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No comparison with service at UPMC South Side


April 28, 2009

Comparing my recent colonoscopy experience at UPMC South Side to two earlier colonoscopies at UPMC Presbyterian, for my money UPMC South Side was superior.

For certain procedures there is something to be said for a smaller, friendly neighborhood hospital versus a huge complex like Presby. For starters, at UPMC South Side one is placed in a hospital room and hydrated and can watch TV prior to going to the state-of-the-art room where the colonoscopy is performed.

Years ago at Presby, I was in a ward with about eight or more people. The procedure was performed off to the side. And there was little contact with hospital staff. Not so at UPMC South Side. The five personnel I came in contact with were friendly, pleasant and efficient. Let's face it, they made you feel like a person and not a number. 

The day after the procedure a nurse called to see how I was feeling. I said I'm fine the experience was a hundred times better than at Presby. But when I'm due for my next colonoscopy I wonder if UPMC South Side will be there.

From my hospital room I could see the USX tower with those large white letters at the top spelling out UPMC. I wonder what that cost to put up and operate, I thought. I wish some of that money would help keep UPMC South Side open. The cafeteria alone is worth saving as a number of senior citizens depend on it. And the price of parking at UPMC South Side sure beats anything in Oakland or Uptown!

Time will tell if UPMC South Side survives. If nothing else, I hope I reminded people —especially men 50 or older— to schedule a colonoscopy. Hopefully at UPMC South Side! It could save your life.

John Shatlan

South Side


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