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Cindy must go

Huntington, WV

#42 Apr 27, 2013
What is the deal wrote:
How is this place in operation? They tell the families 2 patients per nurse, and they have five and six. Safe? I think not... I was told if I wanted to move my wife, it would be against Dr. Orders and medicare won't pay. Got me in, and when her nurse had 5 patients, was told that there was no way that I was told that. I just wanted to go back to KDMC. Please don't believe what you are told. They get paid on patients, not the truth
They get paid to keep the patients for a month then they dump them unless they find something else to charge for. The nurses that go out to other facilities to get you in the building will promise you anything to get you there. Physical therapy is the bare minimum not some vigorous program. The respiratory techs don't do routine blood gases or chest X-rays and forget all about spirometers . it's a money making scheme. at least at select your nurse to patient ratio is safe.
Skip

Newburgh, IN

#43 Mar 7, 2014
My mother was a patient at cornerstone, and that place is a nightmare. My mother was there because she was unable to get off the ventilator after surgery at KDMC. On one occasion, I went to visit her and she was not in her room. I went to nurse station and asked where she was, after 10 minutes of getting the run around I was told something had went wrong with her heart and she was at St. Mary's in ICU. When I went to St. Mary's I was told my mother was given an overdose of amioderone and her heart rate had dropped to 30. No wonder Cornerstone did not bother to call me and let me know what had happened.
blasterasster

Columbus, OH

#44 Jun 28, 2015
MasterBlaster wrote:
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The fact is an LTAC is usually the last hope for recovery for patients who are chronically critically ill. They staff 4:1 which is not 2:1 like an ICU but much higher than step down units or rehab hospitals. These hospitals exist because Medicare and others quit paying for care after awhile and the LTAC system is a bridge to home or conventional rehab. Outcomes locally are quite good compared to national benchmarks, 80% off vents and lower than predicted mortality for high case mix. It is an unfortunate that you may have been given unrealistic expectations at KDMC in terms of recovery or you simply can't accept a poor prognosis for your loved one. LTAC patients are not acute hospital success stories, they are the ones with complications and failure to recover. It's a tough place to work and unrealistic families add to the stress. The alternative is more discussion of terminal care, Medicare has given you another 30 days to hope for recovery. Best wishes for a good outcome.
The fact is the nurses at the Stone are worked like mules. 4 to 5 patients primary care is not safe. The patients are not getting good care. The nurses they are hiring are not in any way qualified to care for pstiens so criticalky ill. They are the biggest bunch of liars to ever represent the medical industry. Sub-standard doctors, sub-standard mgmt, sub-standard nurses.
WATCHDOG

Charleston, WV

#45 Jun 28, 2015
MasterBlaster wrote:
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The fact is an LTAC is usually the last hope for recovery for patients who are chronically critically ill. They staff 4:1 which is not 2:1 like an ICU but much higher than step down units or rehab hospitals. These hospitals exist because Medicare and others quit paying for care after awhile and the LTAC system is a bridge to home or conventional rehab. Outcomes locally are quite good compared to national benchmarks, 80% off vents and lower than predicted mortality for high case mix. It is an unfortunate that you may have been given unrealistic expectations at KDMC in terms of recovery or you simply can't accept a poor prognosis for your loved one. LTAC patients are not acute hospital success stories, they are the ones with complications and failure to recover. It's a tough place to work and unrealistic families add to the stress. The alternative is more discussion of terminal care, Medicare has given you another 30 days to hope for recovery. Best wishes for a good outcome.
Brilliant, direct, compassionate, informed, professional, realistic, detailed, well-crafted response. Brilliant. Excellent. Impressive response. It is a difficult transition much of the time to help patients' families expect the inevitable and deal with it. Impressive.
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Pathetic

Philadelphia, PA

#47 Jul 20, 2015
Cornerstone fires every good nurse they have. If you are a half way good nurse you either quit because of the below standard care or they fire you cm because you are a threat. They are all about the dollar signs. Bottom line. There is hardly a nurse working there that has 5 years of experience. They have a skeleton crew that cares for the patients and double the amount of staff that are making sure you have crossed your T's and dotted your I's. the nurses in administration don't have the experience to be in the positions they are in either.

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