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12/13/2015
By: Renee B.
The Woman's Hospital of Texas
Hello My name is Chelsea Hopewell and I pray God you can help me. I am writing to on behalf of my older sister Colette King. She was married for 10 years to her husband. They have had their share of relationships issues financial, emotional, etc. Over the last7 years my sister has had 3 miscarriages which did not any success to their relationship. Now mind you we weren’t the closest of sister I did know that she has been heartbroken over the loss of her unborn children, I had no idea she was suffering from such a severe depression. Spring 2014 Grayson left her to go get a drink (soda) from the Walgreens around the corner from their home in Chesapeake, VA and but He actually left her to move back to Texas ( with his father)because he no longer wanted to be married to her any more. He had not given her any notice that he was leaving her permanently. She found out that he was gone for good when he called a family friend to let her know that he was gone for good. Of course this deeply hurt my sister that he had walked out on her and left her. She then found out a week later that she was pregnant again. She did inform him of this and then traveled back from Texas to Virginia, in an agreement that they had reconciled their relationship. When they got to Texas they had housing so they initially lived with his brother –in-law. A month later she was admitted to Women’s Hospital of Texas. On October 8, 2014 she gave birth to Austin David at only 25 weeks gestation. He was born severely premature one pound fifteen ounces. Now mind you the whole time my sister was in the hospital they had agreed they would both come back to Virginia to live. Not knowing her postpartum condition Colette felt like she had no support in Texas to help raise Austin, which she didn’t because besides Grayson she had no other family there. Grayson went behind my sister's back and got a temporary restraining order to have removed from his father’s house. He knew that because of the changes my sister had gone thru she would not be able to survive on her own there. He had my sister removed from his father house in the middle of the night by and took her baby Austin away from her. She has committed no crime. She is unemployed and basically in a severe state of depression because of this. My sister is a good person and just has suffered some hardships because of the relationship she was in. Right now Austin is being passed around like a hot potato to all Grayson’s family members because he works 50 hours per week supposedly, when Austin, a 4 month old baby should be with his mother. However, since she has been in Virginia she has been her elderly father’s primary caregiver due to the fact that he became severely ill. Recently her father had a stroke and has lost some of his eyesight, speech, mobility, and is on bed rest .I fear that he may never meet his grandson and am deeply saddened by the situation. My sister African American and this is inhuman the way see was treated by her husband for 10yearsSincerely Colette and Austinhttps://www.gofundme.co/Austin14
10/14/2012
By: lovelykarjon
Thomas P. McHugh, MD
Dr. McHugh is a wonderful doctor and I am so happy with my results. I went around to several other doctors, and to be mature, I won't comment on the experiences there, but out of all, Dr. McHugh, his wife and staff were the most friendly and kind. I was greeted by the most friendly and helpful receptionist, when I was booking my appointment on the phone, I was so amazed at the knowledge she had regarding the procedures I wanted to schedule. At the consultation, which was for liposuction and reduction, Dr. McHugh did not rush through the consultation. He took his time to explain in full detail the procedures that I was interested in, and I had a list of questions, in which he answered them all. I was a little nervous, because of previous consultations elsewhere that did not put me at ease, but Dr. McHugh really put me at ease. He did mention that it would be a good idea, but I did not have to get Lympatic Drainage massages as needed. At the conclusion of the consultation, I got to meet his beautiful wife, Katherine. I have heard negative things about her, but those negative things are so untrue. She is the most down to earth walking Barbie Doll! Great sense of humor! She presented me with the pricing information of the surgery and lymphatic massages. I decided at the consultation that Dr. McHugh was my surgeon for my surgeries, but was short on finances, so Katherine's sister, very friendly and personable, assisted me in getting financed with Care Credit.It was 5 minutes to closing, but she did not rush me out and also worked on getting me codes to make a claim on my insurance for my reduction. After my surgery, his nurse, Ashley, called me every day to check on my progress and was a great support when Dr. McHugh was unable to speak on the phone to address my healing concerns. I do not regret using Dr. McHugh, and I will be using him again in the near future for a necklift!
07/10/2013
By: abusta74
Ben Taub Hospital
I want to start off by saying this Hospital saved my Husbands life. For people with no insurance this place has amazing doctors that go here to teach students. So everything is double checked. Now, there are all walks of life that come in. Homeless, recently uninsured, immigrants, mentally ill , tired and worn out by life patients. The nurses and staff go through a lot. being that most people are not aware that this is not your typical Hospital. There are loooong waits, Cranky people talking smack in the ER waiting room. Some ,don't realize that only the most life threatening cases go through the ER doors to see a doctor first. but its better than having a $18000 bill in collections since you have no way to pay. The Emergency room is for REAL emergencies! so if you have a tummy ache or something not so serious save it for San Jose Clinic. Outside of the Emergency waiting area. I feel is better. Once you get the gold card the hardest part is getting the first appointment, but once you get that first appointment its pretty much like any other hospital. Most of all the clinics I have been to have been to are clean and sometimes people assume the staff is being rude. but they are just super busy and mean well. They have a lot on their plate more than we can imagine. My husband had a tooth infection that spread to his brain, unable to speak and about to die, they had to remove this growth from his brain, it was 125,000 dollar surgery. we paid nothing. The staff was professional and kind. Many doctors were amazed at his recovery and his room was always filled with Interested residents. So be kind to Ben Taub and the staff there. they are doing the best they can with the amount of people that they see. Thank you Ben Taub!
10/13/2012
By: barry.adair2
Ben Taub Hospital
The Doctors, nurses, & staff at Ben Taub have saved my wife's life on more than one occasion. She initially had brain surgery in 2007 with a condition that has less than a 5% survival rate. This hospital has a reputation for being one of the best, if not the best trauma units available. Again in 2012, my wife had an acute stroke. Upon initial evaluation, it appeared she would either be paralyzed, unable to talk, or walk. She faced living out her final days on a feeding tube, long enough to say her goodbyes to her family. With the 24-hour round the clock care of some very devoted doctors and nurses, she was able to regain her speach, began eating normally, and was able to return to her former condition before the stroke. With the grace of God and the exceptional care she was given, she was again for the 2nd time able to return home full of life. Yes, there are plenty of cases where people show up at the ER and expect miracles every time and that is not going to happen anywhere. Also, there are lots of people who come to the ER for a 'bad cough' or sore foot ... that should be and can be handled at the many Peoples Clinic locations. These type 'minor' emergencies slow down the entire process for the legitimate ER cases of life threatening illness and misuse the time and facilities. Overall, for a real life threatening emergency, Ben Taub has proven themselves countless times and have some of the best medical staff in the business. Many thanks to the nurses who work around the clock and the doctors that help save lives on a daily basis. THANK YOU!
10/12/2013
By: nancychautran
Mattioli Vision Professionals, PA
Dr. Mattioli did my sister's LASIK a few years ago and thankfully I was able to find him at his new practice.I've had a consult done at another LASIK location but they weren't as welcoming and thorough as Dr. Mattioli. He sat down and discussed every finding and actually explained it in basic terms from my first consult up until the day of my surgery.His team is outstanding. They specialize in what they do and of course are darn good at it. I rarely leave an office knowing everyone's names or what their personalities are like outside of work, but Laura, Jonah, and Janet make an extra effort to have conversations with you to take the ease out of having a boring eye exam. Can you say team LONGEVITY? They've been with him for over 8 years!Lastly, I have to briefly touch base on his technology for all you tech enthusiasts out there. The practice is fairly new so that also means new equipment and newest laser technology! Your check-in paperwork is completed on an ipad. All of your test data from the eye exams are mapped out on a computer screen so the Dr. can go over and point out what's normal and abnormal within your exam. My LASIK procedure took less than 20 minutes and I was able to see the wall clock for the first time without glasses in 17 years! Thanks Dr. Mattioli - Laura - Janet - Jonah!
05/29/2017
By: Neil S.
Berkeley Eye Center - Katy Freeway
There are no words to express the level of excellence provided by Dr. Yankelove, Brenda and the entire staff during my Lasik procedure. From the very first day of my Lasik consultation with Brenda Castillo, to the day of my post-op appointment, every step met and exceeded all expectations that I had. Dr. Yankelove was beyond knowledgeable and talented in his field, and it felt very reassuring to get such an important procedure done with an expert of his sort. Brenda was extremely personable and approachable throughout the process and made me feel comfortable and at east throughout. Moreover, they are competitively priced and provide options to meet your financial needs/capabilities. They use the best technology and was a painless procedure, and I had fantastic results the very same night! I would recommend anyone and everyone to this facility if they are considering Lasik- you are in the best hands with a friendly and capable staff. Thanks to Dr. Yankelove and the entire team!
07/06/2013
By: michelle.d.luster
West Oaks Urgent Care
If you ever need to go to the doctor and you can't get an appointment or if you have a minor emergency and don't want to deal with the hassle of the ER, this is your place! My family has been to this Urgent Care facility over a dozen times in the last few years and we have been seen for sinus infections, x-ray of a broken toe, received a breathing treatment, stitches and everything in between! Last night my oldest son had a biking accident and we arrived at the Urgent Care about 15 minutes before closing. I was amazed at how wonderful the staff still was! With the way they treated my son you would have thought we were the first patients of the day and not the last. His injury required six stitches and it was so nice to have that done for our specialist co-pay rather than waiting in the ER on a Friday night! We used to live within two miles of this center but have moved and still make the drive in because we know how fast they will see us and how wonderful the service is!
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06/03/2016
By: Leila A.
El Centro De Corazon 4
Holistically based healthcare for the whole family--couldn't be happier with the amazing physicians, entire staff and conveniently structured comprehensive services.It's so nice not to have to have to leave the neighborhood for any of our basic healthcare needs. My husband and I can visit our primary care doctor, bring the kids to their pediatrician and all see the same dentist--all under the same roof. Love all the specialized services and programs El Centro offers too. Finally, the "extras" like nutritional counseling for my stepson who has Type 1 Diabetes and behavioral health services for our little ADHD-bots are easily and conveniently accessible too.And the best part of all: Everything is not only available in one place, just down the street, but our private insurance is accepted too! No more searching for and traveling to providers on all sides of town... Thank you, El Centro--truly and from the bottom of my HEART!
07/28/2012
By: verygratfulmomma2
Ben Taub Hospital
My son was transfered to Ben Taub from another ER because of an broken jaw. He was taken by ambulance so he was able to bypass the ER waiting room at Ben Taub but I had heard a lot of negitive things about BT but my experince with my son was nothing but postitive. The doctors kept me informed about my son's plan of action due to surgery and the nurses were there when needed and took very good care of my son. There were at times long waits but I went in preparing for that so it didn't anger me. I was there a total of 15 hrs but it went easy. My son't follow up visits have been pleasant also. As of this experince I would not have a complaint about Ben Taub. We are uninsured so they were there when we needed them so I'm grateful for that. If you go in knowing your going to wait then it's not that bad but attitude is EVERYTHING so just be grateful your getting care and not left to suffer on the streets.
05/29/2013
By: joycechiuri
Mattioli Vision Professionals, PA
Dr. Mattioli's office and his staff are very courteous and friendly, they greeted me as soon as i walked into their office. I went in for a lasik consultation, hoping to get lasik done after wearing glasses for almost 20 years. The doctor answered all my questions and concerns, i had a thorough full exam and the cost was credited into my lasix surgery fee, as soon as he told me i was a good candidate for lasik surgery, we set up an appointment and the nurses helped me figure out the financial stuff. the day of the procedure went very well, everything was thoroughly explained to me and the technology was very impressive. I would definitely recommend him to all my family and friends. I am very pleased with my surgery and i plan on keeping him on as my regular eye doctor.
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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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