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"They are just basically an educational facility so you end up getting the intern and then you get the attending doctor if he is available. If you want a prime waiting" time and want to see a specialist in a reasonable time, this is not the one. But overall, practicality is good and if you see an attending doctor they usually know what they are talking about.

-Eunju K.

"There was very little waiting time. They are very caring and they have walk-in hours. The waiting room is clean and spacious. They are very easy to reach.

-Chana S.

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Children's Hospitals

At a children’s hospital, you’ll find a staff of pediatricians and pediatric specialists among the same amenities as traditional hospitals. These hospitals are often the last resort for very ill children.

20-month-old twins Kathryn (L) and Samantha (R) Blevins spent three weeks in the NICU after a premature birth. (Photo by Eric Priddy)
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Premature childbirth, breathing problems, infections and birth defects are the most common reasons a newborn may need to be in a neonatal intensive care unit.

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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!

Childrens Hospital reviews in Hartford


It was fantastic. They are terrific and wonderful with the kids. After one visit, they knew exactly who my children were. There is never a long wait and the staff is terrific about scheduling and any requests you may have.
- Lara-Katelyn K.

Fine but beware of the pricing here. They wanted $600 for a basic foot xray. Insurance brought it down but I am 100% certain you can get the same services for a much more reasonable price
- Brian D.

They are open 7 days a week, I can get a same day appointment for my daughter, and all the doctors and nurse practitioners are great. I have seen several and they also follow up. They have a lab there in the practice, they are located in a medical mall, so you don't have to go any where for x-rays, they also have a pharmacy, and they have a sick ...More side and a well side for the babies. They give the parents a flu shot the same time as your child, but I don't know what else they do for adults.
- Victoria P.

We decided to try for new child's medical care. The mother in our household is actually a Pediatrician herself so the fact that we chose them and are very pleased with their practice should say something. They punctual and professional. The staff is very nice. They have a very comfortable waiting room. They have ample parking ...More along a very accessible road. The visit itself was very comfortable. They have an old office space, but the quality of care caused that to not be of any real issue. They answered all of our questions, they gave great recommendations and we were in and out very quickly. And because it takes some time to add a new child to your insurance they graciously hold off on billing the visits in the beginning to allow the claims to be processed. It's a very gracious courtesy and is a huge plus for new stressed out parents!
- Phil C.

We spent the first 16 weeks of our son's life in the Pediatric Cardiology Intensive Care Unit. The staff was exceptional, and we believe they are truely responsible for our son being alive today. I have to admit though that the politics of the management left us a little dissapointed., The nurses and staff that dealt with our son directly were ...More great, but we felt the management of that department did not always consider the patients and their family's needs beyond the medical level.
Having a child in the hospital for 16 weeks, and later 8 more weeks for his second operation, is very stressfull, and while the nursing staff acted accordingly, the management didn't seem to give that aspect of our hospital stay much consideration.
Pleases keep in mind that we would use that hospital again and again for the great care they gave our son, but the managements "Bedside Manor" needs improvement.

The staff was amazing. As you can imagine, this was an extremely difficult time for our family, but the doctors and nurses were great. they were honest and realistic and no one gave us false hope. we stayed at the hospital for 2 weeks and followed up closely with their outpatient burn unit. My daughter received wonderful care. we did have some issues ...More with insurance. Part of her medical bills were not covered because was out of network. However, we applied for charity care and were approved! I would highly recommend this hospital.
- Darlene H.

Staff knowledgeable and cares about helping the child. Nurses are very caring, compassionate, and gentle with the children. Hospital offers discount food coupons for delivered meals to your room and in room beds so that parents never have to leave their child's bedside.
- Debra K.

Overall, our experience there was very positive. The paperwork went smoothly, the waiting area was very nice and cheerful, and all the prep work went very smoothly. My only complaint, which was probably due to a misunderstanding on our part, was that they told us that the doctor would come in to the waiting area to tell us how the surgery went. Instead, ...More someone came and took us to a "consultation room." We thought something was wrong because we were brought back to the room rather than the doctor simply coming out to the waiting room, but everything was fine.
- Rebecca L.

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282 Washington St

Connecticut Children's Medical Center

282 Washington St

Connecticut Childrens Med Ctr

282 Washington St

Hospital of Central Connecticut

100 Grand St
New Britain

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