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I went to Eastside with chest pains and nausea and was told in ER by a staff doctor that I was having a heart attack. They sent me via ambulance to Piedmont (sirens, lights, the whole drama) for a heart cath. NOTHING was wrong. However, I developed a pseudo-aneurism from the cath and had to have emergency surgery. A cause was never established and it cost me a lot of pain (I'm allergic to narcotics), a week's hospital stay and time off work. Since then I have been seeing a Gwinnett Consultants in Cardiology doc who consults with my other doctors when needed. I can no longer use him at Eastside even though his office is attached to the hospital. All I can say is that Eastside is going to lose a lot more money over this move from the exodus of patients to Gwinnett Medical Center.
I disagree about the "staff only" at Eastside eliminating insurance billing problems. I have had MORE difficulty there than at Gwinnett. Several docs were "out of network" even though the hospital is "in network". Eastside is closer an therefore more convenient, but Gwinnett has had superior staffing for my family's needs. Unfortunately, we now don't have a choice--we MUST go to Gwinnett due to the close supervision needed by our cardiology docs. My husband has a prosthetic mitral valve and Gwinnett Consultants in Cardiology know him, his situation, and his other medical conditions. It is too much to expect someone brand new to give him the same type of care.
I am also very concerned about Eastside restricting its cardiac care to only ONE group of physicians. My husband and I have had MANY hospitalizations in the past few years and actually moved closer to the hospital. Although most of those were NOT cardiac related our care was coordinated with our cardiologist from Gwinnett Consultants in Cardiology which has practiced at Eastside for over 25 years.
It will be a burden on us to drive the extra miles, but we will have to do so to go to Gwinnett Medical Center...even though Eastside is only 5 minutes away. We are appalled at the decision by Eastside to take away our freedom of choice. The only choice they have left us is to choose a different hospital :-(
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