Year Established: 1999
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My wife has a history of ruptured ovarian cysts, 3 days ago, it happens again. we go to Athens hospital ER because we just moved here and thought... more stabilizing treatment should be simple.
Registration and admission are typical - med lists, allergies etc. Lortab is a known allergy- as with many people nowadays it induces vomiting. WE get seen by a doctor that walks in without looking at the chart just starts off the cuff trying to figure things out. Doc never check for cyst rupture, and offer ONLY 1 LORTAB. We alert her to the allergy, Doc doesn't care, says that" Lortab is all they have".
We advise her that we were treated at Huntsville hospital for this last year, and Dilaudid was given (commonplace practice) as lortab is simply not strong enough for this type of pain. Doctor laughs at us and says there should be no need for something THAT STRONG. We ask her to just look at the Huntsville Hospital records. Doctor informs us that they don't have access to HH records. Not sure if this is a lie, or truth, but either way its unacceptable.
This was from a female doctor mind you- getting no sympathy for one of the worst female pains there is- was unsettling. At that point we tell the doctor we want to go home- no real tests were run, we're done. Doc says she's concerned about patient's appendix. We humor her in the interest of compliance. They run a CT scan w/o contrast and decide she has appendicitis. Knowing full well this is an ovarian cyst and wanting a second opinion, we left against medical advice.
We then go to our main doctor at Vanderbilt and they try to contact Athens Hospital and they have lost the CT image less than 24 hours later. They do fax over a paper saying my wife has appendicitis. We then have spent the last 48 hours carefully monitoring and testing for appendicitis(complicated by blood loss from ruptured ovarian cyst and resulting renal insufficiency) . Results negative. This is not even third world medicine here, this is real country bumpkin medicine practice.
I am burdened now to tell everyone I know to avoid this place at all costs.
I came to Athens hospital because I had been having shortness of breath, they never checked my breathing and put me in a room , remind you I was the only person in the ER when I came in , I know there... more are other patients there but they put me in a room and no one came to check on me ever and after 3 hrs past I walked out because I wasn’t being helped , when I walked out all the nurses were just standing around talking and laughing with each other not thinking about their patients! I walked past and they nurse that put me in that room just looked at me walk out and never said anything! Now thats the worse experience I have had at any hospital, that’s just ridiculous honestly! My situation wasn’t like oh I’m about to die but if ot was anyone else and it was worse than mine just imagine what could happen!
Rate of readmission after discharge from hospital (hospital-wide)
Rate - 15.1% (0.9% below the national rate)
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