"SAINTS MEDICAL CENTER" your unfair

Since: Jun 08

AOL

#41 Jul 27, 2008
No health care center works like a well oiled machine with all engines banging at 100%. None. Health care is an industry that is constantly evolving and requires in a lot of cases, split second decision making.

This is a very very true statement. I am a former employee of Saints over 22 years, this was the only hospital I worked at. When I moved south a few years ago and got a taste of different hospitals my eyes were open wide. There is so much going on in some ER,s its unreal. I have posted in other post in regaurds to Saints and it upset me to learn that they laid off a good friend and co worker dedicated to her Job for over 20 years..With new administrators comes new ideas and new reasoning, not that its all agreeable. We all can sit here and argue over the BAD THINGS about hospitals. We truely need to convey some gradituted to the hard working employees in hospitals today who are decicated to the well being of all there patients, and in some cases for very little pay...Lets focus people and try to stop bashing...
oh brother

Westland, MI

#42 Jul 27, 2008
You hear horror stories about LGH, Lahey, etc. Every ER has horror stories of no so nice nurses and doctors who make assumptions. However with every horror story, you hear a wonderful nurse or caring doctor story. When humans run a business, that is what you get, some bad, some good. Its a fact of life. Sounds like this post was started by a unpopular saints employee tho. I've worked with a few whiney cry babies, and not in the health care industry. Just as their are good docs & nurse, there are good and whiney employees who are never happy.

Since: Jul 08

Lowell

#43 Jul 27, 2008
.... great story? How come I'm not in it?

I had a foreign body lodged in my hand and I went to Saints to get it removed. All they did was successfully determined that there was something was really in my hand. So they bandaged me up and just sent me away FOR A WEEK in another appointment.

I return a week after only to have two persons to redetermine the wound and then address me that the hand surgeon was out and they send me on my merry way to Boston, were the treatment was even worse!

But Boston was ok, they got the job done. Saints... pfft. I felt dumb, should have went somewhere else immediately after being rejected by Saints.
unreal

Nutting Lake, MA

#44 Jul 28, 2008
After having a family member die there, I would not want medical treatment there ever. You dont do surgery for one thing and tell the patient thats why and then check out something else which cause complications and death.
And I wont even talk about the er department.....
Parker Mom

Melrose, MA

#45 Jul 28, 2008
Hey ESC... As far as not giving enough info for my headache... i walked in holding my head up with a pillow, a temp, CRYING in severe pain and vomiting! Yes i can see where he would make the mistake of a hang over but maybe if the er staff wasn't so eager to accuse all of their patients to be intoxicated they would save more lives!

Liz i am sorry about your brother in-law. I know how your husband must of felt my mother was with me and she was not happy either! Maybe they should have a breatherlizer at the front door to help them determine if a patient is really ill or not!

I'm suprised! I have really good insurance had they went out of their way and run any test maybe those lovely employees would get a big fat raise!
Thats Life

AOL

#46 Jul 29, 2008
Being an employee at Saints I can tell you there is good and bad. Not just at Saints but everywhere. I have had family members treated at Saints where the treatment was wonderful and other times the treatment was so bad my family went to administration. Although administration did NOTHING regarding the one nurse who as far as we are concerned killed my relative the other care that was given was above and beyond. There is good and bad in every hospital. I have had dealings with LGH where the care was so bad I wouldn't take anyone in the world there. Business is business and change is happening all over the country not just at Saints. Some of the changes are good and some are bad. That's part of life, you deal with it. If you are that unhappy then go somewhere else and maybe you will be more happy. As for people getting positions up in the "women's pavillion" if that were any other nurse and the situation was brought to them they would have taken the job also no questions asked. I don't always agree with the changes that go on and I think that administration needs to lighten up alot and get more personal with the employees but I like my job and as long as I can do it I will I have been there over 20 years have seen many changes both good and bad. Things will either get better or get worse only time will tell. So if you are that unhappy I agree with some of the other posts go get another job or quite complaining and maybe give suggestions as to what you think might work better.
EAGLE

Wilmington, MA

#47 Jul 30, 2008
I have been at Saints numerous times with my family over the past months and the care was WORLD CLASS! I don't know what TheF*&% you people are talking about,The people were friendly and caring.Every detail of each operation was explained by the staff from the Dr right down to the Nurses.Considering the number of people they had to deal with in the ER/OR and with so few people I was impressd.Excellent job Saint's helping heal my kids and Family.If this Hospital was not there many lives would be in danger. Anyone who dosn't like the care your free to go to Lowell General or anywhwere else you want...GOOD LUCK!Don't let some bad apples try to throw this institution under the bus!Keep up the good work.
Saints Medical Sucks

Gloucester, MA

#48 Jul 30, 2008
Last time I was there I had to call an ambulance from the emergancy room because I was having an allergic reaction to nuts and they would not take me in... I couldn't breathe. Luckily I had an epipen on me and administered it to myself in the emergency room and called the ambulance to take me to Lowell General. I will never go back to that hospital unless I have a death wish!
Never go there

Gloucester, MA

#49 Jul 30, 2008
A friend of mine, her uncle died from a heart attack in the waiting room at Saints waiting to be treated. They claimed he was just drunk because he had a thick thick portuguese accent and couldn't breathe so he wasn't speaking well. They just ignored him and he died right there...
kathy- tewksbury

Mattapoisett, MA

#50 Jul 30, 2008
We have had many instances that caused us to go to Saints Memorial Hospital, and we have NEVER had a bad experience. Dr. Sarah Gilbert, who runs the ER is one of the nicest, most caring, and most qualified doctor I have ever encountered, and would not hestitate to have her or her staff treat myself and my family, and would highly recommend her and the hospital to anyone who needed medical attention.
lowellian

Woburn, MA

#51 Jul 30, 2008
Never go there wrote:
A friend of mine, her uncle died from a heart attack in the waiting room at Saints waiting to be treated. They claimed he was just drunk because he had a thick thick portuguese accent and couldn't breathe so he wasn't speaking well. They just ignored him and he died right there...
Yes, that is exactly it. Saints must be full of racists and bigots who refuse to treat your friend's uncle because he had an accent.

You people amaze me. Someone makes one comment, and everyone jumps on the bash Saints bandwagon. I think half of you make this stuff up.

All I know is, I have had terrible experiences at Lowell General and Mass General. I have had good and not so good experiences at Saints, but nothing near what happened at the other 2.

that got a laugh. a catholic hospital not treating someone because they are portuguese...good lord. Grow up.
xoxo

Wilmington, MA

#52 Jul 30, 2008
Thats Life wrote:
Being an employee at Saints I can tell you there is good and bad. Not just at Saints but everywhere. I have had family members treated at Saints where the treatment was wonderful and other times the treatment was so bad my family went to administration. Although administration did NOTHING regarding the one nurse who as far as we are concerned killed my relative the other care that was given was above and beyond. There is good and bad in every hospital. I have had dealings with LGH where the care was so bad I wouldn't take anyone in the world there. Business is business and change is happening all over the country not just at Saints. Some of the changes are good and some are bad. That's part of life, you deal with it. If you are that unhappy then go somewhere else and maybe you will be more happy. As for people getting positions up in the "women's pavillion" if that were any other nurse and the situation was brought to them they would have taken the job also no questions asked. I don't always agree with the changes that go on and I think that administration needs to lighten up alot and get more personal with the employees but I like my job and as long as I can do it I will I have been there over 20 years have seen many changes both good and bad. Things will either get better or get worse only time will tell. So if you are that unhappy I agree with some of the other posts go get another job or quite complaining and maybe give suggestions as to what you think might work better.
you're the one complaining...they killed your relative and you still work there....are you kidding me....move on and get a life...
Iris

Boston, MA

#53 Jul 30, 2008
My mother was admitted to SMMC in June, she was in the cancer unit. I must say that the nurses on that unit are very nice and they treated my mother wonderfully. I have no complaints what so ever. Even though my mother died three days later, the nurses were very good with her and not only her also with all the family members that visited. Thank You to the Nurses at SMMC. May God Bless You!
Iris

Boston, MA

#54 Jul 30, 2008
I don't think they are racist at SMMC. Like I said ealier my mom was treated very nice by the nurses in the Cancer unit. And we are hispanics.
Former Employee

Wakefield, MA

#55 Jul 30, 2008
I worked at Saints for some time and my complaint was that they treated their employees very poorly. To administration, the doctors are gods and can do no wrong, the people on the bottom of the totum pole are the "whipping boys"
I do however feel that most of the nursing staff truly care about the patients, but as always you get the good with the bad.
MOUSE

East Weymouth, MA

#56 Jul 30, 2008
kathy- tewksbury wrote:
We have had many instances that caused us to go to Saints Memorial Hospital, and we have NEVER had a bad experience. Dr. Sarah Gilbert, who runs the ER is one of the nicest, most caring, and most qualified doctor I have ever encountered, and would not hestitate to have her or her staff treat myself and my family, and would highly recommend her and the hospital to anyone who needed medical attention.
I agree, have been there numerous times for trearment of chest pains and at times breathing problems. anytime I presented with either of these problems, i was taken to the back for immediate treatment. It always was and remains my hospital of choice
Thats Life

AOL

#57 Jul 31, 2008
xoxo wrote:
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you're the one complaining...they killed your relative and you still work there....are you kidding me....move on and get a life...
Maybe you were the nurse who I was complaining about. The nurse who would not do anything extra because it "wasn't her job". That nurse is no longer there thank god for everyone but as I said the rest of the nursing staff went above and beyond. Just goes to show you I have faith in the people I work with and know that they give good care otherwise I would have been gone a long time ago. You need to grow up and move on. Apparently you were one of the "princesses" who does not want to work in the real world and deal with real people. If you had the same chance as the other nurse to get that job you would have grabbed it no questions asked and if you say you wouldn't have you are a liar. No one is going to pass up a good opportunity regardless who you are. So if you want I can help you writing your resignation letter or a new resume if that would help get you another job you think you can be happy in. I'm sure there are alot of nurses waiting for you job.
Liz

Palm Desert, CA

#58 Aug 2, 2008
kathy- tewksbury wrote:
We have had many instances that caused us to go to Saints Memorial Hospital, and we have NEVER had a bad experience. Dr. Sarah Gilbert, who runs the ER is one of the nicest, most caring, and most qualified doctor I have ever encountered, and would not hestitate to have her or her staff treat myself and my family, and would highly recommend her and the hospital to anyone who needed medical attention.
HOW MUCH IS SHE PAYING YOU???? She's the one who took so long before my brother-in-law died.
jaded61

Hoboken, NJ

#59 Aug 2, 2008
xoxo wrote:
Rumor has it that if you are an RN at saints and you are unhappy and threaten to leave, they will put you in the new penthouse that used to be the family birthing unit, and make you a supervisor with a pay raise. Oh, but forget about the other nurses there who have busted their humps for a lot of years, ya forget about them!!!! Nice way to take care of your long time employees...Give the nice jobs to the newbees...Maybe more RN's should threaten to leave...Can you say "UNION!"
Shiite! that place sounds like the Bedford VA!!
jaded61

Hoboken, NJ

#60 Aug 2, 2008
Never go there wrote:
A friend of mine, her uncle died from a heart attack in the waiting room at Saints waiting to be treated. They claimed he was just drunk because he had a thick thick portuguese accent and couldn't breathe so he wasn't speaking well. They just ignored him and he died right there...
NOW That is a Bedford VA Move!!!!

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