By Nora Wallace

for Lompoc Valley Medical Center

Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s Comprehensive Care Center has again achieved a 5-Star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

The CCC is a 110-bed skilled nursing and post-acute rehabilitation facility at 216 N. Third St. in Lompoc. The 5-Star designation is the highest level for which a facility can be graded by CMS.

The CMS ratings range from one to five stars and are based on quality measures, health inspections and staffing. Nursing homes with 5-Star ratings are considered significantly above average in quality.

“Our entire staff take pride in the work that is performed at the CCC, while providing individualized care to each resident,” said CCC administrator Lorraine Jones.

The ratings are created to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes “more easily and to help identify areas about which (clients) may want to ask questions,” according to the CMS.

The Comprehensive Care Center was also named last year in the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of Best Nursing Homes in the U.S. Of the 15,000 such facilities evaluated, 2,969 earned the top designation, including the CCC.

In 2019, the facility received the Bronze American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living Quality Award.  This award was received for a process initiated to ensure the reduction of urinary tract infections among skilled nursing residents. 

The CCC has been honored in other ways as well this year. Because of its outstanding efforts to engage residents and the community, the CCC’s annual Trick or Treat event was selected by the California Association of Health Facilities as a 2020 Showcase Award Winner.

This month, the CCC received notification that it was also the recipient of the Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award in the category of Quality/Patient Care Delivery. The honor was bestowed for a multidisciplinary effort to reduce the level of infections among residents.

The effort utilized the work of the CCC’s infection preventionist, nutritionist, dietary department, activities department and all the nursing staff.

For information on the facility, call 805-736-3466 or visit