Well, I think I have made my decision. I spoke with one of my former doctors, who has inside knowledge of both practices I am considering. He says both are excellent, and I can’t go wrong with either one of them.
My doctor is currently working with the surgeon at hospital ABC, and says he would recommend him without reservation to his own family members. He has worked in the past with the surgeons at hospital XYZ, and says they’re both exceptional as well. So, knowing that I can’t make a bad decision, I am opting for practice at hospital ABC, since the surgeon made the time to speak with me and all of my interactions there so far have been one-on-one (Footnote 1).
“But wait!” I hear you say. “What about the accreditation issue?” Well, it turns out that the surgeon at hospital ABC isn’t listed in the ASMBS database because of a billing error. His staff is trying to rectify this issue as quickly as possible. He’s been a member for many years, and I bet he’s embarrassed about being left off the list because the accounting department screwed up. In fact, I bet the surgeon didn’t even know about the problem until I asked the program coordinator why he wasn’t in the database. When I asked him during our consultation, he definitely thought he was an accredited member of the organization.
I’d prefer to see him on the ASMBS website, but I’m going to go with my gut and trust that this is just an honest mistake.
Tonight, I will talk this over with the Complementary Spouse. If we’re both on the same page, I will contact the program coordinator at hospital ABC tomorrow.
Update: The accreditation issue has been settled, as on August 16. I just rechecked the website and he’s listed on it.
1. Yes, I’m getting sick of this ABC and XYZ stuff too (Footnote 2). I’ll start using the real names of the surgeon and hospital soon.
2. I wish I had thought of cleverer names for the hospitals, like Sacred Heart and All Saints. Bonus points to you if you get these references (Footnote 3).
3. Sacred Heart was the hospital in Scrubs. All Saints was the hospital in Nurse Jackie. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t want to have surgery in either of these places.