On January 20, 2015, the Lompoc hospital Chief Operating Officer (COO), Naishadh Buch, responded to a Lompoc Record reporter’s questions about a “D” safety grade rating for the hospital. While criticizing the validity of the survey Mr. Buch stated: “We know that the quality of care that we provide, like I said, is world-class.”
No independent rating has indicated that Lompoc hospital is among world-class hospitals such as Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, M.D. Anderson, etc.
Kenneth Kizer, MD, MPH, defined “world-class” in his paper “What Is a World-Class Medical Facility?
“World-class healthcare is achieved by routinely performing at the theoretical limit of what is possible and consistently and predictably delivering high-quality care and optimal treatment outcomes…”
Does Lompoc hospital meet that standard?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rating for 2017 placed the Lompoc Valley Medical Center in the below-average, lower 15.7% of CMS rated hospitals throughout the U.S. CMS is the major funding entity for the hospital and the records submitted by Lompoc hospital to CMS are extensive. After evaluating those records CMS found that Lompoc hospital is far from being a “world-class care” hospital.