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Carle Foundation Hospital Ratings & Violations

Carle Foundation Hospital is a 393-bed regional medical center serving the Champaign-Urbana Illinois area. The hospital is the only medical center in the community providing Level I Trauma care. Its main campus is located at:

  • 611 W. Park Street
  • Urbana, IL 61801
  • (217) 383-3311

Equipped with the latest technological advancements in imaging, the facility has 50+ clinical departments that provide diagnostic results, treatment, surgery and other healthcare options.

National Ranking

Carle Foundation Hospital maintains a ranking in the 83rd percentile among all other hospitals in the US-based on patient satisfaction, public data, and cases that have the potential of involving medical malpractice. The facility maintains an overall “A” score.

State Designations

The hospital has acquired Illinois state designations including:

Magnet Recognition

First developed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) subsidiary, American Nurses Credentialing Center, the prestigious Magnet Recognition program recognizes hospitals, medical care facilities and other organizations that provide excellent nursing practices in high-level patient care that includes:

  • Dedicated nursing leadership, effective communication and shared decision-making.
  • Continuous practices to improve quality care.
  • Use of nursing “best practices” for continual professional growth.
  • Providing patient care emphasizing nursing staff accountability and maintaining a vision of accuracy to protect the patient while providing coordinated care.
Prenatal III

The Carle Foundation Hospital provides patients a Prenatal III level of care to protect high-risk women who are vulnerable to complex pregnancies and newborns identified to be high risk. The facility provides sub-specialty medical care during high risk pregnancies and protects at-risk newborns in their neonatal intensive care unit.

Trauma Center I

As Champagne-Urbana’s only regional trauma center, the Carle Foundation Hospital provides Level I “at risk” care 24 hours every day along with an on-site helicopter landing port. The trauma surgeon working at the facility is also the center’s medical director providing specialized trauma services that include: emergency medicine, surgical care, radiology, anesthesiology and intensive care.

Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics

The facility holds an EDAP designation in the Campaign-Urbana area that provides optimal emergency care to the community’s pediatric patients.

Facility-Acquired Infections

Publicly available data accumulated through all of 2017 indicate that the Carle Foundation Hospital was statistically on average with facility-acquired infections compared to other national hospitals. These include:

  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections that occur in the ICU (intensive care unit) and CCU (critical care unit) include:
    • Infections Developed in the Adult Surgical Cardiothoracic ICU – 0 infection incidents of 1488 central line days.
    • Infections Developed in the Adult Surgical/Medical ICU – 0 infection incidents of 2066 central line days.
  • Surgical site infections (SSI) that include:
    • Infections Developed Post Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery – 5 infection incidents of two and 208 procedures.
    • Infections Developed Post Total Knee Replacement Surgery– 4 infection incidents out of 657 procedures.
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium Difficile Infections (CDI) that include:
    • 4 MRSA infection incidents out of 115,679 patient days at the facility
    • 72 CDI infection incidents out of 103,758 patient days.

Patient Safety at Carle According to Public Data

Patient safety data maintained by the Illinois Department of Health records every potential adverse event or complication following procedures and surgeries. From 10/01/2000 until 09/30/2014, the Carle Foundation Hospital had two events involving foreign bodies left accidentally inside the patient during a surgical procedure.

Other reported safety concerns that occurred at this hospital during or after procedures and surgeries between 10/01/2013 and 09/30/2014 involve:

  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 28 incidents out of 2811 patients at the facility. (Not statistically better or worse than state average in 2015).

  • Postoperative Hematoma or Hemorrhage – 23 incidents out of 5769 patients. (Not statistically better or worse than state average in 2015).

  • Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 10 incidents out of 15,361 patients. (Statistically significantly worse than state average for 2015).

  • Accidental Laceration or Puncture – 24 incidents out of 16,391 patients. (Not statistically better or worse than state average in 2015).

  • Abdominal Wall Surgery Wound Complication – 1 incident out of 861 patients. (Not statistically better or worse than state average in 2015).

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 45 incidents out of 6044 patients. (Not statistically better or worse than state average in 2015).

  • Unexpected Death – 2 unexpected deaths out of 3689 patients. (Statistically significantly better than stage average or performing at the best possible rate for 2015).

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Against Carle Foundation Hospital

$1,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Claim

The plaintiffs brought this hospital lawsuit after a little girl passed away. She was just two years old at the time of her death. The claim centered on the method of her delivery. The plaintiffs claimed that she suffered a birth injury as a result of the defendants’ negligence. Specifically, they allegedly did not notice the mother’s uterus ruptured. This failure in diagnosis had a direct effect on the baby. She suffered asphyxia as well as a massive brain injury according to the claimants. The plaintiffs offered that this contributed to her early death. They reasoned that the facility (Carle Hospital) and supporting staff were responsible because of their negligence. Both the hospital and the insurance company who insured the nurse settled. Collectively, they gave $1 million. The majority of that money came from the facility directly.

$2,500,000 Settlement; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Claim

Here, the controversy began after a man in his middle sixties entered Carle Hospital. His knee was swollen and caused him pain. Doctors discharged him after review. They instructed him to return if it got worse. He did not wait long. He came back that same day. Staff diagnosed him with cellulitis. Yet, they failed to diagnose his necrotizing fasciitis due to hemolytic streptococcus. Staff did not catch this for almost one day. By that point, he already needed surgery and medication as well as a long a stay in rehab. Eventually, he passed away. This claim was brought in response to these developments. It sought compensation for the harm, tragedy, and cost that the medical facility and its agent wrought. The hospital ended up settling with the plaintiffs for a reported $2.5 million.

Woman Files Complaint after Surgical Mishap

Here, a woman brought a complaint against a hospital after experiencing complications following surgery. She had a cyst removal operation performed at Carle Hospital. She alleges that the doctor negligently conducted the procedure. According to here, he gave her a rotary fixation complication. This surgical error directly caused a number of harms for her as her claim recites. She sought compensation from the facility for her damages. Pursuant to Illinois law, she has obtained a letter from a physician stating that the matter has merit.

Man Brings Suit after Failed Consultation

This hospital case was brought against Carle in Champaign. The claimant went to the emergency room because his eye hurt. He also had difficulty seeing out of it. Staff referred him to the attending ophthalmologist. After a consultation, the man was discharged home. He came back the next day. By that time, he had lost all vision in the affected eye. Doctors tried to fix the problem with surgery, but that only brought back some of it. His vision will be substantially reduced for the long-term future. This claim was made subsequent to that. It seeks compensation for the damages that these developments caused him. According to him, they only occurred because of the negligence of the facility and attending doctors.

Urbana, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you, your child or loved one suffered harm after being admitted to Carle Foundation Hospital, your injuries may be the result of medical negligence. The experienced team of Champaign-Urbana medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is dedicated to protecting patients from malpractice that occurs in every medical setting. For a free, confidential evaluation of your case, contact our law office today. We accept Illinois medical malpractice cases on contingency, meaning no upfront fees are required.

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