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Advocate Sherman Hospital Malpractice Lawyers

Advocate Sherman Hospital is a 255-bed medical facility that offers private rooms to patients along with a Level II Trauma Center. The hospital is located at:

  • 1425 North Randall Rd.
  • Elgin, IL 60123
  • (847) 742-9800

In addition to the medical center in Elgin, Advocate Sherman Hospital also operates three outpatient centers in Algonquin, Elgin and South Elgin providing immediate medical care services.

National Rankings

According to data accumulated and maintained by U.S. News & World Report Health, Advocate Sherman Hospital ranks 19th in the state of Illinois against comparative medical facilities nationwide. The center rated high for treating COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and heart failure conditions. The hospital rated average in heart bypass surgeries and replacement surgeries involving the hip and knee.

These scorecard rankings are based on patient satisfaction, specialist reputation, survival rates, patient safety, nursing staff performance, patient volume and outcomes that could be considered medical malpractice.

Illinois State Designations

The hospital is managed by Advocate Health Care, the largest health and medical care system in the state. The Sherman Hospital provides a high level of medical care in the community and maintains numerous Illinois state designations that include:

Perinatal Level II+

Advocate Sherman Hospital is recognized by the Illinois Regionalized Perinatal System as a level II perinatal medical facility with extended capabilities. This means the hospital provides extensive neonatal care to newborns with complex health care issues along with a level of immediate care to pregnant women. The facility maintains a special care nursery managed by a neonatologist with specific training in treating special care newborns.

Magnet Recognition Program

The American Nurses Credentialing Center first developed the magnet recognition program as a driving force in providing quality patient care and advanced nursing practices. The program encourages strong leadership, effective communication and shared decision-making among the medical staff.

Trauma Center Level II

The emergency room at the Advocate Sherman Hospital is recognized as a Level II Trauma Center that provides emergency services to the county 24 hours every day. The trauma surgeon in the emergency room serves as the center’s medical director and provides specialized trauma services including: surgical care, anesthesiology services, emergency medicine, intensive care and radiology.

Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)

The hospital is recognized as having a state EDAP designation that provides area wide pediatric patients high-level emergency care 24 hours every day. This designation has been recognized by just over 100 hospitals and medical facilities throughout Illinois.

Facility-Acquired Infections

Many hospitals in Illinois, including Advocate Sherman Hospital, participate in developed programs effective at reducing hospital-acquired incident rates. Data accumulated all throughout 2014 indicate that this medical facility rank average or above average on facility-acquired infections.

  • Central Line-Acquired Bloodstream Infection
    • Infection Developed the Adult Surgical/Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) = 1 out of 3642.
  • MRSA and CDI Bloodstream Infections
    • Onset Incident Rate of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) – 1 infection incident out of 63,794 patient days.
    • Onset Incident Rate of CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infections) - 18 infection incidents out of 56,361 patient days.

Patient Safety Concerns

The Illinois Department of Health accumulates discharge data reported by hospitals and medical centers. The information below was accumulated between 10/01/2013 and 09/30/2014 outlining patient safety concerns that include:

  • Postoperative Hematomas and Hemorrhages – 21 incidents out of 3,051 patients.
  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 9 incidents out of 1,254 patients.
  • Accidental Laceration or Puncture Wound – 8 incidents out of 10,725 patients.
  • DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 15 incidents out of 3149 patients.

These measurements provide valuable insight into any potential complication or adverse event occurring in the hospital after a procedure or surgery.

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Against Advocate Sherman Hospital

Illinois Dropped Patient Lawsuit

This recently filed case lists Advocate Sherman Hospital and a nursing home as defendants for discovery. The controversy centers on a patient (female) who was dropped as the nursing home staff tried to move her from her bed onto her wheelchair using a Hoyer lift. The complaint alleges that this fall led to her death. The case seeks damages from the two defendants. It is unclear to what extent the woman stayed in the hospital. This litigation awaits a resolution.

Illinois Improper IV Case

A man brought new this action against Advocate Sherman Hospital as well as some of the healthcare professionals that treated him during his stay there. He entered the facility because of a kidney problem. The attending doctor directed a prescription of sodium bicarbonate. The nurse took the order and administered it to the man through an IV. Over the course of the next day, staff discovered that they had given him an excessive amount of the medicine. The improper IV usage had severe effects: metabolic alkalosis; renal damage; respiratory difficulty; and encephalopathy. The complaint seeks compensation for these developments as well as the costs, pain, and other intangible effects that resulted. The case has not concluded so a settlement amount or jury award figure, if any, still waits to be seen.

Illinois Birth Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The events of this controversy occurred at Advocate Sherman Hospital. A mother went into the emergency room because she had cramping and pain in her abdomen. She was also a little more than nine months pregnant. The complaint alleges that right away doctors should have operated on her. It claims they should have performed a C-section. Apparently, there was also evidence of fetal distress that would have warranted the operation as well. However, it appears that either that did not happen, or it happened too late. Consequently, the fetus died. The suit seeks compensation for the pain, expenses, and tragedy of the wrongful death. This case awaits resolution.

Illinois Cancer and Failed Diagnosis Case

This case was initiated by the husband and two children of a recently deceased woman. Allegedly, she received negligent care at Advocate Sherman Hospital from various doctors and medical professionals. She sought treatment because of vaginal, breathing, and other problems. Doctors tried to remedy her issues by performing a hysterectomy. However, over one year later, more problems returned for the young woman. She returned and this time they figured out that she had cancer in her uterus. This eventually took her life. The complaint lists the failure of the facility and doctors to spot this cancer the first time she went in for help as the reason why she died. Specifically, they criticize the attending doctor for a failed diagnosis and not performing a biopsy. In their opinion, that would have allowed the deceased to spot and stop the problem.

Elgin, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you, or a loved one, have been harmed after being admitted to Advocate Sherman hospital, your injuries might be the result of medical malpractice, error or mistake. The reputable Elgin medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can protect your legal rights to hold those negligent accountable. We can assist you in seeking financial compensation for your damages. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact our law firm today. We accept these cases on contingency to avoid the need for any upfront payment for our legal services.

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