You are spot on. Being in the hospital (intensivist here) is marginally safer than playing in the middle of the freeway. You absolutely want your caregiver's heart rate to not rise when they see you, although a little endorphin would be OK.
If you are lucky enough to get out of a hospital intact, I recommend the zdoggmd approach to patient satisfaction, "Did you die?"
No matter who you are, if you are in a life threatening situation you are not going to be on a VIP unit but rather in an ICU with staff specialized in the type of care required. Basic or step down units are typically staffed with a higher nurse to patient ratio but this doesn't guarantee anything special about their skills. I would expect a VIP unit would have a staff with a variety of skill sets so proper care could be provided based upon the diagnosis of the patient. If you haven't noticed, most staff sit at a desk behind a terminal now and quality of care is probably the same on both types of units.