121. VA Hospital Updates for your usage


This is a small evaluation of various VA hospitals I have been a patient of in the past year.  I am not sure how to rate these hospitals, so just have put in the services I have had experiences with for your knowledge and use.

This is an update to 12. VA Hospital Ratings

Durham, NC VA Hospital – needs seriously remodeled/ terrible repair
Social Services-Failed did nothing
Neurology Dept- Appointments greater than 30 days apart. 
Other Services such as MRI and CAT Scans longer to schedule 
Pharmacy-cannot get any slower                                                                           
Outpatient Clinic- good service, good follow-up by Primary Care Physicians

Birmingham, AL VA Hospital -recently remodeled good condition
ER- Eligibility for service checked in ER, Medications increased without blood tests
Clinic (Red Team)-A+ especially Mr. Bush who deserves a promotion
Social Services (Mrs. H.) should be fired immediately.
Pharmacy-Very Fast                                                                                                             

Other services such as MRI was over 45 days to schedule.

Albuquerque, NM VA Hospital– Good Condition                                                         

 Eligibility Station and personal welcoming area with seats for waiting                          

Social Services personnel standard/average, not sure if staffed properly            

Pharmacy – average wait time                                                                                                  

 ER- Did nothing, became seriously ill after visit

Seattle, WA VA Hospital– Average Condition                                                             

Eligibility Station – Stand in line and wait your turn at a counter                                       

ER – Long wait even with few patients in the afternoon. Did not check records carefully, nor examine patient.                                                                                                     

Pharmacy- No order to patient fills.  Some waits are less, some are forever                     

Outpatient Clinic – Second Floor of Hospital for Seattle area Primary Care Physicians



5 Responses to “121. VA Hospital Updates for your usage”

  1. 1 Tony Neria
    February 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    My son-in-law who is a Marine, was severely injured by an IED in Iraq in July of 2007. He has been at the VA Polytrauma center in Palo Alto, Ca for the past 5 months. I can only give you my (and my daughter’s) perspective: The hospital is clean and the doctors, nurses, therapist are wonderful to my son-in-law and my daughter. My daughter feels like she is around family. She lives in the Fisher House which is just a few hundred yards from the polytrauma center. I don’t really know how their TBI therapy rates compared to other private facilities, but I do know the staff is very accommodating. PS: adding you to my blogroll.

  2. 2 Chris T.
    February 27, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Portland , OR VA hospital. If you are homeless the homeless social worker send you to TPI,Inc. Shelter. 90 men crammed into a
    room with 45 bunk beds. 10% Vets and the rest crackheads, felons on methadone, late stage AIDS patients and hospital dischareges. And worse of all, a sign on the wall “We take no responsibility to the quality of the food served here, Eat at your own risk”. Open bay showers that allow no privacy, open toilets that allow no privacy. Very unsanity.

  3. 3 Harry hill
    December 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I go to Edward Hines Jr VA in Chicago and I must say they sure have a turnover of personnel. Some surgeons very inexperienced. Always waiting for your appointment longer than usual. Very disorganized in their pre- operating rooms. People sedating you are very rough and some even have to ask for help because they aren’t qualified. Several employees observed sleeping on the job in various clinics during their shift. The government should have a undercover person pull surprise inspections at this place, evidently the director is too busy collecting his $168,000.00 to pay attention.

  4. December 30, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Our VA Hospitals are getting worse instead of better. Cheap student doctors who have very little experience. Doctors getting hired who have no license and actually be held accountable for several deaths in Illinois.What has the system turned into?

  5. 5 Linda
    February 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    First, there is no “system”.

    Second: Siera Viesta, AZ has, in my opinion, a very good VA facility. Clean, no long waits (unless hearing…. close to a year(??!), very professional, caring. One problem is phone service……minus 50 on a 10 point scale.

    Is you’re mobile, show up to make appointment. If not, expect to spend about an hour and a half on phone for appointment.

    Treatment is top-notch. Except for PTSD. Inexperienced young social workers.

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