A fireplace. Cable TV. Private rooms. ERs in the Twin Cities aren't what they used to be.

As a new generation of emergency rooms opens across the east metro, patients are finding amenities that might remind them more of hotels than hospitals. Full Story
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Wayzata, MN

#42 Apr 20, 2011
Unfortunately Attentitive Staff sometimes is Not the Case. Staff Attitude in some cases can make the patient Uncomfortable when they are already anxious about the emergency and a firepalce or big screen TV is not going to make it better. What they should have introduced are cameras to record all the care.
PB in St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#43 Apr 20, 2011
And they complain about health care costs goin up?

Saint Paul, MN

#44 Apr 20, 2011
This is what is entirely wrong with healthcare - "Hospitals as Hotels"??? And we wonder why people run to ER's at the first sign of a fever. INSANE!

Minneapolis, MN

#45 Apr 20, 2011
And health care costs continue to rise.

How many going to the emergency rooms at Minneapolis/St. Paul hospitals have
insurance? Most likely, all being paid by hard-working taxpayers.

End the hand-outs and we can reduce the deficit - including welfare, etc., etc.,
estimated costing taxpayers around $112 billion per year - and this DOES NOT
Call me doctrinaire

Minneapolis, MN

#46 Apr 20, 2011
but, rather than going to these fancy places, I'd rather go to a level 1 trauma center such as HCMC or Regions. You know, to get my life saved. The heck with the rest of that other apcray.
The Golf Guy

Lady Lake, FL

#47 Apr 20, 2011
Been there many times wrote:
If you have actually been in the ER waiting many hours for loved ones to pull through, then a can of soda or refreshing television program helps take your mind off of things!!!
And for those saying that taxes pays for the ER, if you have ever gotten an ER bill you would know that is not the case.
People should look into things before they speak!!
Why not a full service bar?
old guy

Saint Paul, MN

#48 Apr 20, 2011
The Golf Guy wrote:
<quoted text> Why not a full service bar?
perfect for you.
The Golf Guy

Lady Lake, FL

#49 Apr 20, 2011
old guy wrote:
<quoted text>perfect for you.
I agree, buddy.
Not quite

Minneapolis, MN

#50 Apr 20, 2011
taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text> no , you can thank dictator obumbler for the 16% increase !!
Hosptials that take care of government payer patients (Medicare and Medicaid), which pays basically 40 - 50 cents on the dollar cannot afford these amenities. Hospitals that care for private insurer patients, who want all the frills, no wait, full choice, repsond to market forces and add unnecessary and expensive frills. Blame the market for this one not the government. If you think Obama is a dictator you need to go back to poly sci class, you obviously didn't learn your lession.
Sarah D

Minneapolis, MN

#51 Apr 20, 2011
Wordgrrrl wrote:
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True, but what about your family members? I'll bet their appreciated the distractions.
I was there by myself. And there's nothing keeping family members from going to other parts of the hospital for soda pop. If they want to put a TV in the WAITING ROOM of the ER then that's fine but this sounds like they want one in every ER room.
tuna-free dolphin

San Jose, CA

#52 Apr 20, 2011
I thought it was the evil insurance companies that were driving costs up. Turns out it's the hospitals.

Minneapolis, MN

#53 Apr 20, 2011
justamom wrote:
I have worked in healthcare for 30 years. I may be old school, but for myself, all I have ever wanted when I've been in the ER, hospitalized or in a clinic is real good care, competent staff, cleanliness and knowledge. To not feel like a number or dollar sign. This fireplace, piano, fancy coffee, bathtubs in the rooms is all bull....just take care of me so I can go home.
Wow, Does this sound EXACTLY like Regions. Last time I was there I was told nobody had chosen me for what was wrong. That to me sounds like BS!! I am there for care not for some incompetent learning schmuck to take the easy way. After 3 hrs I got up and walked out..

Nanjing, China

#54 Apr 20, 2011
Marx Karl Dayton wrote:
Hmmm... I read the story, but for the life of me can't figure out why healthcare is so expensive...

Saint Paul, MN

#55 Apr 20, 2011
Market driven health care delivery is bankrupting our economy, with direct to consumer frills, huge advertising budgets, escalating "negotiated" costs, and bigger than ever profits for providers and intermediaries. Note that the costs of medicare, medicaid and private insurance continue to go through the roof to pay for this no limits system that is the darling of hospital and insurance CEO's. The costs of "premium" health care drives the out of control costs for insurance for US workers - making our production costs noncompetitive. Medicare pays for this as well and no one can see how we will ever balance the budget.
Chilly Willy

Saint Paul, MN

#56 Apr 20, 2011
I wish they could spend a little more on the gowns so I could cover my backside!
Underlying theme

Saint Paul, MN

#57 Apr 20, 2011
The Golf Guy wrote:
United has 27 beds, with 13 ceiling lifts to lift patients 600 lbs or heavier, what the hell is going on?
Hence the free pop need!

Wayzata, MN

#58 Apr 21, 2011
The next thing you know, you may be waiting in the emergency room while the staff is watching the Football Game Kickoff on that Big Screen.

Saint Paul, MN

#59 Apr 21, 2011
I have no problem with expanding ER's in size to help accommodate the people who use them. But one thing I have noticed over the years is My Dr's office has the newest computer monitors, their specialty centers have fountains in the walls in the lobby, the most modern of everything, except, you can't get in to see the DR when you need to because they don't hire the staff necessary for their case load, why? because busy Dr's earn more than making things convenient for working families trying to schedule work, school, and dr appts. One of the health insurers in the article recently settled one of their union contracts for very nice raises and obscenely cheap health insurance coverage for their employees, how did they pay for it? they up the premiums and co-pays for everyone else.

People do not shop around for Er's when they need them, They don't go out of their way for free pop or cable tv. They want a ER that's close by, treats them in a quick manner, treats them with respect and accepts their insurance. That's it!!! No need for all the niceties when people are struggling to pay for their health care. What a Huge waste of money.
Speak Out

Wayzata, MN

#60 Apr 22, 2011
Maplewood wrote:
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Wow, Does this sound EXACTLY like Regions. Last time I was there I was told nobody had chosen me for what was wrong. That to me sounds like BS!! I am there for care not for some incompetent learning schmuck to take the easy way. After 3 hrs I got up and walked out..
Agree! A friend had surgery at Regions and informed the staff about the family history of severe nausea problems with anethesea and was assured nausea meds would be administered when she went in the surgery room before they started. Needless to say when she woke up sicker than a dog, her sister asked about the anethetic and the nurse told her the Doctor forgot the vile of medication in his coat pocket. I have always wonderd if he forgot anything else inside her! The staff in the waiting room there were rude, and condecending. Two woman sitting at the desk were having a lengthly conversation and when the sister stepped up to ask a question, they appeared to be irritated that she was bothering them. And then they wonder why some of their members don't want to go there.

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