CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- In March 2016 I was airlifted to Erlanger. I was on a gurney for 12 hours in the E.R. with no triage. Then they put me in a soundproof room. When I finally came to I was told that I had a shattered forearm, 9 broken ribs, and a broken shoulder blade. Somehow they missed a severe concussion and also a fractured hip. The orthopedic surgeon did not let my husband know that they were going to hack into my arm and put a metal plate in it. Because of this hospital, I now have Post Concussion Syndrome because they never drained the blood out from behind my brain.
For 6 months, I was unable to drive because I had no peripheral vision and this was diagnosed by a neurosurgeon in Cookeville Tennessee. I now have problems with my memory, long and short term. There is no cure but it could heal in 15 to 20 years but even then, I will only get 95% of it back.
They gave me morphine after my husband said I was allergic to it. They did not feed me. My husband had to use $300 of his own money to feed me because they said the cafeteria was closed. I had a fractured left hip that they missed and I now have a lower lumbar problem. I sat in oil, gas, airbag powder, and fire extinguisher powder for 3 days before I got a sponge bath. You should see how bad my arm was hacked.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- It is a nightmare waiting to happen, they killed my children's father and think they got away with it but you have not. I am informing everybody I know to not use Erlanger as their hospital. If you are elderly and especially ** with little or no insurance, they will give you a death sentence. Please before you go there, I would stay at home first, your chances would be better. They have racist Dr. and nurses. They need to be reported for discrimination.
Check their ICU unit, not hardly any ** up there. This in itself is scary. I was told a while back by a friend that Erlanger killed his grandmother, not listening, "Oh how I wish I had." Now my children do not have a father. I will continue to talk about this till I can talk no more.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- Erlanger killed my children's father damaging his brain. Dr. ** is a rotten neurologist that literally mess up his brain! I will speak on this everyday until his license is taken. You killed Ralph **. Every Monday an serious issue would come up until that terrible day February 15 he expired thanks to Er, anger unprofessional staff. I beg of you please don't take your family there. They finally killed him.
I think they think if he was able to speak he would say something that would really get them in serious trouble! He is coming to me in dreams now and it is not over and will not be over till somebody pays! I won't stop talking, I will speak of this devil until I can no more. They practice euthanasia and kill black elderly people! It is a death trap! More on this later! I have to get the correct name of the neurologist who performed his surgery. To be continue.
CHATTANOOGA -- They let my children father aspirate. He was never elevated at no time. The bed he was in would not go up and every time we sent there he was lower to an improper degree. We complain to no avail. They put things in his records that should not had been, like hitting a nurse, knowing this man had just had surgery. He was given medicine through lines that were not flush out. The line became contaminated. He developed a bile problem, the lines were totally contaminated. I blame myself for not staying up there with him but who would ever think a hospital would kill you...
They lied about the plate they took out of his head, they were continuous lying. The Neurologist had a very poor review rating. Please check your Doctor's reviews before selecting one. His brain became herniated because I truly believe he went back in without our permission to put that plate back that probably should have stayed out until the brain heal... Every Monday there was some kind of issue. He coded on a Monday, and in the end, he died on a Monday... I know he did. God will take care of them and they know who they are. You did not get away, from the deed you did. Please believe me. It will come to you one day when you experience the same thing I did.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- This room had obviously not been cleaned, food particles in sink, mirror very dirty, urinal had no lid, probably used. Commode lid filthy with urine all over seat, floor actually black from not being wet mopped. I spilled some water on floor trying to clean out urinal, used a washcloth to wipe up water, actually black when I turned washcloth over, nastier than the worst motel I have ever stayed in. Room floor also dirty.
Asked for some pain RX at 11:15p.m for 4 broken ribs. R.N. didn't come to bring any med. for one and one half hrs. I could not even roll over onto my side due to severe pain, when x-ray person came to my room with a wheel chair and said "Get up and get in w/c alone with no assistance." Impossible to do physically.
Wife went out to nurses station to request help. R.N. said to wait and she would request a portable chest x-ray. She then came back to my room and said the Dr. would not allow, must get into w/c. P.T. never came to room to assist or even evaluate if I could get out of bed. Dr. said "Go home, come back for another chest x-ray in one week to see if internal bleeding had gotten worse."
I just had an arteriogram four days before auto accident, on blood thinners with a stent into R. coronary artery. Worst hospital experience EVER!!! The only bright spot in the Erlanger Hosp. experience was a student nurse, "Ester" from Collegedale School of Nursing. She was excellent, concerned and caring and helped in any way she could.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- This will be a very long post and I want everyone to know not to take your family member to this place. We have had a battle not only with the higher staff at Erlanger but mainly the doctors and the case manager. They go from one thing to another about my father's state or condition. They will not do the proper tests to find out what is really going on with my father and they always make up some excuse to what is going on.
We had this one doctor come in the other night saying that he can tell just by looking at my dad that he has brain damage. I thought there was some type of tests to check for brain damage? What do I know? I am not a doctor. I didn't go to school all these years for common sense like they should have. But ya, there are things called a CT Scan and a MRI and they will not do it.
My father is producing urine only about 500 milliliters a day and they say that his brain is not letting him urinate. I swear if these people would get on the right page and quit asking us what the problem is, and run tests maybe they would find out what the issue is. Now they are saying that they want to release him tomorrow and me and my family can not handle him the way he is right now. They say that they can't find a nursing home that will accept him. I think some people need to get off their lazy behind and do something. Do not send your loved one to this place.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- I was treated like I was not important at all. The ER Dr. would not look at my neck nor my MRI which would have told them I am in excruciating pain. They could have given me a shot. Or something. All they gave me was an ultram and that was three hours ago and I'm still in tears due to how bad I am hurting. My blood pressure was 172/104 which should have been the first clue to how bad I'm hurting. But everything I said was ignored and I'm still hurting extremely bad. Not usually one to complain, I do apologize.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- It is sad to say but in the southern part of the United States Chattanooga is served by Erlanger... supposedly their best Hospital. I realize the south isn't a hive of intellectuals, but ERLANGER HOSPITAL is still in the 19th century! Long waits, unprofessional care and 3rd class patient communication. I found myself in need of medical care and was treated in a less than competent manner. I would have been better to fly out of there and to a real city with state of the art care. Don't get sick in Tennessee.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- Recently I had a horrible experience at Erlanger hospital, (Erlanger North), in Chattanooga, TN. After almost two full weeks of stress and depression, mainly due to work and general issues, I had a breakdown one night and needed a doctor badly. Well, after waiting for almost 3 hours I was admitted, only to be ridiculed and told that they "weren't a psych ward for the crazies!"
As I explained to them I had never had these symptoms persist like this and the anxiety attacks and depression felt like I was dying, they told me to take 1 or 2 Benadryl and try to sleep. Well it was 4:00 am by now and I was irate. I have heard many other complaints about this hospital and now I know the truth... if you really are in need of a doctor, DO NOT visit Erlanger North.