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By: Michele V.
Kaiser Permanente Longview-Kelso Medical Office
I've gone to Kaiser off and on for the past 15 years. The only reason for the "off" is due to nsurance changes. I've always been very happy with the level of care received by myself & family members. However, having recently returned because my employer (finally) switched providers for us, I now receive both dental & medical care with Kaiser. I am beyond satisfied! Every department I go to seems to be staffed with only pleasant, informative ; helpful people. If this is a "face" demanded by bosses, then everyone deserves an Osar. I have unshakable trust & belief in them, and i've asked some pretty tough questions. I advocate for myself & won't blindly accept whatever is told to me. It is easy to understand why their Medical Facilities are Rated 5 stars and why theirs is the only 5 star hospital in the NW.
By: Marilyn S.
Kaiser Permanente Longview-Kelso Medical Office
received excellent medical and nursing care during my stay at hospital
Tips & Advices
Academic medical centers provide the widest range of specialty care treatments, including the latest technological advances, clinical trials, and surgical techniques. In general, an academic medical center is a better choice than a community hospital for complicated treatments or rare diseases. Pediatric intensive care, especially, is usually performed at academic medical centers.
Academic medical centers offer a broad range of specialized services, from allergists to urologists. Some of the larger medical centers have entire hospitals or clinics focused on a particular medical service, such as cancer treatment, though specialties vary among the centers. Patients whose community hospital or local doctors do not have the facilities or expertise to address complex medical conditions can be referred by their primary care physician or local specialist to a major medical center (there are more than a dozen in the United States).
Yes. In addition to their inpatient hospital services, medical centers can offer a wide variety of outpatient services, such as pain clinics, rehabilitation centers, surgery, imaging and laboratory, mental health treatment, and outpatient cancer treatment. Medical groups – doctors in private practice but affiliated with the medical center--will also have offices within the medical center.
Physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants, residents, and attending physicians makeup the clinical staff of an academic medical center.
Medical center accreditation is not required, but most centers work voluntarily toward accreditation because it represents higher standards of healthcare quality and patient safety.

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