This past week Katie has been in and out of a local hospital, visiting (and encouraging) her sister. Katie returns each night with near-horror stories about the hospital her sister was rushed to last weekend. Her sister finally returned home on Friday but may have to go back in next week. Katie vows to get her moved to a different hospital.
Her sister was at The University of Toledo's Medical Center, a teaching hospital. Complaints included un-responsive nurses, doctors who never show on time, and a feeling that all the tests may not be all that necessary. Katie wants to move her sis to St. Lukes Hospital, located on the suburban edge of inner-ring suburb Maumee, OH.
My bone marrow transplant took place at The University of Michigan Hospital, a huge facility in Ann Arbor. I was there nearly a month. From my POV, the hospital did just fine in accomodating my needs, nurses were responsive (and very friendly), and wait times were not all that bad (considering the thousands of patients they deal with daily).
Our only problem was on a Sunday when Katie found herself locked in a staircase, with an elevator that did not respond. If there would have been a fire, she would have died. Fortunately she had her cell with her and called me (in the hospital bed). I was able to alert the staff.
Over the years, my hospital experiences have been OK. Never enough for me to say, "I'm changing hospitals!".
First question for the brian of Cyburbia.....are most hospital problems caused by large staff reductions? Ironically, Katie's sister lost her job at Toledo Hospital a few years ago.
What say you.....stat!