Arkansas Methodist Hospital
Parent of Patients

Paragould, AR

#42 Jul 17, 2008
I was a little concerned to go there in the past, but they have proved themselves to our family in the past year.

I don't want to get into specifics, but Dr.Schecter, his staff, and the OR staff did an amazing job. I can't speak for cardiac care, but I know that if I ever break any bones... I will go to AMMC. No doubts at all.
Guest

United States

#43 Jul 17, 2008
wow wrote:
amazingly in march the same thing happened to me, and he is talking alot of people into being induced i have a friend who is having a baby this month and she is too!!! let me guess he said "the last week is a waste to you,the baby, and me"?
Pretty much all Drs induce these days.

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#44 Jul 17, 2008
Parent of Patients wrote:
I was a little concerned to go there in the past, but they have proved themselves to our family in the past year.
I don't want to get into specifics, but Dr.Schecter, his staff, and the OR staff did an amazing job. I can't speak for cardiac care, but I know that if I ever break any bones... I will go to AMMC. No doubts at all.
You are lucky that happened on a weekday! He will not come in on a weekend for nothing. A friend of mine crushed his ankle and needed to worked on ASAP and Dr. Schecter wouldn't come in. He ended up going to j-town and had alot of complication because of the two day wait..
rick veranda

United States

#45 Jul 17, 2008
I went there to get a condom out of my ass all the did is laugh at me!! Then they told me i would poop it out. I did but i was worried. I broke a cucumber of inside me a few years back and went to saint bernards they had to cut me open and take it out. Guess i got myself in a pickle.
That a be her

Paragould, AR

#46 Jul 17, 2008
AMMC, is one of the best hospital for the size and resources Paragould has! So if you have a emergency I bet your ass you will not bypass AMMC! I bet it will be your first stop! Every, and I repeat every hospital has flaws and errors. To coin the phras, To Err is Human! Well doctors, nurses and all the medical staff are still human. You can't expect a miracle from a human being that is out of their hands. It's the comfort and quality of care you should be worried about. So remember that the next you have a emergency or a sick loved one! We have a good hospital and a great staff at AMMC!!!
guest

Paragould, AR

#47 Jul 17, 2008
Bigbowhntr wrote:
<quoted text>You are lucky that happened on a weekday! He will not come in on a weekend for nothing. A friend of mine crushed his ankle and needed to worked on ASAP and Dr. Schecter wouldn't come in. He ended up going to j-town and had alot of complication because of the two day wait..
That is not true! No he does not work every weekend, but who does. He is a great doctor and Paragould is lucky to have him.
Parent of Patients

Paragould, AR

#48 Jul 17, 2008
Bigbowhntr wrote:
<quoted text>You are lucky that happened on a weekday! He will not come in on a weekend for nothing. A friend of mine crushed his ankle and needed to worked on ASAP and Dr. Schecter wouldn't come in. He ended up going to j-town and had alot of complication because of the two day wait..
It was very late at night and he turned right around to be in the OR for us right at sunrise. Doctors do have a life. It's ok for him to take a weekend off.
shane carter

Paragould, AR

#49 Jul 20, 2008
ITS ALL ABOUT YOU
Guest 9

Paragould, AR

#50 Jul 20, 2008
Puddin_tang wrote:
I have had lots of experiences with this hospital. There are some good doctors and some good nurses but..there also are some bad doctors and bad nurses...I agree they are improving..they need to!! One of my bad experiences was a gallbladder attack...I was very sick, they gave me a pain shot and sent me home. I nearly died! I went on to Jonesboro. They did some test, blood work, found out I had gallstones trying to work their way out of my gallbladder and I had fever and infection. I was in Jonesboro 3 days fighting death, getting the infection down so they could remove the gallbladder. Had I went home where Paragould sent me, I would have died! My son almost died in Paragould hospital. Finally after several visits I went to Jonesboro, they found out what the problem was and my son is now 20 yrs old. No thanks to AMMC! My grandson was in heart failure. They sent him home. I took him straight back and raised hell, he was rushed to childrens hospital in Little Rock. I'm sorry but there simply is not room for this many mistakes! I don't care how nice you are, you need to know what the hell your doing. The nice stuff helps once you have found the problem! OK let me mention this..I did go once and they were on top of everything. I had a heart attack. The ER staff was great that day! However, once admitted, I had to leave for jonesboro. They were really unprofessional, were not taking care of me at all!
How old are you, if you don't mind me asking. If so just tell me to F**K off.
Aplus Teacher

Paragould, AR

#51 Jul 20, 2008
shane carter wrote:
ITS ALL ABOUT YOU
Oh Shane....I know your job is PR for them, but you must know that the majority of people in this community (born and raised here) KNOW that if something serious seems to be happening then drive QUICKLY to Jboro. It is why so many people here have memberships to AirEvac....so that they can be flown elsewhere and fast.
Noticed

Paragould, AR

#52 Jul 21, 2008
wow wrote:
amazingly in march the same thing happened to me, and he is talking alot of people into being induced i have a friend who is having a baby this month and she is too!!! let me guess he said "the last week is a waste to you,the baby, and me"?
WOW ! Did he really say that ?
Arkie

United States

#53 Jul 21, 2008
Nurse wrote:
We are very proud of our facility. We pride ourselves in giving the best in nursing care. Most of the time the people we are taking care of are our friends and family. You can go to other hospitals, but you will not get better nursing care anywhere. Sometimes the wait in ER can be long, but usually it is because of the amount of non emergencies that have showed up at our door. Most of the people at our hosptial love their jobs and I believe that it shows in the care we give. The things that make our hospital great are the things they cannot pay you for, it is simply a great place to work. If you want to go to a hospital with more than competent staff, that look forward to coming to work then use our hospital, if not go to Jonesboro and take a number. You will find out most of the time that six hours is just the beginning.
First off, let me start by saying that I generally do not complain about anyone in the healthcare profession. I work for several doctors, and know how trying it can be. With that being said, I think that our hospital is awful and either needs to be shut down, or undergo some serious upgrades. I have a younger sister who plays in the local softball league. One night during a tournament in Marmaduke, she was hit in the temple by a line drive. We called for an ambulance, but after waiting for an hour and fifteen minutes, had to drive her back to Paragould ourselves! When we checked her in at the ER, they asked what was wrong. I told them what had happened and about the ambulance. They said that all they could do was tell me to go sit down and a doctor would be with me shortly. Now, I was starting to get pissed. As for Nurse's comment about about all of the non-emergencies that come through there on a daily basis, if you know that it is not an emergency, why not push the actual emergency cases forward?? It does not take a rocket scientist to come up with this solution!! I sat in that waiting room with my sister for damn near 7 hours waiting to be called back. The whole time, she is drifting in and out of consciousness!!! I repeatedly went to the admissions desk and told them about it, but they kept telling me to go sit down and wait patiently, or they would move her further back!!! All of this happened at 8:00 pm on a Saturday night. She was not put in a room until a little after 3:00 am Sunday morning. Even then, the wait was not over. After being put in a room, we waited for the doctor to come in the room for another 3 hours!!! We checked her in at about 8:20 the previous night, and did not see a doctor until 6:30 the next morning!! If you could even say that we saw a doctor. He was in the room for all of about 2 minutes. All he did was tell me to take her home and give her some Tylenol, and if she wasn't feeling any better within the next couple of days to bring her back to the ER!! I waited damn near 12 hours for that?? Explain to me why someone with a migrane headache or an abcess tooth takes precedence over a potentially fatal head injury?? My family and I will never be using this hospital again. I would sooner drive to Jonesboro to be treated. Also, I though that nurses took a vow to help out any time they witnessed an event that required medical attention. One of the nurses at AMMC was at the softball field that night. Her daughter was playing for the opposing team. She witnessed the whole ordeal and never batted an eye!! She sat in her chair, talking and laughing with her husband!!!! Is there someone that I can report her to?
Arkie

United States

#54 Jul 21, 2008
shane carter wrote:
ITS ALL ABOUT YOU
No, it's not "all about you". It's all about how much shit we can put you through and how much money we can take you and your insurance company for!!!
Guest

Paragould, AR

#55 Jul 21, 2008
Arkie wrote:
<quoted text>
No, it's not "all about you". It's all about how much shit we can put you through and how much money we can take you and your insurance company for!!!
I don't use the hospital here or an OB/GYN here, but during my last pregnancy I began to bleed. I had miscarried before so this was a big concern and my out-of-town doctor told me to go to the closest ER. I should have known better.

They took me in and said they needed to completely empty my bladder before the ultrasound. Hmmm. So I got a catheter. The girl (she was not an RN and looked to be about 19) could not do it properly. It took her three tries and me crying to finally get it right.

The doctor came in, asked two questions, ordered the ultrasound, and left. Never saw him again. Max 90 seconds.

It was 4am when the ultrasound tech came in. Bless her heart, she was from out of town and had been awakened to come do this. She was really sweet.

I felt better knowing baby was fine. Went home.

Got the bill for $1600 and $800 was for the doctor! Are you kidding me? The ultrasound charge was $250 and that tech did the most work, put out the most effort, and was the most competent it seemed, but he wants $800 for his 90 seconds??

Never again. I know now I could have just driven to Jboro and in a real emergency I know have AirEvac to take me elsewhere.

My motto....unless there is already no pulse...do not take me there. If there is no pulse, they can't really make it worse. LOL
Noneya

Blytheville, AR

#56 Jul 27, 2008
wow wrote:
amazingly in march the same thing happened to me, and he is talking alot of people into being induced i have a friend who is having a baby this month and she is too!!! let me guess he said "the last week is a waste to you,the baby, and me"?
I work at AMMC and I've heard things about Becton doing this to a lot of his patients....Hasik is the better OBGYN at AMMC.
Just Wondering

Blytheville, AR

#57 Jul 27, 2008
Arkie wrote:
<quoted text>
First off, let me start by saying that I generally do not complain about anyone in the healthcare profession. I work for several doctors, and know how trying it can be. With that being said, I think that our hospital is awful and either needs to be shut down, or undergo some serious upgrades. I have a younger sister who plays in the local softball league. One night during a tournament in Marmaduke, she was hit in the temple by a line drive. We called for an ambulance, but after waiting for an hour and fifteen minutes, had to drive her back to Paragould ourselves! When we checked her in at the ER, they asked what was wrong. I told them what had happened and about the ambulance. They said that all they could do was tell me to go sit down and a doctor would be with me shortly. Now, I was starting to get pissed. As for Nurse's comment about about all of the non-emergencies that come through there on a daily basis, if you know that it is not an emergency, why not push the actual emergency cases forward?? It does not take a rocket scientist to come up with this solution!! I sat in that waiting room with my sister for damn near 7 hours waiting to be called back. The whole time, she is drifting in and out of consciousness!!! I repeatedly went to the admissions desk and told them about it, but they kept telling me to go sit down and wait patiently, or they would move her further back!!! All of this happened at 8:00 pm on a Saturday night. She was not put in a room until a little after 3:00 am Sunday morning. Even then, the wait was not over. After being put in a room, we waited for the doctor to come in the room for another 3 hours!!! We checked her in at about 8:20 the previous night, and did not see a doctor until 6:30 the next morning!! If you could even say that we saw a doctor. He was in the room for all of about 2 minutes. All he did was tell me to take her home and give her some Tylenol, and if she wasn't feeling any better within the next couple of days to bring her back to the ER!! I waited damn near 12 hours for that?? Explain to me why someone with a migrane headache or an abcess tooth takes precedence over a potentially fatal head injury?? My family and I will never be using this hospital again. I would sooner drive to Jonesboro to be treated. Also, I though that nurses took a vow to help out any time they witnessed an event that required medical attention. One of the nurses at AMMC was at the softball field that night. Her daughter was playing for the opposing team. She witnessed the whole ordeal and never batted an eye!! She sat in her chair, talking and laughing with her husband!!!! Is there someone that I can report her to?
If your child was that bad why did you wait? Why didn't you just leave and go to Jonesboro? All that time you waited you could have been somewhere else instead of complaining about the service there!
SusieQ

Maumelle, AR

#58 Jul 27, 2008
Personally I would go to Memphis if I had anything seriously wrong. I think the staff at St Bernard's is either stretched to thin or spends too much time at the nurses station to take care of the patients. Don't know anything about NEA.

My uncle went into AMC for a kidney stones, contracted staph and died from the complications of the staph infection.
Just Wondering

Blytheville, AR

#59 Jul 27, 2008
SusieQ wrote:
Personally I would go to Memphis if I had anything seriously wrong. I think the staff at St Bernard's is either stretched to thin or spends too much time at the nurses station to take care of the patients. Don't know anything about NEA.
My uncle went into AMC for a kidney stones, contracted staph and died from the complications of the staph infection.
You can get staph at any hospital..my mom got it at a hospital in Memphis and the surgeon there is a quack...after she had a surgery to have a colostomy bag (which she never needed we found out later) he didn't write it in the chart for the nurses to check the bandage so they didn't ... she got infected and her bag had to be removed and she had to heal from the inside out which took about 6 months longer than it should have to heal. She went to st. louis 2 yrs later and the surgeon said she never needed the colostomy...her bowel wasn't dead unlike the dr in memphis said it was...once your bowel dies it can't come back to life and her bowel never died...she is now without the bag and doing great..no thanks to the dr's and nurses at memphis!
SusieQ

Maumelle, AR

#60 Jul 27, 2008
Just Wondering wrote:
<quoted text>
You can get staph at any hospital..my mom got it at a hospital in Memphis and the surgeon there is a quack...after she had a surgery to have a colostomy bag (which she never needed we found out later) he didn't write it in the chart for the nurses to check the bandage so they didn't ... she got infected and her bag had to be removed and she had to heal from the inside out which took about 6 months longer than it should have to heal. She went to st. louis 2 yrs later and the surgeon said she never needed the colostomy...her bowel wasn't dead unlike the dr in memphis said it was...once your bowel dies it can't come back to life and her bowel never died...she is now without the bag and doing great..no thanks to the dr's and nurses at memphis!
My opinion is you have to take charge of your own care, because if you let them decide for you, you're up a paddle without a creek.

Don't know which hospital your mom went to, but there are two over there I would go to anyday than staying around here. If Barnes was closer and not in St Louis, I would prefer Barnes. Why, because I've been in Barnes and the care you get there compared to what you get here, is the difference between night and day. It's a teaching hospital (which some of the ones in Memphis are as well because of the Univ of Teenn), and any study you read says that you get better care at a teaching hospital because they stay update to on the latest medical studies and news.

Yeah, I know staph is in hosptials, but if AMC had spent more time treating it, instead of trying to cover up the fact my uncle contracted it there, he might still be alive. My cousins transferred him to a hospital in Cape and they were appalled at the treatmemt he had been receiving.
Just Wondering

Blytheville, AR

#61 Jul 27, 2008
My mom ended up going to Barnes (2 yrs later) and we did try to take charge of her care in memphis and we were told nothing could be done because the "doctor" didn't write it on the chart...i would like to know what cracker jack box those nurses got their licenses!! I have nothing bad to say about AMMC..never had any bad experiences with them. My uncle was very sick and they transferred him to Jonesboro because they knew they weren't equipped with the stuff he needed...my mom stayed there until they transferred her to memphis because the surgeon at AMMC told us that he did not feel safe doing that type of surgery...so anywhere you go..you will have bad and good experiences...I don't care what dr you use or what hospital you use. Why didn't your family demand that he be transferred to Jonesboro or Memphis? You have to take charge in your own care sometimes as you put it!

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