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I live in Texas now but I definitely miss this VA! I used the Milwaukee VA from 2009 until the end of 2012 and they were always great (especially since I can now compare it to another VA). I had my appendix rupture one night and went to the ER. Ended up having surgery on my birthday and some cooks from downstairs as well as the nurses came up with a mini-cake and sang me happy birthday! Another time when I came upon hard times, the VA gave me money for my rent because I told my Doctor I was struggling at the moment. They brought me downstairs to this room and I gave them my ID card and told them some information and they gave me cash for my rent. I was more than grateful and I will never forget it. Also my Doctors would always actually listen to me and hear me out, whether it involved medication, treatment, diagnosis, whatever. I wish I could say the same for the VA that I go to here in Texas (although it's getting better). Those are just a few great memories. I have many! Everyone was nice there, especially the nurses. I definitely miss this VA. Much respect to the people there that make it wonderful and a positive experience.
VA medicine gets lots of bad press. I've had only good experiences here with both my regular physician and the specialty clinics. VA took me through cancer treatments and has continued with follow up care both here and in North Carolina.
Great service from top to bottom from the medical staff. Many patients around giving VA a bad name that should not even be there just trying to get something they do not deserve, when they don't get it they badmouth the place. My biggest complaint certain groups of VA employees milling around on the first floor meeting and greeting one another in the halls or in the cafeteria like it was a family reunion blocking the flow of foot traffic. Shouldn't they be working?
Don't get caught up in the positive reviews. It is a terrible place to work with many disgruntled employees. There's a mix of good medicine and bad medicine here. There's definitely some irresponsible nurses and doctors that are way too loose with how they prescribe. If you speak up, they just ignore it or label you as a problem employee. Feels like there is little you can do when you witness bad care. Don't be shy to seek 2nd opinions if you have private insurance!!
My brother received his medical care here for several years. About three months ago he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. I accompanied him to all of his appointments at the VA and spent many days and nights with him while he was in the hospital and on the Palliative Care/Hospice floor. I can't say enough about the excellent care he received. All of the staff was excellent, going above and beyond the expected. Their kindness and compassion as he approached the end of his life was most appreciated by our family. Special thanks to Dianna!!