May 15, 2019 The Leapfrog Group reports that Lompoc hospital is now one of the nine lowest-rated hospitals in America for patient safety. That translates to the worst 9 hospitals out of over 2,600 hospitals!
LVMC has descended from a “D” grade in the Fall of 2018 to an “F” grade in the Spring of 2019.
For patient safety, that also means that LVMC is now rated in the lowest 1% of U.S. hospitals! This rating reflects directly on ineffective hospital management.
The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades every fall and spring to more than 2,600 acute care hospitals for patient safety performance.
Here are the 2019 Spring’s nine “F” rated hospitals by state:
National Park Medical Center (Hot Springs)
Lompoc Valley Medical Center
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (Van Nuys)
Methodist Hospital of Henderson
Hurley Medical Center (Flint)
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (Gallup)*
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (New York City)*
UPMC Chautauqua WCA (Jamestown)
United Medical Center
The obvious task for new members of the Board of Directors is to correct this deficiency and improve the hospital’s safety record. Time has shown that changes need to be made in the operation of LVMC if the Board intends to improve the status of the hospital. The previous composition of the Board routinely accepted low ratings as just fine. No problem.
Loyalty to staff is good. Retaining poorly performing administrators is not good for patients who use the hospital. The poor rating means there is a 92% greater risk of avoidable death. This status is not what Lompoc citizens sought when they elected new Board members.
- Patients at “D” and “F” hospitals face a 92% greater risk of avoidable death.
- (See the details.)
For those patients who find a 92% greater risk of avoidable death troubling, they can go to a nearby better-rated hospital.