LOMPOC, Calif. - The CEO of Lompoc Valley Medical Center is setting the record straight on the hospital's Medicare and Medicaid compliance after recent inspections found deficiencies threatening the hospital's re-certification.
CEO Jim Raggio has been with the hospital for decades and has seen his share of on-site surveys by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) over the years.
"There was a little overkill, I think personally in my experience", Raggio says, "every thing that they found was a standard deficiency most of the time, in my experience."
Raggio hosted a town hall-style question and answer session for hospital staff and the public on the findings in the 128-page CMS report from recent on-site inspections and addressed several of the deficiencies spotted by the CMS survey team.
Raggio says LVMC is full compliance of all recommendations and deficiencies outlined in the CMS report.
"This is your hospital and we take this very, very seriously", Raggio said, "I'm very, very proud of the quality of care that's here and the staff that is here providing that care."
Those from the community concerned about the potential impacts to the future of the only hospital and emergency room in the Lompoc Valley said they were satisfied with what they heard from CEO Raggio Tuesday night.
"We needed to hear the full story, and not just what we've read and heard and the gossip", said local resident Kay Casey, "it was important to get the facts."
"I think the survey team was overly critical of this hospital", said employee Rey Ruiz, "I've been here for a few years, I work here, and I've seen other hospitals of similar size not go through the same scrutiny that this hospital has."
Most of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center's business is done through Medicare and Medicaid so re-certification is vital to the future of the hospital.