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By: Kelsey M.
Laurel Ridge Treatment Center
I see that a lot of people are upset with this place, and I'm so sorry that happened to you! But my experience was really good. I was in Colorado Unit and the staff there was sooo nice. I told them before I left how much I appreciated them. One of them talked me through a breakdown, and assured me everything was going to be ok. Then the day before my discharge, another staff member saw me crying and took time to give me a charming pep talk. The daily groups throughout the day are pretty cool. Some of them are not so useful, but I felt the majority were really fun and worth attending. Of course there were some pretty awesome patients I got to meet too, but even if they hadn't been there, I still would've enjoyed my time at Laurel Ridge. My psychiatrist there was good about giving me "homework" to do to boost my self esteem, and he seemed to genuinely care. I saw another patient have a bad experience with another doctor there, but that was the only "bad" thing I saw. I sort of miss it there, actually. So for everyone who had a bad experience, not ALL of this place is badly managed. :) I only gave it four stars because yes there are some things they could do better but overall I am satisfied
By: atx.solman
Nix Specilaty Health Ctr.
Do not go or send your child here. Thank God I was able to get my 17 year old son out of there after only 2 days. The nurses and aides are great, but beyond that this place sucks. Only two groups a day and all they talk about is how your day was. No teaching of coping skills or how to maintain on the outside. No programs on weekend. Only one 5 minute call home per day. Only 45 min visitation from 6pm to 6:45pm. He never saw his doctor, they have advocates that supposedly tell the doc how things are going. The one time he saw the doc, the doc said the advocate had not talked to him about discharge despite her basically promising him discharge today. I had to call about ten times today to finally get him out. I should say the advocate who always treated I and my son with respect, was out ill today. But there should have been better communication. Finally they keep the big kids in the same unit as the little kids like 5 year olds. My son said this was the worst psych hospital he had ever been to and he has been to several.
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By: Rick B.
Laurel Ridge Treatment Center
I didn't know what was wrong with me before coming to this place at no time at all Doctor John Adams and one of his wonderful counselors I forgot her name she's an older black lady jumped right on my case diagnosed me with major depressive disorder I was suicidal when I came to the place they straightened up the proper medications I should be on thow it doesn't cure my disorder it helped a lot only problems I seem to have there was lazy unprofessional staff I don't know what their titles are but basically all they do is watch you and check your blood pressure and hand out your toiletries some of them were great some of them should not be in that type of business a lot of gossiping among staff pointing fingers at each other does not solve any problems and is very unprofessional in front of the patients and I mean patient not inmates..
By: Lauren F.
Laurel Ridge Treatment Center
I have been to multiple mental hospitals and this one was by far the best one. I was put in the acute adolescent unit and I actually found it quite helpful. The staff was always very nice to me. They gave me any meds, food, drink, blankets, toiletries, etc. that I requested. They had group therapy all day and it was quite helpful. Also, when I needed it, they always had someone I could talk to about whatever was going on. I could tell the staff genuinely cared about me. At other hospitals the staff treated me very poorly. I was denied meals, insulted, refused information about my meds, and many other negligent instances. However, this was not the case at Laurel Ridge. If I had to go to a hospital again, I'd choose Laurel Ridge.
By: prschick
Communicare health center
CommuniCare Health Centers is a breath of fresh air! Now that fewer physicians are accepting Medicaid patients I have found it extremely difficult to see a doctor for myself and my children. CommuniCare's east side location (E. Commerce) was not at all was I was anticipating it to be. The first thing I noticed as I drove into the parking lot was how clean it was. The staff greeted me as we walked in and the best part was that I was able to see an OBGYN and dentist on the same day. While I was at my appointments my husband got a check up and my children were able to see a Pediatric doctor and dentist. Talk about convenient! The experience far exceeded my expectations!
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By: Julianne J.
Laurel Ridge Treatment Center
Wow...these reviews are brutal. I was in the Partial hospitalization program as well as intensive out patient. I loved laurel ridge. I made great progress into getting well there- though unfortunately with a mental disorder like mine which likes to take weird turns, its hard to "recover" but I love knowing that they are there for me. I was sad to see most of the old staff go to the new hospital that just opened, SAB or whatever. But laurel ridge has been good to me. I got my meds on time, my psychiatrist actually works there, and i feel comfortable in the environment, plus the food isn't half bad. :)
By: jimmy.annabel
Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital
Drs. Epstein & Xiou, Neurosurgeons correctly diagnosed my back problems that had left me semi-paralyzed & in relentless pain for years. I woke up and the pain in my legs was gone. As an OR nurse myself, I can say that the nursing care on 2W was some of the most caring & competant I've ever experienced. I walked into Audie MurphyVA Hospital bent over like a little old lady & walked out straight as a dancer thanks to Dr. Epstein, Dr. Xiou & team. I still need a total hip replacement & will ask for surgery here as soon as allowed!
By: swgene
Southwest General Hospital
I'd like to thank all the doctors & staff at Southwest General Hospital for making my first baby delivery experience a good one. The nursing staff was extremely attentive. Dr. Alecozay and Raybin were great about managing my pain (I slept through most of the labor!) Nurses Mary Ann, Melissa, Bea, and so many others were simply amazing! The room service and meals - fabulous! The lactation consultant - Alex - great. The CNAs - helpful. I highly recommend The BirthPlace Southwest General Hospital.
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By: Jay C.
Mission Trail Baptist Hospital
The ER nurse that took over my moms visit was amazing, she was very kind, fast paced, and did not leave her side until she was stable enough to be moved up to ICU (which took about 6-7 hours). After she was transferred to ICU all the staff including CNAs RNs DRs to housekeeping they were all phenomenal. I was very impressed and would recommend this hospital to anybody and everybody
By: tim.woods.108
Southwest General Hospital
I recently had my gallbladder removed at southwest. the courtesy and professionalism was second to none. I was made to feel welcome and everything was explained to me in detail.I am 5 days into my recovery and must say all has went well and my healing has progressed quicker than i could have imagined.I highly recomend Southwest for any health issues you may have.
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