Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Despite reports that it will ultimately be occupied by City Sports, the former storefront of Pier 1 Imports appears to be doing nothing but gathering dust, or at least it was the last time I peeked in the window. What's the hold up? Meanwhile, the erstwhile Borders space, which may or may not become an H&M, has been temporarily converted into a Halloween (or Zombie Walk) costume shop.

- It's been ages since a sign first went up indicating that a new restaurant/club called Society would occupy the former Nicaro space at 8229 Georgia Avenue. Now they finally appear to be hiring staff, so perhaps its opening is imminent.

- The Post recently ran a story on Vicino Ristorante Italiano's underground (literally) Jazz Club.

- The only "top hospital" in the Washington metro area: Silver Spring's Holy Cross.

- This year's Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade: no floats, but hey, Ronald McDonald!

- And finally, this tweet last week from the Fillmore Silver Spring demonstrates that Twitter's 140 character limit sometimes forces users to exclude key words, significantly changing the message as a result.


Anonymous said...

Re: the Fillmore tweet...now there's a novel way for a band to move units. [insert rim shot]

Terry in Silver Spring said...

From the article about hospital rankings: "The hospitals were rated not on high-tech treatments or cutting-edge research but on how reliably they followed recommended protocols for treating five of the most common conditions for which people are hospitalized: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical infection and children’s asthma."

Not following protocols can be a two edged sword. There's the case of not performing basic care, but there's also cases in which the most common protocols have been replaced with a newer approach. By basing hospital rankings primarily on using the most common protocols, you lump together hospitals that fail to give good basic care with those that give exceptional care that may not include the most common protocols.

I have the misfortune of having taken my Mom to many of the hospitals in this area. The best, consistently, has been Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown. At both places, not only were the treatments effective, timely applied, and taken from the best options available most anywhere, the staff have a tremendous dedication to making a stay as supportive and non-traumatic as possible. (We've never been up to Hopkins, so I can't comment on them.)

At Holy Cross, we've consistently run into chaos. They've forgotten my mother on several occasions, left her places or had her sitting in the emergency room or in a patient's room and no one on the staff knows what her treatment is or where she's supposed to be. The WORST, however, was when she was held in an observation unit for two days for a cardiac issue. The doctors would come by, but no one would talk to us. Didn't know what they planned to do, or when she'd be released. Nothing. One evening, we'd left around 11pm to get some sleep. I left my home phone with the nurses station and explained to the night nurse my mother's conditions. Starting a little after midnight, a nurse started calling me at home. She yelled at me that I'd concealed my mother's condition from her. No, it's in her file, I'd talked to the nurse there when I'd left. She yelled at me, saying she didn't want to deal with this tonight. She called me SEVEN times from midnight to dawn to yell at me. After the last call, I got dressed and headed back in to the hospital. I didn't see that nurse on the ward, thankfully. I sent a long and detailed email to the hospital administration, talking about the content of each call. They responded that they'd look into it. A couple days later, I received one of those passive-aggressive "apology" emails from the nurse. "I'm sorry that you were upset..." not "I'm sorry that I didn't read the patient file and called you seven times that night to yell at you."

If Mom needs to go to a hospital again, we'll go anywhere BUT Holy Cross.

Jesse said...

I used to live right next to Holy Cross hospital...it's a baby factory and nothing more! The emergency services are pretty horendous as stated above...I think it gets a lot of action because of it's location. Unless you are having a baby and have no insurance (it's a Catholic hosp.) don't go there

Anonymous said...

I think you meant "that a new Caribbean wait...no I mean American restaurant/club/sports bar/ultralounge/laundromat..."

That place is doomed to fail. I wonder if the Kitchen Nightmares crew will visit a restaurant before its even opened.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that tweet just made my day.

Anonymous said...

I hope Society does well, but I'm keeping my expectations LOWWWWWW.

Anonymous said...

Holy Cross is a piece of shit hospital. What is wrong with Washington Press? I fucking hate them!

Clancy said...

Anonymous at October 05, 2011 2:58:00 PM, reading is your friend. Please embrace it before engaging in criticism and thus misplacing your ire.

The "Washington Press" was not responsible for the high ranking of Holy Cross, it was the organization cited in the Washington Post piece, the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies hospitals and medical centers in the U.S. The Washington Post was simply reporting that Holy Cross was the only area hospital that ranked high in this particular ranking.

By the way, as the article notes, there are many different organizations and ways of ranking hospitals. This was merely one of many ranking systems. Some utilize seemingly arbitrary standards to judge the relative quality of care. The Joint Commission has numerous other systems which it also employs to rank hospitals. In some of those, other area hospitals perform well.

Isayaah Parker said...

so you mean to tell me that I can get treated at Holy Cross free of charge if I have no insurance? Because I don't have any insurance and I need to know where I can go if I have a random heart attack or immaculate conception (I'm male)

Anonymous said...

Anyone think it's possible for the old Borders space to become a Bed, Bath & Beyond? It'd be nice to have one in DTSS and that spot is perfect.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

McGinty's is having a Guinness and oyster festival on Sunday with live music, artists, dancing, and, of course, Guinness and oysters. 2-7pm, supposed to be out in the street rather than in the restaurant/bar.

Justafed said...

OK, one at a time:

1) We have had very good experiences at Holy Cross by and large.

2) the Borders location is not right for Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It is likely too small, and does not have the high ceilings younencounternin their stores. Also, it is too far from adequate parking.

3) has anybody been inside City Place Mall recently? It is getting *way* more empty these days, and I am guessing this must be intentional at this point. The good news is that they have decided not just to muddle through, but the bad news is at I cannot say we have any real idea what happens next.

4) I am surprised SSS has not yet blogged about the Purple Line getting the fo ahead from the FTA to do the real engineering and plans. This is huge.

5) I would not worry about the former Pier One space. You don't kick tenants out without a plan, but plans do sometimes get held up.

RoseAG said...

The focus of gov't run health care is that good and bad should all be leveled into mediocre so that you'll get the same ho-hum treatment wherever you go no matter what your age, race or financial circumstance.

Holy Cross is just the leading edge of this there will be more in the future.

We've been to Holy Cross several times, never for a long stay however, and it's been fine. I'd go there over Takoma Adventist any day. I've been around to various hosptials in the MD-DC area with my in-laws and IMO they're all miserable places I'd just as soon avoid.

Anonymous said...

Looks like we were in the running for a Bus Boys & Poets at the old Borders location and lost. :( http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/housingcomplex/2011/10/10/andy-shallal-moco-chooses-bombs-over-busboys/

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