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Old 01-09-2013, 02:15 PM   #16
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I would not recommend any Florida Hospital chain (including Celebration).
Me either. My sister ended up in Emergency at Celebration last March, and then they put her "under observation". Which consisted of a small room (that they couldn't see into) where someone would come by once an hour and ask her how she was feeling. She was on an IV, but when she asked to be unhooked to use the bathroom it took them over an hour to hook it back up. Idiots!!!

I would like to know, which hospital should you ask to be taken to, if you have a serious problem while at WDW?

OP--I'm very glad your daughter is feeling better, and I hope she is back to herself in no time flat!
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:05 PM   #17
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Me either. My sister ended up in Emergency at Celebration last March, and then they put her "under observation". Which consisted of a small room (that they couldn't see into) where someone would come by once an hour and ask her how she was feeling. She was on an IV, but when she asked to be unhooked to use the bathroom it took them over an hour to hook it back up. Idiots!!!

I would like to know, which hospital should you ask to be taken to, if you have a serious problem while at WDW?

OP--I'm very glad your daughter is feeling better, and I hope she is back to herself in no time flat!
We only had one ER visit at a WDW stay. The resorts work closely with Celebration hospital. When we went down to the lobby at Shades of Green in the middle of the night, they told us they could call the ambulance to come out and do a courtesy check of my son (free of charge) to determine if he needed to go to the ER. We stated we had a car and would drive so they gave us directions.

He had an injury from playing on the Honey I shrunk the kids playground rolling down the net climbing part where his arm got stuck in the net. (teen brother saw it happen, we didn't) We should have taken him to the ER sooner but we thought maybe it was just sore and was going to see how he went. He couldn't sleep that night and kept crying it hurt so we decided to go to the ER. Celebration is nice. They had free computers in the lobby, not that we waited, within 5 minutes we were called back. It ended up being a bulging fracture.
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Me either. My sister ended up in Emergency at Celebration last March, and then they put her "under observation". Which consisted of a small room (that they couldn't see into) where someone would come by once an hour and ask her how she was feeling. She was on an IV, but when she asked to be unhooked to use the bathroom it took them over an hour to hook it back up. Idiots!!!

I would like to know, which hospital should you ask to be taken to, if you have a serious problem while at WDW?

OP--I'm very glad your daughter is feeling better, and I hope she is back to herself in no time flat!
It depends on what the nature of your emergency/illness is. Celebration Health is the most used hospital by Disney, and I have had excellent care there. Their newly built ER Wing is absolutely gorgeous and state of the art. It models a "front of house/back of house" service style, so it doesn't feel like the typical overwhelming ER environment. More like a hotel in my opinion!

Disney also transports to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital (part of the ORLANDO Health Chain) and also to Orlando Regional Medical Center. ORMC is used more for worst case/life threatening emergencies. Celebration Health does have a helipad now too, so they can fly you to other hospitals quickly if need be.

My fiancé had to go to Celebration in the middle of the night for what we thought was an extremely severe migraine (vomiting, loss of vision, loss of hearing). They got him into a nice room in the ER immediately (we drove ourselves there) and we saw a doctor within 20 minutes. Within an hour they had him admitted due to suspicion of meningitis. Thank god it wasn't! It turned out to be an infected lymph node in his thigh causing all the migraine like symptoms, and he had to stay for 4 days of IV antibiotics. The room was private and had a pull out couch in it for me to sleep on to stay with him, and the room even had a fireworks view of Disney property! So we didn't miss the fireworks, even from the hospital. I would absolutely recommend Celebration to anyone. The staff was so accommodating and helpful and sympathetic. Excellent bedsides manor.
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I'm sorry....that stinks! Did they ever find out what was wrong? I was guessing allergic reaction to something.
Thanks for the kind words. The official diagnosis was "reactive airway disease." Her older sister and my mom had been sick with a virus, which she caught and preceded this "episode" (for lack of a better term) a couple of days before we had to go to the ER. I think it was Thursday when she started to get sick with what seemed like your typical cold and cough and then it was Saturday afternoon that I really noticed that she was having trouble breathing (and Saturday night when she deteriorated fast). Talking to one of the nurses in the middle of the night after we were admitted (and I was frustrated that she wasn't getting better), she told me that this has been a particularly bad year for viruses/flu-like illnesses and that she bet that she would be wheezing for a week and then be fine -- it turns out she was right on the money. (I can't say the same for the idiot doctors we dealt with.)

They said that it could signal that she may be predisposed to asthma, but it has never happened before and she has done really well since we have been home, so the specialists here are hopeful that it isn't true asthma. It just seems that some illnesses hit her really hard -- she has always been predisposed to croup and I'm thinking that we just need to watch her very carefully whenever she gets a cold from here on out.

I will say that we also cancelled our annual February trip to Disney World this year. After the stress of the October trip we decided we just need to spend time close to home. She is also so young -- she acts so much older so I sometimes forget -- so I think when she is a bit older she will be able to let us know if she is having any troubles. At this age, they just go, go, go. 30 minutes before we were rushing to the ER, she was dancing with Prince Charming with a huge smile on her face, but looking back I missed a number of warning signs that should have signaled us that we had a serious problem.
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I would like to know, which hospital should you ask to be taken to, if you have a serious problem while at WDW?
I thought that Celebration was great -- they recognized within seconds of us entering the ER that our daughter was in distress and needed to be moved ahead of everyone else. She had a full team working on her within minutes of are arrival. It is also the closest ER to WDW. So, if we ever had an emergency I would head there again.

BUT, if were told that my child needed to be admitted, I would request to be transferred to Arnold Palmer -- my pediatrician at home stated that he thought that was the best children's hospital in Orlando.

What I think is odd is that Disney has donated millions of dollars to Florida Hospital to create a beautiful new children's ward. The facilities were amazing. But the service (what really matters) was horrible. Perhaps Arnold Palmer didn't need it? I don't know, I just think it is strange that this is the hospital that Disney decided to back when everything I have subsequently read is that it is the worst of the 3 main childrens' hospitals in Orlando.
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