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Loved it! Will definitely stay again on my next trip through Sac. Hope the pool and hot tub renovation if finished on my next visit.
If you choose to go, make sure to bring a sleeping bag. Had to take my mom to Kaiser after waiting 5 plus hours in the ER without receiving any results back from her blood test. Not only us but there were MANY others waiting just as long if not more
Great quality care very kind the patients and family they treat you like family
Godsend, the Dr.s and staff at the burn specialists dept.are a true heaven sent. Thank You.
I wish my surgeon, Dr. Michael Campbell, had put as much time and effort into my post-op care as he put into selling his skills and UCD's merits at my pre-op. I now have to go to elsewhere for cancer care (including routine ultrasounds) because UCD lacks the resources and, frankly, the desire to help me further. I've also had to spend quite a bit of time amending my inaccurate and biased medical records as they depict conversations that never took place and appointments with specialists that I never had.
When I chose UCD for my cancer treatment, I thought I had found an ally in my battle against cancer. I thought UCD would have my best interests at heart and would provide me with compassionate and comprehensive care and. I couldn't have been more wrong. I've spent more time and energy battling UCD (and trying to recover from my treatment here) than the cancer itself.
On the morning of my surgery when I was having second thoughts, rather than respecting my wishes or calling a time-out to regroup, my medical team coerced me into the procedure anyway. No one noticed that I hadn't signed an advanced directive after I had requested it. They couldn't keep the oxygen mask on my face on the operating table because I was hyperventilating. The anesthesiology resident disconnected the tube from the mask and tried to push the tube into my mouth. I thought she was going to break my teeth. That was the last thing I recall.
When I awoke from anesthesia and learned the results of my surgery, the nursing staff criticized me for crying. I couldn't get water, pain meds, or assistance with the restroom the day after my surgery because the hospital was reportedly understaffed.
Other than one brief post-op appointment with Dr. Campbell, I had no other care, resources, or contact from UCD in the weeks after my surgery. Once I was out of sight, I was out of mind. Dr. Campbell never informed me of my cancer stage and he denied my request for a referral for radiation treatment right after he told me that I needed radio active iodine.
When it comes to emotional support, keep your expectations low. UCD does not practice integrative whole patient care. Dr. Campbell made me feel as though I was asking for something unreasonable or excessive when I requested additional time off from work at my post-op appointment to psychologically process the final pathology (lymph node metastasis) and to get a game plan for radiation treatment. At the time of my surgery, UCD's Cancer Resource Center (a tiny room located inside the Cancer Center) didn't have any information on my type of cancer/endocrine disorders. The Resource Center is staffed by part time volunteers and not trained medical professionals. UCD doesn't have cancer nurse navigators or counselors of any kind. Their social worker will refer you back to the Resource Center if you call. UCD's Cancer Center website makes it look like they offer more resources and support for their patients than they actually do.
Three years after my surgery, I'm left on my own trying to figure out what to do with the cancerous lymph nodes I still have that can't be easily treated with surgery or radiation. Dr. Campbell admitted that he does very few of these types of lymph node procedures yet he couldn't (or wouldn't) refer me to another surgeon with more expertise (not even for a consult) and he was unapologetic about it. I'm left wondering exactly what part of my experience here at the Comprehensive Cancer Center was supposed to have been, "comprehensive."
The bottom line: Don't be too influenced by the positive reviews here, by a smooth-talking surgeon, or by UCD's self-aggrandizing image. I made all of those mistakes. Do yourself a favor and shop around. There are better surgeons and better facilities out there. There are certainly more compassionate and less profit-focused places than UCD if you have a serious illness. Having cancer is hard. UCD will only make your situation even harder.