University of Washington Rheumatology?

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   Posted 5/16/2012 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all--
My rheumatologist today echoed my internist and suggested that I let them refer me to a tertiary care center to try to figure out what exactly my diagnosis is (if possible; ha).  He specifically mentioned Mayo in Rochester or University of Washington in Seattle.  I am familiar with reviews of Mayo, but does anyone have experience with UW's rheumatology department, especially regarding diagnosing autoimmune connective tissue diseases?  I am open to UW over the more famous Mayo because I hear that Mayo -- while exceptional -- is very conscious of its bottom line and is prone to repeating tests.  So, UW may be more cost-effective.  Also, I like Seattle.
Anyway, any thoughts on UW are much appreciated!

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   Posted 5/23/2012 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
There are other places that take the clinic approach like Mayos to diagnosing disease. In Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital does that and if other specialists are needed they have them available. Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins are also viable options. Can't attest to UW one way or the other. There are other major medical centers/teaching hospitals that do the same thing.

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   Posted 5/23/2012 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm in Montana, so Mayo in Rochester and UW in Seattle are equidistant. Also, as you can tell from where I live, I have very, very limited options as far as medical care goes. Because nothing is particularly nearby to begin with, if I decide to go to a tertiary care center, I might as well go anywhere. My rheumatologist has sent people to both Mayo and UW before, so that is why he mentioned those places. But I am definitely open to suggestions. You had good experiences at Northwestern, if I remember correctly?

Does anyone else here have experience with a tertiary care center that they'd either highly recommend-- or recommend against?

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   Posted 6/5/2012 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in Eastern Washington, and though I have never personally been to UW, my doc has talked about sending me over there. I also have friends who drive over monthly to see docs in Seattle because they are so great. Virginia Mason is also there, and is a great diagnostic center. I'd say give it a shot! My friends love their rheumy in Seattle.
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