Tucson >St Mary's Hospital
very good nurses and techs.
I was recently hospitalized at St Mary's and was really amazed at how good the nursing care was. All the people I met were truly caring and very competent. A Tech in the emergency room actually took the time to go out to my car and bring in my bag as I was unable to do so. The nurses were very kind to me and never gave me the impression that they were too busy to help or treat me. The x-ray tech who did my 2d echo took a lot of time to explain to me what she was doing and seemed to genuinely care about how I was feeling and coping. All in all the 3 days I spent were as good as they could have been.
All in all, my 3 days spent there were as good as they could possibly have been.
Avoid St. Mary's Hospital.
I am giving this hospital 2 stars in a fit of generosity. My father was at St. Mary's in early Dec. 2007, for an endoscopy and gall bladder removal. He is 91. The surgeries went well and there have been no complications so far. Thus the 2 stars. However, there was almost no after-care. He was not walked after his surgeries. He walked himself on his walker. He was not given the food that was ordered, and remained on broth a day after he should have had solid food. Although a doctor stopped by every morning (for 6 days), he never looked at the surgery. Neither did anyone else, except for my mother. Given the problems with infections in hospitals, this behavior is extremely bizarre.
Fortunately for my dad, my mother (83) commuted from Green Valley to be there every day. If she hadn't , I truly believe he would have died there, because of the lack of care after the surgery. She had to try to see the doctor after surgery (he couldn't be bothered for a few hours), get the nurses to see that the correct food was delivered, help Dad to the bathroom, and so on. One nurse was very competent and helpful, but the others were either very overworked or incompetent, or both.
Dad was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's from Green Valley. He requested a different hospital, but was taken to the closer one. If this happens to one of your loved ones, and if circumstances and money permit, have him or her transferred from there to another Tucson hospital. You will avoid a nightmare.
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