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6720 Bertner AveHouston, TX 77030
2727 W Holcombe BlvdHouston, TX 77025
My sister was scheduled for outpatient surgery at 5:30am. When we arrived we were told she was really she dulled for 1pm. I asked if we should return later and they said no. They took us to a room where my sister is laying down and resting while she waits and waits and waits. I sat on the bed ne…
20171 Chasewood Park DrHouston, TX 77070
I filled out this before but it seemed to blank out and disappear so maybe a duplicate now. ICU staff are not taking ICU seriously when they're spending a lot of time laughing and displaying an environment of gaiety every day, which causes a delay in emergency response to empty medical bags and …
11713 Shadow Creek PkwyPearland, TX 77584
I HIGHLY recommend St. Luke's! The facility is spotless, but what makes it unique are the people that work there. My nurse, Matt, was very kind and patient. He explained everything to me and answered all my questions. The doctors and health care workers are also very caring and positive.
1317 Lake Pointe PkwySugar Land, TX 77478
Nurse sharoon peter did exelent job treated my wife whole night best nurse and best hospital best doctor like dr.chaudry
2457 S Braeswood BlvdHouston, TX 77030
6363 San Felipe St Ste 100Houston, TX 77057
Use this facility at your own risk or perhaps, doom. I went to this facility critically ill. I informed the attendant that I was in pain and wanted to know if this facility was with the United Healthcare Network. No matter how many times I asked the attendant just pointed to a sign which did …
1401 Crawford StHouston, TX 77002
My daughter Ashley almost died due to hospital error by Doctor only 26 years old Doctor cut her large intestine released her from hospital twice had fever and severe pain dr never ran test had to go to another hospital surgery March 16 went to another hospital March 20 was septic had to spend 2…
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I am a 46 year old female who has worked in healthcare as a RN since age 19. On December 1, 2008, I was a 46 year old female, without insurance, with a actively rupturing cardiac thoracic aneurysm in need of surgery. I did not want to die. I was terribly frightened, knowing, even with sugery my chances were fair. The hospital I arrived at was trying to locate a doctor and facility that would have the surgeon and be willing to accept an uninsured individual. I was very fortunate that Dr. Ott was on call at St. Luke's Hospital. He was kind and skilled to the max and told me what to expect. The whole surgical team surrounded my bed to give me support, as my family was stuck in traffic in the Houston area an unable to see me before surgery. One of the OR personal phoned my husband's cell phone so I could talk to my son, hubby and brother before I went into surgery. That was the start of the caring hands that I recieved from the entire hospital staff. Everyone looked into my eyes to answer my questions. They worked together as a team and treated me with skill and dignity. They were speedy, because I was urgent, but respectful, because I was human, and they told me what they were going to do before they did it. I recovered and am doing well. I had the aneurysm repair and a valve replacement. They were professionals who treated the patients with dignity, patience and knowledge. They worked together as a team. I realized that this was the exceptional healthcare we all should get. Every worker I came in contact with was as respectful to each other as they were respectful of us. Thank you St. Luke's for performance that was excellant and kindness that was true. Chris Lacey
I filled out this before but it seemed to blank out and disappear so maybe a duplicate now. ICU staff are not taking ICU seriously when they're spending a lot of time laughing and displaying an environment of gaiety every day, which causes a delay in emergency response to empty medical bags and or patients requesting help. The patients should feel that professional with a 'serious can-do attitude' are right outside their doors, not immature people in a Bennigan's happy hour. At one point my friend desperately needed to use the bathroom, and ICU (female) response was "You just used the bathroom!" and they ignored her!!!! I asked a different nurse and he responded and took care of her bedpan needs. The men were more professional for the most part than women, not always, but usually. Women were giggling a lot - ICU is about saving lives and making quality of life better, not about giggling and a fun atmosphere. They took a long time to respond to medical analyzer alarms indicating a need for a replacement bag of drugs/medicine. I've been to the Methodist several times and I prefer the Methodist ICU mentality to St Lukes. I'll use a name, Dr Wheezer -he operated on my friend and apparently did a good job on her carotid artery, cleaning the plaque; however, he was very arrogant and pushy with the patient. He did a good job, but his arrogant demeanor is lacking passion / compassion.
I had surgery to remove huge amounts of infection from my hip area as well as breathing treatments for COPD. I wwas unable to breath when i reached the er and the swelling was unbareable. It is my belief that I would not be sitting here writing this review if not for the excellent care I recieved at LBJ. I've had no complications to date. I was under care for 4 days in 4C, thanks you guys, my meds were on time, I was kept clean, sheets changed and all the stuff trhat most hospital are not real anxious to do.I was kepty abreast of what was going on, having full command over my care. I just can't say enough. THANKS YOU ALL, I don't overlook the people behind the scenes either, Great food, clean linen, (always brought warm!). Gentle lab, radiology, top of the line! As far as I could observe all the patients recieved the same level of care I did. You may be thinking, yeh he was paying out his nose and had insurance, etc. Not so, I was, (am), a charity patient. Once againg Thank You for the excellent care and God Blee to you all, James C. (4c3-2)
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Dr. Yeung performed a revision rhinoplasty on me recently. My only regret is not going to him 10 years ago for my original rhinoplasty. Had I seen him first I would not have needed a revision. He made incredible yet natural looking changes to my nose, I could not be more pleased with the result. He is an incredibly skilled surgeon who provides the absolute best cosmetic results. I am a physician and truly believe that Dr. Yeung is the best in his field not only for rhinoplasty but for facelifts, blephs along with a ton of other procedures. Revision rhinoplasties are difficult and my nose turned out better than I could have hoped for. Recovery was a breeze. Dr. Yeung is incredibly nice and the office staff is amazing as well. If you are thinking about having a rhinoplasty (or any other facial plastic surgery procedure) go here! It will save you money in the end because Dr. Yeung will do it right the first time.
At first when we got transferred here from the hospital we were a little scared. My dad had suffered a cardiac arrest and heart attack so he was still in a coma in icu at cornerstone. It was a very scary situation but everybody here at cornerstone made us feel like everything will be ok. We felt a little too comfortable here almost like family. We even spend thanksgiving here to be with our dad. Dr. Vo was an amazing caring doctor helped us with everything, answered all our questions. The nurses and the aids were awesome. Especially Avis was amazing with my dad. She helped my mom out in how to care for him and even if she didn't have him that day to care for him she would still swing by to check up on him and my mom. We are so happy we have this place a chance and don't regret it at all. We were so sad to leave this place. Thank you Cornerstone at the medical center for all y'alls help!
I have been to this hospital Many times and was always well taken care of! If you don't like it here go somewhere else! I know people that would disagree on what you said about where you came from! People I know that have lived there!! Sorry you had a bad experience but that is not indicative of what Texas and Houston is all about! Alot of people have been to this hospital and did just great! This hospital has been around for a long time for a reason! You had bad experience I get that, but this place has also HELPED more people than hurt!!! You are being a little harsh on a city you haven't lived at long enough to know much about! - Much less the hospital! If you are not happy go back home! Alot of people love it here and call it home. -Even people that came from where you think is so great!
The review below is full of B.S. The doctor (Dr. Garcia), is the best doctor I have ever had the pleasure of having visited. Extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. The facility is clean and wait times are not three hours. I would trust my life with this doctor. I would not visit anywhere else unless I wanted to be misdiagnosed. This doctor hits medical conditions head on. And, I must say he is correct EVERY time. I have to have a doctor like Dr. Garcia. He is a life saver. He knows the human body and how it works. So, if you need excellent medical help, this is the place to go. I am happy to see the bogus review has been taken down. I was NOT going to put up with it. Tracy Verlin
from other clinics that i have visited this is the best one and most efficient, it also has the best doctors and friendly for example Dr.Rodriguez which is my kids doctor she's very nice and realy knows what she's doing . thankyou dr.rodriguez for everything . sincerely; sanjuana covarrubias ,delia sanchez(daughter) jonathan covarrubias(son)
Clearly some of you are disparaging LBJ and its services provided. I am an oncology patient and I can personally attest that LBJ went above and beyond in trying to keep me alive and comfortable while I was hospitalized for almost Six weeks. There was a time when I had basically given up but the Dr. and nurses never seemed to accept this and eventually I improved. This is a County Hospital, dedicated to the less fortunate, but i've never been treated badly by LBJ and their ER treats you according to your condition. There is a long wait at times but if your vitals show that you are in distress then your circumstances will also change.
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.