By now, many individuals living within the Lompoc Healthcare District boundaries have heard of my intention to retire on June 30, 2018. I gave my commitment to the LVMC Board of Directors that I will stay until a replacement is hired, to assure a smooth transition of leadership.
As this will be my final Community Connections column, I will tell you emphatically that I am very proud of what has been accomplished in the past 38 years at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. I have spent 38 years of my life working in Lompoc, and 36 of those years were spent at LVMC. In that time, I have heard past administrators complain about numerous changes to the state and national healthcare delivery system. In fact, there has been dramatic change throughout the healthcare system. But I assure you, LVMC has remained steadfast and stable, and continues to provide excellent care to our community.
That stability is due in large part to superb governance show by our elected Board of Directors – Ray Down, Roger McConnell, Mary Sharp, Dr. David L. McAninch III and the newly selected Sharon Martinez. The governing board is solely focused on what is best for the community and has always allowed staff members to do their jobs, while concurrently maintaining appropriate oversight. Unfortunately the five members of our Board don’t seem to get enough credit for their contribution to the success of LVMC. It is a job without much fanfare, but we are grateful for their dedication and commitment.
The quality physicians on our medical staff, with their dedication to their patients and willingness to work collaboratively with LVMC, are also critical ingredients required to form a stable foundation for any healthcare delivery system. We have worked diligently in the past few years to ensure that our community has a diverse group of high quality medical specialists. Finally, and for which I am most proud, is the quality of staff at LVMC. There are more than 700 dedicated and hard-working employees in the district, ensuring that we are able to provide for the needs of the Lompoc Valley.
When my final day as LVMC’s Chief Executive Officer arrives, I will be able to walk out of the hospital holding my head high, knowing the amazingly talented and focused staff will continue our culture of showing compassion, caring, professionalism, teamwork and pride. I am thankful to have been a part of this institution for almost four decades, and I thank you all for supporting LVMC.