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I have been admitted to the hospital more than my fair share of times over the years for reason ranging from thyroid surgery to kidney stones to knee surgery, most recently for an emergency appendectomy. Every time I’ve had such wonderful experiences with every single staff member from the information desk, to radiology, to intake, billing department, nurses, anesthesiology, doctors and surgeons. Every single staff member has been extremely friendly, helpful, competent and genuinely warm. Outside of one isolated incident with an inexperienced nurse who pushed a medication too fast causing me to experience chest wall rigidity, a deadly condition, my stays at St. Pats have been wonderful. Nurses at pre-op even gave my daughter $5 cash to go get tacos across the street when I wasn’t able to connect to my banking app to transfer money to her right before I went in for surgery! They are further from me than Community but I will never go anywhere else.
Had a lumbar spine puncture in radiology earlier this week. I don't remember any names of nursing staff or the doctor who performed the procedure. But it went great. The nursing staff was incredible before and after the procedure. So accommodating. Kept asking if I needed food or water, extra pillows or new warm blankets. And I could tell they genuinely cared about my well being. They were so kind and comforting. They made the entire experience much less stressful. Really wonderful staff!
That staff were nice enough, but before I was even allowed back in the emergency room area, my personal belongings - a backpack and my pocket knife - were taken from me and locked away. While I could understand such a policy in, say, Seattle or Chicago, this struck me as more of a personal, individualized thing to do in a small, relatively low-crime college town like Missoula.
I have been to the other hospital across town, Community, and no such precautions were taken nor necessary. Nor were they necessary at St. Patrick's. There is indeed a large homeless population here, which is why I was put in that category, I'm certain. And that makes it even worse. They assume everyone who walks in the door is a potential troublemaker, as it is just two blocks from the homeless shelter, and in my mind, that cannot but guarantee to affect one's level of care.
It's disgusting, truly, the assumptions people make about poor people in general. But to carry that over to medical care to the point that it becomes policy is damn near criminal. There isn't a point in all of Missoula to which police cannot arrive in just a few minutes. And while there are plenty of nutjobs in the homeless community - I've seen it first-hand - very few are violent, and fewer still capable of much damage. It's overkill, taking people's belongings, and it engenders a level of distrust between patient and care provider that is not only unnecessary but counterproductive.
In October we were visiting our son in Missoula from Chicago when I started having severe stomach pains. Showed up at St Patrick’s hospital ER and was immediately seen by the ER doctor. After a CT scan it was determined I had diverticulitis and an abscess on my intestine. I was admitted and was immediately put on antibiotics and that evening had a drain inserted to try and drain the abscess. They were hoping to stabilize me so I could get back to Chicago. After 3 days the doctors on the silver team determined the infection was getting worse so they made the decision to operate. Unfortunately the abscess had burst and blew a small hole in the colon and I had to have a colostomy.
The doctors, nurses and aides were fabulous!!
They managed my pain perfectly and were attentive to my every need.
I was in room 508 for 10 days and loved the big picture window
that allowed me the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking Montana skies.
In a month I am going to have my colostomy reversed at our hospital back in Chicago and pray that my experience here will be as positive as the one in St Pat’s in Missoula
I went there in labor and saw Dr.Givler who told me that if I didn't agree to a c section after she'd said I could vaginally birth, that I couldn't have any medication. I complained of extreme pain after my surgery and she refused to examine me and instead called CPS on me stating that I wasn't bonding with my baby. Before I left I was vomiting liters of fluid and on the ride home passing out. I told her before I left that I would go get a second opinion at another hospital and she called them saying she'd had to call CPS to get us to leave. Thankfully, the hospital examined me there or I might be dead. My intestines had completely shut down, a very common response from a major abdominal surgery. I was also informed by a lawyer that she has a current lawsuit for bowel obstruction in another woman. I wouldn't ever recommend this doctor or hospital. Both are dangerous and don't respect bodily autonomy nor do they abide by their Hippocratic Oath, first do no harm.