Thursday, July 16, 2009

WELLSTAR COMPLAINTS

On July 19, 2008, I was rushed by a friend to the Emergency Room at Wellstar (HellStar) Kennestone (WealthStone) Hospital. I had mistakenly been given an antihistamine (which I am allergic to) that aggravated my enlarged prostate and locked my kidneys.

After waiting in the Emergency Room at Kennestone (WealthStone) for approximately FOUR hours I finally saw a doctor, a Foley Catheter was inserted, I was given a shot of morphine (4MG) and 650MG Tylenol, IV was inserted and I admitted to the hospital for what they said was a bladder infection (6:15). At the time of admission; my pulmonary sounds were normal, equal, and clear with no wheezing according to hospital records.

I was transferred to a room on the seventh floor Green where I was given another shot of Dilaudid (1.5MG @ 8:00), Dilaudid (2MG @ 8:30PM), Restoril (30MG @ 8:00PM) and Dilaudid (3MG @ 10:00PM).


At 11:00 PM my family informed the nurse that I was not breathing normally. The nurse on call told my family, it was normal breathing for someone with sleep apnea (I have sleep apnea). For 45 minutes my family pleaded with the nurse to do something about my unresponsiveness and breathing. They were ignored until 11:45 when my family began screaming in my room. I was coded and rushed to Cardiology ICU for Acute Respiratory Failure, secondary to narcotics. The pulmonary doctor on call at Kennestone (WealthStone) stated that I was near death on arrival.

While recovering in ICU (Went to hospital for enlarged prostrate) I was given an IV bag with another patients name on the bag. When my family asked about the bag, the nurses comment was, “It happens all the time but I assure you it is the right medicine.”

Computers at Kennestone (WealthStone) were down the night I was admitted and the next day. My blood work was lost and had to be redone. I was moved to another room on another floor and I asked for lunch that I never received. (This happened twice) I was not provided with a pillow or clean sheets until the second day in that room. I had also asked twice for a clean gown and was not given one until last day there. I was given a heart monitor around my neck and went through 6 of them until one finally worked.

I was informed during my stay that I had damage to my heart from the stress of the night of July 19, 2008.I was told my cardio enzymes were high, potassium low, electrolytes low and calcium low. I went through several tests during my stay. The terms used by the doctors were, Acute Respiratory Failure secondary to narcotics, Respiratory Failure likely to narcotics, Respiratory Arrest secondary to over medications, Respiratory Depression secondary to narcotics.

Wellstar (HellStar) Kennestone (WealthStone) Hospital has concluded that I received the best medical care available and their staff and hospital had reasons for all of the above-mentioned faults.

They obviously over medicated me and would have let me die in that room on the seventh floor if my family had not been there to scream for help. I have not been the same since.

It seems quite apparent that the medical treatment that I received on July 19, 2008 to July 23, 2008, fell well below the “standard of care” that I should have received from Wellstar (HellStar) Kennestone (WealthStone) Hospital.

"I THINK THEY KILLED ME, I JUST HAVEN’T DIED YET”

55 comments:

  1. I also had a problem in february 2008 with kennestone hospital, I went to the emergency room for my appendix and was given to many drugs and they had to rush me to icu for treatment, I was in the hospital for over ten day, thought I was going to die. When I got out of the hospital I contacted an attorney and they told me that because of the new law that governor purdue had signed into effect that it would cost about 150 thousand dollars just to initiate the lawsuit. because of the requirement to have a doctor’s affidavit attached to the lawsuit when filed. that the only way they would take my case would be if I had permanent injury or had died. good luck, remember you only have two years to file a lawsuit.

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  2. ·Morton v. WellStar Health System, Inc., 288 Ga. App. 308 (2007) (Court of Appeals upheld grant of partial summary judgment of plaintiff’s claims of lack of informed consent and punitive damages).

    ·WellStar Health Systems, Inc. v. Green, 258 Ga. App. 86 (2002) (Trial court’s rule that question of fact existed as to nurse’s alleged fraudulent representations to plaintiff reversed on appeal).

    ·Broach v. WellStar Health System, Inc. (Cobb County State Court: 2007: Successfully represented defendant hospital in medical malpractice action resulting in mediation and settlement).

    ·Gary S. Porter, et al v. WellStar Health System, Inc., et al Superior Court of Paulding County, CAFN: 07-CV-685-TB (Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss for failure to follow scheduling order Granted) (Currently awaiting decision from Georgia Court of Appeals.) (May 2008)

    ·Nellie Ann CROFT and Thomas A. Croft v. WellStar Health System, Inc. d/b/a WellStar Kennestone Hospital, State Court of Cobb County, CAFN: 2005-A-11170-4 (Alleged back injury post-op.) (Settled August 2007)

    ·Lisa Ellen Roddy v. The Wellstar Health System d/b/a Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and Blake T. Smith, M.D., Superior Court of Fulton County, Civil Action No. 1999CV11149. (Alleged battery and improper restraint of plaintiff in Emergency Department. Settled September 2004.)

    ·Vaughan v. Wellstar Health System, Inc. (Successfully argued motions to exclude expert witnesses and obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant hospital) (State Court of Cobb County CAFN 04-1-3168) (currently on appeal to Georgia Court of Appeals)

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  3. February 19, 2009

    Seven victims of sexual assault by employees of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital have filed suit against the Hospital and the employees in Cobb County State Court. Six of the victims were patients at the Hospital at the time of the assaults. The seventh victim was visiting the hospital to take care of her mother who had just passed away while a patient at the hospital.

    The three employees of the Hospital that are defendants in this lawsuit are: Eugene Ellis, a respiratory therapist; Rafael Telles, an orderly; and Eric Robinson, an x-ray technician. Eugene Ellis and Rafael Telles have been arrested by the Cobb County Police Department and are no longer employed at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. Eric Robinson was not arrested and his employment status is unknown.

    Four of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit were assaulted by Eugene Ellis, a respiratory therapist at the Hospital. A total of seven persons told Cobb County police about sexual assaults against them by Mr. Ellis, and Ellis was arrested and charged by police with sexual assault and battery against 5 victims. He was not charged in the other two incidents because they were verbal in nature only. Mr. Ellis is currently awaiting trial in the Superior Court of Cobb County. The incidents reported against Eugene Ellis took place in 2006 and 2007.

    Two of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit were assaulted by Rafael Telles, an orderly at Kennestone Hospital. A total of four persons told Cobb County police about sexual assaults against them by Mr. Telles, and Telles was arrested and charged by police with sexual assault and battery against all four victims. The status of any arrests or criminal case against Telles is unknown at this time. The incidents reported against Rafael Telles all took place between June 23-26, 2008. All four victims were patients at the Women's Center at Kennestone Hospital at the time of the assaults.

    The other plaintiff in this lawsuit was assaulted by Eric Robinson, an x-ray technician at Kennestone Hospital. The assault occurred on December 7, 2005. No other complaints against Robinson are known at this time. He was not arrested or charged by the Cobb County Police Department.

    Glenn Loewenthal, an Atlanta attorney representing the plaintiffs, said "If this were an isolated incident of one rogue employee, it would be one thing. However, we are talking about 12 known reports of sexual assaults against three different hospital employees, all within less than three years. That suggests to me that Kennestone Hospital has been negligent in protecting its patients and even visitors from their employees. Whether they have been negligent in their hiring practices, their supervision of employees or have inadequate policies in place remains to be seen. But something is obviously wrong over at the hospital and we intend to find out why these victims were not adequately protected. If nothing else, perhaps this lawsuit will prevent future patients and visitors of the Hospital from being assaulted."

    Mr. Loewenthal added "We are confident that there are more victims of assaults by these employees out there. It is unlikely that every victim has come forward. We would urge any other victims to come forward and report the assaults to us or the Cobb County Police Department."

    Other attorneys representing the plaintiffs include Robert Lamb of Cartersville and James Kytle of Atlanta and Seattle. "It is the duty of a hospital to keep our loved ones safe at times when they are most helpless. If Cobb County citizens can't feel safe recovering in our hospital, its time to take action so this can never happen again".

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  4. this is why it is called hellstar wealthcare system. IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ME PLEASE PAY THE EXPENSE AND SEND ME TO NORTHSIDE, OR PIEDMONT HOSPTIAL, WHICH IS ONLY 30 MINUTES AWAY. THANKS FOR PUTTING UP YOUR BLOG.

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  5. Why does the law and the governor protect the hospital and doctors, and not the patients?

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  6. In 2003 I had been taken to Wellstar Kennestone 3 different times with possible heart problems. the first two time I was sent home. the third time in August I was admitted but was told all was OK and they could not find anything. On December 9th I had a medical procedure at another Atlanta Hospital and all went fine and they new about the problems from the past year. On December 10th my Dr. came in and told me I could go home on the 11th. That afternoon of the 10th I collapsed with Congestive Heart Failure and diagnosed with Severe Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy. If I had been anywhere else I would have died instantly. To this day I do not trust any Wellstar Facility. I have told ambulance companies that if they pick me up not to take me to their facilities and if they do I will sue them.

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  7. harrassment of any kind should not be tolerated

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  8. I WAS A PATIENT AT Wellstar and Eugene Ellis was very professional to me and my family. I find this hard to believe. He would always greet everyone with a big hello and a smile. He took care of me. The staff comes into your room all day . Seems like every 5 minutes. Theres not enough time for him to fondle anyone.

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  9. You know what? In my mind, it seems that a person could be fondled within 5 minutes!!! Quit acting like it's impossible. You don't know everything about this man.

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  10. My aunt was creeped out by this guy long before this trial. Luckily he didn't get as far with her as he did with these ladies. You don't know the whole story here so just be quiet!!!

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  11. I went to Wellstar Cobb on the 22nd and 23 the reason why I went twice is to be give an injection to stabilize my pain. First, I was treated horribly the nurse was talking about me to the Doctor. The reason is because I have a pain management doctor but my current meds were bot helping because the meds I use I have been using for four years so body has built a tolerance level. The doctor said he was not giving me anything for my pain but a medcine called Tramadol which is like taking Tylenol. So if I am currently on 30mg of Oxycodone then obviously Tramadol is not going to work for me. They were treating me as if I were some druggy and I did not appreciate. The nurse and the doctor were both talking down on me which is not acceptable.They insisted on speaking to my doctor from Georgia Pain Clinic. They dont have the right to speak to my doctors but, since I have nothing to hide I gave them the number. Every time I go to this hospital I am treated horribly and it is not right. I feel as though I should be compensated for being treated like shit. I am not the type of person to call racism but in this case I would say they are racist, rude, inconsiderate, no bed side manner assholes. That is just being nice. Someone needs to step up to the plate and compensate me for being treated so badly.

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  12. I would not recommend anyone to go to Wellstar Cobb hospital. They are under trained in customer service skills. They treat people in humane and that is unacceptable . If I could figure out how to sue them I would. I will be contacting people to today to see if it is possible to sue them for slander. I have been treated like dog poop every time I have been there and it is just damn right wrong!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. I was there in 2009 and had to have a sitter in my room at all times. I was raped by the male sitter they put in my room overnight. I can't believe they'd be as stupid as to put a male in a female's room over night.

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  14. First of all, they would not have placed a male sitter alone with a female client. Secondly, sitters are only used to patients who are non-compliant and/or crazy.

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    1. "non-compliant and / or crazy" - that's the most vulnerable patient; the one that unprofessional staff find easy to ignore and less likely to believe. Shame on you for trying to blame the victim.

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  15. since I am an employee of wellstar I can tell you that there would not have been a male sitter in your room if you are a female. You are telling lies and need to shut up and get a life.

    Second I am sure u are not treated like shit every time u come in unless u treat us like shit. So u to need to shut up and get a life!

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    1. How nice to hear from an employee at Wellstar. They must be very proud of you. Are you with the public relations department?

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    2. Wow! And you work for wellstar? You are no better than the ones who are making the nasty comments. If your attitude is like this then it must be true.

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    3. WOW and you work for Wellstar? Its must be true!

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    5. In Jan 2012 I was in the short term stay for emergency surgery the night nurse was super inefficient - Room was hot a hell but he ignored our requests for a fan. I was in to be re-hydrated, but it took all night to get the fluids. Every time he came into the room he was on his cell phone complaining about other patients. The entire experience was terrible.

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  16. Pending some future outcomes, i will be on here in the next couple of months with some negative information about Wellstar. Due to legalities, i cannot post at this time.

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  17. I am sitting in ICU with my mother. She was transferred here by her doctor so she could get the care she needed. Nurses on 5th floor were NOT following her Dr's instuctions. Critical antibiotics order @ 9 PM. Arrived in room @ 3 AM, but nurse did not connect....because she was unfamiliar with the "mechanics" involved in running 2 bags of fluids concurrently!! And they were compatible medications! Too tired to say more....this is day 4 of what should have been an out patient procedure....the surgeon is wonderful!!

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  18. My 22-year-old daughter was taken to WellStar Douglas by ambulance on Friday, November 4, 2011, after suffering a grand mal seizure at home, rendering her unresponsive. We arrived at the hospital at approximately 11:30 pm and remained there until after 5 am because they had no available beds or nurses in the ICU. At this time, my daughter was on a ventilator, heart monitor, and telemetry. She remained in the ICU unresponsive, sedated, until the following Thursday when they transferred her to the second floor. I went to visit her that Thursday following a procedure she had had and noticed that her blankets were in disarray and wrapped around her legs. Again, she is still on a ventilator and sedated. When I finally managed to untangle her legs from the sheets, what I found made me want to vomit. My daughter had soiled herself and it had basically dried on the sheets. Of course, I immediately approached the first person I saw and demanded someone change her sheets and gown. I was told her nurse was waiting on another patient and would be with me shortly. When her nurse finally came in after about 20 minutes, she told me she was going to get to it after she'd finished some other responsibilities she had that afternoon. It took her another 15-20 minutes before she finally gathered the supplies and was ready to clean her up. She then asked me if I wanted to step out of the room while she cleaned her up, and I, of course, said no. Not only did I not leave, I stood there and helped her to make sure it got done, correctly. Fast forward to Friday, 2nd floor. Again, my daughter had not been cleaned up and she was still unable to clean herself as she was still attached to tubes, catheters, etc. Plus, she was just barely 1 day from leaving the ICU. I asked the nurse (or maybe she was a medical assistant - can't be sure), if she had been cleaned up since she arrived to the floor. Once again I was told she was going to get to it as soon as she had finished up some other responsibilities. So, I asked for clean towels, sheets, and a gown and told her my daughter and I would do it ourselves, which we did. But, before we could start, I had to go back to the nurses’ station and ask for soap, which leads me to believe they had no intention of cleaning her up. Fast forward to Sunday night, still on the second floor. I visited her briefly on Saturday and all was well, other than she was ready to leave. I get a call Sunday night from the nurse manager telling me I needed to get to the hospital because my daughter was having trouble breathing. I get there and they are working on her and she's struggling to breathe. I asked if a doctor was coming and was told, "I'm not sure..." I was there for 3-plus hours and they checked her vitals once and did not administer any more medication my entire stay. All the while, my daughter has bloody froth coming from her nose and mouth, which they let sit there until it dried. Not to mention her room was an absolute pig pen with towels everywhere, gloves on the floor, trash cans full, hairs and stains on the toilet, and the floor looked like someone had walked on it with muddy shoes. I had a nurse summon the nurse manager, who ended up cleaning the room herself and asking someone to mop it. So, we're talking 3 times within a week that I HAD TO ASK someone to clean my daughter and her room. That is absolutely disgusting! My daughter has a severe autoimmune condition and is being subjected to filth while she is hospitalized at this facility. Now, I am no longer confused as to why we cannot keep the infections from her body. They’d just better hope she comes out of there alive and unscathed. FYI: Her health has been on a steady and fast-paced decline since her first hospitalization at this facility in April of this year.

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    1. A relative of mine was admitted to the hospital numerous time during his last five years of life and you could sit in the room and watch the nurses spreading the germs -tape on the bed rail that everyone had touched and then applying it around across an open surgical wound, using dirty scissors that the patient happened to have in his bag, not washing hands when they entered the room, etc. This guy had MRSA and you'd have never known it from the way they were acting. One day I arrived to find him sitting in the hallway. When I asked why he was there, he said that his roommate had just just done the big one in his bed and nobody had been in to clean it up and he couldn't stand the smell. Our vet clinic is cleaner than that place.....

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  19. To the comment made by the employee of Wellstar on June 6 2011, Spoken like a True Wellstar "professional". Like the rest of the so called profesionals working the hospital floors, your educational and vocational training, or lack thereof, are evident in your manners and responses to events occuring on your shifts.

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    1. I also am a wellstar employee. I am old school and believe each patient should be treated the way I would want my family treated. I am not about to make excuses for the hospital. My intentions are to share a look on the other side. Waiting for hours and hours in the ER should not happen. Not having your room cleaned and linen changed daily should not happen. Medication errors should not happen....But, these times, they are a changing. I am old school where I believe everything should be patient centered. But in reality, the physicians and nurses have very little say in what goes on. Management, you know, the ones that make the $$$ and receive the big bonuses, they are the ones that dictate the rules such as only allowing one physician to be scheduled in the ER, deciding not to use license practical nurses to care for patients even though they are nurses, board licensed and many have decades of experience. It looks better if the hospital can boast they have a high precentage of nurses with a four year degree. It doesn't matter that they can barely speak english and are only interested in a paycheck. Until very recent, we had been instructed to only change the linen if soiled. Housekeeping's staff has been cut drasticly and it is the responsibilty of the nurse to empty the trash and remove the dirty linen from the patients room, along with removing the food trays. Whereas a few years ago the nurse patient ratio, though strained, was do-able, today a nurse is expected to take care of, medicate, draw blood, hang blood, provide treatments, educate and document on 10-15 patients, sometimes more and at times only one nursing assistant for the entire floor. Nurses are going home crying daily because it is no longer do-able. Todays healthcare is all based on status and unfortunately, providing enough staff and experienced staff with a heart for the patient is not how they reach the type of status important to management. Sometimes when you have been waiting close to an hour for your nurse to come in, she herself may have been trying to get in there for close to an hour, but was pulled in a thousand directions and just hasn't made it in there yet. If you see her sitting at the desk, don't immediately think she isn't doing her job. She is probably just getting a chance to sit down and document five hours of care, hasn't been to the bathroom, eaten or drank since coming on shift. With the up coming change in health care known as Obama Care, it is only going to get worse....as I stated earlier, these times they are a changing.

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    2. My mother was in Kennestone in 2004 for a collapsed lung due to a procedure when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. During the 2 wks the aides were terrible - spoke little English. I was telling them she had not had a BM in several days and the girl thought I wanted a cup of coffee!!! Once and only once we left the room while Mom was on a bedside chair and the aide was going to change the bed. I came back and found Mom slumped over the chair, nearly on the floor with all those tubes and lines hanging out of her. I was livid. We never left her for even a minute after that. The hospital system makes loads of money, but they are too cheap to hire American workers at a decent wage so they bring in foreigners who work for less.

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  20. I had Fusion Back Surgery at WellStar Cobb Hospital, everything was fine until recovery, apparently the Anesthesiologist didn't communicate to each other regarding a previous Brain Injury I had and my tolerance to certain sedatives as very low. Well, in recovery they had to resuscitate me twice, on the second go round, they informed my spouse I had passed then recanted their story. Ended up getting a copy of my Operative Report and they in-deed injected me with a cocktail that my Vascular Doctor said, "not to give me." In addition the nursing staff (night staff) on the Orthopedics ward is very unprofessional, and I'm a Retired Nurse and in my many years of practicing I've never seen such medical negligence at WellStar Cobb Hospital. I don't even deal with them anymore, I rather go to Piedmont or Northside Hospital.

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    1. I am with you. After what Kennestone did to my mother and then to my daughter and to me, I will never set foot in there again. It's all about cheap foreign labor and profits and patient care. We love Piedmont - clean, efficient and caring.

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  22. My wife and daughter took me to the ER on a Sunday afternoon several years ago because I had taken some albeuterol (sp) for sinus drainage and congestion and was extremely hyper. Several hours later they told me that I had pneumonia and was being admitted. By that time I felt perfectly normal and wanted to leave. My wife and daughter insisted that it was better to be safe than sorry so I acquiesced. A nurse at an interim department commented that their patient count was the lowest it had been in months. She felt that was why I was being admitted. I was put in a room in the respiratory section with someone who had COPD. I still felt fine. The male nurse that evening asked why was I there because I was the healthiest patient on the floor. The next morning I asked for the doctor so I could get released. I did that several times and no doctor came. I told the nurse that I was leaving so I got dressed. The doctor sent word that if I left he was not responsible for anything further. Since my wife was at work and I had no money on me and I was extremely angry I walked home. My home is at least 9 miles from the hospital. The following day I went to my doctor who told me that I did not have pneumonia. He prescribed an antibiotic.
    The real kicker here is that I did not have medical insurance at the time so it cost me $3,900.00 out of my pocket.
    It was so obvious that I didn't need to be in the hospital and Wellstar was padding their patient count for billing purposes only. I will do everything I can to not be a patient at Wellstar Kennestone ever again.

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  23. For all of you talking crap about my father Eugene Ellis. Come and talk to me like you're talking on here. First of all there was no physical evidence. Second the women were clearly lying. Fumbling with the supposed events that occurred. Third. My dad is a Christian man and has a beautiful wife who he always adored. He didn't needto fondle anyone. And who would want to fondle those women anyways. Did you see how they looked. It's all about money. My dad is a great man of God and will always be. He will be out soon. God will see to it. The injustice will be corrected and all of you with your nasty comments need to look at the facts. Not hearsay or trumped up circumstancial evidence. Black man accused of touching a white lying woman. They've been blaming us for years and punishing us black men without solid evidence or even good witness accounts. We get the short end of the stick. But justice is coming. Free Free Ellis! Love you dad.;

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  24. Cobb (wellstar), is the worst place imaginable to seek help. On March 4th, 2011 my brother was taken to this hospital around 7am, because his sugar had dropped. Prior to this date, a week before he was discharged with pneumonia. He got it during his stay in the hospital. Okay, around 2:30pm, a patient care tech dropped him. He passed away the next morning at 3:58am. I was there when this incident happened and they still refuses to do the incident report.

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    1. In 2000 my friend went O Kennestone with breathing problems and was let in the ER for 10 hours with no food - she was an insulin dependent diabetic. By the time she was rushed to Piedmont, she was past saving.

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  25. Well these screw job racist are gonna get it at wellstar they act as if their is true diversity but the truth is blacks are treated so unfairly at wellstar ask the 18 that just got fired about nine months ago for no damn reason and to cover up the guilt and lies some were barred from wellstar properties ......

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  26. There still are some exceptional nurses at Kennestone Hospital, most can be found in ICU/CCU. Unfortunately, we can only work with the resources we are given. Often understaffed and yes working in an unsafe environment that is beyond our control. Our complaints go unheard, it is all about the bottom line. It is a corrupt big business that doesn't invest in their employees (unless you are a doctor or part of upper management) it is a breakdown of the entire system but the blame is often put on the backs of the nursing staff. We do not have control over how long it takes the pharmacy to mix a medication despite the STAT med requests we send them. We have no control over the fact that the lab consistently looses bloodwork. We have no control over the computer system. We have no control over housekeeping cleaning rooms which is what they get paid for but often times the nurse ends up doing. No control over you getting your food, or the medications your doctor refuses to prescribe for you. I am sorry that we only have one nursing assistant trying to take care of 20 patients who need to be cleaned, fed, and cared for! I try my best to keep the doctor from killing you because they order medications you are allergic to or wrong meds or wrong dosages etc. I wish the general public knew what we are truely up against. When costs are cut it's not the upper management feeling the pain, they get their substantial pay raises and bonuses and perks. Our board of Trustees...their perks amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars for their "volunteer" work! It a damn shame you should be outraged but at the RIGHT people!

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    1. couldn't have said it better. Then they decide the LPN's were not longer qualifed to be a nurse.....please!

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  27. Its amazing how the near incompetent staff are trained to say 'there are not enough beds...' when the waiting room is empty and parking lot. STOP THE LIES! You are understaffed or we currently are having a shift change!! Hellstar needs CUSTOMER SERVICE training & a better ER process. If you don't have a BED, put me on a cot in the hallway. Let the staff say 'WE ARE DOING OUR BEST.". If this is the best then imagine them on a bad day...

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  28. I went to the hospital last week @Cobb in Austell with Shingles and the P.A. said I didn't have shingles but she wasn't sure so she went and got another P.A. one that I had argument with a couple days prior and she said I didn't have shingles. They didn't want to give any real medication so they 2 small Mortrin. Heresanothe incident three months prior. I happened to get a couple of my medical records and it stated that "I wanted diladid" and I left A.M.A. because I could not have it the nurses knew that I left because I was inormed by my son that my husband was moving out of our house in which we are still not living together today. Another lie my medical record states that I had traces of Marijuana in my system I have not smoked that drug since I was 14 I am now 40. I believe these fabrications are being said because the nurse and I had an argument. Yes I have been their many times because I have Fibromyalgia, Degenerative disc disease, Hypertension, Spondyosis. I have pain medication but they often don't work!! I also have migraines why should I be treated like a drug addict and be lied on. I really want my medical record corrected and I would like to sue for damages.

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    1. When I was in Kennestone Hellstar, the nurse tried to give me some one else's prescriptions to take home. I knew enough to know that I didn't need eye drops aftr having my gallbladder removed!!!!

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  29. Hellstar is cheating Senior Citizens by refusing to readmit within the 30 day limit, putting them in "observation rooms" and sticking them with the bills because Medicare won't pay for the hospital's attempt to avoid readmitting and facing the fines for not taking proper care of the patient during the first admit.

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  30. I was at Kennestone Emergency for pains and it seemed everyone White I was exposed to that day-- the Angry, rude ambulance attendant (however the white female attendant was extra nice and attentive with me)..The Doctors and staff all had racist attitudes they could not contain. I enjoy studying scholars on Sociology, white Supremacy and Race as one of my main hobbies.. I completely understand the context of the subhuman behavior, but I felt myself feeling Sicker being around it. The behaviors of the Staff and Patients impressed me as Mentally disturbed... Every conversation I heard contrasted the colors Black and White; derogatory remarks were made about a PR girlfriend, Koreans, Obama etc. Unfortunately, I had to listen to a 60 year old dirtbag and his granddaughter for nearly 2 hours, while trying to fall asleep..and the first word that came out of his mouth was NI@@@RS. The Doctors spoke AT me so fast and incoherent they could have just handed me my discharge papers..I was rudely interrupted when I tried to explain my symptoms or answer interrogations...they simply wanted to CONFUSE me. However, when the fat white nurses and Dr spoke with the racist neighbor...they made certain to have an interactive conversation and they allowed him to belly ache without interruption. there were coded dialogue from a fat white nurse to let the Racist know she too was a Confederate Obama hater. The place was littered with armed security guards and cops..It felt like a security camp- I didn't feel safe. As I was leaving the emergency room trying to find a phone to call Family. A weapon carrying, Dirtbag approached me in a provoking bark "Where can I help you Get" he decided to leave BOY off...I had IV's and bandages all over me; dressed business casual and he's approaching me in a Tone as if I'm an inmate wondering off the Chain Gang AKA Plantation. My memories of Kennestone as a kid when I didn't know any better, people appeared gracious, hospitable and professional...now its turned into some Subterranean Hillbilly Ghetto.

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  31. There is anesthetist employed there that is a sex addict and voyeur. Women...make sure you request a female for your anesthesia if you are having surgery (whether in the OR or outpatient, or OB).

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  32. They killed Karen Fern Straton on October 3, 2010. 12 hours in emg room with their thump up their azz!

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  33. I have had several problems with Kennestone Hospital and the whole wellstar system. The first two problems were with my 85 year old mother whom I help care for. In the last 3 months we have been to the hospital for two emergencies with my mother. The last time they misdiagnosed her 4 broken ribs from a fall. We waited 4 hours for treatment and another 2 for xray results. They came out and told us she did not have any broken bones and her ribs were fine. I took her home where she suffered terribly and continued to get worse. Less than 24 hours later I took her to St. Joseph's hospital where she was diagnosed with 4 broken ribs. Several months before this she broke her arm. We waited 8 hours. At one point I told them that she could not take the pain nor sit on the hard chairs any more. They took her back for a quick evaluation. The nursing assistant that saw her informed me that her arm did not appear to be broken. I am an RN and I could see that her hand was hanging off sideways. I told him it was. They sent us back out where we waited another two hours for a total of 8. My most recent problem is with the whole health care system of Wellstar. They try to get you to use only their facilities for needed tests and the cost is outrageous. I currently need a test and am trying to do it outside of Wellstar. They are fighting me on it. They don't respond to my calls nor will they coordinate with the testing facility or respond to the insurance company. The nurse for my doctor said that she could not guarantee that they would make it easy for me to go ro this outside clinic. She was afraid to tell the truth which was they were not going to cooperate at all. It has been over a month and they still have not talked to anyone involved with doing this test at another facility. My pre blood work has ran out and now I will have to pay again. This test is for a aneurysm that I have on my aorta that has to be checked periodically. This is a dangerous condition which could be fatal if the aneurysm changes. I feel that they are playing with my life. I told my husband that if I drop dead from a rupture to sue the hell out of them. I am now looking in to other ways to file a complaint with the whole Wellstar System. Last year the same thing happened but instead of ignoring me they told me they can not refer me out of their system. Turned out that is totally illegal. It is my understanding that they tell other people this too. They have to be stopped.

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  34. It's a shame this place exist with the Feds having a office in Atlanta. I went there one day and saw nothing but police and security guards. They had some guy sitting in a room with a sitter outside and two women in there with him, he was trying to get dismissed after being there 2 days and them not giving him as much as a aspirin. A lady comes down from upstairs not dressed as a nurse, doctor, or patient and says to another lady that hes about to make a big deal of this isn't he. It got me to thinking what did the guy see or know that he could make a big deal of and why did she care if he didn't have a legit gripe. So, instead of releasing the guy they transfer him to a behavorial health center.

    This place should not exist. They are all about power. These are people who will do anything that they think they can get away with and they are getting away with murder and rampant fraud.

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  35. Wellstar is a not-for-profit organization. I don't think it's all about the money. Nurses SHOULD all be BSN RNs. There should be consistencies among the profession. And the biggest problem we face is that NOBODY has insurance!! The fact that the hospital does not get reimbursed for the majority of services it provides, leads to all of these problems people are so vehemently blogging about. Not to mention people are using the emergency department as an urgent care clinic and as a primary care center. GET HEALTHCARE INSURANCE AND USE COMMUNITY RESOURCES APPROPRATELY!!!

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    1. People not having insurance would certainly explain the additional stent that my husband was charged for. When questioned, the billing office informed us that they would "look into it". When we next talked to them they informed us that the Dr. "didn't remember". I told them I was pretty sure that this type of information was written down someplace......like they gave me a picture of the actual stents in the coronary arteries but didn't keep one for the file? Really?

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  36. And by the way...STOP SMOKING YOU IDIOTS!!!

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  37. That whole not for profit mess is just for stupid people. These people are not working for free. They bill you after servicing you. The nurses and doctors in the ER are all incompetent. They are also liars who lie and exaggerate on your medical records. The whole talk about using community resources appropriately is just ignorant talk. People with medicare and other government freebies go to the ER for anything and they are happy to see them, do nothing, send the home and get paid.

    Wellstar should not even exist by now another man accused of sexual assault at a Wellstar location. Maybe if they started taking preventive measures this stuff would stop happening, but they are too busy getting there dose of power and control to ever notice this stuff.

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  38. Terrible, terrible, terrible!!! My wife was discharged while her pulse was still consistently dropping below 50. It had been dropping below 40 on several occasions over the last 2.5 days. We spent 10 hours in the emergency room after coming in via ambulance. She collapsed while visiting a friend at a local nursing home. The emergency room doctor and staff were attentive and the doctor took time to explain what was going on. But, after being admitted and when we got upstairs, a neurologist came in. He asked my wife, who was in extreme pain from a migraine and very weak due to her pulse, why he was even referred. When we were transferred up to her room from the ER, she had already been admitted two hours before and told then that she would get pain medication for her migraine. I had to go find her nurse after 10 minutes in the room. We had not even seen him yet. He told us that he could not give her any medication because it had not put in her profile yet. She is in extreme pain by this time and they would not let her take her own medication. I finally had to go ask to speak to a hospital administrator before a head nurse expedited getting her pain medication.

    We were told that she was being transferred to a new room because the new section was better prepared for cardiac patients. Same thing happened after she was transferred to the new room. She was sobbing in pain while being transferred from one room to another. Then after three hours of extreme pain, the new nurse still cannot give here any medication because it had not been added to per profile. This is the same medication that she had already received in the other room. This time I go to the nursing station and ask for a doctor or administrator. I tell them that she has been in extreme pain for three hours and she WILL get medication or I will take her out of there to some place that will. They suddenly were able to give it to her.

    To top it all off, she was discharged without having any kind of summary consultation with a doctor. We still don’t have a clue about why she collapsed or why her pulse rate was so low. We were told that the two EKGs they did were “slightly” abnormal but that they had no history to really compare them to. We told them that her primary care doctor had recent EKGs. They never attempted to get those or even contact him. The discharging nurse said that her pulse rate could be normal for her. We told here that we called the primary care doctor, and the last three pulse rate readings were 59, 60, and 61. She just shrugged her shoulders.

    I could go into more, but I think I hit the high points. Bottom line is, if we can help it, we will never use Kennestone or Wellstar again.

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  39. I have had mostly great experiences with Wellstar until I ran into an openly drunk ICU nurse. I assumed she had simply had a long night or double shift, but I constantly run into her in the city and she glorifies the fact that she is ALWAYS drunk. This is when I suspected she was likely drunk on the job. I will never take a loved one there. Use your bar life to be drunk, not an ICU of a major medical facility.

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  40. So, I get a call from a collections company back in February for a bill related to a visit back in Aug 2013. When I dug into the situation, turns out Wellstar made a clerical mistake and entered in the wrong city. I tried calling Wellstar to find out why they didn't have the common courtesy to pick up the phone (they have multiple ways to contact me) and could never get anyone to help me. I ended up paying the collections company back during the 1st week of March. Guess what...I get a call from another collections company today for the same bill. What does it take to make this organization answer for their incompetence? I have spent countless hours dealing with inept Wellstar employees, clueless debt collectors, and now I'm doing it all again. God I wish they would get sued!

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  41. I went for the 1st time to an Endocrinologist for my type 2 diabetes(That I have just been diagnosed with) and the Dr. I was given has NO bed side manners what so ever. She looked down her snooty nose at everything I had to say. I felt horrible in the 1st place just having been diagnosed, well by the time I left I felt even worse. She disapproved of every thing and didn't hide the fact that she did. I'm a grown up for pete's sake and she made me feel like a child who was being punished. Aren't Dr.s suppose to make us feel better? These kinds of dr's need to take classes in good bed side manners!

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