As a senior, I had an experience at Lompoc hospital where three Lompoc hospital staff members, in succession, were unable to successfully perform a common, routine procedure. I had to be sent by ambulance to Cottage Santa Barbara. However, what happened to me was nothing compared to what happened to my wife. My wife had a tragic experience at this hospital and I know if she was here now she would ask me to try to do something about the unsafe conditions.
Based on the personal experiences of countless Lompoc residents, word-of-mouth has been deplorable for years. Some who’ve experienced or witnessed poor care have told their stories in social media. But in most cases, those stories have only been shared with family, friends, and neighbors.
In September 2017 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) again rated LVMC in the lower 15.7% of hospitals nationwide. LVMC is rated lower than any other hospital in Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo counties.
The Board of Directors, the legally responsible entity, accept the poor performance standards set by hospital management and the Board appears to be perfectly satisfied to be responsible for the lowest-ranked hospital in Santa Barbara County.
Lompoc residents deserve better.