Dr. Georgiou recalls the options provided when a patient is selecting a doctor and hospital setting.
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Getting good in patient care means that you have 2 things going on, you have a great doctor who’s working with you in a great hospital. So what do you do if you know that you really have a good doctor and you want them to deliver the care, but you’re not quite sure about the hospital that they’re going to admit you to? What people need to recognize is that virtually all doctors have hospital privileges at more than one hospital. and so even if you don’t want to switch doctors, you have a choice on which hospital you get admitted to. We had a family situation where we had a cardiovascular surgeon who’s going to be treating my mother in law and initially that surgeon was going to admit her to the hospital that was closest to our home. But after we got data on that particular hospital, we decided to select the hospital that was 30 minutes farther away but had better data on mortality and readmissions for the particular type of cardiovascular surgery that he’d be performing. And so we kept the doctor because we really trusted him but we switched hospitals because the data in the other location was so much better. So I think what people need to remember is that doctors have privileges at more than one hospital, sometimes up to 5 to 10 different hospitals and that you have a choice. And if you just express what your needs are to the doctor, they’re usually more than willing to accommodate.