Community Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed “not for profit” medical center providing services and cares for residents of Staunton and Macoupin County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
Staunton, IL 62088
In addition to providing emergency care, the facility also offers:
- Cardiopulmonary care
- Senior life solutions
- Laboratory services
- Wound care
- Occupational and physical therapies
- 3D mammography
- Transitional care
- Inpatient and outpatient services
Readmission and Thirty-Day Mortality Rates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reviews publicly available data collected by the Hospital Compare website, under the US Department of Human and Health Services. This information can determine how many patients had to be readmitted to the facility due to complications or an inefficient transition when relocating to a nursing facility or back to the family’s home. For 2015, the information on Community Memorial Hospital included:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Required Readmission to the Facility within 30 Days – 17.1 percent, which is nearly identical to the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Pneumonia Patient 30-Day Mortality Rate – 19.0 percent, which is significantly higher than the Illinois state average of 16.32 percent.
Patient Safety Concerns
The Illinois Department of Public Health evaluates information collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that follows potential adverse effects and in-hospital complications after procedures and surgeries. These patient safety measures help determine the quality of care and problems that could potentially involve medical malpractice. For 2015, the information that became publicly available involving Community Memorial Hospital included:
- Foreign Bodies Left During Procedures – One incident of a foreign body left inside the patient after a procedure or surgery.
Infection Prevention Staffing
The state of Illinois mandates through their licensing requirement that every hospital develops, implements and enforces infection prevention and control programs to assist in reducing the rate of facility-acquired infections during every patient’s stay at the hospital. These measurements involve the number of infection prevention and control staff members at the facility for every 100 beds. For 2015, the measurements for infection prevention staffing at the facility included:
- There were 4 Prevention and Control Staff Members for every 100 beds.
- There were 0 CIC (Certified in Infection Control) Infection Prevention and Control Staff Members for every 100 beds.
Common Errors Involving Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs in every hospital where a doctor, nurse or other health care provider harms the patient. Typically, the air is the result of a failure in providing effective and established healthcare treatment and assistance. The most common types of medical mistakes that lead to malpractice cases involve:
- Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis – Often, the doctor will misdiagnose the patient’s condition or delays their diagnosis for a length of time that causes significant harm.
- Childbirth Injury – When a doctor fails to diagnose the mother’s medical condition that could include hypoglycemia, preeclampsia, anemia, Rh incompatibility or gestation diabetes. Other negligent actions during childbirth could cause significant injury to the mother and/or baby including failing to anticipate a birth complication, failing to respond to fetal distress indicators or failing to order or perform a cesarean section when necessary to ensure the health and well-being of the mother and/or newborn.
- Medication Mistake – Making an error when administering a medication has the potential of causing the patient serious harm or premature death. The doctor might prescribe the patient the wrong drug, or the right drug at the wrong dosage or given to the wrong patient. Other medication mistakes might involve a defective intravenous pump or other malfunctioning drug administering equipment.
- Anesthesia Mistake – Many malpractice cases involve mistakes with anesthesia during procedures and surgeries when the anesthesiologist fails to investigate possible complications of the medical history of the patient or fails to inform the patient of associated risks to taking anesthesia, including not eating prior to surgery for a specific amount of time.
- Surgery Mistake – Many surgical errors can occur in the operating room when the surgeon negligently punctures an internal organ, leaves surgical instruments in the patient’s body, operates on the wrong patient/body part or when the patient is receiving postoperative care.
Many victims of medical malpractice mistakes will file a claim against the doctor, nurse, medical provider, hospital and/or medical center to recover their financial losses involving their injury and damages. However, medical malpractice in Illinois involves complex rules and procedures. Because of that, families will often hire a reputable attorney who specializes in medical cases to ensure that the process is handled in the appropriate court. In Macoupin County, the courthouse contact information includes:
P.O. Box 197
Carlinville, IL 62626
Circuit Court Clerk Lee Ross
Staunton Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was injured through medical malpractice while a patient at Community Memorial Hospital, it is crucial to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC immediately. Let our experienced Staunton attorneys represent you and your family in filing and resolving your compensation claim.
Schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive financial claim review today by calling our Macoupin County medical malpractice law offices at (888) 424-5757. You are not required to make any upfront payment to receive immediate legal services. Our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or by winning your case at trial.