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    Any recommendations for local surgeons/hospitals?

    Has anyone had any personal experience with any of these surgeons?

    Dr. Tushar Satish Samdani, MD
    https://www.medstarhealth.org/doctor/dr-tushar-satish-samdani-md/#q={}

    Dr. Mahaffey
    https://www.medstarhealth.org/doctor/dr-w-michael-mahaffey-md/#q={}

    Any opinions on the the local hospitals in the tri-county area?

    It seems to me that St. Mary's was a good hospital until the board sold out to MedStar. Now it is just one big, overpriced bureaucracy.

    Always heard good things about Calvert and it seems that Charles would be good since they are part of the Univ. of Md. system. Is there any real point in shopping around---as difficult as they make it?
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    Dr Bodje (sp?) at Calvert was awesome as well as the hospital staff.
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    I have had two procedures with Dr Mahaffey. Both were positive. Open, honest, and informative. Not sure about what he charges for what as I have insurance that takes care of all that.

    With regards to St. Mary's I can tell you this. When I first moved here in 2006, my daughter (4 at the time), dropped a very heavy object on her bare foot. It looked broken to me, so I whisked her off the the ER at St. Mary's. We were last in a very long line of patients of which one was a lady I'd say was in her late 70's early 80's who was in obvious distress. Her husband was speaking with the nurse at the desk about the wait when we walked up. The nurse, who was an older woman that seemed more interested in the book she was reading than anything else, asked him to to sit back down and they would call on him when they were ready. After checking in, we sat and waited just like everyone else. Within about 15 minutes, the gentlemen rushed to the nurse to again ask about the wait and was again brushed off right as his wife slumped to the floor right there in the ER waiting room. I later found out she had a heart attack. After the woman was taken to a room, another younger nurse came out to each patient and performed what I could only describe as "triage". When I related this story to coworkers who were local, they informed me that St. Mary's was like that and that I should never go there. From what I understand this was pre-Medstar and is a lot better since when it comes to actual patient care. I've had shoulder surgery, MRI's, CT Scans, a colonoscopy since then. My wife had her gall bladder removed. My daughter was treated for major burns there. I have a grandson that was born there and I have at least 3 good friends who have had children there. All good experiences, and all since MedStar took over.

    Maybe they are over priced. But my experience with them has been good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Has anyone had any personal experience with any of these surgeons?

    Dr. Samdani
    https://www.medstarhealth.org/doctor/dr-tushar-satish-samdani-md/#q={}

    Dr. Mahaffey
    https://www.medstarhealth.org/doctor/dr-w-michael-mahaffey-md/#q={}

    Any opinions on the the local hospitals in the tri-county area?

    It seems to me that St. Mary's was a good hospital until the board sold out to MedStar. Now it is just one big, overpriced bureaucracy.

    Always heard good things about Calvert and it seems that Charles would be good since they are part of the Univ. of Md. system. Is there any real point in shopping around---as difficult as they make it?
    not tri-county, but definitely one of the best. Civista still sucks, maybe growing pains

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    Samdani.

    Overall experience at St. Mary's was good, but there are a few lousy nurses and staff members who need to find other careers.
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    You hear stories about every hospital, good & bad. Having worked in the medical field I would suggest staying here for something minor. But go elsewhere for the major stuff. Our hospitals are getting better, but the major stuff is best suited for Doctors that see it every day. Dr. Mahaffey is a good Doctor. I've never heard anything bad about him, and that's saying something considering we hear stuff all the time.

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    I've been happy with the care I have received at Saint Marys/Medstar Hospital, both as an inpatient and as an out patient.

    Very happy when they admitted that what I needed, they could not do, which is how I ended up at the Uni MD Med Center in Baltimore and got an early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and almost immediate (within 3 weeks) surgery. Saturday will make 27 months since the surgery, which was followed by chemo at the Medstar/Wildwood Cancer Recovery center. Am still cancer free as I type.
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    I needed a colon resection, Mahaffey was supposed to be my surgeon as he was one of the few internal surgeons at MedStar. However, he could not do the procedure via laparoscopy, not trained on it. This was back in 2014. I opted to have my surgery done in Arkansas with surgeons from the Mercy Hospital system. Best choice I could have made. Traditional surgery would have kept me in the hospital for at least a week with 4-6 recovery. I had my resection, discharged next day, drove home to MD from AR in a week, no restrictions whatever on diet, physical exercise as I felt good enough to do it.
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    I had my last major surgery at st Joseph's, north Baltimore. Awesome ....
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    I've had 2 "minor" surgeries at St. Mary's and was very pleased with the care I received.

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