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Patient treated well at CPH

Posted: July 30, 2012 - 8:56am

After 40-plus years living in the Central Kenai Peninsula area I finally spend approximately three days under the care and supervision of the staff of Central Peninsula Hospital. What an experience. One thing that struck me was the lack of that ol’ hospital smell, you know that antiseptic odor or whatever. Secondly a private room complete private bath, refrigerator, telephone and TV plus an extensive list of DVDs to choose from. Top it all off with “on demand” service at the push of a button.

I especially want to thank “my” surgeon Dr. David King and his assistant surgeon Dr. Latin. Unfortunately I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Latin as I was in “LaLa Land.” However if Dr. King requested him to assist that means he had confidence in him. Nuff said. What was estimated to be 2 hours or so of tricky laparoscopic surgery turned into five but those gentlemen “got ‘er done.” It’s been less than a week as I write this and I’m virtually pain free and getting around just fine.

Additionally I wish to thank Dr. King’s office staff, they are professional and efficient and they all have a great sense of humor. The same can be said for all the staff that had to deal with me at CPH. There was not a “Nurse Ratchet” in the bunch. Thanks so much guys and gals and may God bless.

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groutgirl 07/30/12 - 01:31 pm
Wait until you get the bill

...or will my TAX DOLLARS be covering your first class stay at a hospital that has double billed me more than once for the same thing (I requested an audit by my insurance company). I'm glad someone has had such a superior stay at CPH, and yes, while the people are friendly, I can't help but wonder why the hospital costs in Alaska are at least 30% higher than in any other state in the nation, and why, for a total Kenai Peninsula population of about 22,000 people, we have three hospitals, but NO cardiologist on staff? Oh, and let's add an oncology unit to the tune of millions of dollars -- will there be an interventional radiologist, or an oncologist? Probably not. There's your property tax money at work, folks, unless they try to convince you it's all covered by grants (also your tax money) and donations (I doubt it). If we don't pull together and stop letting hospitals treat us like we're at the Ritz Carlton, then expect insurance rates and healthcare costs to skyrocket. But I guess if you're not paying for any of it yourself, there's no issue for you, right?

Suss 07/30/12 - 04:55 pm

I saw more people than 22,000 dipping in the Kenai a week ago, Woodstock had more camping space per person. I think there were more than 56,293 people on the Peninsula last time I gave away free hotdogs. The hospital does just fine by me, like the place, good to visit when I had the need, just don't want to be there. Costs are a trick, not everyone pays the same. Did you get your air miles? They can really add up and I'm saving mine for a medical trip to the lower 48.

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