Reviews of Del Amo Hospital
Torrance, California 90505
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Horrible Place To Work - 09/06/2012 11:01:28 Worker from Torrance, CA
I worked at this hospital and I must say it was a horrible experience. I have never worked anywhere in my career where staff members are treated so disrespectfully and abusive from their management. We were constantly harassed and monitored by people who were not clinicians. Del Amo is a strong advocate of corporate bullying. The work enviroment is hostile, opressive, and resiculous. A person's license is at risk here. This hospital has secretaries, intake personnel, social workers maitnence people overseeing nursing and medical care. I have never seen nothing like this before The CEO advocates working with a skeleton crew to save money, meaning that safety isn't nearly as good as it could be. In a hospital of this nature, you need adequate staff on the floor to make sure everyone is safe. Del Amo Hospital cuts corners and tries to get by with the least amount of staff possible If the public only knew how bad their care is comprimised at this hospital. My advice is...Do Not Work Here! It's unprofessional, abusive, negligent, and the pay is 3 times worse than anywhere else in the area.
Still having furious after 26 YEARS!!! - 07/24/2012 19:32:20 Natalie from Torrance, CA
I was very ill (physically) and in emotional turmoil after a lifetime (at 16) of parental neglect and abuse.
I signed myself in to get some help and, maybe some rest. I was emotionally strung-out and Dr. Stephen Shultz (who also co-owned it, though I didn't know that then) suggested it a good idea and I would only be there for 2 weeks.
I agreed and SIGNED MYSELF IN!!
I got there and found out that it was more of a detention/detox/disciplinary PRISON for throw-away kids with GREAT INSURANCE!!
I was manipulated and abused, tested on and lied to.
They said my physical state was all in my head (I have many drs to attest otherwise, now) and my abusive, lying ALCOHOLIC father told them I was a liar - so I was treated as a liar!
They gave me medication that no doctor has since been able to identify by my detailed descriptions - so I was tested on and the meds never made it to market - or they changed color/shape/whatever.
I NEVER felt any better going there, my roommates were awful and I wasn't allowed to change rooms - even though everyone else on the unit agreed that they were abusive to them and especially to me!
The counselors there were just students who didn't know what they were doing - and ended up using insult and manipulation and then threats - making everything so much worse!!
My doctor (Dr. Shultz) tried to get me to "date" another patient (whom I thought was repulsive) while telling his other male patients (whom I had been good friends with) to avoid me, and insult me. Luckily, they didn't insult me. But before totally avoiding me, one patient told me what was going on and what Dr. Shultz wanted him to say to me.
I was never able to stay in touch with those boys.
The one who told me was dying from cancer and his parents put him in there because he was depressed!!! He had been in that place for a year!! He died shortly after being released...
Everyone I was in there with, either INCREASED their previous drug (and other destructive) activities that got them put in there initially - or died shortly after.
They were in and out of bad relationships and couldn't trust anyone.
Not one person from my group went on with a positive, successful future.
I am on disability because I wasn't treated for my ACTUAL illness in time and irreversible damage occurred.
Two weeks into my treatment, Dr. Schultz came up with one excuse after another as to why I needed to stay and gave me a false release date - then cancelled two days before and told everyone I made it up!!
My family was no help. Dr. Schultz was lying to them, too!!
My mom was such a wreck with his lies, she just didn't know what to do when I told her what was REALLY going on!!
Dr. Schultz forced me to get in touch (and make up) with my asshole dad who beat me and said that it was all my fault - oh and he was a DRUNK!!!
I wasn't getting any help and I was getting more ill from the hospital's neglect and denial that there was a physical medical problem!
FOUR MONTHS LATER, I finally got out of there with the express understanding that Dr. Schultz could put me back in there whenever he pleased!!
He said that if I refused to continue treatment outside the "hospital," I had several months left on my insurance to send me back.
After three visits, my mother agreed to let me stop, but for a year and a half I held my breath until I turned 18 and I couldn't be forced back in there!!
I have had nightmares about that place, or because of that place (the experience created anxiety attacks) for years!!
Several years later, I got up the courage to tell my dad that he was no longer to contact me and I haven't talked to him for 20 yrs (and I'm am relieved and happy about that).
Just writing about this now, my heart is so heavy with sorrow, I still feel like crying!!!
I have had a GOOD therapist since then that actually helped me get though the rougher spots - including the ones I was in Del Amo for in the first place.
However, every time I pass the Hospital, I intensely curse all who run it and support it - while giving it "the bird!!"
To rate this hospital 1 star, is an insult to all those kids that get stuck in there for their insurance and pharmaceutical money for drug testing!!
I wish there was a negative- star rating!!
Ms. - 05/08/2012 10:47:41 Cynthia from Los Angeles, CA
My 11 year old daughter was taken to this hospital as a danger to herself on Friday. She lives with her dad and he didn't even bother to call me. I called Del Amo Hospital prior to her arrival and asked to speak with the doctor. NO RESPONSE! I came to visit that evening and asked the nurse again to put the doctor in touch with me. Again, NO RESPONSE! Now it's the weekend...I go to visit and write a note for her file to please have the doctor call me. Guess what?...NO RESPONSE! Today, Tuesday, she is being released. I called again to speak with the doctor...but this time I have his office number and the correct spelling of his name. Next, I will subpoena the medical records... contact Medi-Cal and the AMA...then perhaps I will speak with an attorney.
lost in norwalk - 03/07/2012 13:38:40 john wehrly from greenville sc
I had a very good experience here. I wish I could have made it my primary ward in emergencies. I had terrible time at college hospital cerritoes where I was conserved. I believe the ward should treat meth scizophrenia without partial.
terrible place - 12/03/2011 13:45:16 susanna from los angeles
This place is a nightmare.......Have asked 30 times to talk with the Dr there and
he does NOT have the time to call back. The staff is useless and are always using the excuse that they are changing shifts. I say close the place down, I wish my brother
were somewhere else other then this place. If you are thinking of going there
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