Central DuPage Hospital Malpractice Lawyers
Central DuPage Hospital is a 361-bed advanced healthcare facility serving the DuPage County community. The hospital is part of Northwestern Medicine that operates four facilities that also includes Northwestern Memorial, Northwestern Lake Forest, and Northwestern Delnor. The Central DuPage facility is located at:
- 25 North Winfield Rd.
- Winfield, IL 60190
The hospital provides medical care covered by more than 1000 physicians with extensive training in 90 different specialties including neurology, orthopedics, and pediatrics.
In a comparative analysis among other hospitals in the United States, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital maintains an overall “B+” score, ranking it in the 70th percentile nationwide. This ranking is based on overall patient satisfaction, treatment outcomes and any potential hospital adverse event that could be the result of medical malpractice.
Illinois State Designations
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital maintains five Illinois state designations that include:
The hospital offers Level II prenatal care with extended neonatal capabilities to ensure that pregnant women receive intermediate levels of care and required care to newborns with complex medical issues. Even though the facility does not maintain a neonatal intensive care nursery, it does have a special care nursery managed by a neonatologist with advanced training in providing specialized care to newborns.Trauma Center II
As a Level II Trauma Center, Central DuPage Hospital provides essential emergency services 24 hours every day. The trauma surgeon at the hospital is also the medical director with specialized training to provide high-level care in surgery, anesthesiology, radiology, intensive care and emergency medicine.Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)
To maintain the EDAP designation, the facility provides around-the-clock comprehensive emergency services to pediatric patients covered by professionals with specific training in pediatric critical care and emergencies. In addition, the facility follows specific protocols for treating children who are injured, critically ill, abused or need to be transferred to a specialized care center.Pediatric Critical Care Center
The medical center participates in a state approved emergency medical system to provide the community around-the-clock specialty care and critical care services to pediatric patients. Maintaining this designation also requires meeting all EDAP requirements.Magnet Recognition
To maintain a Magnet Recognition designation, Central DuPage Hospital has developed strong nursing leadership by encouraging effective communication and shared decision-making processes throughout the facility. In addition, the designation requires continuous quality improvements in nursing protocols, a commitment to professional growth and using the best nursing practices.
The Illinois Department of Public health maintains reported data on facility-inquired infections occurring at hospitals and medical centers throughout the state. The incident rates of hospital-acquired infections at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital include:
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) between 01/01/2017 and 12/31/2017 include:
- Infections Developed in the Adult Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit – 1 infection incident out of 1318 central-line days.
- Infections Developed in the Neonatal Intensive Care (Level III) – one infection incident out of 968 central-line days.
- Surgical Site Infections (SSI) between 01/01/2017 and 12/31/2017 Include:
- Infections Developed after a Total Knee Hip Replacement Surgery – 0 infections incident out of 1087 procedures.
- MRSA and CDI Bloodstream Infections between 01/01/2017 and 12/31/2017 Include:
- CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infections) – 32 infection incidents out of 89,513 patient days.
- MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) – 0 infection incidents of 101,358 patient days.
Patient Safety Concerns at Central DuPage
In addition to the two incidences where foreign bodies were left in two patients during a procedure at Central DuPage Hospital from 10/01/2013 through 09/30/2014, other serious patient safety concerns at the facility include:
- Unexpected Deaths – Not statistically better/worse since the last year monitored (2015).
- Blood Clotting (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – Not statistically better/worse since the last year monitored (2015).
- Abdominal Wall Surgeries Wound Complication – Statistically better since the last year monitored (2015).
- Accidental Lacerations and Puncture Wounds – Not statistically better/worse since the last year monitored (2015).
- Medical Care Associated Collapsed Lung – Not statistically better/worse since the last year monitored (2015).
- Postoperative Hematomas and Hemorrhages – Not statistically better/worse since the last year monitored (2015).
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure – Not statistically better/worse since the last year monitored (2015).
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Against Central DuPage Hospital
$1,650,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Lawsuit
The patient caught up in this hospital case was a man in his early fifties. He entered the facility in order to have a mass taken out of his lung. After the procedure, doctors instructed staff to position him so that proper drainage could occur out of the surgical wound site. Unfortunately, they flipped him over and he rested on the opposite site. This allowed drainage to run into his lungs. He got pneumonia and died two weeks after the surgery occurred. His parent survived him, and they brought this wrongful death and malpractice action. They alleged that the negligence and neglect was the direct cause of his death. They sought compensation from the facility for all of the damages, pain, and grief it caused them. In a private settlement, Central DuPage Hospital gave them $1.65 million.
$2,950,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Case
Here, a middle-aged man entered Central DuPage Hospital for surgery to repair his hernia. It was laparoscopic so that it would be as minimally invasive as possible. However, as it turns out, the operation had the opposite effect on him. He developed bowel complications which they determined were because surgeons punctured his body during surgery. This was not fixed for nearly one week after the original operation. By that time, his organs had begun to fail, and he had contracted Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS). These issues demanded his return to the hospital. Tragically, more care could not save his life. He died several months later. His children and wife survived him. They brought this case against the hospital and related parties. They cited them with surgical error, malpractice, and wrongful death. In their claim, they listed over $1 million in medical bills and over $500,000 in lost wages as damages. This did not include the pain, sorrow, and other harms the death caused them. The defendants opted to settle rather than press the matter at court. Their combined settlements summed to a $2.95 million package for the grieving plaintiffs.
$1,750,000 Settlement; Illinois Cancer Malpractice Claim
The events which gave rise to this hospital lawsuit concluded tragically when a forty-year-old woman passed away from cancer. She had been seen a few years earlier at Central DuPage Hospital. Doctors there checked her breast for a possible malignancy. They determined it was non-invasive, performed a lumpectomy, and discharged her. A few years later, she developed pain in her hip and back. Physicians discovered she actually had invasive cancer and it had spread. They traced it back and found it showed itself in the original consultations, but the doctors did not spot it. After she passed away, her estate brought an action for malpractice, failed diagnosis, and wrongful death. The complaint alleged over $1 million in lost wages and over $300,000 in medical bills. It targeted the facilities and professionals involved in her care over the years. It sought relief in the decedent’s name as well as the woman’s surviving little girl. The defendants contributed a combined $1.75 million to settle the dispute.
$1,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Claim
Here, a newborn baby boy was placed in intensive care. He was suffering from respiratory distress. Staff placed a PICC line to relieve the problem. A few days later, the issue came back. Staff failed to check the PICC line as the source of the aggravation. It had eroded through his vein and allowed fluid to build up in his pleural cavity. This caused his death. This action was brought after these developments transpired. It complained that the facility, staff, and medical group were negligent and responsible for his wrongful death. It sought damages for the boy’s pain, family’s grief, and related harms and losses. In a combined settlement, all defendants gave the plaintiffs a total sum of $1 million to end the matter.
Winfield, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you, or a loved one, have suffered injuries or harm after being admitted to Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, it may be the result of medical mistakes, errors, malpractice or abuse. The skilled DuPage medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC work to protect the rights of all patients in medical settings throughout Illinois. We accept Illinois medical malpractice cases, personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits on contingency to provide immediate legal representation without the need of paying upfront fees. Contact our law offices today to schedule an appointment to review your case.