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My experience is a little old--it occurred July 4, 2001. Turth in advertising requires me to say I was born in St. Joseph's over 70 years ago, but have not lived in Atlanta since 1970. I was visiting to attend a wedding and staying with friends. I was supposed to go to the Rehearsal Dinner, but was feeling ill, so I declined hoping to attend the wedding on Saturday. The friends with whom I was staying had dinner plans. BTW, I should be considered a knowledgeable layman, having worked in healthcare administration for decades. Four years prior to this, I had had an angioplasty so I was conscious of potential heart problems. When my friends arrived I told my host that it would probably be wise to go to an Emergency Room for a blood test to see if I was having heart problems. I was vaguely surprised when he suggested St. Josephs. Predictably, the ER was a zoo on a holiday weekend. Eventually blood was drawn and my host proved to be the really good friend and stayed with me. The staff put me into one of the ER cubicles while we waited. Eventually the ER physician came in about 3 a.m. and told me that the blood tests had proven negative for the enzymes indicative of a heart attack. However, he encouraged me to stay in the hospital for an angiogram the next morning. I decided that I must be having some type of flu, and declined. But my friend supported the idea--I must have looked really bad. Reluctantly, I agreed. Angiogram results: The good news: No heart attack. The bad news: Blood vessels in the heart, 85% occluded. Consulting with the cardiologist who recommended a CAB (a bypass). Having observed a number of those operations, I was less than enthused at the prospect plus I did not have medical insurance. I asked about another angioplasty. They advised against it saying in a relatively short period of time, the problem would recur. When I mentioned the lack of insurance, they said something "Let St. Josephs take care of you. Also, they said the CAB would be performed first thing Monday, which meant I would miss the wedding. I was also bummed because I had been exercising in an effort to not have heart problems. I decended into a combination "blue funk" and pity party--still resisting the idea of a CAB. As a result, things were kind of up in the air. One of the nurses, who deserves my everlasting thanks, came in and counselled me. By the time she left, I was more amenable. They sent in the heavy gun--the anesthesiologist. By the time he arrived, I had come to grips with it. Before he could open his mouth I said "Let's do this."I've gone into this detail so that readers will know that St. Josephs really does care and, take this from someone in a position to know, does a great job. I was pretty much of a deadbeat, and I received care worthy of a Chief of State. I would like to think that I was a knowledgeable patient--let the wounds drain and exercise as much as you can. In fact, I made them sit me up in the chair rather than the bed when they brought me to my room from Intensive Care. I felt compelled to write this when I read a couple of the reviews. There are two low ratings. One is the result of the doctor's orders, not the hospital. In fairness, staph can be very very difficult. The other low rating was because of a mixup about telephone numbers. I can see why that might be inconvenient for the person, but it hardly deserves a low rating. As far myself, I am seen by a Harvard-educated cardiologist at a tertiary medical center. However, he wants to see me only annually, and this is 11 years after my surgery, which also prevented a heart attack. The sites where the veins were removed from my legs were more problematic that the operation. Thank you, St. Joesphs. Thank you, ER. Thank you, cardiologist. Thank you, wonderful Nursing Staff. Thank you, Dr. Snyder and the surgical staff. I think Someon was really looking out for me when they caused be to be where I began life.
Dr. Braswell is laid back and funny. Those are the pros. However, office visits require long waits. I've never been there and waited less than 45 mins... I don't think I've ever waited less than an hour. That's JUST for vitals. After vitals you go back to the waiting room and wait some more. Finally, you're put in a room where you, again, wait some more. At LEAST another 30-45 minutes.I switched to Dr Braswell during the last two or so months of my pregnancy because I wanted a doctor who I could get comfortable with. Where I was before rotated doctors and so there was no guarantee as to who would deliver me. I expressed this concern. However, I soon learned there was no reassurance at Dr Braswell's office either. My first experience at her office was that I got there and was told that she was out on delivery. I waited several hours for her to get back . My second experience was that she was on vacation and I was being seen by the PA. There was another occasion where I came in and was told that my appointment needed to be rescheduled because she was out doing a delivery. However my question is why didn't the office staff call me before I left work early and came all the way to the office? The times I did actually see Dr Braswell she was pleasant enough but always seems to be in a hurry. She would answer questions but it always felt like she was answering them with one foot out out the door. Sometimes she literally was walking toward the door while answering. Not to mention one time when she gave me results from a test they did and seemed to blaze over them while verbally implying that I already knew them. How would I have? I even had to be the one to ask about the results. Had I not I wouldn't have found out important info about my pregnancy. I had to ask about everything. How was my urine sample? How is my bp? Where I transferred from they told me everything they were doing and so that's what I was used to. I think Dr. Braswell is too busy. Part of this could also be because the office only seems to open Monday through Thursday. Is this the norm for private practices? Doesn't seem normal to close every Friday and for the one Doctor to be off every weekend. Needless to say, I still ended up being delivered by a perfect stranger. This being my 1st pregnancy, it was important that I felt comfortable but I didn't. As far as current experiences. I contacted Dr Braswell's office on several occasions because I had a concern & question about some post delivery symptoms I was still having and wanted to verify if it was a true concern. Again I felt as if she was way too busy to give me proper attention. The receptionist also made it seem as if my call didn't deserve a direct conversation with Dr. Braswell, all of which would have taken 3 minutes. It appears that once you deliver you are no longer a concern. After several times calling and excuses from the receptionists, I still have yet to receive a call back. I just gave up. All of these perfect reviews that she's getting, I'm not buying. If I were to base my review only on personality then, yes, Dr Braswell would get 5 stars. But at the end of the day, I rather have a snob who at least took good care of me and ensured that everything went well pre and post delivery.
I would like to share my experience with Atlanta Virtual Imaging. Before I went, I read all the reviews I could get my hands on. Most of them were very negative. We purchased a Groupon and went anyway. I figured that if they started any funny business on me, I would be ready. I have no doubt that the experiences of others were accurately represented. I believe that through the power of the internet, this business has improved. Yeah Internet!!! My wife and I walked in. The front desk staff was friendly and cheerful. We waited about 15 minutes in the waiting room. We then went back to the "Let's make a deal" room. You need to know now that the Groupon is a marketing tool to get people into the business. Lots of businesses do this and Atlanta Virtual Imaging is no exception. It was similar to the timeshare presentations that people talk about. You get a "free" gift but you have to sit through the sales pitch. The gift in this case was a $79 heart and lung scan.The salesman, in my opinion, was sincere and genuine. He believes that their product really saves lives. He went through and outlined various options and put some great spin on it. However, at the end of the day, it is a very expensive venture and one my wife and I did not want to afford. It boiled down to multiple scans over the course of years, whether you need them or not; and they finance (or offer financing through some medical credit card).If you need the scans, it might be a great deal. As it turned out, my scan was completely clear. I got a score of 0 on the calcification so I am not sure why I would need to keep going back. During the sales pitch, I got two really big red flags. 1) If we were to get the deal, we had to buy today. This always makes me pucker. I loathe sales tactics like this. You are asking me to make a $5,000 decision before I walk out the door? Big ole' NO on that one. 2) The reason why we had to decide today is that otherwise we would be "diluting the test pool" and we wouldn't qualify for the subsidies. This is because they don't track our names with the test????? Maybe I heard him wrong but this doesn't even make sense. My name was attached to the test when it came via email so that sounds like some bogus stuff. I have to say though that once he realized we weren't going to buy that day, he politely thanked us and the sales pitch ended. I was on the scanner within 20 minutes and the whole scan lasted about 7-10 minutes. I had to hold my breath a few times and the table wasn't that comfortable but hey, it was 7 minutes.The information you get from the scan is minimal but what do you expect for $79. I found out I had no calcification, no masses detected and that I am truly unremarkable; which is good for a medical report. Would I recommend the Groupon deal? The answer to that is sure, go for it. My experience there was pretty good. Just know going in, they are selling something and are going to try and get you to buy it. If you are just doing the Groupon scan, keep politely saying no. If you are interested in the scans, I would request all the information up front before your appointment so you can go over it and make your decision an informed one.
LifeTest of AtlantaReviews received from actual customersAverage rating: 5 Jun 16, 2011Clive&Marva We heeded the advice of Neal Boortz, particularly regarding the sudden loss of his Radio partner without warning and decided we had better make sure we checked clean 5 Jun 15, 2011Patrick & Karen My Wife and I came to Life Test because of a Commercial on WSB radio to get a Free Heart scan.. When we got there we were a little afraid of what the Presentation would be like...but we were pleasantly surprised by our Counselor Annie, she was very informative and We defiantly saw the Need for Life Scans services!! after having the Heart Scan it was nice to actually get the results almost instantly (the Radiologist still has to read it) but we were able to see how much calcium build uo I had in 5 Jun 12, 2011Kelly i needed peace of mind because i started mountain biking.heart disease runs on both sides of my family.i came close to canceling my appt but i had to have peace of mind.would advise everyone to do this.it was a quick test,10-15 min tops.i have friends wanting this test now 4 Jun 10, 2011Dougald & Deborah We heard about the scan listening to Neal Boortz on the radio. He said that the test/scan would help discover medical problems with the heart well before symptoms so we decided to have the scans done. The staff was friendly and informed. We arrived at our appointed time. The scans were to take about 1 1/2, but It took over 2 hours to process us. We have not gotten the results yet. 4 May 22, 2011Sherry & Randy Staff was awsome and test was a breeze. I would have liked to have known our results before leaving or have known that a payment would be required to get this. 5 May 19, 2011MARY One of the best staff I've ever seen in a doctor's office. They were considerate and made the experience a breeze. And the price is affordable. Horray for Life Test Atlanta. 5 May 16, 2011margie & juan Staff was very informative , I am glad that my husband and I decided to go. We found out that my husband has heart disease. If it was not for this test we would have never known. We recommend that everyone does this. This will save my husbands life. 5 May 13, 2011B.S. I was very pleased. The staff was friendly and accomodating. There was a problem due to a power outage, and I had to return the next day for my scan. It was done quickly and professionally, and I had the results before I left the facility. 5 May 2, 2011Guy my wife was a little afraid, but the staff made her feel comfortable enough to procede w/ the scan. I feel this is a needed and valuable tool for preventive care. 5 May 2, 2011K.G. A very friendly staff made you feel comfortable and at ease. The heart scan was quick and painless. I highly recommend Life Test of Atlanta. Our experience was excellent. 4 Apr 27, 2011Dr. Michael & Rita L Our experience was very positive from our check in to our scan. My wife and I wanted to have our hearts checked and were most pleased with the data presented and the ease of the scan.
I went to Progressive medical center after suffering from exhaustion and a poor memory and a lack of energy. I felt like it was 4pm at 11am. To cut a long story short, the diet that they put me on, my weekly routine along with the supplements that they prescribed have drastically helped my health. It was a combination of leaky gut, gluten reaction and an exhausted thyroid that were the cause. Overall, the staff was very kind and receptive and the doctors answered my questions very professionally and knowledgeably. Its a well rounded approach, you also see a dietitian as part of the process. In my case i had a LOT of blood work, stool tests and a saliva tests that revealed a great deal of information to help me with my condition.I would give this place 5 stars, if it wasn't for the cost. You wont spend about 3K+ out of pocket like some of the other places that are as reputable or similar (my opinion after reading other peoples reviews on the facilities i researched), but you might have to pay about half that much(in my case)...this might be more or less depending on what they are treating. This is the amount out of pocket (After insurance had kicked in). Did they warn me about the cost on the first visit....YES....do i regret the amount that i have to pay(i have a 12 month payment plan).... NO. When your health starts affecting your job, relationships, and confidence(memory loss), it put a different perspective on how much i was willing to pay. Most importantly, i can remember stuff far better than i have in years and i cant put a price on that!If you have a short term disease, injury (flu, sprained acl) then this might not be the best place for you. But if you have a chronic disease, then I would highly recommend these guys! They really know what they are talking about.
Thank God for Progessive Medical. I had been to over 30 different doctors over the course of 2 years and was told by each that I either had nothing wrong with me, my ailments were all in my head or that they couldn't do anything for me and I would live out the rest of my life in pain and confusion. My wife had heard about Progressive and decided to do the new patient tour without me (as I was bed ridden by this time) and returned home excited. I could tell from the first appointment with the doctor that this place was different from any other I had been to. They listened to what I had to say, looked me in the eye as I was talking, and didn't rush me out so they could get to their next appointment. I was immediately given a treatment plan that was adjusted as my condition required. After 2 years of searching for an answer, I was given one by Progressive Medical! In 3 short months I was driving again! I continued to improve under their care and haven't looked back since. This place is super comprehensive, so at first it does seem confusing because all that is going on inside one building. (Which is another great attribute. You don't have to drive all over town to see different doctors and get different treatments.) I hate to think what my life would be like today if my wife hadn't taken that patient tour and insisted I go. They gave my wife her husband back, my kids their father, and me my life!
I was scared to death when I got to this Imaging Center. I was trying to find out if I had a bone infection which everyone seemed to think that I did. I hope that I am in the right place to write this review.The man and woman that was in Imaging set my self easy and helped me in so many ways.Their names, I know only by first names, Were Rodney and Katie. I have, a son and daughter named Rodney & Katie. I thought in my mind that this IS the right place, their names are like my children's and what a coincidence They took the best care of me, My waiting time was legitimate, right on the button.I have trouble with my back..Rodney helped fix my back so that it would not hurt me. The table was just like all tables, it was bad. All tables are bad all over the place but Rodney help me overcome the pain by helping me lie there with assistance of pillows and etc. He was the right man for the job. I enjoyed these two people very much.If you have to have something like this done, Don't hesitate. They are good people and will not just put you on the table and tell you to 'wait' until it's over. I am so glad that I had the pleasure of knowing these two kind souls. I will never be afraid of having this testing done again. I am so happy that I got to meet them.They are very good at what they do.. St. Joseph's be happy that they enjoy their work. Nancy Still, penned 03/18/2013 @ 4:15 p.m.
A very good place to go IF anything happens to you. I stayed two weeks on 4 South. Was wonderful in all ways. They even got a heat pad which was wonderful.Nothing but good things happened to me. Dietary came in and helped me with food choices and also for help at home with direction on how and what to eat at home. The lady was very kind and even put edible orchids on my food tray but could not eat it, was too beautiful and put them in book to preserve them for future memories. Will never forget them. It was just a great place to be sick if you have to be sick. I had surgery which was a little unpleasant, but after the surgery, I did not have any more pain in my foot which was what the surgery was all about. Thank you St. Joseph's for being kind and thanks to 4 South for their nurses and healthcare people on that floor and in the surgical wings of that hospital. I, of course, was ready to come home. I have another surgery on the same foot to do and I do hope that this trip is successful as the one in Sept. 2012.I have one picky thing to say.. and that was the bed. It was awful. It's not suppose to be like home tho. Hospital beds are known for their beds being horrible. This one was not horrible, just tolerable. But that's ok. I still had a wonderful experience with them.. Nancy Still (penned 03/19/2012 @5:45 p.m.
DO NOT go if you have Cancer!!! Great place to go to help Restore your Immune System but Do Not Go if you have Cancer!!!Was excited and had such high hopes after meeting with Dr Bouquette and Dr Agolli. Extensive testing was done to identify immune system deficiencies. Began Jan 2, 2013 on a 30 day detox, with lots of supplements purchased (additional costs above treatment amount) and given diet restrictions for that time frame.But at the end on the 30 days there was NO Strategy going forward to address fighting the cancer. I had to call several times to ask ..What now?? Never met with Oncologist on staff or any other staff relating to or regarding my cancer!!! Got scheduled to see a doctor 3 weeks later to go over test results and then after another month and a half was told to go have surgery. By then the tumor and cancer around it had grown. The Oncologist that was on staff has retired and there appears to be no true staff to provide services or strategies to help you if you have cancer. DO NOT go if you have Cancer! If you are looking for an integrated effort of building your immune system with a definitive fighting of cancer strategy ... I would not suggest Progressive.
Great practice, run independently by a great psychiatrist: Dr. David W. Tascarella, M.D.My personal experience with Dr. T came about when my mother's boyfriend suggested that I get tested for ADHD--at 25! We came to the Institute for Higher Living and I had a three-hour diagnostic session with Dr. T.I was greeted by a nice woman with whom I had spoken by phone already, and she told me Dr. T would be just a few minutes. I have found many psychiatrists will double or triple book in case of no-shows: Not Dr. T!The diagnostic was amazingly thorough! He listened to every word I had to say, and offered some amazing insights into how our minds work and why I was feeling the way I was. We spoke more about a variety of topics, until we both felt we had said our piece.Dr. T got me taken care of. Since my diagnosis for ADHD I have started my treatment, and I feel like a fog has lifted from my brain. It's like I just accessed a level of functionality I never knew I had. I scheduled my follow-up appointment with the same wonderful lady, and went on my way!
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.