Good, qual­ity care at UM Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Be thank­ful for the Univer­sity of Mar yland Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. When my wife had a gall blad­der at­tack a few years ago, it felt like a painful, crush­ing heart at­tack. Rather than wait for an am­bu­lance, I drove her to the Charles Re­gional ER. Im­me­di­ately af­ter hear­ing me de­scribe her symp­toms, they put a team on her and be­gan treat­ment. Af­ter a short while they deter­mined that her heart was OK. Nev­er­the­less, we were thank­ful for prompt pro­fes­sional ser vice for what could have been a life threat­en­ing emer­gency.

A few weeks ago my wife ex­pe­ri­enced what could be de­scribed as mild symp­toms of a fe­male heart at­tack. Be­cause her car­di­ol­o­gist prac­tices at Med­star South­ern Mary­land Hospital Cen­ter and on his advice, we de­cide to take her to the ER there. Once we ar­rived, we found the nar­row en­trance to the ER blocked by peo­ple chat­ting. Af­ter climb­ing be­tween the rail­ings to gain en­trance, I de­scribed my wife’s symp­toms and se­cured a wheel­chair to bring her in from the car. I was quickly chal­lenged with “where do you think you’re go­ing with that wheel­chair?” Again I ex­plained my wife’s symp­toms and pro­ceeded to bring her into the ER wait­ing area. We sat there for about 20 min­utes ap­par­ently in­vis­i­ble. We left. Thank­fully, her con­di­tion turned out not to be a life threat­en­ing car­diac emer­gency but rather a med­i­ca­tion prob­lem. Shame on you, South­ern Mary­land Hospital. J.R. Cur­tis, La Plata

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