Being a medical malpractice lawyer who only represents the victims of medical negligence, I am constantly asked by friends and neighbors “who is a good doctor for______,” or “which hospital has the best reputation for treating_____?”
My answers vary depending on the disease/condition being treated or the surgery to be performed. Despite this variation, one consideration is consistently present. I respond to the question by recommending the doctor or hospital which has the most experience in providing the particular medical services needed. This information is hard to come by when you are searching for what experience a particular doctor has or doesn’t have. For hospitals, finding those answers is much easier.
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care consumers. The Group monitors the level of care provided by nearly 3,000 hospitals in the United States. The Group’s 2022 hospital surveys are now available and I want to share with you the respective experience 3 hospitals in my area have treating certain specific medical issues. Those hospitals are LewisGale Medical Center (in Salem, VA – LGMC), Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (in Roanoke, VA – CRMH), and LewisGale Hospital – M (in Blacksburg, VA – LG-Montgomery).
LGMC CRMH LG-M Total #
Gallbladder and Common Duct Explorations 32% 51% 17% 996
Spinal Fusion Procedures 12% 82% 6% 797
Knee Surgery 27% 11% 62% 428
Other Spine Procedures 19% 70% 11% 820
Upper GI Endoscopies 0% 99% 1% 465
Hernia Repairs 0% 98% 2% 62
My Take: If you want to go to a hospital which has the most experience treating patients and conditions like yours, it looks like you should go here:
Gallbladder and Common Duct Exporations – CRMH
Spinal Fusion Procedures – CRMH
Knee Surgery – LG-Montgomery
Other Spine Surgeries – CRMH
Upper GI Endoscopies – CRMH
Hernia Repairs – CRMH
Going to the hospitals with the most experience treating your condition/medical problem is not a guarantee of a good outcome…but it is a darn good start.
Compare the hospitals in your area here.