Year Established: 1867
We are one of the largest private hospitals in the state offering a wide range of comprehensive medical and surgical services. Our medical center is affiliated with Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a nationwide... more provider of healthcare services. Tenet Healthcare Corporation.
Brookwood Medical Center strives to be recognized as a center of excellence in partnership with community, providing quality health care through advanced technology in a healing environment. Our centers include Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery, Oncology, Orthopedics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatric services, Emergency services, and Women's services.
My dad has spent the past several months in and out of Brookwood because of his lung cancer, brain cancer, and spinal cord cancer. The staff at this place is ridiculous, especially the nurses on the cancer... more floor. If it weren't for the techs, my dad would be completely ignored. We've had incidences where we've had to press the nurse button several times over an hour or more and then physically go find someone because no one will ever come in on their own. He's in a diaper right now, and in the week he's been there my mom has had to change it and clean him up every time. Nobody checks it or asks him about it. People have flat out refused to help him. They've been rude to my mom and to me. We were told today when we said something about how long it took for anyone to come in that my dad isn't the only patient and that he would be fine if we would "quit messing with him." This isn't the way to treat a family who's just found out they're losing someone, and it definitely is not the way to treat a patient.
I am a seasoned medical professional. I had a horrible experience with this hospital. My brother was discharged with a blood clot in his heart and in Atrial Fib even though we requested a longer stay due... more to his unstable condition. When we asked to speak with Case Management or the Attending physician, we received a phone call in my brother's room from a discharge planner who was uncaring and then a Charge RN came in and "preached" to us as to why it was ok for my brother to leave. Two days later, he had to be readmitted due to low blood pressure, weakness and continued high heart rate. He died the next day. Two months later I still cannot believe how he was treated. There were too many physicians involved, passing off his care every day. Nurses were over assigned/stretched. Alarms would go off and not be attended to. I insisted on staying with him overnight. I left for three hours to sleep. During that time, I called his RN, she said he was stable. I returned an hour later and he was in active dying phase asking me to get him to UAB.
There was one Cardiologist who really tried his best during the last two or three hours. I feel my brother lost his life because he was discharged too soon and was not carefully treated.
Rate of readmission after discharge from hospital (hospital-wide)
Rate - 16.9% (0.9% above the national rate)
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