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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Ratings & Violations

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital located in Cook County, Illinois at:

836 West Wellington Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center has the following designations:
  • Perinatal III
  • Trauma Center I
  • Magnet recognition
  • Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health other agencies, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center reported the following medical errors which may be of concern to patients and their families.

Health Care-Associated Infections
  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Pediatric Medical ICU (1/1/11 to 12/31/11) with 3 reported infections for 1282 central-line days
  • Central Line Associated Infections in the Pediatric Cardiothoracic ICU (1/1/11 to 12/31/11 with 1 reported infections over 1474 central-line days
  • Central Line Associated Infections in the Level II/III Neonatal ICU
    (1/1/11 to 12/31/11 with 3 reported infections over 1837 central-line days
  • Surgical Site Infections Associated with Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (7/1/10 to 6/30/11) 3 infections out of 68 procedures

Patient Safety

  • Foreign Body Left During Procedure (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 reported incidents
  • Risk-adjusted Postoperative lung embolism or deep vein thrombosis (clotting) (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 35 out of 3195 patients
  • Wound Complications in Abdominal Wall Surgery (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 2 out of 542 patients
  • Accidental Puncture and Laceration (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 25 out of 13,488 patients
  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 9 out of 1,292 patients

Pediatric Quality

  • Pediatric heart surgery mortality (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 33.86 out of 1000 patients
  • Pediatric Postoperative wound dehiscence in abdominopelvic surgical patients (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 0.44 out of 1,000 patients

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Against Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

$4,200,000 Settlement; Illinois Anesthesia Error Case.

The patient in this matter was an elderly woman in her seventies. She needed a thyroidectomy and had the procedure at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. During the operation, she experienced a stroke. The stroke was related to hypoperfusion due to the deep anesthesia used in the surgery. Because of the anesthesia error and following stroke, she suffered from weakness on the left side of her body and needed to use a cane to walk around by herself. To account for these developments, she sued the doctor and hospital. The defendants replied that plaque in the carotid artery caused the stroke. They denied that any negligent conduct on their part led to her harms or injuries. However, the jury disagreed with them. They found that the defendants were responsible for her stroke and subsequent losses. They awarded her $4.6 million; however, the $4.2 million she eventually recovered came from a post-trial settlement. This amount was collectively paid by the hospital, doctors, and Anesthesia company.

$4,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Failure to Diagnose Case.

Here, a man died while in the care of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He was just forty-seven years old. His two little children and wife survived him. The man was admitted to the facility after falling out of a car. He needed critical emergency care to treat the wounds he sustained in the automobile accident. Unfortunately, the defendant’s staff did not properly supervise him. They failed to spot and diagnose his intracranial pressure. This resulted in a herniation in his brain. The complication took his life. The family brought a case. However, the dispute was short-circuited via settlement. They ended up receiving $4 million in compensation.

$1,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Anesthesia Error Case.

This case brought by a middle-aged man against a nursing home and a hospital (Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center). The man developed a bed sore apparently at the nursing home. Then, after he was transferred to the hospital, it got worse. In fact, it progressed all the way to stage four which is the last stage bed sores can reach. The man had to suffer with the sore for nearly four years. The defendants bickered about a number of things. They said that the man was bound to get a bed sore because of his condition. They also pointed the finger at the other over which was responsible for letting it arise and spread. Although, in the end, the nursing home shouldered more of the blame. It gave the man $850,000 in settlement compensation. The hospital threw in another $150,000.

$4,500,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Case.

The patient involved in this surgical mishap was just thirty-four. Doctors performed surgery at Advocate Illinois Masonic Center. The aim of the procedure was to remove a tumor in the renal artery. However, the doctor did not first use a tumor marker. Then, an accident happened to his aorta located in the abdomen. That made him a paraplegic. Also, his bladder and bowel functions were drastically compromised. The affair cost the man more than $1 million in medical bills and more than $1 million in lost wages. He sued the hospital and the doctor. He claimed their medical malpractice and negligence caused his injuries, disability, expenses, and other losses. During investigation, it came to light that the mass was just a germ cell and did not even need surgery. Had a marker been used, it could have spotted that. After this revelation, the defendants were willing to compromise. The hospital offered the man $3.5 million and the doctor offered the man $1 million.

Chicago, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or your child was harmed during an admission to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, it may have been related to medical negligence. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to protecting the public from medical errors in all settings. Contact our attorneys today to discuss your case. All consultations are free and confidential.

**Note: The Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center logo was removed from this web page at the request of a representative from the facility. See email below:

Hello Mr. Rosenfeld: Review of your website advertising is distasteful to say the least. At Advocate Christ Medical Center, we take pride in the excellent care we provide to our patients and the resources that benefit the community. Our reputation is important to us and we have many accolades. Although I cannot change the content, I request that you immediately remove Advocate’s trademark from any of media advertising. The data presented is from publicly reported data but is misrepresented or erroneous, I’m certain you are aware of that.

Regards, Martha Winter
(of note, Iatrogenic is spelled with an “I” not a “L”)

Martha Winter, RNC, MJ, CPHRM
Director, Risk Management
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Children’s Hospital
708.684.5717 (office)
708.684.2587 (Fax)
708.324.4446 (LRP)
Inspiring medicine. Changing lives. A Magnet Center since 2005.

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