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"I had my knees replaced at this hospital. My experience has been really good. I go in for my appointment and I don't have to wait and I see the doctor and" I am out of there in 30 minutes. They are very professional. They do what they are supposed to do. The doctor always asks me if I have any questions. I will continue to use the services of this hospital in the future.


"My husband's care here was excellent. The doctor that I use at the wound care is wonderful. The will take a culture of my wounds and when I call them for the" results, they won't have them and won't call me back. They are not real responsive, I have to keep at them. Their wound care center is very clean, and I have been to a lot of wound care centers. They are responsive when I keep after them. They are very caring and have good bedside manner.
Hospital is the most disorganized place that I have ever been to; horrible, horrible, horrible. I wouldn't want to be a patient here. The wound care center is good and they have excellent doctors, but the doctors are only there one day a week, my doctor is only here on Fridays. Dr.
is the head of the wound care center and she is excellent. I can get into the hospital but I have to wait for about 35 minutes or so. Their office environment is very clean. My doctor is very, very dedicated and tries out all the latest things.

-Stuart G.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.


You have to put your self in the shoes of a business that is in business to turn a profit of some sort. All businesses have different overhead which in turn decides what their bottom line would be on their services. I personally would not go with an unlicensed professional for this type of install. You are messing with gas, venting issues, electrical wiring{electric water heater} and updated code issues such as a drain pan and tempature and relief drain lines for heaters that currently do not have them. I do agree that there are some companies that are way out of line for their installs but most of these companies are the really big companies that have very high overheads  I would assume. Tank type water heaters have changed over the last several years and with these safety changes come bigger prices. The price of steel thanks to China is skyrocketing and tank type water heaters are made of steel. Most wholesale plumbing supply companies cannot match what the big box stores are selling at retail to consumers. I happen to think from research that heaters such as Rheem, Bradford White and AOSmith who have been in business forever make a better product than what you can buy in the big box outlets. You also have to take in consideration the location of the water heater that is being replaced. Is it in the house, basement, garage or attic. Most 40 and 50 gallon water heaters that are purchased in a plumbing wholesale store in Texas cost between 300-340 for a 6 year warranty heater with 6 year on parts and tank. Speaking of warranty. Most big box companies will take a least 24 hours to a week to get your warranty problem taken care of. Most reputable plumbing companies will give same day service if they installed the heater.

So lets break down a typical install at cost to a licensed plumber in Texas

Heater: $315, water shut off $6.50, water flex lines or unions to code $20, gas flex line and cut off to code $12, misc fittings $15, Total $368.50 Lets add a 35% profit which is some what low  for a business $129, Total 497.50

This doesnt  include permits, pan and drain or any venting issues. The vent must go from the heater to the outside of roof using double wall vent.

Cost of permit on average $60

Most plumbing companies allow for 3 hours of time for a water heater. This includes picking the new one up. Delivering out to house. Draining and removing old water heater. Hauling off old heater. Installing new heater up to code. Going down to city and pulling permit.

Average Labor charges for heater installs $400

That would make this install run without extras on any code issues $957.50

I just had a 50 gallon gas water heater installed in my house for $1200 but I needed a pan installed. I used a licensed plumber.




Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!

Hospital Care reviews in Chicago


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delivered my daughter in October 2008 via c-section, but I was seen by all of the doctors in the practice throughout my pregnancy and while I was in labor. Dr.
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has an excellent demeanor and is a real advocate for her patients. She does not succumb to hospital procedure or bureaucracy at the expense of her patients. All of the doctors at Northwestern Specialists for Women are bright, excellent, pleasant and stay current in their practices. I am always promptly seen for my appointments and on the rare occasion when a doctor will be late or is unavailable, I will be notified ahead of time so that I can decide to reschedule or wait. The office staff is very professional and friendly and I am never treated as an anonymous person. All in all, Northwestern Specialists for Women provide top care of women by women.
- Marcela S.

We were previously with a different doctor and I didn?t feel like that doctor was giving us sufficient care. There are 5 different doctors at
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. They work out of a new and nice facility. They are punctual and I
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?t have to wait for more than 5 or 10 minutes. If I make an appointment with my doctor, I know that I?ll get her on time because she delivers on a certain day.
- Jan V.

The staff and the physicians are bother very good. They are helpful, knowledgeable and professional. They have been very punctual, pending emergencies of course. They have very good labs for testing and work to be done. The service that they provide is very good. They make sure to follow up when I have tests done. Everything in the hospital is very easy to use and work with. I think that it has a good environment. It is very convenient for me, because it is located right down town. I have been pleased with them.

I do not know doctor but he did a good job. It is really not a huge hospital but everyone treats you as if you are his or her relative. I could not have been happier there. Fortunately, for me they turned out to be an outstanding hospital. Everything from asking you what you would like to eat to seeing to your comfort they are on top of it. These guys are great and I am very fortunate to have them close by.

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made the surgery a superior experience. The follow up was great. They explained what was going to happen and put forth a lot of effort to make sure that it went the way that was planned. Everyone involved was top notch.

I think the staff is great. I am at ease when I go there. They handle things very smoothly. It s not a hassle and I have been there for several surgical procedures. They have you covered at every step. They
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t tell you to immediately hop on to the table for examination, because of a broken leg. They take care of you all the way through. They also call some other doctor to look at you, rather than sending you halfway through the hospital searching for someone. I noticed the difference right away, as soon as I entered this hospital. I felt this is the place for me. I was suffering from a sprained ankle. They set me up on a wheelchair and waxed my forefoot to the door. That s okay, but when you go in there, regardless of what they are doing is small or not, they are there, to make you feel relaxed and take care of you. They tell you everything from A to Z and won t expect you to remember it! They make you comfortable all the way through! One thing I
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t like about them or rather I wasn t aware of, was when I went in for an angiogram, their own doctor didn t do the work. Instead, they had their staff doctors do that. That person might not necessarily be the one carrying out your surgery. But I was going in for a serious surgery, and that wasn t explained to me. However, I was aware of all the other procedures.

The entire staff treats people well, are professional and I have had nothing but a great experience with them and my surgeries. I recommend that hospital to anyone.

In the past year, I have visited the
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Breast Center for routine mammograms. Upon arrival, the check-in process is very easy if your doctor has already submitted the order. They bring you into a room to change clothes that is very clean and sanitary. From there, a nice waiting room with current magazines are available to browse through. Approximately 15 minutes later, the technician brings you to the mammogram x-
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room. The staff is very professional and knowledgeable. After the mammogram is over, you wait in the waiting room again for the radiologist to review the results. Results are given to you on-site immediately following the mammogram. The report is then sent to your physician.

Hospitals in Chicago

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Tinley Park Mental Health Center

7400 183rd St
Tinley Park


Tinley Park


PO BOX 66508

University Chicago Hospital CHN

5841 S Maryland Ave


1301A E 47TH ST

University of Chicago

5758 S Maryland Ave

University of Chicago

5801 S Ellis Ave

University of Chicago Hosp

5758 S Maryland Ave

University Of Chicago Hospital

800 E 55th St

University of Chicago Medical Center

5841 S Maryland Ave

University of Illinois Med Ctr

O'Hare Terminal





US Naval Hospital - Great Lakes

3001 6th St
Great Lakes

VA Medical Center

820 S Damen Ave

Valley Ambulatory Surgery Ctr

2210 Dean St
Saint Charles


2340 DEAN ST
Saint Charles


2425 W 22ND ST
Oak Brook

Vista Health - Medical Center West

2615 Washington St


Lake Villa



Vista Medical Center East

1324 N Sheridan Rd


Lake Villa



Weiss Memorial Hospital

4646 N Marine Dr

WellGroup Health Partners

333 Dixie Hwy
Chicago Heights

WellGroup HealthPartners

20939 S Cicero Ave

Wellgroup Healthpartners

3800 W 203rd St
Olympia Fields

West Suburban Medical Center

1000 Erie St
Oak Park

Westlake Community Hospital

1225 W Lake St
Melrose Park

Westlake Community Hospital

1225 W Lake St
Melrose Park

Wolfe, Dr. Caroline M.

430 Pennsylvania Ave
Glen Ellyn

Women's Health Assoc

1044 N Francisco Ave

Womens Hlth Care Of Hinsdale

908 N Elm St


920 N Seminary Ave


3693 N YORK ST

Ziauddin Ahmed

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