I have been a patient of Dr. Hammond’s with Anima Orthopedics for several years. He did the revision of my first hip replacement. He’s replaced both knees, minor hand surgery, various injections, and now I am preparing for him to replace my other hip. I have also used the services of Animas Podiatry the GYN Department, Animas Ophthalmology, and Animas Spine.
They are all super, and the hospital is just as awesome. The medical imaging department is second to none. When I have an MRI the technician hooks up the music on my iPhone so that I can listen to it during the scan. All the other ancillary departments like Lab, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy are awesome. The front desk and admitting personnel are an example of what every hospital should strive to reach. Every form is explained before signing. Every ‘t’ is crossed and every ‘i’ is dotted. This hospital also boasts a fine pharmacy and small ER. Both are top notch with politeness and efficiency as though they created the terms.
Did I mention the nurses and CNAs yet? As a retired ER RN, and I am very familiar with patient load. It’s simple..... the more patients assigned to a nurse, the harder it’s is for patient and nurse alike. This inpatient staff has a 1:3 ratio. Three patients per nurse. It must be like VIP service at other hospitals. AND, they are very professional, but down to earth as well. They joke and laugh with each patient, but patient care is never comprised. The CNAs have always been the biggest help a nurse could have. They give baths and showers, make sure you brush your teeth, keep the bed linens and patients fresh every day, not only do they take scheduled vital signs, they know when the nurse needs to be immediately informed regarding critical numbers. If you’re thinking about becoming a nurse, you should go to school and be a CNA for a couple of years first.
The food is catered with delicious choices for all three meals, and there are the usual jello, ice cream, crackers, and an assortment of beverages for the in-between cravings.
It is no wonder this hospital is ranked highest in the State of Colorado. But speaking of great departments, every phase of the OR experience is like watching a fine tuned well oiled machine. Every employee is a top notch professional that makes your surgical experience as stress free as possible
However it would be inexcusable not to mention two of the most important departments that every hospital should be very thankful to have......a great housekeeping and maintenance department. And also just as important are the receiving and supply departments.
If I’ve missed any operating function or department it was not intentional. I hope one day to have all my medical care established at this one hospital. It’s very well worth driving from Cortez to receive this fine care.