• Collaborating for Better Health

Published on July 26, 2018

Collaborating for Better Health

Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) and Cottage Health (CH) are pleased to announce a collaboration to meet shared goals of service and care. The collaboration will bring new opportunities to enhance current clinical services, expand clinical research and education, and broaden community outreach programs.

The organizations remain separate, unaffiliated entities, dedicated to finding ways to better serve our region with a continuum of care that will meet the changing needs of residents and visitors.

"We want the Lompoc area community to find comfort in knowing that LVMC is the gateway for all their healthcare needs—regardless of whether we provide those services locally or have relationships with other facilities, like Cottage,” says Jim Raggio, CEO of LVMC. "Our respective administrative and medical staffs have worked closely over the past two decades to develop a professional relationship based on trust and mutual respect. This collaboration is an important step in reinforcing the ever-expanding scope of high quality services either provided, or facilitated, by Lompoc Valley Medical Center."

For many years, the medical staffs of LVMC and CH have worked closely on coordinated transfers and referrals of patients needing specialized care in Santa Barbara, where Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Trauma Center stands ready to treat adult and pediatric patients with critical illness or injury.

In recent years, LVMC and CH have developed a successful telemedicine program for neurology consults—to relay information quickly when minutes matter most—and have partnered on effective transfer protocols for newborns needing neonatal intensive care in the Level 3 NICU at Cottage Children’s Medical Center. LVMC and CH also partner on advancing medical education in our region, as physician residents from SBCH’s Graduate Medical Education program may rotate to LVMC to provide a rural acute care hospital experience for its physicians.

“We value our longstanding relationship with Lompoc Valley Medical Center to ensure access to care throughout the region,” says Ron Werft, President and CEO of Cottage Health. “Our clinical teams work well together to expedite care and do what is best for patients. Residents and visitors in our communities can be assured that wherever they seek treatment in our region, they will have access to hospitals and physicians working daily together to offer the level of care they need.”

Lompoc Valley Medical Center and Cottage Health intend to explore opportunities to develop or expand clinical programs, leveraging the strengths of each organization to meet the health care needs of the Central Coast.

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