Not too flattering a portrayal of MDA. Patient care is way high on my list. In the Greenville, SC area, we have two real choices, either the GHS (Greenville Hospital System) which is the largest hospital system, or St. Francis. In my 16 years in the area, I have had 9 surgeries, all of them at St. Francis. All of them good experiences, this hospital systems is the hands-down winner of patient care and satisfaction year after year, and for a reason. A dedicated and caring staff. GHS is much bigger, but people talk often about
the blasse attitude of the staff and being more like a number to them then a person.
I contend that while I have absolutely nothing against big brand hospitals or name brand doctors, there are lots of good small community hospitals and doctors and specialists, that can do just as good a job in my opinion.
For a lot of here at HW, we don't have the financial resources, the highest level health insurances, and even the logisitics do seek out and use the other level of providers.
The trust factor between a doctor and patient is so very critical, you have to click, and I don't mean at some shallow personality level. You have to trust the advice you are given, you have to trust as much as your life into the hands of that doctor.
During my current rounds of SRT, I go to Cancer Center of Carolinas, and I am treated like a king when I walk in the door. Despite the number of patients they see in a day, they know me by name, always show the highest level of respect and dignity. The staff is sympathetic to the pains and sufferings of those they serve. This was an important factor to me in deciding this path.
The place your describe, if the rudeness and arrogance is really that obvious to a patient or patient's family, I would never darken their door.
David in SC
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place