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LVMC named one of the nation's most improved hospitals

Improving patients’ perceptions of the care they receive has been a major goal of the hospital’s staff members since relocating last year from a 65-year-old building on Hickory Street to a brand-new facility on East Ocean Avenue.

“The problem with the old place was that it was old. You could have the best staffing in the world, but you can’t overcome backed-up plumbing,” Buch said. “I think the quality of the care was always there; it’s just that the perception wasn’t always there.”

Well, now it is.

Based on a patient survey conducted by NRC Picker, a national health-care research corporation, Lompoc Valley Medical Center is one of the most improved hospitals in the corporation’s national membership group. 

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Green Tip for November 2011

When withdrawing cash from ATM, opt to see your balance on screen instead of printing out receipt. If everyone did this, we could reduce paper use by over two billion feet of a year!

Path to Excellence Award

Lompoc Valley Medical Center has been named a winner of NRC Picker’s second annual Path to Excellence award, which recognizes healthcare organizations for their dedication to improving the patient experience. As an award recipient, you were selected from NRC Picker’s extensive database of members, ranging from small specialty hospitals to large multi-hospital systems, for achieving NRC Picker’s Path to Excellence Award. You have won the Most Improvement Member Award.

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Facts about Influenza

It's flu season again and your friends at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center have recommended a few simply things that you can do to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Keep your hands out of your mouth, eyes and nose. 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Use disinfectant cleaner to clean commonly used surfaces in your home.
  • Be sure to get the seasonal flu shot each year.

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One Year Anniversary

One year ago today the power at the old hospital that serviced our community for over 60 years was turned off and it was officially closed.  All patients were safely transferred to 1515 East Ocean Avenue and the new hospital took a breath and came to life. It was a remarkable accomplishment and it has been a remarkable year.