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  •  I hope her husband will be ok and I'll keep her in (17+ / 0-)

    my thoughts. My VA clinic must be out of the norm. I swear! My VA clinic in Orlando is great. Yes there can be a few hiccups but the doctors are great, the staff for the most part are great and I am treated thoroughly when having my physicals and eye checks. Too bad Vetwife and her husband are in Gainesville or I would go get em and take em to my clinic in Orlando.

    •  You might consider contacting your clinic and (7+ / 0-)

      asking them how they manage to do so well. It sounds like they should provide a great example on some changes that could be made by the Gainesville system.

      I'm curious, what do they have on the TV in the ER waiting room?

      •  Angelajean, they don't have an er at this clinic (5+ / 0-)

        however they have tv's in all the area waiting rooms and they are all tuned to the local 24hour news network on Brighthouse. Even though it's reporting is still skewed to the right, it's all news and weather and traffic, no opinion shows except for the weekends.

        They are building a new state of the art VA hospital in southeast orlando in an area called Lake Nona that I'm sure will have an er though. I've been asking for the past few years if my little clinic will be closed down once that hospital opens and none of the staff have been told. There's this one guy in the eye section that always looks after me when I'm there and we chat. I hope they don't close the clinic though because it's in a pretty central area whereas the Lake Nona one is way far out there.

        I think one of the reasons for my clinic being so well run is that I hardly see much turnover in the staff, clerical and medical except for the doctors. I've been thru 3 primary care doctors in 10 years, but most of the nurses and clerical staff have been there longer than I've been going there. They are after all the backbone of the organization, i believe.

        •  The continuity of staff probably helps a lot. (2+ / 0-)
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          The small size of the clinic probably does too. It means it's more likely that the staff is close knit and knows how to work well together. They can probably spot problems as they are starting.

          Not having an ER makes a difference too. They are seeing Vets that already have specific issues and assigned doctors. The bigger hospitals are dealing with more unknowns. I still don't get why Vetwife's husband isn't being seen by a primary care physician and why he keeps ending up in the ER. They know his issues yet they continue to push of a diagnosis and continue to insist they use the ER when things get bad. It's just so wrong.

        •  winterpark - your local clinic won't close (4+ / 0-)

          VA and the local Congressman love CBOC's [Community Based Outpatient Clinics in VA speak]. I am not so thrilled with them because I think they function more as triage centers delaying immediate care for many. If they all had pharmacies and an operating suite for emergency procedures they would be perfect. Congressmen love them to pose in front of.

          One war ended. Bring those still in Afghanistan home NOW. The Afghans do not want us there, either.

          by llbear on Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 10:12:11 AM PST

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          •  I hope it won't. Mine is pretty large even though (5+ / 0-)

            small and it does have a pharmacy, lab, prosthetics and it has all specialized departments , even mental health and even a separate one strictly for womens health which is great.

            One thing which i think is great is that the parking lots are so large and with some of the elderly and disabled vets going to the clinic needing help getting to the door, they have retired vets driving the parking lots in golf carts picking up anyone who needs a lift to the front door. And boy are those guys cheerful.

            Wish I knew how to help Vetwife, but I'm probably making it worse by saying how wonderful my clinic is. And our congressman is effing Webster, so I wouldn't be so sure about him not pulling the plug on my clinic. Oh for the days of Alan Grayson again. I bet even if vetwife called him even though she's in Gainesville, he would have tried to help.

            Ooooh. There's a thought. Let me see if I can find anything on how to contact Grayson now. I know he's still in the Orlando area.

      •  TV's in waiting rooms and public areas really (2+ / 0-)
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        should be eliminated, just as an even more filthy environmental hazard has finally almost been extinguished: public smoking (and tobacco addiction in general).

        Both are obnoxious pathogens broadcast indiscriminately upon an often unwilling audience (who over the years have become more 'proactive').

        I say this as someone who has also gone ballistic on vile, unresponsive smokers who assaulted my children and myself with their disgusting effluent. No regrets either, do it again in a heartbeat.
        Not quite so far with obnoxious TV's yet, just avoidance, changing them (or turning off), and polite requests so far; but rarely encounter them so far, FuxNooz might be too much though.

        "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

        by Bluefin on Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 06:44:31 PM PST

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    •  But that won't help (3+ / 0-)

      There are thousands of vets that need to use the Gainesville VA ... If he goes to Orlando or not - we are gonna fix Gainesville God willing

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