If you want to be told you're imagining everything you're feeling, then Twin Cities is the place to go. Everyone we know in this community that's been to the hospital has a horror story about it and can... more all attest to being told "You're making it up, here's some drugs, now go home". This has caused us to start a new saying: "It's better to die on the way to French hospital, than to go to Twin Cities".
Let's talk about how we've come to these conclusions...
My Wife's Experience:
She had to go to the E.R. Thirteen times to get admitted to see what was wrong with her digestive system. THIRTEEN. Do you have any idea how much it costs to go to the ER that many times? How much the ER charges for each drug administered even if they have no idea what they're doing, if it's going to help, or what the ramifications are? Each time she went, they got her loaded, told her she was imagining everything, and sent her home. I was getting upset with the staff and demanded that she be hospitalized because she could only go 24~48 hours between visits before needing to come back for relief. After reluctantly being admitted, they managed to mismanage her blood sample and urine specimen which caused a bunch of false positives for literally every illegal substance known to man. How is it possible that this hospital is even open still? They kept from giving her pain medications for a full day while giving her other medications that caused her to be in pain due to the mishandled samples. My wife is terrified of ever going back to that hospital for her medical needs. She feels more comfortable driving for ~45 minutes to SLO for medical assistance.
I was taken there after I managed to survive a hit and run on my motorcycle. After getting Xrays of all the areas where I hurt, the nurse told me I was being a baby and that I had a minor fracture to my pelvis and that was it. Not only is that a terrible thing to tell someone in that condition, they also managed to overlook the Scaphoid fracture in my wrist. They told me to take some pain meds and rest my Pelvis as the pelvic fracture wasn't serious enough to need to be stabilized. I spent a couple weeks in bed, but my wrist that they Xrayed (and said was fine) was still killing me. Not wanting to go back multiple times (like my wife had experienced), I went to another facility and paid to get my wrist re-xrayed. Sure enough, my wrist was broken and I wasn't being a wuss about it.
This hospital doesn't seem to care about helping you get better. I believe they want to get you out the door as soon as possible without caring for you long term. If that means getting you loaded so you don't feel bad, so be it.
I would absolutely LOVE to talk to someone from Twin Cities about my experiences here. Is there a representative from the hospital willing to meet with me?
For now, my wife and I will die on the way to French hospital.
Still in the waiting room with my extremely I'll father. Finally asked for a blanket for him, I got one with a very disgusted look from the receptionist. There are drops of blood on the floor from another... more waiting patient with a cut to the finger. This is on the heals of pointing out to the security guard at his desk that a child vomited on the ground. Aye aye!! Why didn't I go to Sierra Vista?????!!!!!!
Rate of readmission after discharge from hospital (hospital-wide)
Rate - 16.2% (0.2% above the national rate)
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