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By: Barbara M.
Select Specialty Hospital
My dad had a heart attack in mid March and was transferred to Deaconess Gateway for surgery. Everything that could go wrong, did. NOT the fault of Deaconess! They are FABULOUS. But dad was not strong before the surgery, and he just had a lot of complications. After a month in the hospital, he was transferred to Select where he currently is now. Dad arrived at Select on the ventilator with a tracheostomy, a central line from dialysis, a PEG line for feeding, as he was unable to eat anything, and a cath. He was transferred from Deaconess ICU to Select ICU. We entered Select and were immediately met with the sweetest greeter. They have been nothing but sunshine. Mary gave up a tour of the facilities and she was nothing but kind, compassionate and helpful. In the 2+ weeks dad has been here, we’ve had the opportunity to meet numerous staff. They are the sweetest, most caring and compassionate personnel you could ever hope for. And I do mean everyone. Doctors, nurses, assistants, therapy, housekeeping. They are great. The CEO brought in a whole team to meet my mom and talk to her about their goals. The CEO gave mom his cell phone to call night or day if she needed. Dad has the dialysis line out, he has been totally weaned of the ventilator, and now the trach is out, they taught him how to swallow and eat again, and are working on building up his strength. He was stage 1 in the beginning (ICU) and is now at stage 3. Stage 6 means a patient is able to get up, walk around, and go to the bathroom on their own, so dad is half-way there. He has very poor appetite, so the PEG line is still in, but feedings are down, which is yet another move forward. And should your loved one have a complication, they are on top of that, too. Dad had an “episode” and it really scared him and mom. The doctor came right in, ordered tests, and got a cardiologist on the job. The cardiologist had him moved to Deaconess Downtown for further tests, which all turned out fine. They even had his original surgeon in on the care. So dad is back at Select, getting stronger, joking with the nurses, and slowly, steadily working towards moving on to the next step. It will be a long road. He has been through so much and it will take much to get him back to where he wants to be. But we have NOTHING but PRAISE for the whole staff at SELECT, and can only say; “God BLESS ‘EM!
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By: D E.
Select Specialty Hospital
They are good at some things. But, the management sucks. Some of the nurse staff are rude and condescending. The CNAs have a better bedside manner than nurses.
By: Terry O.
Evansville VA Health Care Center
I need and cannot get pain meds.... other than that, I am happy with Pearl Clinic.
By: Michael L.
Evansville VA Health Care Center
Onyx Clinic excellent service.
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