Best GI hospitals in America

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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:05 AM (GMT -6)
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Which best hospitals have great (and not so great) nurses?
I'm disappointed so far tho, that I'm not finding the nurse/patient ratios like US New & World Report used to include in their rankings. *sigh*

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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Looks like my hosp. UPMC has slipped a bit in the ratings. No matter I still feel it's the best place to go in the Pittsburgh area if you have CD.

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   Posted 7/15/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was at Mayo, I think my nurse had at most 2 patients at a time. They always had tons of nurses up on the GI Surgery floor!
Diagnosed at 17, currently 23 :)  Have had 1 resection so far.  It's been an adventure!

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   Posted 7/15/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
My hospital is number 34! At least it's still on the list right?
Crohn's Disease. Diagnosed in 1997 at the age of 10.
Currently on: Monthly B-12 injections, 6MP, Calcium, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Prilosec, just starting Humira
Surgery scheduled: August 19 2010 - small bowel resection in TI

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   Posted 7/15/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my resection surgery at Cleveland Clinic (#4). The surgery team was great, but some of the nurses were subpar. It didn't help that they didn't put me on the GI floor. (which I didn't know until I came out of surgery)My roommate had just had her leg amputated because of a chemical burn ealier in that month and was having complications and moaned because of the pain. I was also throwing up for 2 days straight and come to find out they had me on demeral after I had told them over and over that it makes me sick. But the doctor said that was his drug of choice so they just let keep suffering. (Personally I don't think the nurse ever called him) I begged for an NG tube but wasn't given one. On day 5 my mom got extremely mean and they gave me a veteran nurse who got my meds switched. She was wonderful!!!!!!!! When I was discharged 5 days later a new nurse who had only been in the states for 5 days and barely spoke English tried to take out my staples that weren't supposed to come out for a few more days because of an infection. I had to scream in order for her to stop. It is pretty hard to fight off someone when you have 30 staples in your belly. It really was quite comical when I think about it now. Almost like an I Love Lucy episode. I was so glad to get out of there that I cried when I got in the car to head home.


Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol,  Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.

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   Posted 7/15/2010 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
my hospital (Rhode Island Hospital) isn't on the list for GI, but I Love that hospital, the nurses are great and I love my surgeon and most of my doctors.
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   Posted 7/15/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
#11 yay!
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.

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   Posted 7/15/2010 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
It's all about your personal experience if you ask me. I do happen to go to a well rated hospital system but know of others who have gone to top rated hospitals and got mis-diagnosed there, had to go to another hospital only to get diagnosed with crohn's!
d 1/09 with colitis sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well
IBS, high BP, fibromyalgia, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
claritin, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal, plaquenil, nexium for reflux, wellbutrin, 5 mg prednisone/day.
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel ASCA
Positive ANA, LOTS of joint pain followed by a recent set back with the colitis.

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   Posted 7/15/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine is #29. I have no complaints.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

Amor fati - Nietzsche

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   Posted 7/15/2010 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine doesn't even show up on the list...not suprised, but there aren't any listed in GA...guess I'd have to move for better service. I do love and trust my surgeon with my life, so I wouldn't switch even if there was a hospital ranked better than the one I go to.

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!

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