CGH Medical Center is a ‘not for profit’ 98-certified-bed facility providing cares and services to residents of Sterling and Whiteside County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
100 E. Lefevre Road
Sterling, IL 61081
This facility provides many much-needed services to the local community that includes:
- General surgery
- Internal medicine
- Pain management
- Physical therapy
- Vision/optical care
- Orthopedic care
- Oral maxillofacial surgery
- Pediatric Pulmonology
- Pediatric Allergy
- Pain management
- Laboratory testing
The CGH Medical Center currently holds one state designation that includes:
- Perinatal II – This designation indicates that the hospital is a part of the Illinois Regionalized Perinatal System that was created as an effective solution for improving perinatal outcomes involving childbearing women and their newborns. As a Level II facility, the hospital provides pregnant women and their newborns special care, especially those who are at risk for medical complications. While the facility does not offer a neonatal intensive care nursery or special care unit, the medical team does provide additional services and access to other facilities when necessary.
Bloodstream Infection Rate
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors facility-acquired onset incident infection rates to determine the level of care the hospital is providing. This data is collected through laboratory test results involving patients who have been at the facility for more than three days. This data helps determine if the bloodstream infection rates at the facility are statistically lower or higher than the state and national averages. For 2017, the onset incident rate involving Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) included:
- Facility-Acquired MRSA Incident Rate – 0 infections out of 14,292 patient days.
- Facility-Acquired CDI Incident Rate – 7 infections out of 13,220 patient days.
The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that these incident rates were not “statistically significantly worse or better than the national average.
Patient Safety Concerns
The IDPH also monitors patient safety concerns from data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The publicly available information is released through risk adjustment rates and report card methodologies. For 2015, the patient safety concerns at CGH Medical Center involved:
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 4.96 per 1000 or 2 incidents of 387 patients was approximately one-half the Illinois state average of 8.04 per 1000 patients.
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 2.71 per 1000 or 2 incidents out of 815 patients was approximately one-half the Illinois state average of 4.46 per 1000 patients.
- Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 0.33 per 1000 or 1 incident out of 3608 patients was slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 0.28 per 1000 patients.
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 3.01 per 1000 or 8 incidents out of 3846 patients was more than double the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 patients.
The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that these rates were “not statistically significantly better or worse than the state average.”
- Unexpected Death Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 2.69 per 1000 or 1 unexpected death out of 705 patients was more than 13 times the state’s average of 0.22 per 1000 patients.
The IDPH determined that this rate is “statistically significantly worse than the state average.”
A certain percentage of all hospital patients who have been discharged from the facility will need to be readmitted to the center due to an unexpected health complication or the inability to make an easy transition into a nursing facility or their home. This valuable data is collected by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and posted on their Hospital Compare website.
The information helps determine whether the facility is providing the best level of care. Between 07/01/2014 and 06/30/2017, the readmission rates involving CGH Medical Center included:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Hospital within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 14.7 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 20.9 percent, which is lower than the Illinois state average of 22.09 percent.
- Heart Attack Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Hospital within 30 Days after the Discharge – 15.1 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.03 percent.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Against CGH Medical Center
$925,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Lawsuit
This hospital controversy occurred at CGH Medical Center. A mother entered the facility for delivery. The complaint argued that the doctors and attending staff were negligent in the performance of that operation. Allegedly, the child was experiencing shoulder dystocia. Then, the medical team put too much force and pressure on the child. This caused the kid to suffer a brachial plexus injury. Also, the little boy developed Erb’s palsy syndrome. The family said all these child birth injuries were avoidable but for the defendants’ malpractice. They sued for damages. Their complaint asked for compensation related to the boy’s pain, disability, increased expenses, and lost income. In a private settlement, the defendants contributed a combined sum of $925,000.
Wrongful Death Claim Prompts Suit at Illinois Hospital
The patient in the middle of this hospital dispute was in his late sixties during the time of the relevant events. He entered the facility (CGH Medical Center) because he had a number of trouble symptoms. Some of these warning signs includes difficulty breathing as well as pleural effusion. Apparently, hospital staff knew that he had a pulmonary embolism at another medical center. However, they failed to diagnose and treat this issue over a period of several months. The subsequent complaint argued that this failure substantially led to or caused his death. The wrongful death claim sought compensation for this tragedy, expense, and pain. The case was filed on behalf of his surviving children. He had four of them. In these cases, plaintiffs are able to pursue damages for the harm and loss that the death caused them-not just the pain and hassle it caused the decedent.
X-Ray Leads to Amputation and Then New Illinois Claim
This hospital case started after a woman went to a medical center for examination. The relevant locations were in Illinois. She had cancer in her labia. From her claim, she states that the defendants used too much radiation as they examined her with x-rays. Specifically, they were looking at her pelvis and general groin area. The excessive radiation had pronounced effects and damages. She needed her entire right leg amputated. Then, she was still stuck with pain and bills. Her cause of action targeted the facilities and professionals who rendered care. She claims their negligence caused these events and her suffering. She is seeking damages for the pain, expense, and related harms of the ordeal.
Surgical Error Leads to Patient’s Injury and Case
Here, a hospital lawsuit kicked off after a man received treatment at CGH for his burn injuries. His claims state that the defendants’ surgical error caused complications. In particular, he said they did not sufficiently treat the area. Then, they did not diagnose the complications from that original mishap. These failures led to gangrene and other infections. He needed follow-up surgery in order to correct these mistakes. His cause of action sought compensation for these developments including the pain, costs, and other effects they directly caused.
Sterling Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was harmed by medical malpractice while a patient at CGH Medical Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Allow our skilled Sterling attorneys to file and successfully resolve your medical malpractice case that caused your loved one harm and file all the necessary paperwork in the appropriate courthouse at:
200 East Knox Street
Morrison, Illinois 61270
Circuit Court Clerk Sue Costello
Schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive financial claim review today by calling our Whiteside County medical malpractice law offices at (888) 424-5757. Our law firm does not require an upfront payment for immediate legal services because we accept all medical malpractice cases, wrongful death lawsuits and personal injury compensation claims through contingency fee agreements. All information you share with us regarding your case will remain confidential.