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US News & World Reports Hospital Surveys: Lewis-Gale Medical Center

My last blog shared the U.S. News 2017 – 2018 Hospital Survey results for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  Today, I will share the results of the survey for the Roanoke Valley’s other major hospital, Lewis-Gale Medical Center. Lewis-Gale Medical Center (LGMC) is a general medical and surgical hospital in Salem, VA, with 521 beds. Survey...[Read More]

Even blood tests/donations have complications

I gave blood yesterday at a local Red Cross Blood Drive co-sponsored by my church.  When they asked what arm I wanted the blood drawn from – I quickly said LEFT. My non-dominant arm.  The phlebotomist was a very nice man, kind of jumpy, a little nervous – but nice and good at his job.  Why...[Read More]

Regulations and Virginia Nursing Homes

I visit nursing homes with some frequency. When I walked into one two weeks ago, I noticed the fake flowers in the entry way. I notice the clean carpet and residents sitting in wheelchairs near the front windows. I didn’t see, and didn’t expect to see a copy of the Federal Code on the coffee...[Read More]

US News & World Reports Hospital Surveys: How Does Your Hospital Rate?

To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News evaluates data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, 9 adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients.  I will be writing several blogs...[Read More]

Bad Medicine in Giles County

In researching my most recent blog on investigations and actions taken by the Virginia Department of Health Professions (VDHP), I ran across an article published in the Roanoke Times in April of this year titled, “Former Giles County doctor, stripped of license, faces criminal probe.”  You can read the article here. I will not identify...[Read More]

Medical Care in the New River Valley and Southwest Virginia

I posted a blog in April of 2016 about my ties to Blacksburg and the New River Valley, and my concerns over the quality of medical care provided to the fine folks who live in those areas. A reader of that post asked me to be more specific about my comments and, while protecting the...[Read More]

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Survey: Southwest Virginia Hospitals

I wrote a short post last week on how hospitals within 50 miles of Roanoke, Virginia fared when evaluated for patient safety and quality medical care by The Leapfrog Group.  Today, I will share my observations on the survey results for hospitals in southwest Virginia.  Again, two observations stand out: 1.  Buchanan General Hospital (Grundy, VA)...[Read More]

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey: How Does your Hospital Compare?

The Leapfrog Group was formed in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers of healthcare services.  It is a well-respected national nonprofit organization that advocates for improvements in the quality and safety of American healthcare. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and reports hospital performance, and it has just released the 2017 survey. For hospitals within 50 miles of Roanoke, Virginia...[Read More]

Things You Should Ask Your Doctor

This is the title of an article which appeared today in the Roanoke Times.  You can read it here. The article contains good suggestions like:      1.  Ask your doctor which health and medicine websites he/she trusts?      2.  What is this medication…what is it for…why are you prescribing it…what are the side...[Read More]

Does your family doctor provide good care?

This is an important question.  Most people will see their family doctor (also call primary care provider) at least once a year.  We often have a personal relationship with these doctors.  We may know their families and they know ours.  We see those doctors when we have a sore throat which will not go away, to...[Read More]