Hospitals in Southside and Southwest Virginia don’t come highly recommended

We all rely upon “word of mouth” in locating a good building contractor, dentist, plumber, painter, doctor, or lawyer.  What about finding a good hospital? If word of mouth from patients who were treated in that hospital is considered, several Virginia hospitals would fare poorly.  Virginia Business magazine’s January issue contains an article on this…[Read More]

Republicans say there is a “malpractice crisis,” experts disagree.

This issue is not a Republican versus Democrat or Liberal versus Conservative matter.  You have probably heard or read the following:   The medical malpractice crisis is threatening U.S. health care.   Baloney:  Medical errors claim more than 250,000 lives each year and medical negligence is the third-leading cause of death in America.  Sounds to…[Read More]

What can a medical malpractice lawsuit really do in Virginia? And how do we file complaints against Virginia hospitals, doctors, nursing homes etc?

I hear it frequently from kind, hurting people who have either suffered themselves as a result of Medical Malpractice in Virginia, or witnessed a loved one suffer: It’s not about the money – I just don’t want it to happen to someone else.” So when I tell them the only thing a lawsuit can do…[Read More]

Danville Regional Hospital Receives Poor Marks

The only hospital in Danville, Virginia is getting a very poor report card from the Leapfrog Group,  a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system.  The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety.  Danville Regional Medical Center was given a grade of…[Read More]

Is Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Getting Good Grades for Safety and Patient Care?

Everyone has an opinion on the answer to this question.  However, some opinions should carry more weight than others – take the opinions from the Leapfrog Group,  a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient…[Read More]

Is Your Doctor Telling You The Truth?

The title of today’s post is not mine, it belongs to Joe and Teresa Graedon from the People’s Pharmacy.  The article, which appeared in today’s Roanoke Times, starts with the assumption that doctors disclose to patients errors that are made in their diagnosis and treatment.   A foolish assumption for the vast majority of physicians. The…[Read More]