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08/06/2012
By: compassionatern
John Peter Smith Hospital
This is the best hospital in Fort Worth especially considering how many patients JPS sees on a daily basis. First I would like to start by saying JPS saved my sister's life. She was going to have bladder suspension surgery and after some tests they found that she had stage 2 Hodkins Lymphoma. She is currently in remission due to JPS's excellent health screening. I would like to respond to some of the comments made about JPS. I have been an RN at JPS since 2006 and I must say that I have seen enough to write a book. JPS nurses and Doctors do not get enough credit for the abuse we recieve from patients and their family members. As for the long ER wait... Yes, this is a county hospital and due to the recession we have be seeing more and more of the county's uninsured residents. It is very uncommon for the ER to have less then 100 patients at one time. Harris and Baylor are considered busy when they have 30 patients at one time. Our ER does an excellent job for its patient load and the acuity they get. For the lady who is upset because the nurse did not return her phone call... You are complaining to wrong people. Throughout the US there are HIPPA laws in healthcare. By law, a healthcare provider can not release any information over the phone. We don't know if you are his nosey ex wife or the housekeeper and part of our job is to assure the patients privacy. If the patient requests that the nurse call you, the nurse will do so and will talk to you in front of the patient. I have been in your situation before and I know how much stress that causes but please understand that that nurse wants to keep her job. For the patient who tried to committ suicide and then call 911... Yes, it is against the law to committ or attempt suicide and by law the police can not let you go if they feel you are a threat to yourself or to others. This is called a mental application for detention. Also, all inpatient psychiatric hospitals (Harris Springwood, Baylor All Saints, Millwood) are locked down facilities and it will feel like you are in prison. Please understand that JPS nurses and doctors see the worst of the worst in Tarrant County. We are mentally and physically abused often but we work at JPS because we WANT to. We are a team/ family and our passion is to help people and save lifes. Jps has new management and changes are being made to have even better customer service and patient care. I personally love JPS and there will always be a special place in my heart for this amazing hospital!
08/04/2013
By: mtbisme
Wound Care Hyperbaric Medicine
7/2013My 91 year old father stayed almost a month at this long term hospital after being referred by a doctor when he was in Baylor All Saints with brain seizures and extreme weakness. The facility was very clean, well staffed and very peaceful. The staff was communicative and friendly, very responsive and helpful most all of the time. The team effort was refreshing because there was so many working to get my dad better including the following:•Several physicians including his doctors, a neurologist, kidney doctor and a urologist who listened us about his personal background and to our requests regarding medication and feeding. •Very caring techs who took their time feeding him 3 times a day and noting where we could see it how much he ate and drank. They were also always willing to come in and reposition him and help us keep him comfortable when he was unable to move himself around. •Nursing staff which changed daily but always ready, willing and able to help, answer questions and pass on info to and from the doctors. •Respiratory and Dietary specialists who visited daily and kept up with his progress and tried to make improvements to help his recovery.•PT, OT and speech (swallowing) therapy team who worked diligently and patiently with him daily in a large and well equipped gym.•A receptionist who has been with Life Care for 17 years who always greeted us with a big smile and happy demeanor.Good attitudes, effective communication and a nice atmosphere helped tremendously as we visited daily even when he was in bad shape and not making much progress. We have been in other facilities that were very nice but it was the staff and administration that brought them down and kept us in a state of constant worry. We were completely happy with Life Care and only wished he could stay longer instead of leaving to go elsewhere when it was time to go to full on rehab at a nearby skilled nursing facility.
07/29/2017
By: Thomas H.
John Peter Smith Hospital
I had surgery there for a hernia repair. There are over 500,000 of these repairs done each yr. Thought no brainer to have this procedure done there. Well the resident who perform the surgery was incompetent did not finish the job. A 2nd procedure was needed to fix or complete the job. I came to this hospital thinking I was going to get a better deal then the private hospitals. Since I was paying out of my pocket. In good faith I paid the required amount up front of 2500 dollars. At the first post op appointment at the surgical clinic they knew it was not fixed, so I had to have a sonogram which cost over 500 dollars no good deal there, also I had to return several times after first surgery. Got nickel and dime to death.. in between the 2 surgeries I paid the Anesthesiologist Bill of 2300 dollars My balance with the hospital was 6100 dollars in which a payment plan with no interest was set up with billing and myself to pay 300 dollars a month for 22 months. After a visit with the chief of staff a 2nd procedure was performed to fix what the resident did not complete. Even the chief surgey was asked point blank if this should have been fixed with the 1st surgery his answer was YES. The hospital sent me a bill for 28000 dollars and a Anesthesiologist bill for 6900 dollars. Pretty much a switch n bait.After 3 months of trying to get help with this bill the staff but one person has continued to lie to me. I have been very patient with this process but pretty much the hospital and it's staff don't give a Damm about fixing this issue. This issue has caused my blood pressure to go through the roof. This hospital is a good example why our health care in this country is in a mess. I will never set foot again in John Peter Smith hospital
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10/31/2015
By: April D.
Dr. William C Moore, MD
I had been seeing Dr. Moore for chronic pain mgmt, & he did a fair job providing it, then about 4 month ago, on a busy day, I waited over an hour just for my Rx's, my nightmare began.They took the directions for one of my meds & put it only one of my other meds. Because I was tired & in pain, I didn't notice until they repeated the error a second time. When I called the office, the medical assistant refused to consider it was an error & told me it was ordered that way, I would have to make another appt, & pay another $30 copy, if I wanted to talk to the doctor or PA. I thought the error was fixed, they told me they didn't give physical Rxs anymore, they would send it electronically. My family member brought my medication home, & I found they had made another error. I reported it & had wait 9 days without my main pain med, only to get there & find the doctor had just left. I asked the staff to catch him, which they wouldn't, so I had to come back the next day, in pain, frustrated & tired. When I got there,a doctor I had never met before told me that, yes, they had made an error, which they wouldn't admit the first two times. He fixed the error & handed me a physical Rx for it. Then the office manager came in & told me they wouldn't see me any longer because I had gotten angry with them & yelled at the medical assistant and hung up on them out of frustration. After taking my break through pain med every 2 hours for 9 days to partially control my pain, I was in pain & over tired, but they had no empathy. If you Use this practice, do so with caution. If they make medication errors 3 times over a few months, you have to wonder what other errors they are making.
05/30/2017
By: Douglas R.
Ellis, Thomas S, MD
I had suffered the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia for a few years before consulting Dr. Ellis. My pain could be relieved by medication, but progressively stronger meds were needed. The last caused my sodium level to drop to a dangerous level. All of these meds reduced the quality of my life. In my first appointment, Dr Ellis explained a proven procedure that he had used successfully many times before. The clincher was a video on his iPhone of one such procedure. In it, I saw him separate the irritated nerve from an adjacent blood vessel near the brain. He then inserted a teflon wool pad to keep them apart. I was convinced that this was the solution for me. Later I was admitted by Dr Ellis to Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth where he had a proven team to help him complete the procedure. I was assured that Dr. Ellis would be the only surgeon to work on me. Following the procedure and recovery, my pain has been eliminated. I can't recommend Dr. Ellis highly enough.
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07/15/2015
By: Cindy A.
Life Span Medical Consultant
I was looking for a doctor for my 69 yr old mother who's field of expertise included geriatrics. It was time for the transition as mom was/is dealing with "brain fog" some days as well as a generalized memory deficit, had experienced 2 minor strokes, minor heart attack, and a stent in one of her cardiac arteries. So, there was no "pressing" issue, with a move placing 70 miles between her and a team of doctors who cared for her well for 20 years, a change was necessary.My research of the area brought us to Dr Collins as one of Dr Carters associates. Dr Carter was my first choice with an extensive CV including a BA in Social Work. I found that Dr Carter only sees employees of JPS as patients.After the initial visit, I found Dr Collins to be a caring, brilliant, confident, capable doctor. Both mom and I are excited to have found this woman and this system (JPS/Life Span) within 20 minutes of moms new home.
01/04/2015
By: Hollyanne S.
D Pedro Steven MD
Dr. Steven Pedro is a cocky, know it all, brilliant man!!! He worried me at first how for sure he was on things, but hands down knows his you know what! I was diagnosed with chronic hives and had them for over a year and a half. I went to my family doctor, immunologist, and allergist. They all did not know what to do and told me to wait it out. Some gave my steroids which made me gain a lot of weight and weaked my Immune system more. I was covered head to toe and itchy. Dr. Pedro looked at me for 10mins. BAM! Came up with a crazy concoction of medicine and I was cured. My skin is beautiful and clear! I only had to take the medicine for a few months to make sure it was gone. Better yet no weight gain or side effects! Dr. Pedro knows his stuff!!!! Highly HIGHLY recommend him!
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04/15/2015
By: Daniel P.
Texas Non-Surgical Orthopedic & Spine Center PA
If you are looking for a doctor whose medical knowledge is encyclopedic, treats the whole person, and takes the time to be caring , sweet and very nice , then Dr. Perl is the right doctor you should consider visiting:) .I was beyond impressed with my experience at this doctors office. I would highly recommend Dr. Perl to anyone ! Dr. Perl and her staff are all I could have hoped , they is very friendly and welcoming. Always provided the absolute best care , and best advices and treatment for every issue. Dr. Perl was really knowledgeable and make me feel comfortable throughout the appt.I am grateful to have found Dr. PerlFlorentina & Daniel P.
06/29/2012
By: grace.flanary
Health First Fossil Creek
I would say to go some where else. The office had the feel of a government run health clinic. There was a little boy in the waiting room that was playing unedited Eminem. His dad did nothing. I am guessing this is a great place if you get Medicaid. They charged me $230.00 just for the office visit. I am sure it would have been cheaper to go to care now. I needed Xrays of my foot and they had NO idea how to read them. I was then sent to a foot specialist who had a machine that was for feet. I wish I had just gone there first. Live and learn. They charged $80 for the foot Xray. I will pay it and move on, but will never go back.
12/28/2016
By: Tawanna D.
Hulen Total Care PA
Nice clean, conveniently located establishment with an overall pleasant and professional staff (I've been seen by 3 of their healthcare providers). The 2 star rating is due to the WAIT (and complete disregard for my time), although I ALWAYS have an appt... Sometimes they don't check my insurance benefits until I'm there (again, although my appts. are scheduled well in advance). For example, today (as I write this post) I'm here for lab results (and benefits were checked in advance). My appt. was for 10:10, was taken back at 11:00; it's 11:47 and still no dr/np yet. Just didn't expect lab results to be TWO HOUR appt...
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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