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 comparison 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, 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 at 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 2014, 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 – 5 infection incidents out of 1434 central line days.
- Surgical site infections (SSI) that include:
- Infections Developed Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgeries – 3 infection incidents out of 412 procedures.
- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium Difficile Infections (CDI) that include:
- MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Onset Incident Rates – 5 infection incidents out of 39,428 patient days.
- CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection) Onset Incident Rates – 40 infection incidents out of 37,379 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.
- Accidental Lacerations and Punctures – 19 incidents out of 8366 patients at the facility.
- Postoperative Hematomas or Hemorrhages – 20 incidents out of 2589 patients.
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 14 incidents out of 1453 patients.
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 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.