Looking for Answers When Choosing Care
- Posted on: Jun 1 2012
Everyone agrees that medical statistics are not the only issue. People want to like and trust their doctors. And with a community hospital, patients have the convenience of staying close to home and may be more likely to receive warm, personal care. That was an important consideration for Mary Bruce Buchanan, a 60-year-old retired real estate broker from Flemington, N.J., whose decision about where to go for cancer care went against her own upbringing. Her father, a surgeon, had trained at the University of Pennsylvania and, she said, ”when anything was really wrong, that was where you went.”
But when Ms. Buchanan received a diagnosis of breast cancer a few years ago, she stayed with the local doctor who found her tumor, Dr. Rachel P. Dultz, at University Medical Center, a community hospital in Princeton, N.J. She just had a good, warm feeling about Dr. Dultz, she said, and could not imagine that she would receive better care from anyone else.
”If I went to a Sloan-Kettering, I’m sure there are fabulous people there, but you’ve got to have total confidence in the person who’s going to be taking care of you,” Ms. Buchanan said.
Read the entire article written in the New York Times “Looking for Answers When Choosing Care“ By GINA KOLATA
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