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Surprise federal inspection finds problems at Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Lompoc Valley Medial Center passes...

LOMPOC, Calif. - Lompoc Valley Medical Center passed their inspection and is in full compliance according to hospital officials.

"In my opinion, they overly reacted, the way they wrote it up, it was a little inflammatory, we dealt with it, I'm confident the care we provide here is excellent," says hospital CEO Jim Raggio. 

He has been working on a response to an inspection months ago that found problems including infection control and the handling of food. 

"There is not one thing written up there that shows there is a patient care issue," says  Raggio. 

On Wednesday, the hospital passed a follow up inspection which means the hospital will continue to get payment from agencies like Medicaid and Medical. 

"We are a public agency, we take care of everyone who comes through those doors regardless if they can pay," he says.

More than 20,000 people use the hospital every year. We found patients pleased with the care. 

"The ER services were great, they took care of me," says Priscilla Kaua.

She depends on Medicare and Medical.

She and patients like Isabel White rely on government help to pay for their care.

"The doctors, the staff they were in and out checking on me, I had a positive, it was great," says Isabel White.

One patient who chose to remain anonymous was not happy with the quality of care.

"If I had a heart attack again I wouldn't go there, I would take my chances, call an ambulance, have them take me elsewhere," he says.

Lompoc Valley Medical Center will have another surprise inspection in three years.

The hospital's leader believes the facility is safe. 


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