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Pharmacy

Scope of Service

The department provides pharmaceutical care services to patients of all ages while they are receiving treatment at Lompoc Hospital. A lesser, but not unimportant, function of the department is to provide consultative services to the Convalescent Care Center.

The purpose of pharmaceutical care is to improve patient outcomes while optimizing resource utilization. To this end, Pharmacy Services has two overarching foci - clinical services and pharmacy operations. For clinical services, pharmacists apply pharmaceutical care principles to patient care by serving as an expert resource for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals.

Additionally, pharmacists monitor the efficacy of current pharmacotherapy by assessing patient response and reviewing laboratory results.

Operationally, the department's primary goal is the safe, accurate and timely delivery of pharmaceutical products to the patient by optimizing the systems, processes and logistics of departmental function.

Staffing in the pharmacy is available from 0630 to 1700 on weekdays and from 0730 to 1500 on weekends and major holidays. During off-hours, medications ordered are provided by the House Supervisor. If further assistance is needed, the Pharmacy Director is contacted.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737-3337

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Medical / Surgical

Mission Statement

The Medical/Surgical Unit is a team of nursing professionals who strive to deliver compassionate, appropriate and cost-effective care for all patients to accomplish the mission of the Lompoc Healthcare District.

Scope of Service

The Medical/Surgical Unit has 38 beds and provides care for adult and pediatric patients with medical and surgical diagnosis.

Telemetry, observation, short stay and outpatient transfusion patients are placed on this unit. The average census is 22. The Medical Surgical Unit operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Nursing Care is individualized for each patient and includes assessment and reassessment of the patient and significant other in the physical, psychological and cognitive domain in all phases of patient care, planning for care after identifying needs from the assessment including coordination with appropriate disciplines required for patient/family during hospitalization and at discharge, implementing and documenting the plan of care, evaluating the patient's response to medical and nursing interventions, and working with the patient/family, physician and other health care providers to assure the discharge plan is best fitted to the assessed needs.

Staff of the department consists of Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and Ward Clerks. The patient classification system is utilized as a tool for staffing in conjunction with the unit director, supervisor and staff input. RN's, LVN's assess their patients acuity once each shift and the staffing assistant and the unit director or supervisor determine staffing needs for the next shift based on an appropriate and realistic mix of patients and personnel.

The Department is committed to follow laws and regulations established by the California Nurse Practice Act, the JCAHO, the Title 22 State Regulations, the Lippincott Manual of Nursing and the Nursing Policy and Procedure Manual of Lompoc District Hospital.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737- 3344

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Perioperative Services

Mission Statement

The Perioperative Department is a team of licensed and unlicensed assistive personnel who deliver optimal, compassionate, appropriate and cost-effective care to inpatients and outpatients requiring surgical interventions. Care begins with preparation for surgery and continues until the patient is discharged or transferred to the appropriate level of care.

Scope of Service

The Perioperative/Surgery Department serves patients of all ages who require surgical intervention and non-invasive procedures. The department assesses the patient's care needs through care planning that is age specific. The scope and complexity of patients' care needs met by the Perioperative Department include minor and major surgical procedures, assisting with pain management, and endoscopic procedures. The department utilizes contracted technical support for lithotripsy, pacemaker insertions, radiologic procedures and Anesthetics. Staffing in the department consists of RN's, ORT's, & Anesthetists/Anesthesiologists who are available from 5:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with on-call coverage provided after hours 7 days/week.

The level of care and services provided meet our patients needs by providing all surgical procedures excluding major cardiovascular and neurovascular procedures. The standards &/or practice guidelines utilized by this department include AORN, ASPAN, JCAHO, Title 22, OSHA, and our department Policy and Procedure Manual.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737-3395

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Critical Care Unit

Mission Statement

The Critical Care Unit is a team of licensed professionals who deliver optimal, compassionate, and appropriate and cost-
effective care to all critically ill patients as well as accomplish the mission of the Lompoc Healthcare District.

Scope of Service

The Critical Care Unit has 4 beds and provides care for adult and pediatric patients with critical care diagnosis. Patients requiring ventilation support, vasopressin drugs, thrombolytic agents, as well as, but not limited to cardiac monitoring are placed in the Critical Care Unit. The average census is 2.1 patients. The Critical Care Unit provides care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Nursing care, which is individualized for each patient, includes assessment and reassessment of patient and significant other in the physical, psychological and cognitive domain in all phases of patient care; planning for care after identifying needs from the assessment including coordination with appropriate disciplines required for patient/family during hospitalization and at discharge; implementing and documenting the plan of care; evaluating the patient's response to medical and nursing interventions; and working with the patient/family, physician and other health care providers to assure the discharge plan is best fitted to the assessed needs.

Staffing of the department consists of Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. The Critical Care Unit is staffed according to Department Health Services Title 22 regulation.

The Critical Care Unit is committed to follow laws and regulations established by the California Nursing Practice Act and Regulations, JCAHO, DHS, Title 22 State Regulations, The Lippincott Manual of Nursing, LHD nursing Policy and Procedure Manual and the AACN Standards for Critical Care.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737-3396

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Cardiopulmonary

Mission Statement

The Cardiopulmonary Department is a team of licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners that provide Therapeutic and Diagnostic Respiratory and Cardiac Care services for inpatients, outpatients and long-term care residents to improve the quality of health and life while ensuring congruency with the Mission of the District.

Scope of Service

The Department of Cardiopulmonary serves patients of all ages. The department meets the patient's care needs by providing diagnostic evaluation, therapy and education to the patient, family; and the public.

The scope and complexity of patient care needs met by this department include diagnostic activities such as obtaining and analyzing physiologic specimens, interpreting physiologic data and performing tests and studies of the cardiopulmonary system.

Therapy provided includes, thorough assessment by chart review, patient and family interview, administration of medical gases (excluding anesthetic gases and environmental control systems), artificial airway care, mechanical ventilation support, bronchopulmonary hygiene, pharmacological agents related to respiratory care procedures and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

RT is a support service that is utilized by all patient care departments throughout the hospital. The RT Department is staffed 24 hours per day 365 days per year.

The level of care provided meets our patient needs by assessment of care requirements and implementation of care plans developed in conjunction with the Physician's order.

The practice guidelines utilized by the RT Department include those found in the Department Policy and Procedure Manual, which have been written in accordance with current Respiratory Care Standards as set forth by the American Association of Respiratory Care.

The goal of the RT Department is to meet the needs of our patients, their families, and the community. A specific goal for the coming year is to develop and implement policies that will conserve hospital resources while maintaining quality care.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737-3383

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Emergency Department

Mission Statement

The Emergency Department is a specialized and qualified Team that provides emergent, urgent, and non urgent care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for “all people” to accomplish the mission of the Lompoc Healthcare District.

Scope of Service

The Emergency Department offers emergency health services twenty-four hours a day to patients of all ages. The Department is responsible for the immediate treatment of any medical or surgical emergency, for initiating lifesaving procedures in all types of emergency situations, and for providing emergency care for other conditions, including chronic medical problems and minor injuries and illnesses. The department is staffed with experienced physicians, and one that serves as the Medical Director and is board certified, with one physician on duty at any time. The nursing staff, headed by a trained RN who is experienced in Emergency Nursing, consists of registered nurses, and two licensed vocational nurses all of whom share staffing coverage (two nurses licensed twenty-four hours a day). Medical Staff specialty consultation is provided on a twenty-four hour basis.

The Department fulfills the following responsibilities:

  • Evaluates patients' emergency health needs, stabilizing insofar as possible those patients with life-threatening conditions and providing services that are immediately indicated
  • Provides definitive care for patients not requiring in-depth or follow-up care
  • Establish and sustain the necessary training programs to provide Emergency Department and emergency personnel with the basic skills to intervene in life-threatening situations.

Patients with certain conditions may need to be transferred to another acute facility after initial evaluation and treatment are provided.

  • Psychiatric conditions
  • burns requiring the service of a burn center
  • pediatric or neonatal cases requiring special care
  • neurological or cardiac cases requiring special services/ equipment
  • traumatic injuries requiring specialized care
  • Dialysis

The Department is committed to follow laws and regulations established by the California Nurse Practice Act, JCAHO, Title 22 state Regulations, the Lippincott Manual of Nursing, LDH Nursing Policy and Procedure Manual, and the Emergency Department Policy and Procedure Manual of Lompoc District Hospital.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737-3333

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Rehabilitation Services

Mission Statement

The Physical Therapy Department is a team of rehabilitation specialists, including physical and occupational therapy, that provide rehabilitation and education services to inpatient, outpatient, community, and staff in a timely, professional, compassionate manner in line with the mission of the Lompoc Healthcare District.

Scope of Service

The Physical Therapy Department provides inpatient and outpatient services to clients who have physical impairment resulting form injury, disease or other causes.

We treat clients of all acuity/nonacuity with various diagnoses, including:

  • orthopedic
  • Neurological
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Wound
  • General

We serve patients of all ages and regardless of sex, race, religion, color or national origin.

The department is committed to following laws and regulations established by the Physical Therapy Practice Act and Regulations, the Physical Therapy Board of California, and the JCAHO.

The Physical therapist is responsible for evaluating the patient, interacting with the physician regarding order modification, and overseeing progression of therapy and patient goals. The physical therapist and therapist assistant assess the patient's care needs by gathering significant patient medical and social history, continuously reevaluating patient status, and coordinating with patient/family and hospital staff.

Outpatient physical therapy is initiated with receipt of a recent physician order and continued with renewed orders each thirty days. Inpatient PT is started within 24 hours of receipt of physician order.

Discharge of the patient occurs when goals are met, the patient has reached maximum benefit from the therapy services, the patient refuses or does not show for three consecutive visits, or the physician discharges the patient form the hospital or therapy.

The (outpatient) regular operating hours are provided Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm and are flexible depending on patient volume. Outpatients are not seen on major holidays or weekends. Inpatients receive treatment BID Monday through Saturday & QD on Sundays and major holidays (except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's day when the holiday is observed).

Occupational therapy is consulted/contracted as needed for inpatient & outpatient services.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737- 3388

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Diagnostic Imaging

Mission Statement

The Radiology Department is a fully accredited imaging facility supplying quality and confidential care to the populations within the city of Lompoc and its surrounding communities.

Scope of Service

The Department of Radiology serves all patients regardless of type. Patient care needs are determined through direct patient contact. The scope and complexity of the patients care needs include education, imaging procedures and diagnosis. The appropriateness of clinical necessity and timeliness of services are determined by the staff Radiologists. Staffing for the department is continuous, on call basis after midnight for general radiology, after 5 pm and weekends for CT scan, Nuclear, and Ultrasound. MRI call is currently unavailable. Levels of patient care are provided by direct assessment of the individual patient's needs by both staff and physician. The standards and guidelines utilized by the Imaging Department adhere to the Departments Policy and Procedure Manual.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737-3375

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Perinatial Services

Mission Statement

The Perinatial Department is a specialized nursing care unit that provides quality inpatient and outpatient care for newborns, women who are pregnant, or for women undergoing gynecological surgical procedure to professionally and compassionately meet the needs of the community.

Scope of Service

The OB/GYN departments scope of service is the same a the nursing department with an emphasis on neonatal, prenatal, and gynecological patients.

Childbirth Classes

As a service to the community, Lompoc Valley Medical Center offers classes for first time mothers planning to give birth at Lompoc Hospital. These classes are provided in an attempt to raise awareness of proper childbirth techniques and to help ease the transition into motherhood.

BabyCam

Lompoc Valley Medical Center is proud to introduce BabyCam. Taking advantage of the information age, we invite you to experience this video sharing tool that allows you to show off your newborn to distant family and friends at no cost to you.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737- 3395

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Clinical Laboratory

Mission Statement

The Lompoc Healthcare District Clinical Laboratory is dedicated to providing timely, high quality, cost-effective laboratory testing for physicians and supporting care givers for the purpose of diagnosing and treating human disease.

Scope of Service

The Clinical Laboratory of Lompoc Healthcare District is a California licensed and JACHO certified facility providing comprehensive diagnostic laboratory procedures. The laboratory utilizes ?State of the Art? technology and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by licensed laboratory staff.

Outpatient phlebotomy is available Monday - Friday from 0800 - 1630 at Valley Medical Group and from 0730 - 1700 at the hospital laboratory.

The standards and guidelines followed by the laboratory meet or exceed those set by JACHO and governed by the State of California and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988.

Contact Information

Telephone: (805) 737-3325

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