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#1 of 20 Old 06-27-2007, 12:04 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Where do your kids go?

I'm really feeling inclined to ask our pediatric neurologist to refer us to a children's hospital. I really can't think of any reason not to go to a Children's Hospital and a lot of reasons why we should.

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Dd sees all but one of her specialists at the Childrens Hospital, and I've recently been told that we need to switch that one over as well. In my experience, the Childrens Hospital has a much better understanding of complex or challenging situations and is far more likely to really try and search out the answers. They also have much more pediatric experience and knowledge about how to deal with children in a variety of circumstances.

There are good specialists in lots of places, and they aren't all at Childrens Hospitals. I think it boils down to who you are most comfortable with and who you feel is doing the most to help your child.
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I love our Children's Hospital. All of the docs that see dd are experts in their fields.....and the equipment is all child sized. Also, it has a much more cheery decor, and dd loves it! We do have to go to our local hospital on occassion (our children's hospital is 10 hours away), and I cannot stand it!! They are not used to dealing with children, and once they figure out that I know so much about dd and what she needs...they just "let" me do everything. Last time she was there we went 9 hours without seeing a nurse . I had to get really ugly: with that nurse!! Our children's hospital is also great about working together to schedule all of dd's apts when we are down there.
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We get outpatient services, and services through school, for our "special needs" stuff. Most of what we need is more behavioral, and some moderate meds, and the speech therapist at school is a genious. Most of our hospital visits are for normal kid things, like when a fifth grader (but he was really BIG mom) fell on my son during gym and ds sprained his ankle, or my other son fell wrong and broke his collar bone.

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we go to vanderbilt childrens hospital. One huge advantage is that all the records are in one place. So if we go to GI, she can read what neurology or ENT has said. So it's not all up to me to let them know whats going on. And what we've found is that the specialists are stellar, but the general pediatrics suck big time. So when we move (in two weeks, yikes!) we will transfer all his specialists to another children's hospital, but we will get an independant pediatrician with practicing rights at the hospital.
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I prefer Children Hospitals more than standard hospitals, becuase I feel that you get better care in there, and since its all kids, a child is less scared too. Plus, I have found that kid-based hospitals are more sympathetic to a parents need to be with their child and the need to nurse a child during or after a medical test. My two girls also like that they are in a room where there are other kids their age.
We only have 1 doctor at the Seattle Children's Hospital, but all of our other doctors are very nice. As for hospitals, we normally go to Mary Bridge Hospital for surgeries becuase its closer to where I live.

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My daughter had her surgerys at CHOC (Childrens Hospital of Orange County). I would prefer another Childrens hospital, but there aren't any in Montana. If my daughter has to have more surgery, she will probably be refered to Salt Lake or Denver Childrens.

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The only hospital my children go to is the local Childrens hospital (and only pediatric one in the state)..

The closest they come to a regular hospital is their ped
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Children's hospitals, in addition to the things others have listed, have pediatric equipment AND pediatric norms. Some non-pediatric facilities we have been to haven't even had pediatric norms for the tests they were running. Certain tests it doesn't matter, but all the tests we've done, it has mattered.

(An aside: Anne, go to Denver, not SLC. Or we know people in Montana who go to Seattle.)
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Our sons go to a Children's Hospital...a great one. It's easier on them, because everything is designed for kids...the rooms, the testing, the hallways and decor, the playrooms, all the staff. By default, it seems, that makes the place very family friendly and understanding.

Plus, at Children's hospitals, everyone is a specialist on pediatric care. That makes a huge difference, because then everyone who consults on our boys' care is on the same page about what children need, and the differences in their care vs. adults.

I can't say enough good things about our Children's hospital. We even chose our pediatrician because he's associated with the hospital (different location, but part of the system). It's been a positive experience.


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Children's hospitals, in addition to the things others have listed, have pediatric equipment AND pediatric norms. Some non-pediatric facilities we have been to haven't even had pediatric norms for the tests they were running. Certain tests it doesn't matter, but all the tests we've done, it has mattered.

(An aside: Anne, go to Denver, not SLC. Or we know people in Montana who go to Seattle.)

Denver would be our choice too. We lived in Colorado (Colorado Springs, Lakewood, Castle Rock) for 6 years. Have friends there for support too. Besides they are getting ready to move to a brand new campus. Woo Hoo!

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I'm not impressed with our two Childrens' hospitals experiences. They are pro-circ, and have retracted him. They are misinformed about breastfeeding and not AP or NFL friendly. I'm disappointed and angry at the care he's received.
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I prefer the children's hospital for many of the reasons already listed:
*kid friendly atmosphere
*child sized equipment
*lab result norms for children

I also prefer it because of little things (that matter a LOT) like lab techs specially trained in pediatrics who can draw blood off a screaming toddler in one VERY FAST stick, nurses who understand if you need to stay in the waiting room so your child can play instead of sticking you in an exam room to wait forever, toys in the exam rooms in some cases, and stuff like that.

Our children's hospital is VERY nice. My only complaint is that they have the train tables on the first floor, when they really *should* have them on the 3rd floor, where the autism clinic is. Duh. That, and wait times are heinous and parking is a major PITA. Other than that we're happy with it, and should ds need to be hospitalized for any reason, I will insist it be there.
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My ds's special needs aren't primarily medical in nature, but any time we need to go to the hospital, it's always, always, always Children's, even though there's a couple "regular" hospitals closer. We're very lucky though, the Children's Hospital closest to us consistently ranks as one of the top 10 in the country. No way am I passing that up if my child needs medical care!

Everything is just more suited to kids there. Even the NICU, vs the (medically very goood) NICU at the hospital I delivered at. From the equipment to the specialists to the decor and food...all kid friendly.
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I'm not impressed with our two Childrens' hospitals experiences. They are pro-circ, and have retracted him. They are misinformed about breastfeeding and not AP or NFL friendly. I'm disappointed and angry at the care he's received.
What were you there for? What kind of children's hospital? Where are you located?

There is a big difference b/w a Children's Hospital and a children's hospital in an adult hospital.
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What were you there for? What kind of children's hospital? Where are you located?

There is a big difference b/w a Children's Hospital and a children's hospital in an adult hospital.
I didn't realize before hand but ds was in a Children's Hospital inside a regular hospital. I didn't know there was such a thing!

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Depending upon your area of the country/world, this may be a good option.

In my experience though, this meant they did NOT have child norms for lab work and at the very least neurological testing. Which is not cool.



Personally, I don't think any hospital is better than any other. It is the individual doctors and nurses that make or break your care. We have a great urologist, but if I judged the whole hospital by him, I would be very very very surprised and upset. And if I judged him by my other experiences in the hospital, well, I'd miss out on a great urologist.
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Personally, I don't think any hospital is better than any other. It is the individual doctors and nurses that make or break your care. We have a great urologist, but if I judged the whole hospital by him, I would be very very very surprised and upset. And if I judged him by my other experiences in the hospital, well, I'd miss out on a great urologist.
: Ain't that the truth. The Children's Hospital that I love so much for ds is affiliated with the local humongous teaching hospital, that I tell everybody to avoid like the plague unless they have a sick kid, cancer, or some really rare medical problem, 'cause their "regular" services SUCK. Whew. No way in hell would I go there for something like minor surgery or childbirth or anything. Uh uh. However if I was deathly ill with some bizarre, rare illness, I'd go there in a minute because their specialists are what give standout care.
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What were you there for? What kind of children's hospital? Where are you located?

There is a big difference b/w a Children's Hospital and a children's hospital in an adult hospital.
I live in Texas. They were both pediatric-exclusive hospitals. One hospital is for long-term therapy. The other was for neurosurgery.
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we go to vanderbilt childrens hospital. One huge advantage is that all the records are in one place. So if we go to GI, she can read what neurology or ENT has said. So it's not all up to me to let them know whats going on. And what we've found is that the specialists are stellar, but the general pediatrics suck big time. So when we move (in two weeks, yikes!) we will transfer all his specialists to another children's hospital, but we will get an independant pediatrician with practicing rights at the hospital.
Bolded what I really, really agree with

We go to CHOP for everything. A big advantage is that it is a short trip from our home so even ER visits and simple testing (like her hearing test) can be done through them. All of her imaging studies are accessable to all of her specialists via intranet and even her ped is linked into the system.

One thing I've found in regards to dd's ped being a part of the CHOP network is that they tend to defer to the specialists in all things. Sometimes it is good but on a few occassions, she has been sent to the ER by her ped when dd would have been better served by being treated by her ped or even as an outpatient. But I've learned to discern those instances and now it's all good.

I do love the fact that they do try to schedule her in blocks so we are not making the trip 8 times per month for different doctors & tests and if one doctor is running late they can maneuver her appointments around and can notify different doctors that we are on premesis so our appointments are not cancelled.
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