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Several visits. Three different doctors failed to make a basic diagnosis. I was referred, twice, to specialists that were not relevant to my condition.
My experience with the network of Union Hospital healthcare providers that I met with wracked with incompetence and literal absence of pertinent care. My ailment was debilitating and recurring, affecting my ability to function without pain for over two years.
I moved. An actually competent doctor at Colorado hospital diagnosed and proposed the proper treatment, it took her 15 minutes of reviewing my verbal history to do so.
I could never in good faith recommend this hospital.
Forreal screw union ! My father in law was admitted on Friday morning . Of course because of the specific situation the WHOLE family left work to be with him . Now the last time we had gone up there we all had received work notes ! Well the nurse that we dealed with was completely nasty . Nothing but an attitude & then DENIED us work notes ! Like how rude is that ? I have NEVER been denied for a work note . So best believe you won't catch me up in there . Beyond that the cafe was good ! Little expensive but who cares food is food 😂
My grandmother is in the hospital and every time you ask the doctor a question he gives an attitude and acts like he doesn't want to answer my question. Attitude and mistreatment from the staff here is pretty common. While there are a few good nurses and other staff members here and there, a majority of the staff is fairly rude and unprofessional. I don't recommend this hospital unless no other option is available.
So far, the nurses here aren't that great. One nurse could not get an IV to run. She said the line was just kinked (the downstream occlusion alert means anything past the pump is occluded, not just at the pump). I told her the IV has been shut off for a while and that blood has been sitting in the IV catheter and I asked her to check the IV because I thought the blood had clotted, making the IV catheter no good. She said the IV is fine, got new tubing, and another nurse to help. It still didn't work. They tried to flush the IV catheter, but they could not - the IV was bad like I had said. The same nurse also only did a halfway assessment (only did auscultation, a tiny bit of palpation, no inspection or percussion). She also listened to breath sounds over top the gown and a folded blanket. There is no way she will hear all breath sounds through that, especially something like fine rales. I was talking to another nurse about working on my BSN. She asked if I was going to come work here. Um, well, no.
It did seem pretty clean though. The communication didn't seem too good, but that's not uncommon in a lot of hospitals.
This was by far the worst hospital experience I've ever dealt with in my life. My fiance went in to be treated for a high risk rabies bite. The bite was deemed high risk by a veterinary hospital connected to the University of Pennsylvania -- the animal in question was exhibiting strong signs of having rabies and, since it bit a human, had to be euthanized by law. We were told to get a rabies vaccine ASAP, but unfortunately that night we went to two hospitals that were severely and dangerously understaffed in the city and would have had to wait indefinitely. Since the CDC advises that you need the vaccine ASAP but within 24 hours, we decided to do this early the next day. Bear in mind that he is uninsured and we were willing to pay out of pocket for a vaccine, however much it costs without insurance, because his life was in jeopardy. We went to this hospital in Maryland, as it was convenient on the way to a work event and we figured the wait time would be short. The entire time he was there, he was treated to stories of "a woman came in the other week who had waited three weeks after being bit to get her shots and she was fine!", some coming from nurse staff and some from intake staff. Symptoms of rabies can show at 3 weeks at its earliest, and when symptoms have appeared, it is TOO LATE and the illness has a VERY HIGH DEATH RATE. I highly doubt this woman was "fine," but as far as vitals she checked out okay and was able to be released from their hospital. While my fiance was there, at no point did he see a doctor; he saw nurse staff that brought him through the ringer about getting a rabies post-exposure vaccine. They called the 24 hour vet and said there was "no proof" that the animal was there or that it had rabies (I was able to obtain this information with a simple email); they called the Health Boards of MD and PA, the latter of which spoke to him to say that "it's his choice to get the shots now but he has more time to do so" (which is inconsistent with what the CDC says), but the nurses at Union Hospital took this to mean that it's "policy" not to give the rabies shots now, and that they're "just following policy" -- even though what the Health Board actually said was that he could choose to do it now or a little later. At no point did he see a doctor, just incompetent nurse staff that did not seem to know or care about the scope of the issue and how deadly this was. I feel in my gut that this is medical malpractice, and only hope that other patients at this hospital who are in similar situations receive the care they need instead of being denied it. We were finally able to go to another hospital, Virtua Hospital in New Jersey, who let us in right away and gave him the shots he needed. I am floored by the unfair and unjust treatment he received at Union Hospital. He's uninsured and was going to pay out of pocket anyway -- why deny him something that could save his life?