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New CEO Earned Poor Ratings

New LVMC CEO From Parkview Hospital Earned Lower Ratings Than LVMC

Steve Popkin
New LVMC CEO Steve Popkin

The Lompoc Valley Medical Center Board of Directors announced the hiring of a new CEO, Steve Popkin, to take over in January 2019. Mr. Popkin is leaving his job as CEO of Parkview Hospital Community Medical Center in Riverside, California. He has held that position since May 2013 to the present.

Parkview Ranked by CMS in the Lower 5.68% of Hospitals Nationwide

LVMC Board Chair Ray Down stated that “Mr. Popkin brings extensive experience as a community hospital administrator in Southern California.” But Mr. Down omitted a significant fact. Under Mr. Popkin’s management at Parkview, the hospital was rated in 2018 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to be in the lower 5.68% of 4,579 hospitals nationwide. Parkview received a 1-Star Rating.

Parkview Received Spring 2018 “F” Grade From Leapfrog, Among Lowest 22 U.S. Hospitals

The poor CMS rating was mirrored in the Spring of 2018 as Parkview received an “F” grade from Leapfrog. Parkview was placed among the lowest 22 hospitals rated by LeapfrogParkview received Leapfrog D grades in 2016 & 2017 but instead of improving its grade, Parkview fell to an “F” grade. However, Parkview was able to rise back to a “D” grade in the Fall of 2018.

Before hiring Mr. Popkin, the Board claimed they reviewed more than 300 CVs. Yet, they hired a CEO whose current hospital is a national rating bottom-dweller with a documented history of management problems.  While the current Board chair, Ray Down, referred to Mr. Popkin’s “extensive experience,” but did not comment on the quality of Mr. Popkin’s “extensive experience.”

Parkview hospital has been investigated by the California Department of Public Health, Licensing & Certification.

Deficiency Report On Death Of Patient #1:

Here is report #1 involving the death of a patient at Parkview. Complaint Intake Number: CA00513419 – Substantiated

Deficiency Report On Death Of Patient #2:

Here is report #2 involving the death of another patient at Parkview. Complaint Intake Number: CA00513631 – Substantiated

For More Transparency, The Association of Health Care Journalists Posts Reports On Hospital Deficiencies

The information below was prepared from statements of deficiencies compiled by health inspectors and provided to the Association of Health Care Journalists by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To obtain more information about the hospital violations below contact the hospital directly and/or the California Department of Public Health.

Four Violations: November 16, 2017 (View Full Report)

Twelve Violations: March 9, 2017 (View Full Report)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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