Center, a California Healthcare District that is also a Santa Barbara County government entity, (a non-profit entity), has operated a district hospital since 1946 with a history of poor performance. (Rated in 2016 & 2017 by CMS in the lower 15.7% of hospitals nationwide.) The District claimed there was an …

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Lower Diagnostic Imaging Standards

  The Lompoc Valley Medical Center Imaging Department has lower diagnostic imaging standards that often do not rise to the level required by the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR accreditation is considered to be the gold standard by the medical community.  Yet, the Lompoc Imaging Department has had limited success obtaining accreditation for its …

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Poorly-Performing Hospital Management

The Lompoc Healthcare District was created as a local government entity in 1946. The critical needs of wounded soldiers coming home from WWII were met. That was over 70 years ago. But managing a hospital in 2017 has become a much more complex challenge. For years Lompoc hospital has been unable to come close to …

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Yelp Posts on Lompoc ER!

Patients and family members often vent on Yelp!  (Edited for brevity) 9/2/2017 Tee W, Oxnard: Terrible!! If you are in serious, serious pain do not come here!! I have been here since 11 pm last night and I’m still here and have not seen a Dr or nurse!!! Might as well SUFFER!!! 4/27/2017 Cady D, San …

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Medical Errors in Lompoc ER

Medical errors in the Lompoc ER are described by a patient. Her list includes several misdiagnoses, providing an expensive brain scan when she was the wrong patient, failure to diagnose a knee fracture and a clogged heart, and an attitude that the patient found highly appropriate. (Posted on Lompoc ER Facebook, January 2017, but now …

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Choose A Safe Hospital

It’s particularly wise to choose a safe hospital. The chance of suffering complications or death rises considerably in a hospital that rates poorly for safety. Well over 1,000 patients die every day in hospitals from preventable errors. They don’t die from any illness. They die from mistakes made by hospital staff. It’s not just the 1,000 deaths per day …

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Was A Cat Scan Required?

Post submitted June 22, 2017. I requested admittance to LVMC as a precautionary matter due to chest pains which did not match the signs of a typical heart attack.  All of the tests done were negative but four hours later they recommended I have a cat scan which I consented to. What they did not tell me …

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Below Average Rating

CMS ranks Medicare-certified hospitals across the country on a 1 to 5 Star scale. 5-Stars is best, 1-Star is worst. In 2017 Lompoc hospital received a 2-Star ranking. That’s a below average rating and the lowest rating of any hospital in Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo counties.  Nationwide, Lompoc hospital was rated in the …

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