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FHN Memorial Hospital Ratings & Violations

FHN Memorial Hospital Medical Malpractice Lawyers FHN Memorial Hospital is a ‘not for profit’ Medical Center providing services to residents of Freeport and Stephenson County, Illinois. The 100-certified-bed Facility is located at:

1045 W. Stevenson
Freeport, IL 61032
(815) 599-6000

Along with providing emergency care to the local community, FHN Memorial Hospital provides other much-needed services that include:

  • Cancer care
  • Primary care
  • Cardiology
  • Wound care
  • Orthopedics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

National Ranking

When comparing this facility to other medical centers and hospitals throughout the United States, FHN Memorial Hospital maintains an overall “B-” score, ranking it in the 49th percentile. The calculated ranking was determined through publicly available data that includes patient flow, patient satisfaction, physician/patient communication and reported complications. Lower scores might indicate a high percentage of medical malpractice, mistakes, and errors occurring at the facility.

The level of urgent and emergency care provided by the hospital is crucial to the residents and visitors of Stephenson County. Analytics MD gathers emergency room data from hospitals and medical centers nationwide and posts the information is a ranking percentile to be used as a comparative analysis tool against all emergency rooms in the US. Currently, the percentile rankings for the emergency room care at this facility involve:

  • Incoming Patient Flow (61st percentile) – This ranking reveals the level of efficiency of the medical team when evaluating the patient after their arrival to the emergency room.
  • Discharged Patient Flow (61st percentile) – This ranking reveals the efficiency of how the medical team provides patients who are less sick and will be treated and discharged from the ER.
  • Admitted Patient Flow (76th percentile) – This ranking reveals the efficiency of how the medical team provides care and treatment to sicker patients who will be admitted to the facility from the ER.
  • Frustrated Patients (67th percentile) – This measurement reveals the level of frustration that patients experience after receiving care and leaving the emergency room.
  • Overall Patient Satisfaction (15th percentile) – This extremely low measurement reveals the patient experience after receiving care in any department in the hospital.

State Designations

FHN Memorial Hospital currently holds one state designation that includes:

  • Perinatal II

Bloodstream Infection Rate

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors facility-acquired contagious infection incident rates involving Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). The data is collected through laboratory testing results obtained from patients who have been at the facility longer than three days. This statistical summary measurement can be used to determine if contagious bloodstream infection rates are significantly different than the nation’s averages. For 2017, the contagious bloodstream infection rates involving FHN Memorial Hospital involve:

  • Facility-Acquired CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection) Rate – 13 infection incidents out of 19,236 patient days.
  • Facility-Acquired MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Rate – 0 infection out of 19,943 patient days.

The state of Illinois’ public health department determined that these rates were not “statistically significantly better or worse in the national average.”

Patient Safety Concerns

The Illinois Department of Public Health also monitors patient safety concerns. These measurable indicators can reveal potential adverse events in in-house complications that occur after procedures and surgeries are performed. The data is collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and revealed through risk adjustment report card methodologies. For 2015, the patient safety concerns at this facility included:

  • Postoperative Lung Embolism or Clotting (Deep Vein Thrombosis) – The risk-adjusted rate of 4.19 per 1000 or 3 incidents out of 767 patients was significantly lower than Illinois state average of 5.62 per 1000 patients.
  • Accidental Puncture and Laceration Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 1.85 per 1000 or 5 incidents out of 3485 patients was slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 patients.
  • Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 1.85 per 1000 or 1 incident out of 726 patients was less than half of the Illinois state average of 4.46 per 1000 patients.

The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that the rates listed above were “not statistically significantly better or worse than the state average.

  • Unexpected Death Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 2.54 per 1000 or 1 unexpected death out of 539 patients was more than 11 times higher than Illinois state average of 0.22 per 1000.

The IDPH determined that this rate is “statistically significantly worse in the state average.

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Involving FHN Memorial Hospital

$5,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Lawsuit

This hospital controversy involved the birth of twins at an Illinois medical facility, FCN Memorial Hospital. The mother arrived at the hospital in the end of June of that year. Apparently, the delivery was not performed for a few latter toward the early part of July. The birth was deemed high-risk. However, the attending doctor did not expedite the procedure or order a C-section. Subsequently, one of the twins experienced a brain injury and then suffered quadriparesis. They projected the medical costs associated with these developments incurred nearly $1.5 in bills to the family. They sued the doctor and facility for negligence and malpractice. Their lawsuit argued that they should have better diagnosed and handled the high-risk pregnancy. For example, they claimed that the staff should have sped up the C-section. As a result, their child was born with substantial disability which would come with enormous pain, costs, and suffering over the rest of his life. The defendants’ objections-mostly relating to placental complications-were not weighed out in the open by a jury. The parties opted to settle. The family obtained $5 million in compensation. Eighty percent of that came from the hospital’s trust, the rest came from the doctor’s insurance company.

$775,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case

Here, the affected patient was just seventeen years old. He entered an Illinois hospital (FHN) because he was experiencing different symptoms including pain in his chest and dizziness. Also, he had a history of nephrotic syndrome. They did an x-ray test but no CT-scan. Those showed positive for signs of a pulmonary embolism. His symptoms pointed toward that diagnosis as well. Unfortunately, during his stay there (almost two weeks), staff failed to diagnose or treat him for this issue. Subsequently, he sustained a saddle embolus and died. His mother survived him. She filed this wrongful death lawsuit. Her case targeted the doctors and hospital for malpractice. She thought they should have spotted and addresses the problem. In a private agreement, she decided to settle the matter for $775,000.

Misread X-Ray for Broken Bone Leads to New Claim

The patient who raised this hospital claim was rushed the emergency room of an Illinois medical center after being involved in a car accident. Staff did an initial consultation then ordered up radiological testing. The woman claims that they misread those tests, failed to diagnose her broken wrist, and then failed to treat her appropriately. From these errors, she alleges that she sustained long-lasting damage. She argues that had defendants performed surgery to fix the matter, she would have been much better. Since they did not, she suffered. Her lawsuit claims damages from their related negligence and malpractice. It asks for compensation for the harms it directly caused including medical bills, pain, disability, and reduced quality of life among others.

Botched Knee Surgery Leads to Follow-Up Procedure and Claim

The patient who raised a dispute against this Illinois hospital (FHN) needed knee surgery. Doctors performed a medial placement (unicondylar). However, the way they placed the prosthesis meant that it touched up against and impacted the patella-femoral section. That necessitated a whole knee-replacement operation. The man sued the staff and hospital for malpractice. He sought compensation for the costs and pain that the entire ordeal directly caused him. He argued that their error and the follow-up surgery were proof of negligence. Also, he pointed to his obvious losses (including medical bills) as evidence of his damages. The defendants filed a summary reply.

Freeport Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you believe your loved one has suffered injury by medical malpractice while a patient at FHN Memorial Hospital, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our skillful Freeport attorneys provide legal representation in victim cases involving medical malpractice, errors, and mistakes when it occurs in Illinois hospitals and medical centers. Let our competent personal injury law firm file all the necessary paperwork in the appropriate Stephenson County Courthouse, which is located at:

15 North Galena Avenue
Freeport, Illinois 61032
(815) 235-8266

Circuit Court Clerk Nate Luy

We offer a no-obligation comprehensive recompense case evaluation at no charge. Call our Stephenson County medical malpractice law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to speak with our attorneys concerning your legal options in pursuing the financial compensation you deserve. No upfront payment is necessary because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit medical malpractice compensation claim on contingency. All information you share with our law offices concerning this case will remain confidential.


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