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Celmer19

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We had a horrible experience at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Very poor treatment of our Daddy. Does anyone have any background information regarding actions taken against the hospital? Any lawsuits? What was their outcomes and did it go to a jury?
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Mar 22, 2007
 
Poplar Bluff would be a great place to build a hospital, otherwise Cape, Saint Louis, or Memphis.
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YOU CAN CHECK ON INTERNET FOR PENDING AND/OR PAST LAWSUITS AGAINST THE HOSPITAL, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER....THEY DO NOT STAFF ENOUGH NURSES! ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEES AND PATIENTS. I SPEAK AS FORMER EMPLOYEE WITH OVER 15 YEARS OF UNAPPRECIATED SERVICE TO THAT PLACE. NEVER APPRECIATED, ESPECIALLY BY LAST OWNERS....AMA. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOUR FATHER WAS NOT TREATED CORRECTLY, HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE! IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DID. ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE'S A MONOPOLY IN TOWN WITH SAME CO. OWNING BOTH HOSPITALS. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE CITIZENS OF PB APPROVED OF THIS!
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I HAD AN EXPERIENCE WITH PBRMC IN AUG. 2006 . WAS SENT TO DR. BENJAMIN SOETER FOR PAIN TREATMENT. I WAS CHARGED AROUND $1200 FOR STERIOD INJECTION INTO BACK. I WAS THEN CHARGED ABOUT $1300 BY PBRMC BECAUSE DR. SOETER USES THEIR BUILDING AT THE OLD DRMC BUILDING. TALK ABOUT DOUBLE-DIPPING & DOWN RIGHT STEALING.....THAT'S WHAT PBRMC DOES BEST! RIPS PEOPLE OFF.
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Jun 25, 2007
 
Celmer19 wrote:
We had a horrible experience at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Very poor treatment of our Daddy. Does anyone have any background information regarding actions taken against the hospital? Any lawsuits? What was their outcomes and did it go to a jury?
Of course I don't want to give to many details regarding my mom's lawsuit against them. But a few years ago he sued them for cardiac related problems and they settled out of court.
And you probably won't believe this, but it is 100% true. In my immediate family, the so called ER has misdiagnosed "ailments" (don't want to get to specific) 3 different times. 4 if you count my mom. Only my mom has sued them.
But in my opinion there should be a class action lawsuit against this so called hospital.
And one other thing. I have been a licensed EMT since 1997. I have never worked for this hospital. But have transfered many patients here. I have literally brought people to this ER within 1 hour of being released from the same ER. Telling them they have a "pulled muscle", when they're actually having a heart attack.
I say go anywhere but here.

“I will yak about anything”

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Jun 28, 2007
 
my family had a very bad experience with the hospital here.He laid in the hospital for a week they kept saying infection treat with antibiotics.after a week of pain and more swelling my brother was asked to be released we took him to another hospital in another town they immediately done surgery on him there.This hospital is very poorly ran I am sorry to say that if I was very ill get me the heck out of here.
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Dec 31, 2007
 
Celmer19 wrote:
We had a horrible experience at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Very poor treatment of our Daddy. Does anyone have any background information regarding actions taken against the hospital? Any lawsuits? What was their outcomes and did it go to a jury?
Sometimes folks have a bad experience at a hospital because they want to - noboby volunteers to be sick enough to need a hospital. Also while hospitals seem to be short of nurses - blame the system, there is a national nurse shortage and folks do not want to grow up and be nurses - so the current nurses demand more pay making it harder for the hospital to pay top dollar and have staff. It all becomes a joke - As far as leagl history of the hopsital, look it up by owner as well - I know the hospital used to be owned by Tenet, but was sold to someone else not long ago.
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Dec 31, 2007
 
I know years of history for PB medical.
"DON'T DO IT" The medical field uses Rural towns for doctors to practice with. Go to Memphis or St Louis.(then again come out to Arizona)
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Dec 31, 2007
 
You people do realize that in every city that has a hospital, someone is pissed off at it. Poplar Bluff is no worse than any other rural hospital. If it was even a fraction of as bad as some people like to talk, it would've been shut down. Fact is many many more people have positive experiences than negative.
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Dec 31, 2007
 
Sorry but too many horrible out come with your doctors, for anything major I would not rely on them at all. I know when I worked for the U of Arizona Hospital they sent their flunky doctors to PB for practice......
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It is a conspiracy, I tell you. All the medical schools send their worst students to Poplar Bluff, MO.

Well that would explain Dr. Carda, I suppose.
Good vs Bad

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Dec 31, 2007
 
You know this is just 11 comments all that slam the hospital. I have to say that my own experience was A+. However, I am a very positive person and if things are not going right know how to get things accomplished. After having my children and surgery I ended up working for PBRMC for 12 years and now for 3. I love my job and enjoy working with the people at PBRMC. I am treated fairly and have good work hours. Of all the people I see which is most of them I have to say that 95% of the comments are positive. Of course there are some people NO One can please. You know every hospital has people who have something or someone to complain about. Well I pray each and everyone of you have a safe and happy new year.....and may you have better hospital experiences in the futre.

“Articulate Smartass”

Since: Dec 07

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Jan 2, 2008
 
GOOD GIRL wrote:
YOU CAN CHECK ON INTERNET FOR PENDING AND/OR PAST LAWSUITS AGAINST THE HOSPITAL, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER....THEY DO NOT STAFF ENOUGH NURSES! ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR TREATMENT OF EMPLOYEES AND PATIENTS. I SPEAK AS FORMER EMPLOYEE WITH OVER 15 YEARS OF UNAPPRECIATED SERVICE TO THAT PLACE. NEVER APPRECIATED, ESPECIALLY BY LAST OWNERS....AMA. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOUR FATHER WAS NOT TREATED CORRECTLY, HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE! IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DID. ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE'S A MONOPOLY IN TOWN WITH SAME CO. OWNING BOTH HOSPITALS. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE CITIZENS OF PB APPROVED OF THIS!
When did the AMA ever own their own hospital?
When Lucy Lee was relocated to it's present building in 1980,they were owned by a company called AMI.Then they traded the Devil for his keeper and sold to tthe Great Satan,Tenet.
As the Feds were busting Tenet (again),they had to sell off as many smaller hospitals as possible for some quick cash,so they sold Kennett & Poplar Bluff to a tiny company called HMA.
The ER is as bad as most rural ER's,because they are staffed by rent-a-doc's that service many of SEMO's hospitals. Since I was misdiagnosed and nearly killed by St.Francis @ Cape, I of course think it's a crap hole that needs to be razed. However, I did sue and got a little cheddar-1980's-a lot,but I had to have more surgery due to their malpractice,so I came out the loser. They suck big ones.
There are so many people on Medicaid in PB,no hospital in St.Louis wants you,so you are lucky to have any medical treatment down there. With the exception of the case.net Queen Carda (one of my kin even has a lawsuit against her,most of the best doc's are the hometown ones-why would anyone else want to move to Crackheadville,as the residents keep referring to it? If you were raised there,you are a hick anywhere else,so it makes sense you want to be a big fish in a little pond.
My Dad still works there and has been there for quite a few years,so I hear all the dirt.
one of the biggest mistakes made was shutting down the DRMC hospital, and turning it into a strip mall for medical businesses.Wound,sleep,pain,re hab, and I think the psych ward may belong to the hospital. I don't think they even do any surgery there any more.
Trust me,we have hospitals in the big city that suck even more than SEMO,when you get transferred from the boonies,you just don't know how bad they are!

“Articulate Smartass”

Since: Dec 07

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Jan 2, 2008
 
I just wanted to add that ALL hospitals fall short,and my folks still go there. My Dad loves working there.
My husband works with a man who paid several thousand dollars to be checked out by the Mayo clinic in Rochester,MN, and he still gripes about how bad the place was,horribly impersonal,rude,and the diagnosis was vague,but the cash is still gone-lol!
So if the Mayo clinic sucks for some,what chance does Lucy Lee or whatever the heck they are calling it this week stand?
I know one thing that does get attention,articulate complaint letters outlining poor treatment or specific problems,and having as many persons who were offended write letters (not form letters,but use good grammar & spelling) to the CEO,whoever that is today.
Also, if you do sue the hospital,remember you will have a tough time finding a local Dr. When you sue,your name goes on case.net ,and we aren't the only ones who read it. My kin who sued that Dr. had to go to Sikeston to see a new gyn when nobody in town would see her-a coinkydink-I think not!
You cannot be denied emergency medical care,but any private Dr. has a right to refuse any patient.
A new law takes effect this year (while I'm handing out my pearls of wisdom) that if you have an unpaid medical bill (I guess they have already sued you & won,not sure how that part works) they will take your tax refund to pay it, guess how they do unpaid child support now.
Anybody hear about this new MO law?
Been there

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Jan 2, 2008
 
I agree that Poplar Bluff Regional is not what it was when it was Lucy Lee. I do believe that it doesn't matter where you go you will find bad medical care. You have to be vigilant and pay attention to what decisions are being made about your care. Many of us grew up in an age where we trusted physicians and thought they knew everything and would fix whatever is wrong with us. The truth is Doctors are people and human and humans make mistakes. They also drink, take drugs and smoke and do all of the things that they tell us not to do. They are just regular people who have had a lot of school and residency.
So, knowing this we must take responsiblity into our own hands. Ask questions about procedures being done to you. Ask for information on the procedure or other options. Ask what will happen if we don't do this or implications on down the line. When the ER says that nothing is wrong and you think that there is, then go to the next town and visit their ER instead of saying "well they are the experts, they must be right". Most of all we must trust our instincts. If you don't ask the right questions or you don't read the materials the doctors do not pay, you do. Sure you can sue them, but you may lost someone you love and the money cannot bring them back.
Trust me I have had a sick child before and he was not in Poplar Bluff or Kennett. I had to spend everyday checking what was going on and asking those questions. It is so frustrating, but we have to do it for our loved ones.
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Jan 3, 2008
 
Guess we should all be thankful, My grandma had her first child at 17 - in 1916 - in PB on the farm, guess he was breech birth and weighted over 13 lbs . The story gets worse with the horse doctor then. Praise God we have better technology. All hospitals have big time issues now !!!

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I can say this for Lucy Lee & Twin Rivers, with the state of small hospitals shutting their doors,how far would you have to travel for care if they shut down,like DRMC did? How about delivering a baby?
People really have to take responsibilty for their own healthcare. Kneibert Clinic has an excellent Urgent Care.When we were down for Christmas, I went their with my niece,whose own pediatrician was out of town. This was Christmas Eve day,we waited about 30 minutes,she was seen by a DOCTOR,not a nurse,and my sister in law had a small copay,bing bang boom,we were done with no long er wait to see a nurse practioner and huge er copay.
People in Poplar Bluff tend to muck up their own ER by going there for NON-emergency care,when that clean,spacious,cheap,fast service across town is under utilized. What are these people thinking,do they just enjoy crowded,dirty waiting areas where they for sure can catch something while they enjoy a wait of HOURS for non-emergency as the nurse deems it?
Urgent care people-enjoy it!
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I really get tired of hearing complaints about Poplar Bluff Regional. Did it ever occur to anyone that there are people who have similar stories about the Mayo Clinic, M.D. Anderson, and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis? There are disgruntled people everywhere and there is not a medical facility that can do everything perfect every time. The nature of the business is a set-up for disaster...people who are scared, sick, and cranky in a place they do not want to be.

I can also tell you that all hospitals have their share of less than perfect doctors. Listen - if you are a bad doctor and you want to hide, you are much better off doing it in a large, metropolitan hospital. You cannot hide in a little town like Poplar Bluff if you are incompetent.

Secondly, I am a registered nurse at Poplar Bluff Regional. I've seen some GREAT changes since HMA bought this hospital and specifically since the current CEO, Bruce Eady, has been at the helm. They are trying to weed out the rotten employees and doing a pretty good job of it.

A lot of complaints come from the ER - and it is what it is because of the people who continue to go to the ER despite the fact that they do not have an emergency. It is overwhelmed with people who have a sore throat, a swollen ankle, a fever, a bladder infection, a sore back...the list goes on and on. Do us a favor - quit using the EMERGENCY room as your family doctor.

I will concede one point, our nursing staff is stretched very tight. And it's not a nursing shortage that is causing that - we have plenty of employed nurses or people who want to be employed. The bottom line - it's a business and if a hospital administrator can get by with 4 nurses instead of 5, they will do it. Patients would be much more satisfied if they allowed their nurses more time to spend with their patients.

There are a lot of top-notch doctors and nurses at that hospital who give a lot of themselves. Remember that caring for sick people is sometimes a thankless job that is never-ending. Our doors never close, we take care of people around the clock. And we love doing it. But it's hard to listen to constant complaining by people who do not have the knowledge base or expertise to critique a profession they know nothing about.

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Enough Already wrote:
I really get tired of hearing complaints about Poplar Bluff Regional. Did it ever occur to anyone that there are people who have similar stories about the Mayo Clinic, M.D. Anderson, and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis? There are disgruntled people everywhere and there is not a medical facility that can do everything perfect every time. The nature of the business is a set-up for disaster...people who are scared, sick, and cranky in a place they do not want to be.
I can also tell you that all hospitals have their share of less than perfect doctors. Listen - if you are a bad doctor and you want to hide, you are much better off doing it in a large, metropolitan hospital. You cannot hide in a little town like Poplar Bluff if you are incompetent.
Secondly, I am a registered nurse at Poplar Bluff Regional. I've seen some GREAT changes since HMA bought this hospital and specifically since the current CEO, Bruce Eady, has been at the helm. They are trying to weed out the rotten employees and doing a pretty good job of it.
A lot of complaints come from the ER - and it is what it is because of the people who continue to go to the ER despite the fact that they do not have an emergency. It is overwhelmed with people who have a sore throat, a swollen ankle, a fever, a bladder infection, a sore back...the list goes on and on. Do us a favor - quit using the EMERGENCY room as your family doctor.
I will concede one point, our nursing staff is stretched very tight. And it's not a nursing shortage that is causing that - we have plenty of employed nurses or people who want to be employed. The bottom line - it's a business and if a hospital administrator can get by with 4 nurses instead of 5, they will do it. Patients would be much more satisfied if they allowed their nurses more time to spend with their patients.
There are a lot of top-notch doctors and nurses at that hospital who give a lot of themselves. Remember that caring for sick people is sometimes a thankless job that is never-ending. Our doors never close, we take care of people around the clock. And we love doing it. But it's hard to listen to constant complaining by people who do not have the knowledge base or expertise to critique a profession they know nothing about.
Good thing I read your entire comment before I replied.
Shame you didn't give others the same courtesy.
Crappy nurses can't hide either-how many dismissed licensed nurses have recently made the news for their drug stealing ways that killed others? They were dismissed for the same reasons from PBRMC-what actions did they take to get these nurses out of the system,to prevent harm to others? Were they reported to law enforcement,given random drug tests,or even reported to the State Board of Nursing? Or are those actions reserved for the older RN's who tried to start a union? The hospital had no problem back then trying to take their nursing licenses AFTER firing them.Since you represent the nursing element,what specific actions does the hospital take to shed the junkie,thieving nurses that seem to plague SEMO?
My dad works at PBRMC, and has for many,many years. I realize that some of the earlier posters were blowing smoke,or don't understand the AHEC program.
You are right though,crappy doctors in PB stand out like a skyscraper in Dexter.
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<quoted text>Good thing I read your entire comment before I replied.
Shame you didn't give others the same courtesy.
Crappy nurses can't hide either-how many dismissed licensed nurses have recently made the news for their drug stealing ways that killed others? They were dismissed for the same reasons from PBRMC-what actions did they take to get these nurses out of the system,to prevent harm to others? Were they reported to law enforcement,given random drug tests,or even reported to the State Board of Nursing? Or are those actions reserved for the older RN's who tried to start a union? The hospital had no problem back then trying to take their nursing licenses AFTER firing them.Since you represent the nursing element,what specific actions does the hospital take to shed the junkie,thieving nurses that seem to plague SEMO?
My dad works at PBRMC, and has for many,many years. I realize that some of the earlier posters were blowing smoke,or don't understand the AHEC program.
You are right though,crappy doctors in PB stand out like a skyscraper in Dexter.
Junkie, thieving nursing do not just plague southeast Missouri, and they certainly don't just plague PBRMC. They plague this country - it's an embarrassment to our profession.

I actually worked with one of the nurses who recently made the news for providing the drugs that killed her own husband - drugs which she obtained from a nursing home where she was employed. She worked at PBRMC for 3 months. That's a pretty short time - we saw what she was and got rid of her in record time. She was still being investigated by the State Board for complaints from PBRMC when she was discovered at her new nursing home job. The problem is that addicted individuals do a pretty good job of covering their tracks. There might be suspicions and circumstantial evidence, but it sometimes takes a while to have grounds to terminate and even longer to have grounds to report "activity" to an outside agency.

Please tell me you are not ALSO blaming PBRMC for the addiction problems of nurses?

I cannot speak to anything that went on with unions and nursing staff - but I know that did not happen when HMA owned the hospital so I think it is irrelevant in this discussion.

As I said, there are problems everywhere. We're trying really hard and making some great improvements. I am proud of the changes I've seen.

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