For medicinal purposes only

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of the current healthcare debate that has taken the nation by storm. I’d like to bring it down to a local level and actually remove the insurance portion of the debate entirely.

My grandmother is currently in an unnamed local Atlanta area hospital. She appears to be on the mend, so no need for alarm, but it got me to thinking about the state of Atlanta’s hospitals and medical centers. The care she is receiving appears adequate so I’m not here to complain. However, having only frequented a hospital 3 times in my entire life (including once for a tonsillectomy when I was 5-my only overnight stay), I wanted to see what everyone else thought of the current state of affairs in the Atlanta medical community.

What’s your favorite emergency room at 3 am on a Saturday night? Who has the cutest nurses? Would you avoid Grady even if you were on your deathbed?

Inquiring minds want to know…

6 Comments so far

  1. Maigh (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    Several years ago I had a friend bring me to Piedmont at 5p, b/c after staying home all day (mostly on the floor b/c it was nice and cold) I thought I was dying. I sat/lay in the waiting room moaning and sweating and wishing someone would put me out of my misery until 1am when they finally gave me a Tylenol and sent me home. Turns out I had the flu for first time in my adult life. Sure, some gunshot victims came in while I was there, but really? 6 hours to give me a pill, pat me on the head and tell me to suck it up? Meh. I imagine that’s a good number/turn around and one I probably deserved, but I swore to myself after that I’d do anything I could to avoid going to another ER. Also swore to myself I’d never get the flu again. So far, so good!

  2. Stephanie (locaboca) on February 2nd, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    I’ve learned that, if you’re going to the ER, the only way to get prompt service is if you arrive by ambulance. I’ve only been to visit people at Piedmont but I have heard it’s the place to go for any type of cardiac-related problems.

  3. Sarah (swampgravy) on February 2nd, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

    My ex-boyfriend had a TERRIBLE experience at Atlanta Medical Center, and I heard a few grisly stories from other people about that place. Without giving too many embarrassing details, suffice to say I would not go there unless I had a stab wound or something and it was the closest hospital.

  4. Stephanie (locaboca) on February 3rd, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    That’s what I’ve always said about Grady. Unless I need the burn unit or am really seriously about to die from a gunshot or stab wound, take me somewhere else.

  5. Terry (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

    If you have kids, you go to emergency rooms. The ambulance is the way to go for life threatening stuff like chest pains or head injury. Otherwise, it’s always miserable unless you get there about dawn. Take a book and someone who loves you. My visits have been to Piedmont most often, Crawford Long 4 times, Henry General 4 times, the VA 2 times (with grandpa). The waiting is pretty much the same, it takes forever. Crawford Long has the most spacious waiting rooms including several small family waiting rooms. The VA ER rocks. They have very specific kind of clientele. They don’t get car crashes or kids.

  6. Cynthia Armistead (unregistered) on February 7th, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

    The only people who take their kids to the ER for non-emergency care are those who don’t have a choice. And if they’ve got a clue at all, they’ll take them to one of the many locations of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (several of which have urgent care or emergency facilities).

    In the past fifteen years or so our family has made use of the emergency rooms at Grady, CHOA at Hughes Spalding, Northlake Regional, Emory Eastside, Kennesaw, and Dekalb Medical (we have 3 kids, and things happen even without using the ER in place of a pediatrician). The best experience was at CHOA at Hughes Spalding. The worst was at Grady – and that was also for the most serious medical problem that should have been triaged immediately.

    Plenty of people think Grady is the place to go for trauma, but I know someone who was taken there for treatment of gunshot wounds. Apparently the surgeon decided she wasn’t going to make it and hardly bothered to stitch her up. The nurses largely ignored her, too (my experience was the same). If it weren’t for her own family being there with her, she would have had no care at all. After a couple of days they moved her to another hospital, where she was treated for infections that nearly killed her. They had to open her up and find the bullet fragments that the Grady doctors didn’t bother to find.

    I hope I that neither I nor anyone I care about ever has to go to Grady again. I’m glad they provide some kind of care for those who can’t get it elsewhere, but I don’t approve of their mistreatment of people who rely on them.

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