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    9 Reviews on “James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital – Tampa, Florida”

    1. Mary James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
      Overall Rating:
      1

      If you are not sick they will make you sick. If you are sick they will try to make you sicker.

    2. Profile photo of Katherine Jane DumestreKatherine Jane Dumestre James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
      Overall Rating:
      1

      Tampa VAMC has rescinded all approvals for non-VA care, insisting there is NO funding, NO Choice Program and NO non-VA care, as per L. Santeramo & D. Fitzpatrick in their non-VA care dept. Veterans are left swinging in the wind with nowhere to turn. This is UNCONSCIONABLE!

      A veteran was approved for Veterans Choice Program to go to a nearby all-veteran inpatient substance abuse program, then her approval was rescinded, Tampa VA Non-VA care office tried to send her to the local inpatient facility that rehabs County prisoners, then told her to just go to a weekly AA meetings. Very rude, callous, and cruel. This veteran is in CRISIS! Tampa VAMC

      Tampa area Choice and Non-VA providers ceased receiving referrals from Tampa VAMC @ 5/12/2017 with no warning or explanation. Tampa VAMC is abusive to Tampa area veterans by virtue of their total and absolute neglect.

      Veterans deserve better.

    3. Profile photo of johnnie comptonjohnnie compton James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
      Overall Rating:
      1

      VA JAMES A HALEY HOSPITAL IS CURRENTLY UNDER A FEDERAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO 2 COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER BY DELIBERATELY GIVEING A PATIENT CONTRINDICATED MEDS THAT COULD KILL THE PATIENT OR PERMANENTLY HARM THEM FOR LIFE KNOWINGLY WILLLFULLY INTENTIONALLY WITH FORE THOUGHT AND MALICE DID SO AND DELIBERATELY SENT THE PATIENT HOME TO DIE WITHOUT ANY EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT REQUIRED ON ALL HOSPITALS IN FLORIDA OUTSIDE THE VA INCLUDEING BOARD CERTIFIED MEDICAL EXPERTS STATED IT IN THEIR PROFFESSIONAL MEDICAL EXPERT OPINION AS WELL AS FORMER CHIEF AND DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE IN TAMPA ALSO A PROFFESSIONAL PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR SAYS IT TOO AND A ATTORNEY EVEN A OIG AGENT FROM ST PETE BUT NO OFFICE INSPECTOR GENERAL WOULD INVESTIGATE UNTILL I DEMANDED A FULL SCALE INVESTIGATION BY SENATOR BILL NELSON AND SENATOR MARCO RUBIO ONE FROM EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR A COMPLETE UNBIASED INVESTIGATION TO PROTECT VETERANS LIVES AT THIS HIGHLY DANGEROUS HOSPITAL WHERE ALL VA DOCTORS AND EMPLOYEES HAVE SOVERIGN IMMUNITY AND THE CHIEF OF STAFF EDWARD CUTOLO BRAGGED ABOUT IT NOW I ALSO FILED A FEDERAL TORT CLAIM FOR SERIOUS LIFE THREATING DAMAGES THEN THEY FALSIFIED MY MEDICAL DOCUMENTS WOW UNBELIEVABLE I ACTUALLY HAVE PROOF THIS SEEMS TO BE THE NORM HERE ABC ACTION NEWS IS FINISHING A UNDERCOVER STORY ABOUT THEIR CORRUPTION AND MY CASE THEY HAVE DISCOVERED BY A F.O.I.A THAT OVER 2,600 ADVERSE EVENTS HAPPENED IN JUST A 2 YEAR PERIOD THAT IS MIND BLOWING WRECKLESS DISREGUARD FOR HUMAN LIFE PERIOD PHARMACIST GET OVER RIDDEN ALL OF THE TIME WHILE THE PHARMACIST JOB IS TO PROTECT THE PATIENT FROM ANY ADVERSE EVENTS MEANING THE MEDS BEING PRESCRIBED CAN KILL OR HARM THE PATIENT PERIOD BECAUSE SOME MEDS WONT WORK WITH OTHER MEDS OR DUE TO THE PATIENTS PAST MEDICAL HISTORY MEDICAL MEANING THEY JUST CANNOT HAVE IT ALSO THE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR THESE DOCTORS DUE IS TO DELIBERATELY ADD THIS DANGEROUS DRUG INTO YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS TO COVER UP MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AND OR ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES UNBELIVEABLE AND THEY ALL STICK TOGETHER OR ARE THREATENED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR AND CHIEF OF STAFF DR TARA L GIBSON SENT ME HOME TO DIE ON PURPOSE AFTER SHE WAS WARNDED BY THE PHARMACIST I COULD NOT HAVE THIS AUGMENTIN ANTI BIOTIC BECAUSE IT WAS CONTRINDICATED AND COULD KILL ME OR HARM ME VERY SERIOUS SHE TOLD THE THE PHARMACIST AND ME IT WAS THE LESSOR OF TWO POISONS PICK YOUR POISON KNOWING IT COULD KILL ME OR HARM ME SERIOUSLY WHEN I CAME BACK IN COMPLETE LIVER FAILURE SHE BLAMMED IT ON LAUNDRY DETERGENT AS A SIDE DISTRACTION KNOWING I HAD SHARP PAINS IN MY LIVER AND MY THROAT TIGHTENING UP AS WELL AS A RASH ONLY ON MY CHEST SHE REPLACED THE LAST DOCTOR COLLEEN WARD WHO RESIGNED AFTER NEARLY KILLING ME BY NOT PROVIDEING ME EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT AFTER BEING GIVEN THE WRONG MEDICENE WHICH I HAD A ADVERSE REACTION TO IT AND WAS NOT SUPPOSE TO HAVE IT BECAUSE I HAD HAD A PRIOR LIVER TRANSPLANT AND YOU HAVE TO BE EXTRA CAREFULL WHAT YOU GIVE A TRANSPLANT PATIENT IM SURE YOU WOULD AGREE ESPECIALLY IF IT WAS YOUR OWN LOVED ONE I TRIED TO REPORT IT TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF FOR A FEW MONTHS BUT HE REFUSED TO SPEAK WITH ME OR MEET ME ON PURPOSE SO I HAD TO TAKE MY 6’7 300 LB BEAST PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER WITH ME AND JUST PULL A SURPRISE VISIT ON HIM HE WAS IN SHOCK BUT CONTINUED TO COVER UP THE FALSIFYING OF MY MEDICAL RECORDS TO AVOID MEDICAL MALPRATICE CLAIMS BY WAY OF A FEDERAL TORT CLAIM UNREAL UNGODLY UNAMERICAN WHO IN THE HELL DOES THIS . I WILL TELL YOU A TRAITOR A TREASONIST TO OUR COUNTRYS HEROS THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO RISK IT ALL FOR ALL OF AMERICA ITS TIME TO FIGHT BACK NEVER TRUST A PATIENT ADVOCATE THEY RECIEVE BONUS CHECKS AS WELL AS THE CORRUPT DOCTORS NATIONWIDE GOOD LUCK WE ALL NEED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE FOR OUR TROOPS IM YOUR NEW PRESIDENT OF ”VETERANS LIVES MATTER”

    4. Howard dagostino James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
      Overall Rating:
      5

      I have been coming here since 2002 and have been treated with the best care possible.
      Some people have to realize that for minor problems like colds etc the doctors and nurses must take care of the very sick vet and you must wait for care

      1. Bradley E. Bolden James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida

        How about spinal cord injuries? No testing, no followups no care, A cold for a spinal injury patient is life threatening, How long should I wait?

    5. Banooch James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
      Overall Rating:
      1

      I have annual checkups at Haley to keep my VA active. I suffered a herniated disk last year. I had 2 civilians surgeon consults and decided to get a 3rd consult from the VA. After providing MRI’s to the General Medical Doctor all he could do was prescribe pain meds and pass on a “request for consult” which was completely ignored. In essence if I had not had civilian doctors and was reliant on the VA I’d be in constant pain and living on opiates to get by.
      My civilian surgeon recommended Physical Therapy before scheduling surgery. It worked!! After about 3 weeks I was pain free and completely mobile again. Even though it costs me more to maintain civilian medical care it beats the “single payer” Government alternative. Unfortunately I do not believe the VA system can be rescued in its current format. It’s sad, as Veterans who would give all for our country, the VA doesn’t “give all” back to us in return.

    6. Profile photo of Gary HolyokeGary Holyoke James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
      Overall Rating:
      5

      As an outpatient, I have received excellent care at James A. Haley VAMC. Recently, I was experiencing problems with my right eye. I received an almost immediate response via secure messaging to come in the next day. The Eye Clinic is probably the busiest in the US but they took me in right away as an emergency. The doctor that examined me determined that I needed to be seen by a specialist. Within fifteen minutes, I was examined by two Ophthalmology specialists and underwent laser surgery to prevent my retina from detaching. The follow up the following week revealed I needed to get a little more repair done and the specialist took me to the laser surgery suite and performed it. Most recent follow up shows everything healing up ok. I have to say the whole staff at the Eye Clinic from the Medical Support staff to the Doctors were top notch. As busy as that clinic is, they made me feel like I was the only patient there.

      The Podiatry Clinic is also outstanding. The doctors I have encountered there don’t rush you and explain everything fully. I can’t say enough to thank the Chief of Podiatry. The VA, and more importantly we veterans are fortunate to have the services of so prestigious a surgeon on staff .Another clinic I have to compliment is Audiology. Very, very Veteran friendly. The Tinnitus classes I attended were helpful in reducing the discomfort of Tinnitus as well as the hearing aids I was provided with the special built in program that helps reduce the problem.

      The other clinics I have used are equally first rate. I could go on about the Cardiology Dept., and the professionalism there, or the very caring Outpatient Physical Therapy Dept, or the Dermatology Dept with its great staff, or the Pharmacy Dept., but I’d probably sound like I worked for the James A. Haley Public Relations Department. I owe all these terrific folks a big thank you.

      Finally I want to acknowledge my Primary Care Health Team, the Delta Team. Using secure messaging, the nurse responds to my emails the same day, most of the time or no later than the following morning. Thats fast knowing how busy they are. Carmen, the Medical Administrator on the Delta team is one hard working, busy lady, but if you have an issue, she’ll get it fixed. My Primary Care Doctor of eight years left to be a doctor for the Homeless Vets. They are fortunate to get him, and I’m going to miss him, but I’m looking forward to meeting the new Primary Care Doctor they have assigned me. Great, hard working pro veteran group of people.

      In summary, the care I have received at James A. Haley has, in my opinion, equaled or exceeded the care I could get elsewhere in my community. When I read or hear about the problems at other VA Hospitals I hope its not true and just media exaggeration. Or if true, that the problems get resolved quickly. My experience at my VAMC has to date, been nothing but positive.

      As a Vietnam Veteran who, for years, would not step into a VA Medical facility I want to say that the entire staff at James A. Haley has completely changed my opinion. To everyone there, thank you for what you do.

    7. Robert Moering James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
      Overall Rating:
      4

      I’ve been going to the Tampa VA since 2000. Over the past 16 years I have always received excellent care. My only real complaint is getting a call or secure message back in a timely manner. I think I always get a reply within 2 business days and sometimes that is okay as the question or issue is not time sensitive, but other times it is time sensitive and a quicker reply could save a trip into the hospital to see the urgent care clinic. I know the providers are serious overloaded with patients and this is part of the problem. Once I’m with my PCP I get excellent care. My issues are addressed and I don’t feel like a number to them. I’ve heard other veteran give opposite rviews on their PCP at the Tampa VA, so I do consider myself lucky.

      The eye clinical has to be the busiest clinic in the entire hospital and it is not uncommon to get seen 15-30 minutes past your appointment time. However, once you are with the provider you get excellent care.

      The dental clinic has been fantastic. They respond very quickly to messages. Again, they are seriously overloaded with patients and it limits your ability to get in. With that said, I had to go in once for an urgent issue and my dentist saw me that same morning within 20-30 minutes of me walking up to be seen. So, why it may take time to get the appointment, it is not a significant problem because urgent care needs are addressed.

      I can’t give enough praise to the OT clinic. They were fantastic in helping me with therapy on my wrist. They helped provide the tools necessary to help me keep working without pain.

      I suspect, like all VA centers, most issues could be fixed with added staffing. Veterans won’t feel like a number if the providers aren’t forced to carry patient case loads 3-4 times the national average.

    8. Profile photo of Patrick StorerPatrick Storer James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
      Overall Rating:
      4

      I’ve only been going here for about a year, but have had nothing but good experiences. Appointments are fairly simple, the docs and staff listen to you. I had a 3 week stay in the CPRP (Chronic Pain Clinic) and all the staff care. Not once did I feel like a number, not listened to or anything else. I missed a post CPRP monthly group meeting, and the doc called to see if everything was alright. Between here and the Annex (separate bldg where my PCM is located), both facilities have been excellent. The only issue was the food during my stay, otherwise, I’d give it another star. They gave us a selection, but they never got it right. Not bad for being the only issue.

    9. Candice Moors James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
      Overall Rating:
      2

      My husband has been a frequent patient since having a spinal cord incident three years ago. The things I find most disturbing about the hospital are:
      1. As an inpatient, you do not receive any priority if your doctor orders testing for you. My husband has waited in a hospital bed for weeks for CAT Scans, Patient Consults with other departments etc. on all of his inpatient stays. In my opinion, the departments do not play well together and I have elevated this complaint more than once to the appropriate people.
      2. In patient food. You’d better like Salisbury Steak if you are a patient here. My husband counted the days one time as receiving Salisbury Steak 21 days in a row because he did not eat the “primary meal” which was either cheese or a fish entree.
      The dietary people were well aware of his likes and dislikes and still kept sending the alternate meal.
      3. As an inpatient, you are assigned a doctor. As hard as we tried on the last visit my husband could not be changed to another doctor. I had no confidence in this doctor but it did not matter. This I believe is against any patient rights agreement set up by the VA.
      4. The cleanliness standards on the ward has improved, but still has ongoing issues. For some reasons the nurses feel they do not have to pick up garbage they drop on the floor. Last fall, and I have photos of it, there was an empty injection bottle, IV bag, feces, etc on the floor in my husband’s room for 3 days.
      5. The doctor’s have a habit of kicking you out when you are not ready to leave. Once they have it in their mind your out, you are out. Then you return a week later worst than you were when you left.
      6. If you are in need of using a vendor (nursing services etc.) when you go home, the social worker will set it up for you. The problem is contratcing at the VA has no teeth when it comes to punishing the vendor when they do not perform. The vet has to put up with the lousy services the contractor performs and they never punish them. This is so very wrong and needs to be changed. And as always, the social worker finds a reason why it is your fault every time. This is not right.
      7. Nursing. Nursing staff do not work as hard as they did years ago. They are assigned (3) patients and cry they are overworked all of the time. Very few nurses do work themselves if they can get an aide to do it. I worked in this field in the 70’s. Trust me when I say these so called professional nurses would have never made it 40 plus years ago when nursing was a “hard job” and nurses were paid very little. It makes me angry to see nurses playing games on computers when lights are on in patient rooms. Weekends are the biggest offender. They need staffing managers on the weekend like civilian hospitals do to keep the nurses in line. Appointing one’s peer as a weekend supervisor is like leaving the fox in charge of the hen house.
      8. I cannot tell you how many times I have needed to go to the director of the department, the hospital director, or Washington, DC regarding complaints of care. Yes, the problems are solved most of the time but a patient should not need to elevate the types of complaints we’ve had because of poor performance, behavior or attitude issues, or failure of staff on following doctors or supervisors orders.

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