Evanston Hospital Northshore University Medical Attorneys
Evanston Hospital Northshore University HealthSystem is a 354-bed hospital providing services to residents and visitors in Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2650 Ridge Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
The local community hospital provides diverse services that include:
- Cardiovascular care
- Orthopedic care
- Family medicine
- Emergency medical services
- Pulmonary care
- Physical therapy
- Bariatric services
- Cancer care
- Nuclear medicine
- Primary care
- Behavioral health
- Palliative care
Illinois State Designations
Currently, Evanston Hospital Northshore University HealthSystem maintains the following designations:
- Perinatal III
- Trauma Center I
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
- Magnet recognition
The federal and state government routinely monitor every Illinois medical center and hospital to ensure patient safety and take appropriate measures when necessary. According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, Evanston Hospital Northshore University Healthsystem reported the following medical errors that may be of concern to patients and their families.
Health Care-Associated Infections
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Adult Medical/Surgical ICU (2017) with two reported infections acquired over 3062 central-line days.
- Central Line-Associated Infections in the Level III Neonatal ICU (2017) with zero reported infections acquired over 1515 central-line days.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of MRSA (2017) with 1 reported Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection over 78,037 patient days.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI (2017) with 33 reported highly contagious Clostridium difficile infections over 58,873 patient days.
- Risk-adjusted Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (clotting) (2015) 36 out of 3245 patients. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the statistical rate is significantly worse than the State average.
- Wound Complications in Abdominal Wall Surgery (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 out of 799 patients
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (2015) 17 out of 8399 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure (2015) 15 out of 1656 patients
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma (2015) 15 out of 2901 patients
- Pneumonia Patients Admitted to the Hospital within 30 days (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 16.7% of all patients treated at the facility for pneumonia were readmitted to the facility 30 days after departure for retreatment. This statistical percentage is nearly identical to the national average (16.9%) and Illinois average (17.37%).
- Pneumonia 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 12.8% of all patients treated for pneumonia at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (15.9%) and Illinois average (15.98%).
- Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 21.3% of all patients treated for heart failure were readmitted to the facility within 30 days after discharge were readmitted. This statistical rate is nearly identical to the national average (21.6%) and Illinois average (21.78%).
- Heart Failure 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 9.1% of all patients treated for heart failure at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (11.9%) and Illinois average (11.67%).
- Heart Attack Patient Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 15.8% of all patients treated at the hospital for heart attack were readmitted to the facility 30 days after discharge for retreatment. The statistical percent is slightly lower than the national average (16.3%) and Illinois State average (16.4%).
- Heart Attack 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 10.9% of all patients treated for a heart attack at the facility died within 30 days after admittance. The statistical rate is significantly lower than the national average (13.6%) and Illinois average (13.32 percent).
- Congestive Heart Failure Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 11 patients out of 291 died because of a hip fracture. This statistical risk-adjusted rate of 29.45 per 1000 patients is significantly higher than the Illinois average of 20.74 per 1000.
- Heart Attack Deaths Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 2 out of 161 patients died of heart attacks at the facility. This risk-adjusted rate of 11.45 per 1000 patients is substantially lower than the Illinois average of 37.24 per 1000.
Accidental Puncture and Laceration, Pediatric (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 out of 1,700 patients
Maternal Safety and Utilization
- Birth Trauma (2015) 12 out of 3447 patients
- Obstetric Trauma – Vaginal with Instrument (2015) 36 out of 140 patients. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the statistic rate is significantly worse than the State average.
- Obstetric Trauma – Vaginal Without Instrument (2015) 38 out of 2416 patients
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Against Evanston Hospital
$2,100,000 Settlement; Illinois Child Wrongful Death Case
The events of this hospital lawsuit started when a mother entered the facility to deliver her child. However, as the delivery progressed, things got worse. She started to get a fever. Eventually, the fever got as high as 103.2 degrees. At this same time, the baby started experiencing complications as well. The baby had fetal heart showings and tachycardia among other things. Unexplainedly, doctors did not elect to perform a C-section when all of these things were going wrong. Subsequently, the child was stillborn when it finally delivered. This action was brought as a result of these developments. The family sought compensation for the negligent delivery. They wanted the defendants to pay for tragedy of the child’s death as well as the other harms they experienced. In a private agreement to end the matter, the defendants combined to give a total settlement package of $2.1 million to the family.
$2,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Cancer Diagnosis Lawsuit
This hospital controversy involved a woman in her late fifties. She had smoked most of her life leading up to the events that kicked off this suit. When she was at Evanston Hospital, doctors decided to do a CT-scan. They were afraid she might have a pulmonary embolism. Doctors did see a "spiculated opacity" but they did not do anything about it. A few years later, she learned she had cancer (Stage IV). She died shortly thereafter. Her child and husband survived her. They brought this action against the defendants. They claim argued they were negligent and responsible for her pain and suffering. They sought compensation for these damages including wrongful death losses. In a private settlement, the family received $2 million in compensation.
$1,500,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Case
A man in his early sixties brought this lawsuit against a hospital. He was sixty-three when the events occurred. He worked as a stockbroker. Surgeons performed a fusion procedure at the L3-L4 spot on his spine at Evanston Hospital. Apparently, during the course of that treatment, they disrupted his nerve roots. This had a direct on his motor functionality. He sued for this increased pain, decreased functionality, and medical bills ($150,000). He alleged the surgical error was akin to negligence and the cause for his harms. The defendants did not put the matter to trial. The self-insured facility gave the man a settlement of $1.5 million.
$5,000,000; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case
The plaintiffs filed this complaint against a hospital. Their new baby boy seemed fine right after delivery. However, it appears there was an accident. A few hours after he was brought to the facility’s nursery, he showed signs of seizures. They did a CT-scan to see what the problem was. That is when they saw that he had suffered a skull fracture. There was subdural blood and other complications. From that point forward, he suffered from more seizures. Doctors also diagnosed him with cerebral palsy. The family claimed that staff dropped him, and that the accident produced all of these issues. He now needs constant care and attention just to stay alive. They sought compensation from the defendants for this apparent negligence. In a private agreement, the family settled the matter for a reported $5 million.
If you or your loved one suffered serious harm or injury while a patient at Evanston Hospital, your injuries might have been caused by medical negligence. The medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal assistance to patients who have suffered injuries by mistakes in all medical settings.
Contact our attorneys today to discuss schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your compensation claim. Our legal team accepts all personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and medical malpractice claim through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement postpones the payment of legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case through a jury trial or negotiated out of court settlement. All information you share with our law office remains confidential.