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Old 09-20-2016, 11:59 PM
 
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I was visiting Santa Fe this past summer on my last due diligence trip to check out Santa Fe as a place to retire to, from San Francisco. I fell and broke my tibia and fibula, was hospitalized at St. Vincent's, had surgery with a plate installed. Spent 5 days in the hospital and 5 days in the inpatient rehab unit. Treatment and staff were outstanding. Mind you this is my 4th leg fracture -due to postpolio syndrome. Previous surgeries were at Stanford University Hospital and Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. And, my career is an academic physician with prior appointments at Barnes Hospital/Washington Univ Medical School in St. Louis, University of Michigan Medical School/Hospital, and University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland. What I observed and experienced as a patient at St. Christus, for my condition at least, was on par with or better than the surgical treatment I have had, or could have had, at these other high reputation hospitals. I had not planned on doing due diligence on the hospital there, but my experience leaves me feeling quite comfortable about retiring to Santa Fe. Sure, more complicated medical issues might be another deal, but UNM Medical School Hospital an hour away in Albuquerque is a pretty good place to start for those.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:05 AM
 
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I was visiting Santa Fe this past summer on my last due diligence trip to check out Santa Fe as a place to retire to, from San Francisco. I fell and broke my tibia and fibula, was hospitalized at St. Vincent's, had surgery with a plate installed. Spent 5 days in the hospital and 5 days in the inpatient rehab unit. Treatment and staff were outstanding. Mind you this is my 4th leg fracture -due to postpolio syndrome. Previous surgeries were at Stanford University Hospital and Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. And, my career is an academic physician with prior appointments at Barnes Hospital/Washington Univ Medical School in St. Louis, University of Michigan Medical School/Hospital, and University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland. What I observed and experienced as a patient at St. Christus, for my condition at least, was on par with or better than the surgical treatment I have had, or could have had, at these other high reputation hospitals. I had not planned on doing due diligence on the hospital there, but my experience leaves me feeling quite comfortable about retiring to Santa Fe. Sure, more complicated medical issues might be another deal, but UNM Medical School Hospital an hour away in Albuquerque is a pretty good place to start for those.
This is such a great post! Thank you for taking the time to write it.

(This made me laugh a bit:
"I had not planned on doing due diligence on the hospital there . . . ." No, I bet not!)

Thank you again.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:17 PM
 
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Thanks, Ruth4Truth! That is a relief, to know they can handle diabetes (in this case, Type One). Thyroid is also an issue, as it runs in the family (so we're all concerned about it). The diabetic relative also has to take thyroid pills. (This doesn't seem to be a complicated issue for her, she just takes the pills and seems to be doing okay.) The pump, though, that is a HUGE deal to her, and it sounds like New Mexico should be able to handle it!

I'm sorry to hear that they fall short in anything beyond diabetes. That must be incredibly frustrating!
For thyroid, look up Dr. Angelique Hart, who's practicing in Los Alamos, last I checked. She doesn't take insurance, but she keeps her fees low so as to be affordable to people. You may message me if you have questions.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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In response to JohnToSantaFe's post: I am so happy to hear of your experience at Christus/St. Vincent's. While I know that experiences will differ among patients, it's refreshing to hear first-hand accounts (whether positive or negative) as opposed to re-hashed generalizations based on old reports.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:38 PM
 
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I was visiting Santa Fe this past summer on my last due diligence trip to check out Santa Fe as a place to retire to, from San Francisco. I fell and broke my tibia and fibula, was hospitalized at St. Vincent's, had surgery with a plate installed. Spent 5 days in the hospital and 5 days in the inpatient rehab unit. Treatment and staff were outstanding. Mind you this is my 4th leg fracture -due to postpolio syndrome. Previous surgeries were at Stanford University Hospital and Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. And, my career is an academic physician with prior appointments at Barnes Hospital/Washington Univ Medical School in St. Louis, University of Michigan Medical School/Hospital, and University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland. What I observed and experienced as a patient at St. Christus, for my condition at least, was on par with or better than the surgical treatment I have had, or could have had, at these other high reputation hospitals. I had not planned on doing due diligence on the hospital there, but my experience leaves me feeling quite comfortable about retiring to Santa Fe. Sure, more complicated medical issues might be another deal, but UNM Medical School Hospital an hour away in Albuquerque is a pretty good place to start for those.
This is very good info to have. I haven't heard good things about "St. Victim's", as some people call it, but I know from editorial discussions in the local paper that some people swear by it.

One problem that's been reported extensively in the newspaper is that there's not enough nursing staff to cover the need; a few years ago, new mgmt. came in, and cut the nursing staff. Doctors there say there's not enough staff to guarantee follow-through on their recommendations for patients in recovery. Another problem is that the hospital has been buying up independent specialized practices around town, and requiring that the specialists aggressively push surgery, even on cases where it's not warranted. (ALWAYS get a second opinion from an unbiased source!) But from what I understand, that's a process that's been going on nation-wide, to some extent.

I'm glad you had a good experience, though I'm sad to hear you have a condition that predisposes you to to problems of this nature. Thanks for posting a great review!
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe
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On a positive note (I'd agree that, in general, health-care here isn't great), Presbyterian which is one of the big providers in Albuquerque, has opened a facility here with PCPs and specialists and has just broken ground on a new hospital.
This is a big deal if you believe in the benefits of competition in the marketplace.
Time will tell if this plays out, but is a positive sign.

My PCP is with Pres and I believe this gives me access to better specialists (mostly in ABQ) should I need one, because a Pres PCP is likely to refer me to Pres specialists.
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Old 02-01-2017, 11:55 AM
 
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I am looking at homes in Santa Fe. Since I let the military in 2000, 100% of my care has been with the VA. Dallas & Colorado Springs has been outstanding. I have heard a new clinic is open there. Thoughts?
This is not a post to bash the VA. They are the best medical care provided in the nation.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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I am looking at homes in Santa Fe. Since I let the military in 2000, 100% of my care has been with the VA. Dallas & Colorado Springs has been outstanding. I have heard a new clinic is open there. Thoughts?
This is not a post to bash the VA. They are the best medical care provided in the nation.
As a former Chief Operating Officer at the Albuquerque VA hospital (among others), I think (yes, this is a prejudiced viewpoint - but accurate nonetheless) I think the care there is excellent. Depending on where you choose to live, you'd be between 1 - 1-1/4 hours drive from the hospital. The new OPC is just off I-25 at the Cerrillos Road exit (next to the Fashion Outlet). I do not know the staff there, but if they are as committed to our veteran population as those at the hospital, you should get very good service there.

I'm sure you know this already, but don't forget to look into VA home loans. They've got good rates.
Good luck to you!
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:36 PM
 
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On a positive note (I'd agree that, in general, health-care here isn't great), Presbyterian which is one of the big providers in Albuquerque, has opened a facility here with PCPs and specialists and has just broken ground on a new hospital.
This is a big deal if you believe in the benefits of competition in the marketplace.
Time will tell if this plays out, but is a positive sign.

My PCP is with Pres and I believe this gives me access to better specialists (mostly in ABQ) should I need one, because a Pres PCP is likely to refer me to Pres specialists.
Could you discuss why you think Presbyterian is better? That would be helpful. And why don't they have specialists in Santa Fe?
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:39 PM
 
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I am looking at homes in Santa Fe. Since I let the military in 2000, 100% of my care has been with the VA. Dallas & Colorado Springs has been outstanding. I have heard a new clinic is open there. Thoughts?
This is not a post to bash the VA. They are the best medical care provided in the nation.
All I know is that in the planning stages, they made a big effort to address PTSD, and include a wide variety of treatment options, including those that would appeal to Native American vets. They seem to be thinking in innovative ways, which IMO is a good sign. At least--it means they care, and aren't just a bureaucracy.
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