Fayette Community Hospital is a 110-bed “for-profit” Medical Center providing cares and services to residents of Vandalia and Fayette County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
650 W. Taylor St.
Vandalia, IL 62471
Providing surgical and general medical care, the facility also offers various other services that include:
- Cardiac services
- Digital mammography
- Pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation
- Long-term care
- Inpatient therapy
- Imaging, MRI, and X-ray services
- Wellness and health programs
- Occupational, physical and speech therapies
- Specialty clinics
- Respiratory services
- Outpatient nursing services and therapy
- Sleep disorder care
A certain number of patients at every hospital in the United States are readmitted to the facility due to a serious complication or for follow-up care after transferring to a nursing center or the family’s home. The United States Department of Health and Human Services posts publicly available information on its Hospital Compare website on every hospital’s readmission rate data. Currently, the gathered data from 07/01/2014 through 06/30/2017 for Fayette Community Hospital includes:
- Readmitted Pneumonia Patients – 17.2 Percent of all Pneumonia Patients during the above timeframe were readmitted to the facility within 30 days. Statistically, this percentage is almost identical to the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Readmitted Heart Failure Patients – 21.3 Percent of all Heart Failure Patients during the above timeframe were readmitted to the facility within 30 days. Statistically, this percentage is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 22.09 percent.
The Hospital Compare website also maintains data on the percentage of patients who died at the facility within 30 days after admission. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provide statistical data on inpatient quality indicators that show how specific processes and levels of care provided by the nursing staff has the potential of reducing short-term mortality rates. These measurable indicators help determine the quality of care the hospital is providing. Currently, the gathered information from 07/01/2014 through 06/30/2017 for the hospital involve:
- Pneumonia Patient Thirty-Day Mortality Rate – 17.4 percent of pneumonia patients in this timeframe died within 30 days after being admitted to the facility. This rate is slightly higher than the Illinois state average rate of 16.32 percent.
- Heart Failure Patient Thirty-Day Mortality Rate – 13.3 percent of heart failure patients within this timeframe died within 30 days after being admitted to the hospital. This rate is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 11.83 percent.
- Pneumonia Patient Mortality Rate – The hospital had a risk-adjusted rate of 28.72 per 1000 or 1 of 84 cases where the pneumonia patient died in 2015. The statistical number is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 23.48 per 1000 patients.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Compensation Claim
Many victims of medical malpractice will file a lawsuit or claim for compensation involving a case based on medical negligence, where the doctor, nurse, EMT, hospital or another medical professional failed to provide an adequate level of care or treatment to the patient. However, these cases are complicated and often require the skills of an Illinois personal injury attorney who has a comprehensive understanding of tort law.
To successfully file and resolve a medical malpractice case, the lawyer will need to prove four specific elements as a legal requirement. It is up to the victim to prove these elements and it is not up to the medical professional to prove how they are not liable in the case. The four elements of proving medical malpractice include:
- It must be proven that the health care provider had a duty to deliver cares or services to the patient.
- It must be proven that their duty or responsibility to provide care was breached by their action or inaction.
- It must be proven that their breach of responsibility directly caused some form of harm or injury that would not have happened had the breach not occurred.
- It must be proven that harm, injury or premature death of the victim is real.
There is no medical malpractice if the attorney cannot prove any of the four elements above. Typically, the most challenging elements of proof is a breach of duty where the attorney can show that the medical professional failed to diagnose or misdiagnosed the condition, failed to provide him proper care, was negligent in their actions, caused a medical mistake, or performed their duties in an unclean environment.
The first step in filing a medical malpractice lawsuit or claim for compensation involves submitting all the appropriate documents and paperwork to the courts. In Fayette County, this location is at:
Fayette County Circuit Court
221 S. 7th St.
Vandalia, IL 62471
Circuit Court Clerk Kathleen Ann Emerick
Sample Malpractice Claims and Awards against Fayette Community Hospital
Failed Diagnosis Leads to Wrongful Death Claim in Illinois Hospital
This lawsuit was brought after a man was transferred from an Illinois hospital to a long-term care facility. This was done over the man's objections. He had just had gastric reduction surgery. After that procedure had completed, he complained that his hands and feet were numb. However, staff at the hospital did not diagnose him for this issue. Consequently, he never had the issue addressed or resolved. Then, doctors decided to transfer him to a long-term care facility in the area (Cherrywood). After that transfer, things only got worse for him. He began to suffer from dehydration and malnutrition. Finally, he passed away from these conditions. This claim was brought in response to these developments. It sought compensation for negligence, malpractice, and wrongful death damages which normally include pain, suffering, lost companionship and expenses.
Man Brings Claim against Hospital after Appendicitis Incident.
This case started as a relatively benign doctor's visit. However, things escalated quickly. The male patient went to see his personal doctor. That physician failed to diagnose him for appendicitis. Consequently, it went untreated. The man came back to the emergency room just a few days later. He needed surgery. Doctors diagnosed his appendix as inflamed and necrotic. Even after treatment and surgery, he still had a lot of issues to deal with. For instance, he suffered shock and hypovolemia. Also, they discovered that he had major renal damage. This case was brought because of these failures. It sought compensation for the pain, long-term suffering, disability, and expense of the entire ordeal.
Vandalia Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one died prematurely or suffered serious injury through medical errors while a patient at Fayette Community Hospital, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal intervention. Allow our Illinois medical malpractice attorneys to work on your behalf to ensure you and your family receives the financial compensation you deserve.
We urge you to contact our Fayette County abuse law firm by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation at no charge to you. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits and medical malpractice cases through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront payment is necessary.