COLUMBIA, MARYLAND -- THIS IS THE WORST HOSPITAL IN MARYLAND!! DO NOT GO HERE!!!! I went to the ER in severe pain, spent 9 hours to be MISDIAGNOSED and sent home with pain medication. Turns out, I actually had a very serious infection that was causing the pain. Howard County ran no tests or cultures for infection and I was NEVER even examined by a doctor. The only test the ER felt was necessary was an ultrasound to look for cysts. The doctor then sent to nurse in to tell me to go home. On top of being misdiagnosed, the general care while in the hospital was horrendous. My sister, who was with me the whole time, arrived and was told to have a seat because I was having my blood drawn. That was a lie. I was actually sitting approximately 20 feet away in an internal waiting room and had to get up to go get her myself, thus my sister was now an unidentified visitor with no name tag or record of signing in. I waited hours for Hospital Transport to take me to the ultrasound department. Once my ultrasound was completed, I began waiting for Hospital transport to take me back to my room. After about 30 minutes of other patients who finished after me being picked up and taken to their rooms, my sister decided she would just take me back herself. You would think an unidentifiable visitor transporting a patient in a wheel chair would alarm the staff, but that is not the case. She wheeled me past multiple employees and straight through the nurse’s area without question. In this case, yes the unidentifiable person was my sister, but as a patient, I would like to know that the hospital has some level of standards for addressing visitors (wandering the hospital) that have no identification. So if you don’t mind a hospital that has zero regard for unidentified persons interacting with patients and you would like to be misdiagnosed, Howard County General Hospital is the right hospital for you.