Doernbecher Pediatrics

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My daughter was referred to Dornbecher and within 1 visit she was diagnosed with a tumor. They performed ultrasounds, CAT Scans and blood tests. They scheduled her for surgery 3 days later (so arrangements could be made with my job).

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My daughter was referred to Dornbecher and within 1 visit she was diagnosed with a tumor. They performed ultrasounds, CAT Scans and blood tests. They scheduled her for surgery 3 days later (so arrangements could be made with my job).

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Initially, I thought Doernbecher was an excellent facility. They have a highly ranked medical school and hospital, and it's extremely competitive. I had a wonderful experience in the Women's Health Center when I was pregnant. However, when

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Initially, I thought Doernbecher was an excellent facility. They have a highly ranked medical school and hospital, and it's extremely competitive. I had a wonderful experience in the Women's Health Center when I was pregnant. However, when

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We have had nothing but great experiences with Doernbecher Childrens Hospital. We have to go every week or every 2 weeks for our son to have transfusions and a check up. He was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of Diamond Blackfan

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We have had nothing but great experiences with Doernbecher Childrens Hospital. We have to go every week or every 2 weeks for our son to have transfusions and a check up. He was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of Diamond Blackfan

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We've been to Doernbecher's in Portland on 3 occasions now, and so far not one visit has been productive or worth the expense to travel for 2 hours to get the consultation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When my daughter was first diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder, in the genetics clinic we were handed a bunch of papers I'd already found online, and given a colossal "We don't know, good luck with that." We now call trips to CDRC the "$50 shrug". As a new parent of a child with a rare disease, the lack of followup or any useful information was disheartening and misleading. I was led to believe there was "nothing we could do" ... when in fact, there are several things that have helped my daughter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

After we discovered supplements that helped, we were sent up to the metabolism specialists... who was impressed that I'd gotten ahold of a well known physician at Standford, then proceeded to brutalize my daughter in the process of getting a skin sample. Note to all parents. If a skin cell culture is needed, and a biopsy is recommended, INSIST on getting it done by a dermatology specialist, this doctor did not know what he was doing, and caused my daughter unnecessary pain. Then we were sent down to the labs where they proceeded to hold my screaming child down and traumatize her further. My lab at home is very gentle and while we do restrain her, she doesn't even cry when they draw blood. My child who never screams, was screaming while a brusque nurse refused to listen to my suggestions for calming her, and refused to give me access to calm her myself. Ultimately all those lab tests ended up with the doctor saying, "Well, we don't know, but I guess you should continue since you say it's helping her"... and it took us TEN MONTHS to get that analysis. Fortunately I'd already figured out that it was helping her. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

That was when she was 2 years old. She's now 4 1/2 and today she FREAKED at Doernbecher's when four people in lab coats squeezed into the tiny exam room. She clearly remembered how much pain she'd been caused the last time. This time, she actually got away from us, climbed over someone's feet and escaped down the hall, she was so upset. The doctors never said her name, never really interacted with her other than to grab her head (Craniofacial clinic), spend an unnecessarily brief period of time to basically say, "There's no problem unless another specialist says there is one", while not really listening to what I was telling them about the specialist we'd already seen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

My daughter is not comfortable about medical personnel, but she has not freaked out that badly anywhere but CDRC, and if I can avoid ever taking her there again, I will, they've done nothing for us but cause her pain and trauma and I think it is inexcusable. I would rather take her out of state myself than ever do that again. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The moment they all left the room, my daughter calmed down. She was clearly terrified, and they did NOTHING to calm her. In my opinion, they need to get a few lessons in working with children and families. All of them that I have worked with.

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We've been to Doernbecher's in Portland on 3 occasions now, and so far not one visit has been productive or worth the expense to travel for 2 hours to get the consultation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When my daughter was first diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder, in the genetics clinic we were handed a bunch of papers I'd already found online, and given a colossal "We don't know, good luck with that." We now call trips to CDRC the "$50 shrug". As a new parent of a child with a rare disease, the lack of followup or any useful information was disheartening and misleading. I was led to believe there was "nothing we could do" ... when in fact, there are several things that have helped my daughter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

After we discovered supplements that helped, we were sent up to the metabolism specialists... who was impressed that I'd gotten ahold of a well known physician at Standford, then proceeded to brutalize my daughter in the process of getting a skin sample. Note to all parents. If a skin cell culture is needed, and a biopsy is recommended, INSIST on getting it done by a dermatology specialist, this doctor did not know what he was doing, and caused my daughter unnecessary pain. Then we were sent down to the labs where they proceeded to hold my screaming child down and traumatize her further. My lab at home is very gentle and while we do restrain her, she doesn't even cry when they draw blood. My child who never screams, was screaming while a brusque nurse refused to listen to my suggestions for calming her, and refused to give me access to calm her myself. Ultimately all those lab tests ended up with the doctor saying, "Well, we don't know, but I guess you should continue since you say it's helping her"... and it took us TEN MONTHS to get that analysis. Fortunately I'd already figured out that it was helping her. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

That was when she was 2 years old. She's now 4 1/2 and today she FREAKED at Doernbecher's when four people in lab coats squeezed into the tiny exam room. She clearly remembered how much pain she'd been caused the last time. This time, she actually got away from us, climbed over someone's feet and escaped down the hall, she was so upset. The doctors never said her name, never really interacted with her other than to grab her head (Craniofacial clinic), spend an unnecessarily brief period of time to basically say, "There's no problem unless another specialist says there is one", while not really listening to what I was telling them about the specialist we'd already seen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

My daughter is not comfortable about medical personnel, but she has not freaked out that badly anywhere but CDRC, and if I can avoid ever taking her there again, I will, they've done nothing for us but cause her pain and trauma and I think it is inexcusable. I would rather take her out of state myself than ever do that again. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The moment they all left the room, my daughter calmed down. She was clearly terrified, and they did NOTHING to calm her. In my opinion, they need to get a few lessons in working with children and families. All of them that I have worked with.

Pros: The only game in town, apparently

Cons: Brusque, not friendly to kids, caused unnecessary pain

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I agree with the DaisyArterberry review. Our son was just released from Doernbecher after having surgery. For being one of the top rated children's hospitals they have very poor patient communication and most are very rude. I'm not sure if it because we were referred to the facility by Kaiser Permanente or if it?s just the nature of the politics in a large hospital. Out of the three days we were there we had only one nurse that was just nothing but excellent. She sat down with us and answered the questions that she was able to answer and didn't just say I don't know like the others did. The staff (CNAs and desk clerks) was rude and seemed to be "put out" when you asked for something.

Communication between the residents and the Kaiser surgeon at OHSU was very poor, I believe partially due to the resident?s heads being so inflated. We spoke with three different residents to find out what is going on, which is fine. When the surgeon came to our room, which was much better and more down to earth, to discuss what was going on, he didn't know of most of the symptoms that were occurring, due to lack of communication on behalf of the residents. We were also told by the resident's that the procedure was going to be done laparoscopically but the surgeon told us just before surgery that it would be done a different way because laparoscopiy has more of a risk then the way he wanted to do it.

Just to compare, we started out at Kaiser Sunnyside ER and that was a wonderful experience. The ER Dr. was very helpful and quick to discover what was going on. He communicated with us every 20 minutes about what was happening weather it was just saying we are talking with the OHSU or the results should be down shortly. I didn?t think knowing little things like that would help make the process smoother but for us it sure made a difference.

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I agree with the DaisyArterberry review. Our son was just released from Doernbecher after having surgery. For being one of the top rated children's hospitals they have very poor patient communication and most are very rude. I'm not sure if it because we were referred to the facility by Kaiser Permanente or if it?s just the nature of the politics in a large hospital. Out of the three days we were there we had only one nurse that was just nothing but excellent. She sat down with us and answered the questions that she was able to answer and didn't just say I don't know like the others did. The staff (CNAs and desk clerks) was rude and seemed to be "put out" when you asked for something.

Communication between the residents and the Kaiser surgeon at OHSU was very poor, I believe partially due to the resident?s heads being so inflated. We spoke with three different residents to find out what is going on, which is fine. When the surgeon came to our room, which was much better and more down to earth, to discuss what was going on, he didn't know of most of the symptoms that were occurring, due to lack of communication on behalf of the residents. We were also told by the resident's that the procedure was going to be done laparoscopically but the surgeon told us just before surgery that it would be done a different way because laparoscopiy has more of a risk then the way he wanted to do it.

Just to compare, we started out at Kaiser Sunnyside ER and that was a wonderful experience. The ER Dr. was very helpful and quick to discover what was going on. He communicated with us every 20 minutes about what was happening weather it was just saying we are talking with the OHSU or the results should be down shortly. I didn?t think knowing little things like that would help make the process smoother but for us it sure made a difference.

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Doernbecher's has slacked in their duties over the recent years to provide excellent education to residents. Many of the staff professors are far below par. Evidence of these facts is in the lowly numbers O.H.S.U. . has recieved in many recently conducted surveys. Doernbecher's is poorly ranked in surveys of patient care. The worst department our family has experienced is pediatric surgery. The hostilities and bickering between surgeons is gossiped over to the extent their contempt and disorder affect supportive staff. Our son was injured due to the lack of communication between residents, fellows and surgeons because during patient consults they all couldn't get along. In addition, our concerns of our son's pain and suffering were dimissed by the house neurosurgeon. A year later, after leaving Doernbecher's,
our sons condition was cured, by a simple adjustment to his shunt.
I did not read there is an objection to Children's Hospital that are also teaching institutions. I believe the point and from we experienced first hand, is, Doernbecher's does not provide quality professors and recruits less then stellar interns. One other issue we have with Doernbecher's (Especially being a non for profit entity) is if you happen to have poor insurance you get residents in the general pediatric clinic. Should you have excellent insurance, you may choose a faculty m.d. There is so much WRONG with this practice. We have had need to have follow up surgeries performed, which were conducted by private practice specialist at , Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital. The evening before our first surgery, the anesthesiologist from Legacy, who would be personally attending my son telephoned for a private interview of history to gain acquaintance with my sons needs. The pre-op and post-op areas were completely superior to our numerous expeiences at Doernbecher's. We would never attend Doernbecher's again.

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Doernbecher's has slacked in their duties over the recent years to provide excellent education to residents. Many of the staff professors are far below par. Evidence of these facts is in the lowly numbers O.H.S.U. . has recieved in many recently conducted surveys. Doernbecher's is poorly ranked in surveys of patient care. The worst department our family has experienced is pediatric surgery. The hostilities and bickering between surgeons is gossiped over to the extent their contempt and disorder affect supportive staff. Our son was injured due to the lack of communication between residents, fellows and surgeons because during patient consults they all couldn't get along. In addition, our concerns of our son's pain and suffering were dimissed by the house neurosurgeon. A year later, after leaving Doernbecher's,
our sons condition was cured, by a simple adjustment to his shunt.
I did not read there is an objection to Children's Hospital that are also teaching institutions. I believe the point and from we experienced first hand, is, Doernbecher's does not provide quality professors and recruits less then stellar interns. One other issue we have with Doernbecher's (Especially being a non for profit entity) is if you happen to have poor insurance you get residents in the general pediatric clinic. Should you have excellent insurance, you may choose a faculty m.d. There is so much WRONG with this practice. We have had need to have follow up surgeries performed, which were conducted by private practice specialist at , Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital. The evening before our first surgery, the anesthesiologist from Legacy, who would be personally attending my son telephoned for a private interview of history to gain acquaintance with my sons needs. The pre-op and post-op areas were completely superior to our numerous expeiences at Doernbecher's. We would never attend Doernbecher's again.

Pros: Great nurses

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I read the previous review by Millyabella, and I do agree with one aspect, it is a teaching hospital. Other than that, I disagree with almost everything else. My child had surgery there recently, and I can't praise Doernbecher Children's Hospital enough. So the reviewer didn't like a teaching hospital. Believe it or not, Doctors do have to learn! They are not born specialists in pediatric medicine. I found the staff to be utterly professional, and the care they gave to be some of the finest I have experienced. We were kept involved and informed from admission desk through discharge. I knew every nurse by his/her first name, because they all came over and introduced themselves, and took the time to talk with us and learn about my daughter. Every doctor in my daughter's care was courteous, polite, and took the time to make sure that my wife and I knew everything that was being done. The facilities were clean, neat, and everything was easy to find. I can't speak for parking, but I will say I got there at noon on Friday, and found ample parking in the parking structure that took about 2 minutes to walk to the entrance. I'm sorry that Millyabella did not enjoy his/her time there, but I have nothing but praise for this institution. Perhaps he/she can tell me where to find a Children's Hospital that is NOT a teaching institution. I would not hesitate to take my child back there, and would recommend it to anyone. And no, I do not work there.

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I read the previous review by Millyabella, and I do agree with one aspect, it is a teaching hospital. Other than that, I disagree with almost everything else. My child had surgery there recently, and I can't praise Doernbecher Children's Hospital enough. So the reviewer didn't like a teaching hospital. Believe it or not, Doctors do have to learn! They are not born specialists in pediatric medicine. I found the staff to be utterly professional, and the care they gave to be some of the finest I have experienced. We were kept involved and informed from admission desk through discharge. I knew every nurse by his/her first name, because they all came over and introduced themselves, and took the time to talk with us and learn about my daughter. Every doctor in my daughter's care was courteous, polite, and took the time to make sure that my wife and I knew everything that was being done. The facilities were clean, neat, and everything was easy to find. I can't speak for parking, but I will say I got there at noon on Friday, and found ample parking in the parking structure that took about 2 minutes to walk to the entrance. I'm sorry that Millyabella did not enjoy his/her time there, but I have nothing but praise for this institution. Perhaps he/she can tell me where to find a Children's Hospital that is NOT a teaching institution. I would not hesitate to take my child back there, and would recommend it to anyone. And no, I do not work there.

Pros: Wonderful Staff, Can't say enough

Cons: It can be difficult to get to

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Before choosing Doernbecher's Children's Hospital, consider, the facility is a teaching hospital. This means your child will be seen by residents, often several, during your appointment. They then take their notes and observations to the attending doctor, where even more time elapses as the students hash around possibilites/treatment. After which, they accompany the doctor back to your child and the interviewing starts all over again. This is what you experience once you actually get into a speciality clinic . (Multiply the previous experience should your child need attention in more then one area)
Communication at Doernbecher's is not fluent. Often the front desk does not receive or they misplace referrals and unless you have a golden ticket or you are a very loud advocate, you will never have your calls returned...if you are, you can expect weeks passing before receiving an inviation to make an appointment. Again, once *IN* you have a relay of your childs information passing through several people, many of whom have other agendas then patient care. (Like being resident of the month) Parking is also a factor to be pondered. If you arrive after 9A.M. you will get nowhere near th main entrance. After 10A.M., you can, believe at your own risk, the parking attendent, that your car will not be towed and the $100 fine for parking you receive in the overflow area will be ignored. Leaving Doernbecher's after 2:15P.M. means hours in rush hour traffic.

There are many reasons which contribute to Doernbecher's not ranking in top pediatric institutions in the country (U.S. News & World Report Feb./2008) even though they were considered and why the, Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, is ranked at *Poor ~Fails to meet industry standards and performs well below most charities in its Cause.* By Charity Navigator. Bickering between alpha physicans who do not set examples, lackey adminstration, a lack of respect and trust by administration.

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Before choosing Doernbecher's Children's Hospital, consider, the facility is a teaching hospital. This means your child will be seen by residents, often several, during your appointment. They then take their notes and observations to the attending doctor, where even more time elapses as the students hash around possibilites/treatment. After which, they accompany the doctor back to your child and the interviewing starts all over again. This is what you experience once you actually get into a speciality clinic . (Multiply the previous experience should your child need attention in more then one area)
Communication at Doernbecher's is not fluent. Often the front desk does not receive or they misplace referrals and unless you have a golden ticket or you are a very loud advocate, you will never have your calls returned...if you are, you can expect weeks passing before receiving an inviation to make an appointment. Again, once *IN* you have a relay of your childs information passing through several people, many of whom have other agendas then patient care. (Like being resident of the month) Parking is also a factor to be pondered. If you arrive after 9A.M. you will get nowhere near th main entrance. After 10A.M., you can, believe at your own risk, the parking attendent, that your car will not be towed and the $100 fine for parking you receive in the overflow area will be ignored. Leaving Doernbecher's after 2:15P.M. means hours in rush hour traffic.

There are many reasons which contribute to Doernbecher's not ranking in top pediatric institutions in the country (U.S. News & World Report Feb./2008) even though they were considered and why the, Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, is ranked at *Poor ~Fails to meet industry standards and performs well below most charities in its Cause.* By Charity Navigator. Bickering between alpha physicans who do not set examples, lackey adminstration, a lack of respect and trust by administration.

Choose carefully

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In 2000, after a very difficult pregnancy we delivered what we thought was a healthy baby girl. We were discharged from the hospital in Salem with our pediatrician's blessing. She was our 6th child and when I felt that something was wrong that night, I went with my instinct. After a couple days at Salem Hospital she was transferred up to the NICU unit at Doernbecher's Childrens Hospital in Portland. There, they cared for her for almost 3 weeks with excellent, around the clock care. They were concerned for our whole family and worked with us to let all of her siblings visit (5 kids, 7 years old and younger). She has been healthy every since and we are forever grateful to the staff at OHSU! Thanks so much.

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In 2000, after a very difficult pregnancy we delivered what we thought was a healthy baby girl. We were discharged from the hospital in Salem with our pediatrician's blessing. She was our 6th child and when I felt that something was wrong that night, I went with my instinct. After a couple days at Salem Hospital she was transferred up to the NICU unit at Doernbecher's Childrens Hospital in Portland. There, they cared for her for almost 3 weeks with excellent, around the clock care. They were concerned for our whole family and worked with us to let all of her siblings visit (5 kids, 7 years old and younger). She has been healthy every since and we are forever grateful to the staff at OHSU! Thanks so much.

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My son had to come see a specailist a 3 months old and come to find out he had to have surgery. This hospital was great! I could not have taken better care of him myself!The doctors were very informative and caring! And the hospital is very well taken care of with lots of parking!

PROS: Great hospital, nice doctors!
CONS: None

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My son had to come see a specailist a 3 months old and come to find out he had to have surgery. This hospital was great! I could not have taken better care of him myself!The doctors were very informative and caring! And the hospital is very well taken care of with lots of parking!

PROS: Great hospital, nice doctors!
CONS: None

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Doernbecher Childrens Hospital provides quality care for children fighting illnesses. The staff is really wonderful in explaining the procedures and being very attentive to the children they are helping cure. Doernbecher does a great job at making these children feel comfortable by providing toys and such to help comfort them. God forbid anyone's child get sick, but if they do, this would be the place to take them. I highly recommend volunteering your time there as well.

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Doernbecher Childrens Hospital provides quality care for children fighting illnesses. The staff is really wonderful in explaining the procedures and being very attentive to the children they are helping cure. Doernbecher does a great job at making these children feel comfortable by providing toys and such to help comfort them. God forbid anyone's child get sick, but if they do, this would be the place to take them. I highly recommend volunteering your time there as well.

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They specialize in helping children in health crisis.
They not only provide excellent health care for the patient but also the family. They communicate so well with you. They also provide for the whole patient. They realize how much that attitude has to do with healing.
They had a little library, special foods, clowns and visitors that would come to cheer up our little one.
Everything about them is special. I've never seen my child and family treated so well at such a traumatic time.

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They specialize in helping children in health crisis.
They not only provide excellent health care for the patient but also the family. They communicate so well with you. They also provide for the whole patient. They realize how much that attitude has to do with healing.
They had a little library, special foods, clowns and visitors that would come to cheer up our little one.
Everything about them is special. I've never seen my child and family treated so well at such a traumatic time.

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