Decatur Memorial Hospital is a 300-bed regional medical center that serves central Illinois. The facility is located at:
- 2300 N. Edward St.
- Decatur, IL 62526
- (217) 877-8121
The hospital provides high-level medical services to the Macon County community by offering diagnostic, procedural and surgical care using the most advanced state-of-the-art technology and highly trained medical professionals.
In a comparative analysis with other hospitals in the United States, Decatur Memorial Hospital maintains an overall “B-” score, ranking the facility in the 45th percentile. This collected data is based on available public information, the satisfaction of surveyed patients and events that have occurred at the hospital that could potentially involve medical malpractice.
The hospital ranked in the 70th percentile in the number of patients who were frustrated after leaving the medical center’s emergency department. In addition, the hospital ranked in the 43rd percentile in the number of patients who felt satisfied during their recent visit to the facility. Their survey involved evaluating how attentive the staff was and how well they communicated with the patient.
Illinois State Designations
The Decatur Memorial Hospital maintains a state designation that includes:
Decatur Memorial Hospital is recognized as a Level II perinatal facility by the state’s Regionalized Perinatal System. The system was developed as a way to ensure improvement of perinatal outcomes for all pregnant women along with their fetuses and newborns.
The Level II perinatal care includes extended capabilities at the facility to tackle highly complex medical problems for newborns and intermediate level care for women of childbearing age. Even though the hospital’s perinatal level II care does not maintain a neonatal intensive care nursery to tackle high risk pregnancies and at risk newborns, there is a special care nursery managed by a neonatologist with special training to provide a high level of medical care to newborns with specialized needs.
The system specifically coordinates medical, nursing and other necessary ancillary services involving pregnancy and perinatal complications to focus specifically on potential medical problems of at-risk childbearing women, fetuses and newborns.
Hospital Medical Care-Associated Infections
The medical center participates in statewide programs developed to reduce the rate of infections acquired during a medical facility stay. Throughout the entire year of 2017, Decatur Memorial Hospital reported incident rates of patients during their stay at the hospital. These included:
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) – These types of infections happen in intensive care units (ICUs) and in critical care units (CCUs). Decatur Memorial Hospital reported:
- Infections Developed in the Facility’s Adult Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit – 0 infection incidents out of 962 central line days.
- Surgical site infections (SSI) that include:
- Infections Developed Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgeries – 0 infection incidents out of 47 procedures.
- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium Difficile Infections (CDI) that include:
- MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Onset Incident Rates – 3 infection incidents out of 39,700 patient days.
- CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection) Onset Incident Rates – 37 infection incidents out of 37,823 patient days.
Patient Safety Concerns
The Illinois Department of Health releases data that measures patient safety at hospitals and medical facilities in the state. Safety information is based on any potential complication or adverse event that happens in the hospital after procedures and surgeries. From 10/01/2013 to 09/30/2014, Decatur Memorial Hospital was flagged with four specific quality indicators due to events occurring at the facility that included:
- Wound Complications Following Abdominal Wall Surgeries – 1 incident out of 328 patients. Statistically significantly better than state average or performing at the best possible rate for 2015.
- Accidental Lacerations and Punctures – 19 incidents out of 8366 patients at the facility. Not statistically significantly better or worse than state average for 2015.
- Postoperative Hematomas or Hemorrhages – 20 incidents out of 2589 patients. Not statistically significantly better or worse than state average for 2015.
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 14 incidents out of 1453 patients. Not statistically significantly better or worse than state average for 2015.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Against Decatur Memorial Hospital
$3,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case
The patient involved in this hospital ordeal was just five. She needed blood transfusions. Doctors had her admitted to this facility for that reason. The treatments were routine and not life-threatening. She had a genetic condition which required them. However, after one such procedure, things did not go smoothly. Staff noticed that she was experiencing respiratory trauma and distress. They sent her right to the emergency room and intubated her. Unfortunately, their actions were not in time. She died in the ER. Her father survived her and brought this wrongful death action. It stated that the defendants did not properly diagnose her illness at the time of the blood transfusion. Further, it added that their negligence caused her early death. The defendants vigorously rejected this and defended themselves in court. After the end of trial, though, they did decide to settle, and they contributed a combined sum of $3 million. That settlement compensation was paid by the hospital, the hospital’s insurance policy, and the doctors’ insurance policy among others.
$2,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Claim
This hospital dispute left a family without their loved one. A man in his late seventies went to the hospital because he had breathing, swallowing, and other throat problems. Recently, he had a knee surgery performed. Doctors failed to diagnose him for cardiac issues and missed the fact that he had cardiac disease. Instead, they diagnosed him with anxiety and arthritis. They sent him on his way. Not long after this event, he had a myocardial infarction and died. This wrongful death claim was brought by his family-wife and two kids. They alleged that the doctors and facility were negligent and responsible for his passing. They sought compensation for the incredible damages that these events caused them. In a private agreement, all sides settled the matter for a combined amount of $2 million.
$1,700,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Case
This hospital case involved a newborn boy. The child was born in an Illinois facility. During delivery, it experienced distress. However, the defendants failed to take note of or action against this problem. Consequently, the baby sustained a massive brain injury. The head trauma eventually took his life. This wrongful death case was brought on his behalf. It sought damages for the boy's pain, the family's grief, and all of the bills that racked up (over $100,000 in medical bills alone). In these circumstances, plaintiffs are usually able to go after the medical professionals (i.e. doctors, nurses, radiologists, etc.) as well as the facilities and medical groups involved in the incident. Here, the plaintiffs charged the defendants with negligence and malpractice. We do not know the extent of their objections though because the parties settled for a reported $1.7 million.
$2,897,000 Verdict; Illinois Surgical Error Lawsuit
This medical dispute went all the way to a jury because the two sides could not agree on the facts. The plaintiff-patient had surgery performed at Decatur Memorial Hospital. She needed treatment to fix her rectal prolapse. The woman later claimed that the doctors committed malpractice when they did a laparoscopic resection of her rectal reservoir. She claims they should have done a rectopexy instead. Due to this surgical error, she now has bowel incontinence and requires a colostomy permanently. The woman also claims to have lost her job ($54,000 lost wages) and incurred almost $600,000 in medical bills due to these events. She claimed the defendants were negligent and sought compensation for her damages. The defendants denied these charges. After a trial, a jury awarded the woman $2.897 million for lost wages ($147,000), medical bills ($1,000,000), disfigurement ($250,000), emotional trauma ($500,000), suffering ($500,000), and lost normal life ($500,000).
Decatur, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or harm after being admitted to Decatur Memorial Hospital, it may be the result of medical errors or negligence. The skilled team of Decatur medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are successful in protecting patients from medical malpractice throughout Illinois. Contact our law firm today for an initial, free consultation, so we can evaluate your case for financial compensation. We accept all of our cases including medical malpractice lawsuits and claims on contingency, so there is no need to pay any upfront legal fees.