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Champion Center Debacle

Board of Directors Fails To Protect LVMC Assets: Board of Directors Responsible for Champion Center Debacle: Raymond Down, Jr., Mary Sharp, Roger McConnell, Linual White Jr., David McAninch, III, MD “Let’s be clear. Our need to conceal what we did takes priority over the public’s right to know what we did.” Champion Center Debacle: *  Board …

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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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Medicare Penalizes Lompoc Hospital

Too Many Patients Readmitted Within 30 Days Under the Trump administration, Medicare penalizes Lompoc hospital and many other hospitals across the country for having too many Medicare patients returning to the hospital within 30 days. The Lompoc Valley Medical Center hospital reimbursements from Medicare have been reduced as an incentive to lower the rate of readmission. …

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Lompoc Hospital Medical Malpractice

Hospitals Carry Insurance for 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 …

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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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