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In the past 12 months I have been in St Anthony's three times as an outpatient and twice overnight. The nursing staff is the best that I have seen in any hospital. All of my needs were taken care of. And of course Dr. Morrow, my surgeon was wonderful.
My husband had two experiences in St. Anthony. Each was provided by caring professionals. Both Cath Lab and third floor staff were kind and proficient. They treated my husband and me with respect, excellent medical care and supportive wisdom. We believe that my husband has have good outcomes because of the fine medical, responsive and humane attention he received.
I'm in health care, so I am very critical of all health care services, so this 5 star rating says a lot! I was at St.Anthony's for surgery a few months ago and without disclosing my medical experience on social media, I will say that the entire admission, surgical and post-op teams were excellent. Great food in the cafeteria, free valet service. You folks make it real easy for patients and families!
My ER experience was not that good and it was mainly the nurses / techs. They all smirked when I told them I was having chest pain and my heart rate was in the 150’s before coming here. One of them said “I don’t think you would even be here if that was true”. The physician was great but I only saw him once. He ordered a lot of testing which was good to rule out anything.
I was a patient at St. Anthony’s for 2 surgeries, 7 weeks apart, in 2017, and I would choose St. Anthony’s again if, God forbid, I ever need hospitalization again. After my 1st surgery, the post-op/recovery room nurse was excellent. I awoke to her asking, “How are you?” I was not doing too well (bad reaction to the anesthesia), and she was with me the whole time. The ratio of nurses to patients in the post-op area is fantastic, as this nurse seemed completely dedicated to me. I assume there were other patients there but this nurse was focused on me like a laser beam. Once I was taken to a room for the night, though, it was a different story with the floor nurses. The breathing tube had damaged (lacerated) my uvula--the little dangly thing in the back of your throat—during surgery, which I didn’t learn until days later, but I sure knew my throat was in a lot of pain and I kept gagging. I kept pushing the nurse’s button, asking for water or something to drink, explaining that my throat was in pain. The floor nurses did not always even respond at all and, when they did, it took a long time, I got a tiny can of soda each time so I had to keep asking and, to my horror the next day, I found out it was all “diet”, thus contained aspartame (Nutrasweet), which I and many people avoid. I was never asked—I would never have drank that if I had known what it was. Anyway, my experience with the nurses/staff on the floor I spent the night on was not good (that was just one example--I’m leaving things out for brevity), and the anesthesia team on my 1st surgery did damage my uvula with the tube, though that might have been no one’s fault, just one of those things that can happen.
2nd surgery, 7 weeks later: GREAT experience with the anesthesia team this time, especially Dr. Valentine! I remember his name because he was SO wonderful: In pre-op, I anxiously told him that the breathing tube had cut my uvula at my surgery 7 weeks prior, and that I was scared about it possibly happening again. He listened attentively (he had not been the anesthesia doctor at the 1st surgery), told me that had actually happened to him once (as a patient), too, and that he would be very careful and it would NOT happen to me again, and said he would use a smaller tube on me. He was so reassuring. When I awoke, my throat was TOTALLY FINE! A tad sore but FINE. He had listened and took steps to ensure that my throat would be okay! The team also took steps to ensure that I wouldn’t react to the anesthesia as badly as I had before, by putting something behind my ear in pre-op. I had a much better time the 2nd time around, and did not have to stay overnight.
In the 25 years I’ve lived in St. Petersburg, I’ve only ever had to go to the hospital for those 2 surgeries in in 2017, both at St. Anthony’s. I think St. Anthony’s is the best hospital in the city, and is the one you want to choose, if possible. I had a choice of 3 hospitals and asked my surgeon if she has a preference. She said she prefers the operating facilities in St. Anthony’s.
I appreciate the state of the art facilities (like the Da Vinci robot), the recovery room nurse who tended to me after my 1st surgery, and I LOVE Dr. Valentine of the anesthesia team, who made my 2nd surgery so much better than my 1st, throat-wise! THANK YOU, DR. VALENTINE! Last but definitely not least, a profound thank you to the pathology lab doctors/team, who found a tiny ovarian clear cell carcinoma in my right ovary, in the lab after surgery 1 (which is why I needed surgery 2, 7 weeks later, to stage it). The OCCC was extremely tiny and I think could have easily been missed, since my surgery was mainly to remove my precancerous uterine lining. But the tiny OCCC tumor was FOUND. Had the great lab team at St. Anthony’s not found that tiny tumor (0.7 cm), I don’t know where I’d be (or if I’d be) today. They were a key part of the mosaic of great medical care I received in 2017 that saved my life. So do I recommend St. Anthony’s? YES!