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By: Anee H.
USA Medical Center
1. Driving up to this hospital my first impression was not good. The hospital shows its age and could definitely use a face lift. My first impression continues once inside. The admitting department was not private. I could hear every detail of the individuals on my left and my right....as well as they could hear mine. I could hear addresses, phone numbers, medical information, reason for admission AND their Social Security Numbers. Trying to speak quietly so that others could not hear my information was a complete waist of time. The admitting clerk would repeat back what I said in a loud manner. Saying something did not make a difference. 2. What I received to eat should not be classified as food. It was bland, no taste, no seasoning what so ever (I was on a regular diet and could eat anything). After not having eaten all day my nurse ordered me a cheeseburger and a patient menu that I could order what I wanted to eat each meal. I thought finally some food. Ha, ha, ha I put my order in for all 3 meals for the next day. Starting with breakfast it's not what I ordered, lunch same thing, and you guested it not for supper either. 3. The room was large enough but it was laid out strangely. It was in desperate need of a makeover. It needed new paint, the wallpaper was peeling off in several places and the worst thing was my tablet and/or my laptop were larger than the TV set which was hanging from the ceiling across the room.4. The neighborhood was more rundown than the hospital. It looked so bad that I forbid my sister-in-law, aunt and mother to visit me while I was there. 5. The one bright spot was the nursing staff. Each day that I was there the nurses on all 3 shifts were outstanding. Other than the food thing these nurses met all my expectations, my needs and they did this with a genuine smile and attitude. My stay in this run down hospital was tolerable due to the staff. Other than the nurses there was another employee who was responsible for placing and keeping the electrical wires on my head. She too did her job with a smile and a pleasant attitude.
By: Jenny R.
Healthy Weight 4 Me
Excellent place, with proven success. The doctor and staff are so kind and caring. The knowledge you take away, will help you make this a life long style of eating.
By: Polly M.
Healthy Weight 4 Me
Wonderful doctor, great staff, love that I get one on one counseling. I don't have to wait all day for my scheduled appointment.
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