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US News & World Reports Hospital Surveys: Danville Regional Medical Center

I have already shared with our readers the U.S. News 2017 – 2108 Hospital Survey ratings for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Lewis-Gale Medical Center, and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville.  Today, I will share the results of the survey for Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Virginia. Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is a general medical and surgical...[Read More]

What do you mean I don’t have a case?

When people call us, they are generally emotional and hurt about what has happened to them.  That makes saying “no” one of the hardest things about my job, even when it is the right answer.   A “no” in this case generally comes in the form of recommending against pursuing a case.   The truth is...[Read More]

US News & World Reports Hospital Surveys: Martinsville Memorial Hospital

My last blog shared the U.S. News 2017 – 2018 Hospital Survey results for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Lewis-Gale Medical Center, both in the Roanoke Valley.  Today, I will share the results of the survey for Memorial Hospital (MMH) in Martinsville, Virginia. Memorial Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital with 150 beds. Survey data for...[Read More]

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]