Ferrell Hospital is a 25-certified-bed facility providing services to residents of Eldorado and Saline County, Illinois. The ‘not for profit’ hospital is located at:
1201 Pine St.
Eldorado, IL 62930
Along with providing emergency services to the local community, Ferrell Hospital also offers:
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Therapy services
- Respiratory therapy
- Pain management
- Infusion therapy
- Laboratory testing
- Inpatient services
A certain portion of patients who have been discharged from the hospital will need to return to the Medical Center due to an unexpected complication or failure to relocate to a nursing facility or family home. The Illinois Department of Public Health uses this information to determine if the hospital is providing the highest level of care to patients. These readmission rates are collected by the US Department of Health and Human Services and posted on their Hospital Compare website.
Between 07/01/2012 at 06/30/2015, the reported readmission rates involving Ferrell Hospital include:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 16.6 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Hospital within 30 Days after Their Departure – 21.5 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 22.09 percent.
30 Day Mortality Rate
The Hospital Compare website also gathers information on 30-day mortality rates as measurable indicators to determine if the quality of care provided by the hospital is producing adverse outcomes, including unexpected deaths. Between 07/01/2012 at 06/30/2015, the 30-day mortality rate for Ferrell Hospital involved:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Died within 30 Days after Being Admitted to the Hospital – 20.4 percent, which is significantly higher than the only state average of 16.32 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Died within 30 Days after Being Admitted to the Facility – 14.3 percent, which is significantly higher than the Illinois state average of 11.83 percent.
Inpatient Mortality Rate
Data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and released through report card and risk adjustment methodologies help determine if better processes are providing care have the possibility of reducing short-term mortality rates. Serious concerns involving inpatient mortality at Ferrell Hospital for the year 2015 involved:
- Pneumonia Patient Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate – 108.8 per 1000 or 2 deaths out of 71 patients.
- Congestive Heart Failure Patient Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate – 391.52 per 1000 patients or 3 deaths out of 37 patients. This number is more than 19 times higher than the Illinois state average of 20.74 per 1000 patients.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) determined that these inpatient mortality rates involving pneumonia and congestive heart failure associated deaths were “statistically significantly worse than the state average.
The Complexity of a Medical Malpractice Claim
Successfully resolving a medical malpractice claim for compensation can be complicated. This is because it is up to the victim to prove that the medical mistake by the health care provider occurred. To do that, the victim must show four specific elements exist that include:
1. There is a professional relationship between the medical provider and the patient, meaning that the doctor was duty-bound to provide care and treatment to the patient.
2. The medical provider(s) was negligent in their actions.
3. The breach of duty involved negligence that directly caused the patient’s injury or premature death
4. The damages to the victim are real.
The claim involving medical malpractice is often based on some type of negligence including improper treatment, failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, or failing to warn the patient of obvious or known risks.
Medical providers making errors or mistakes does not necessarily mean that they committed malpractice. Determining if you have a medical mistake claim for compensation often requires an evaluation by a competent personal injury attorney who can study the merits of the case and determine if there was a breach in the medical standard of care.
With a comprehensive understanding of Illinois tort law, your attorney can prove how the defendant (the medical provider which could include a doctor, nurse, hospital or others) fell short of providing that standard. Often, this requires hiring medical experts who can provide key testimony that will likely be necessary to show the jury exactly what happened.
Eldorado Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was injured or died prematurely by medical malpractice while a patient at Ferrell Hospital, take quick action by calling Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our experienced Eldorado attorneys provide victims of medical malpractice the legal representation they need against all those who caused them harm. Our law firm can offer numerous legal options on how to proceed to obtain the financial compensation your family deserves.
Let our attorneys handle every aspect of your case including filing all the necessary paperwork in the appropriate court. In Saline County, the courthouse is located at:
10 East Poplar Street
Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
Circuit Court Clerk Randy Nyberg
We encourage you to contact our Saline County medical malpractice law office today by calling (888) 424-5757. Speak with one of our representatives to schedule your free no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. No upfront payment is necessary because our law firm accepts every wrongful death lawsuit and medical malpractice compensation claim through contingency fee arrangements.