Reader View: Local hospital isn’t measuring up

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  • Al Corste posted at 6:11 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

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    Incidentally, anyone who has had a bad experience at Christus St. Vincent (and by bad I mean they almost killed someone you love and/or they outright treated you with zero compassion and outright disrespect) should take up their concerns with the respective hospital staff as a starting place; but, please know there are other advocates out there which help hold accountable various personnel. I saw a post a while back that read something along the lines of, "oh great, what's going to happen when you sue our hospital out of town?" Clearly this individual was more worried about the hospital going away than addressing the issues of patient care. Presbyterian is coming, slowly but surely. I hope they offer a viable means of competition and force Christus to own their shortcomings. Nobody wants more lawsuits, that's not going to solve the problems. So until we see some changes you can help Christus by contacting the Joint Commission who oversees and certifies Christus; I've been told that Department of Health also has some avenues for complaints and if you find yourself having dealt with a nasty nurse or tech, be sure to let the NM Board of Nursing know. Know your rights as a patient and always be an advocate for your loved one in any hospital.

  • Al Corste posted at 5:42 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

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    I have to echo what Carolyn stated, why aren't there more comments on here? More importantly, why hasn't the infamous Lillian Montoya commented on this article? Defending her holy establishment with the same comments as she has the other articles...denying any short staffing, blowing that smoke out that the hospital is always making changes to improve. Christus needs to go away. People of Santa Fe, us natives included, need to stand together and shout loudly at how disgusted we are that Christus clearly puts profits before people.

    Manisha, you speak of leaving Santa Fe - a decision that isn't so easy for us natives. Believe me, I would love nothing more than to depart and be closer to better medical care...family keeps me here, but I share your fears that we will have no choice one day, due to an emergency, and end up stuck at St. V's. I've already witnessed one horrific incident there, I could go my entire life without experiencing, let alone hearing about, another one. The latest NMCourts.com website shows well over a dozen open lawsuits against St. V's. Is that really acceptable?

    People here need to stop being afraid of what will happen when Christus gets run out of town. Lousy patient care is not an acceptable option. Accountability - tell us, Christus, when will you and your wealthy board step forward an accept it?

  • Carolyn Cerf posted at 7:04 pm on Sun, Apr 13, 2014.

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    Amen, Manisha. It's curious that there are not more comments on here. This is an up-in-arms type issue. I've found the nurses and doctors at the hospital to be compassionate and skilled, and lacking in number. The article accompanying yours in the paper said that the practices they have purchased in town reached out to them, never the other way around. I know for a fact that is untrue. Medical treatment in Santa Fe is precarious at best, with Christus teetering at the top.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 12:36 pm on Sun, Apr 13, 2014.

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    Having been a "victim" myself at what locals readily call "Saint Victims" ! couldn't agree more with your well written commentary on the state, of unfortunately the only major hospital in town. And in and of itself the best argument for government SINGLE PAYER comprehensive Health Care, and not the patch work and still leaving out millions, so called; ObamaCare ! But another disaster which we all get to pay for, as this country continues to spiral to the bottom. AND services, as you outline, continue to get worse. The only true revenge being DON'T GET SICK !


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