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I had a very long and varied relationship with Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital. Since childhood. Family members and I were hospitalized here.Had surgeries here. Had a baby here. Saw doctors here.
Later I worked here. Professional and nonprofessional capacities. Saw this place change. Years ago doctors had patients hospitalized for tests. Old folks got a brandy at bedtime. Black nurses aides with hearts of gold whose kids were in Catholic schools gave excellent care. Nurses never had it easy. Never enough of them on the floors. Better in ICU. The old post-surgical unit was fantastic. Weiss served impoverished transients, Appalachians, Native Americans. Addicts. Drunks. Victims of violent mutilating crime. Daily. It served many from the North Shore. The care was very good. Demands, entitlement of many irrespective of class, exceeded need. The lack of understanding of many - staff and patients - made their time here difficult. Never enough time to teach. What changed Weiss was not the U of C affiliation, though it became more efficient, read that as you will. The changes in insurance ruined hospitals. The Medicare, Medicaid, socialized medicine drove the costs sky high. The bean counters whose abacuses determined length of stay. Despite the challenges of the current health care system as obamacare's tentacles are being obliterated, the caregivers and doctors here still do their best. Overall this has been a place for help. To begin healing. Not perfect. No place is. Not an answer for everything. The only answer is staying informed, aware. Having realistic expectations. This is as it should be. A waystation on the road to health. It worked. I can still recommend it.
My mother was in horrible pain. We were left in the room for hours without anyone checking on her. Service is about the same as a third world country in the ER. After she was placed in the ICU things got much better. The nurses in the ICU were much nicer and very attentive. When she was moved out of ICU, the nurses were nice and attentive also. The ER is not the place you want to ever go too.
My father was in the hospital for 12 days. His favorite nurse was Tina Talaboc RN. She was great. Nice and friendly, professional and helpful. Thank you, Tina
If you have a loved one and care about them this is the last Hospital you want them to be in. It is the equivalent of having a prisoner lost in the prison system. I live in NYC and my brother is a brain tumor survivor in Chicago - I am his legal guardian - and he had a bad fall after a seizure and was taken to Weiss. Both the Nurse an the Doctor refused to give me any information on my brother and kept citing HIPPA Laws and "How do we know you are who you say you are?" SO, after many arguments with an arrogant physician, I was told he would look into it and call me back which he or course didn't. I was never able to get an update on my brother until he finally returned to his supportive living facility. I have never had this issue with any other Chicago area Hospital. Weiss won't even allow you to email them Power of Attorney papers to get get info. on your loved one. They should be shut down. It is like losing track of someone in a prison system. If you care about your loved one, make sure they are not at Weiss Hospital or you will be denied any medical updates on them. - Marlon Suson, Founder, Ground Zero Museum - New York
Awesome staff from physicians, nurses, health techs, to food service and housekeeping staff. So kind and caring and attentive. Would refer this hospital to anyone!