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I went there last night due to a chronic cough that I had already had for 3 weeks. I thought they were just going to tell me to take some over the counter medication and send me on my way, but instead they actually treated me! I checked into the ER for 5:30AM via the online check in we got there at 5am and they instantly took my vitals and asked me about my illness. They sent me back to the waiting area and not even 5 minutes later they called me back. I was given a breathing treatment, medicine, chest xray and blood drawn. Very thorough, staff was very friendly, I even saw the security guard assisting a patient with finding them a couple of blankets. Super sweet!
Douglas Demartinis is the rudest doctor I’ve ever met in my life. I have never been treated with so much disrespect at any emergency room like I have today. 👎🏼 Egotistical would be an understatement.
This is a wonderful hospital for birthing mothers. I have had two boys in the last 3 yrs here and both experiences were wonderful. The Dr.s and staff are well trained and super helpful. The E.R. is also very helpful but it is for emergencies! All too often you go and there are multiple peoples there for headaches or cold symptoms. Please see your doctor's for these kinds of issues because the E.R. is there to save lives not give you asprin and a checkup.
The doctor was rude loud short with me. Ignored the patient I accompanied to this ER. Never spoke to the patient who attempted to speak to him about why she was there and he stated to her to stop talking that he wanted to speak to me. We were both so confused. Doctor ordered an X-ray I took that opportunity to bathroom and water when I went back patient stated boy they were glad you left they stated good she’s gone I’m still confused. Mind you a nurse in passing stated on mondays the students are in the ER and this doctor was their trainer we arrived at 9 and left after 3 it was busy but this doctor would visit a patient then go back to the deck and sit and talk with the students I timed it about an hour and then go visit another patient and I was told by a nurse he was the only doctor there until 3pm. Don’t go on Mondays unless you’re bleeding chest pain broken limb or something of this sort please try your best to go to your primary doctor. This isn’t a complaint so much as an observation of the NEW St. Joseph’s ER which looks very nice has more beds.
"Some" credit must be given where credit is due then I'll discuss the ER issue and the geo-demographic cause. Ugh. Once a person is admitted the care improves, however, I'm not giving it the biggest thumbs up that's for certain. Nurses do the rounds on time. The drs. are competent. bedside manners are okay, other dr.s are excellent & some physicians just need to retire. ER: oh. my. tsk. tsk. but I 'understand' why.
The ER is not an Urgent Care. One of the largest health problems in America is full of people with no insurance and no primary dr so they use ERs for their health care. It may be an emergency to you but not to the doctors whom have one severe car crash patient, one 65 yr old with a heart attack and a child presenting with a severe, possibly infectious cough. There is one, maybe two (if the hospital is lucky that day,) main doctor whom oversees ALL the other PAs, nurses etc. on duty.
Many of the doctors in ER are residents working towards being a dr and they must report everything they see from the patient then must get approval for doing any procedure on said patient including prescribing Tylenol. That takes a lot of time.
Re: Nursing staff and paper pushers. Now.. most are fresh out of your local
"Graduate As A CNA In 3 to 6 Months!" school.
CNA=Certified Nursing Assistant.
Any 18 yr old with not enough experience in life , let alone people and still building their morals, ethics and common sense skills who quite honestly are fresh out of diapers only 14 years ago, can get a 'Certificate" to check your blood, temp, apply bandages and write down your complaints.
Personally I don't want my 18 year old helping in a medical situation...
Now this where geographic location and demographics come into play. Just look at where you are. OMG. Stockton, California.
S.T.O.C.K.T.O.N. It's a cesspit. The no-income to lower middle class exceed anyone with money.
One: -----You try recruiting qualified, caring doctors, (who passed their test the first time) to come and work for a 2 star hospital, to live in a town RAMPANT with domestic violence, alcoholism, severe drug use, white, black and Hispanic gangs, graffiti-laden buildings and more liquor stores and cash advance stores on every corner than Starbucks or quality bistros and cafes.
Yeah, exactly where every person wants to spend their life after graduating from Stanford etc and owing Sally Mae ( student loan co) in excess of 180 thousand dollars.
Now, every local knows you only go to St. Josephs and not Dameron because Dameron will kill you. Period. ( I left the E.R. once after watching a rat scurry from one room to the other...yes. i'm serious) So of course that increases the amount of people attending the ER at St. Joes. I could go on and mention how most of the city barely survives on minimum wage and low-income jobs because the city offers nothing more.
No big industry, no large companies to work at. Surviving in such conditions does not make for a loving, caring, understanding society with people who exude the same.
It breeds sarcastic, cynical, uneducated ( just look at the lack of colleges and how LOW rated all the elementary schools ratings in Stockton are to prove my point ) people and those are the type of people who work at the hospital. It's sad but true.
I could go on but I have to work. Found a great a job in a new state. Have a new car. Have a new life. Have friends whom don't do drugs whom don't know someone who does drugs. I can go for a walk at night along well-lighted streets and I will NEVER EVER look back at my time in Stockton and say "God I miss that place. "