Hospitals in North County

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Submitted by outtamojo on November 23, 2006 - 10:21am

Hi, looking for opinions on which is the best hospital to work for in North County - Tri-City, Palomar, Scripps, maybe Sharp if I really have to commute. I work in the lab, but responses from any profession will do. Also, any opinions as to which is the best hospital to go to as a patient are welcome too.


Submitted by novice1027 on November 23, 2006 - 11:48am.

I have work at Palomar and have for 9 nine years. They are a great employer with very good benefits. Lots of longevity also.
I have worked for Scripps in the past, also a good employer, I think it would all depend on where you live, but my real preference is Palomar.
Good luck!

Submitted by outtamojo on November 23, 2006 - 12:30pm.

Thanks for the info- what do folks there say about Tri-City, if anythng?

Submitted by novice1027 on November 23, 2006 - 12:54pm.

As with anything, there are good and bad stories. As far as I am concerned, I wouldn't go or work there, based on the general things I have heard

Submitted by outtamojo on November 23, 2006 - 1:34pm.

I get the message- I've been trying to relocate to North County but I can afford to wait till the right job opening comes along.

Submitted by powayseller on November 23, 2006 - 9:39pm.

As a patient, Palomar is superior to Kaiser.

Submitted by novice1027 on November 24, 2006 - 7:44am.

That good to hear.

Submitted by ocrenter on November 24, 2006 - 1:40pm.

but kaiser also use Palomar. anyhow, Palomar is building a brand new hospital slated for opening 2010. you may want to get on board prior to that.

Submitted by ocrenter on November 24, 2006 - 1:43pm.

keep in mind too the kaiser SD medical center is named as one of the top 50 hospitals in the US.

Submitted by powayseller on November 24, 2006 - 5:50pm.

Yes, I had a better experience as a Kaiser patient at Palomar, than a Kaiser patient at Kaiser. The main difference is in the staffing levels, both for nurses and doctors. Thank goodness my sister is a surgeon, and intervened on my behalf or my Kaiser experience would have been even worse. I mean, who would expect 10 days in the hospital for an appendectomy. I really thought I was dying when that pathologist did that procedure without pain meds. They basically puncture through your abdomen and hope they don't hit your intestines in the process, and the pathologist was wearing no goggles or gloves. It was a little messy, so he was an idiot for having no goggles. But after 2 days of writhing in pain in the hospital, I was glad they were at least doing something. I was grateful to be in the US, because I would have died if I'd been a poor person in a 3rd world country. I also felt true hunger pangs for the first time,because I couldn't eat for over a week in the hospital, plus 5 days prior at home. The hunger pangs are extremely painful, worse than the appendix pain.

I had an elective procedure at Palomar, and my Kaiser doctor said he also prefers working at Palomar.

Kaiser has only 1 hospital for all San Diego County members. I think they have over 500,000 members. So if you need the ER, take a book.

Submitted by ocrenter on November 24, 2006 - 7:01pm.

the plan is for a new kaiser hospital to be build at their San Marcos urgent care/clinic site, possibly starting in 2010.

pathologists don't do procedures, you're referring to a interventional radiologist? an appendectomy would have to be performed by a surgeon, but then you should be under general anesthesia. well, just glad you're doing well.

Submitted by powayseller on November 25, 2006 - 1:08pm.

He wasn't a surgeon - he drained the appendix without gloves, mask, or any pain meds. You're right - pathologists examine cells/tissue, so I may have the name mixed up. My sister said they should have removed the appendix. Their plan was to put a drain in it, and then send me on my planned trip to Germany with a drain in my abdomen; she said it was bad practice to send someone with an inflamed appendix out of country with a drain,and they should have immediately removed the whole thing. That's what they ended up doing, but only because my sister insisted. The pain management was horrible too - I really though I was going to die.

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