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Old 09-22-2018, 08:18 PM
 
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I've done a search on this site and also on the web. Through the various rating platforms the local COS hospitals all seem to have poor to middling ratings. I know that unhappy people tend to write the most reviews so I'm asking your group for a fair and honest assessment of them.

We live in Southern CA now and are thinking of moving to COS within the next 6 months. Even though we're only in our early 50's, both my wife and I have had some major health issues in the last few years. I've been battling advanced prostate cancer for the last 3 years and my wife suffered a series of strokes a couple years ago(maybe we should have escaped SoCal sooner). We've been fortunate enough to have access to a slew of excellent doctors along with top notch facilities that basically saved both our lives.

I've finished all the heavy lifting treatments and am in a watch and wait mode. My wife has Lupus that caused a heart condition which was throwing the blood clots. She's on Warfarin to keep things in check and requires biweekly monitoring. If the sh*t hits the fan again in the next decade we need to know that we can get the quality of care needed to survive.


Can we find that in the COS area, or should we look in the Denver area instead?
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:36 AM
 
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Personal, online ratings could be somewhat suspect I suppose. If this is a high priority concern for relocation, you may want contact the hospitals themselves and talk to someone there about their ability to deal with your personal specializations required.

FWIW, US News rankings put Penrose/St Francis, an affiliate of Centura Health, at #3 in the state and Memorial Hospital, which is part of the UC Health network, at #6. That sounds a bit above average to me. Despite that, I have no idea where that would fall against available care options you have access to in So Cal.
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Old 09-23-2018, 04:01 PM
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Personal, online ratings could be somewhat suspect I suppose. If this is a high priority concern for relocation, you may want contact the hospitals themselves and talk to someone there about their ability to deal with your personal specializations required.

FWIW, US News rankings put Penrose/St Francis, an affiliate of Centura Health, at #3 in the state and Memorial Hospital, which is part of the UC Health network, at #6. That sounds a bit above average to me. Despite that, I have no idea where that would fall against available care options you have access to in So Cal.

Re: "Personal, online ratings could be somewhat suspect". They most certainly are suspect.

I know for a fact that there are many companies that pay people to leave fake reviews. Now, I'm not sure if medical institutions employ this practice, but many online retailers do. It's abhorrent. It's important to take everything you read online with a healthy grain of salt.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:55 PM
 
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I think both of you could get most of your care here but a few trips to Denver might be required. It’s hard to match SoCal just because that’s such a huge population center.
Memorial is a stroke center.
Plenty of Cardiologists and Coumadin clinics.
There are certainly Urologists in town.
Don’t know about Rheumatologists if your wife is seeing one.

Your doctor network in SoCal might be able to give you referrals.
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Old 09-24-2018, 06:34 AM
 
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Yes there are rheumatologists - I have a few friends with RA and they rarely if ever go to Denver.
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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I can't speak to the medical conditions that the OP addressed, but after three surgeries, I have been impressed with Penrose/St. Francis. When I had to have kidney surgery, a rather new technology was the best route, and instead of having to go to Denver, the equipment was brought here from Denver.

Since the OP mentions strokes, however, have you considered the elevation factor here?
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Old 09-24-2018, 01:32 PM
 
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I can't speak to the medical conditions that the OP addressed, but after three surgeries, I have been impressed with Penrose/St. Francis. When I had to have kidney surgery, a rather new technology was the best route, and instead of having to go to Denver, the equipment was brought here from Denver.

Since the OP mentions strokes, however, have you considered the elevation factor here?
how is elevation related to strokes?
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Old 09-24-2018, 02:16 PM
 
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My $.02 worth is that Memorial has improved since it was taken over by UCHealth. I've also been sent up to Denver to see a specialist at the Anschutz UCHealth center and it was kind of a relief that they already had all my medical information in their system already and I didn't have to fill out a pile of forms all over again.

I would think that you would be able to find doctors in Colorado Springs who can handle your conditions. Where you'd need to go to Denver is if you have something rare or need some experimental treatment, an organ transplant, etc -- the kind of thing where it's probably the only hospital in the state where they can do it. At my visit with the specialist I saw, he basically told me the doctor I was seeing here in Colorado Springs would be fine for monitoring my condition and to go away unless/until things got significantly worse and it was time to talk about the more extreme options.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:20 PM
 
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how is elevation related to strokes?
Blood pressure elevation, I think.

I brought my aunt (then 63) on my first trip to Colorado, drove up and down across the state from Denver to 7,000 feet. She had told me she had no BP problems (not true) and after a couple of days, she got a blinding headache, red-faced, anxious and confused, with a BP of 250/150. Got in the truck and drove her *down* to the community hospital for the night.
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Old 09-25-2018, 01:00 AM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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how is elevation related to strokes?
Our elevation is harder on the cardiac system in general because our bodies have less oxygen to work with & fresh oxygen is delivered to our organs by our circulating blood. Our cardiac systems work harder to maximize oxygen delivery. Specifically for stroke:
https://www.researchgate.net/publica...schemic_stroke

One risk factor (for elevation-related cardiac stress) that should be mentioned more are anemias. A healthy red blood cell is shaped like an inflated tire & the outside coating of the cell is “sticky” for oxygen to attach to. If you don’t have enough red blood cells or your cells are malformed (sickle-cell & Microcytic Anemia), the body works that much harder to compensate for loss of surface area/oxygen carrying capacity.
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