Franciscan St. James Health – Chicago Heights is a 312-bed hospital providing services and care to the residents and visitors of Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1423 Chicago Rd.
Chicago Heights IL 60461
The local hospital provides diverse services to the community including:
- Behavioral health
- Women's health
- Children health
- Senior services
- Heart and vascular care
- Cancer care
- Diabetes care
- Surgical services
- Physical therapy
- Urgent care
- Home Health Care
Illinois State Designations
Currently, Franciscan St. James Health – Chicago Heights maintains the following designations:
- Perinatal II +
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
- Acute Stroke Ready Hospital
Federal and state governmental agencies routinely monitor every medical center and hospital in Illinois to quickly identify any serious safety concerns that compromise patient health. According to publicly available data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, Franciscan St. James Health – Chicago Heights reported the following medical errors that may be of concern to patients and their families.
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Adult Medical/Surgical ICU (2016) with one reported infection for 1700 central-line days
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Adult Medical ICU (2016) with two reported infections for 764 Central-line days
- Surgical Site Infections Associated with Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (2016) with one infection out of 70 procedures
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of MRSA (2016) with 3 reported Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections acquired over 49,639 patient days
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI (2016) with 37 reported highly contagious Clostridium difficile infections acquired over 47,341 patient days
- Unexpected Deaths (2015) 5 out of 1264 patients. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), this statistical rate is significantly worse than the State average.
- Risk-Adjusted Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT clotting) (2015) 8 out of 1174 patients
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (2015) 17 out of 5396 patients. According to the IDPH, this statistical rate is significantly worse than the State average.
- Iatrogenic Pneumothorax (healthcare-associated collapsed lung in 2015) with 1 out of 5249 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure (2015) 7 out of 490 patients
- Pneumonia Patients Admitted to the Hospital within 30 days (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 19.1% of all patients treated at the facility for pneumonia were readmitted to the facility 30 days after departure for retreatment. This statistical percentage is significantly higher than the national average (16.9%) and Illinois average (17.37%).
- Pneumonia 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 14.9% 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) – 25.6 % of all patients treated for heart failure were readmitted to the facility within 30 days after discharge were readmitted. This statistical rate is significantly higher than the national average (21.6%) and Illinois average (21.78%).
- Heart Failure 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 10.1% 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) – 18.9% 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 significantly higher than the national average (16.3%) and the Illinois State average (16.4%).
- Heart Attack 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016) – 13.7% of all patients treated for a heart attack at the facility died within 30 days after admittance. The statistical rate is identical to the national average (13.6%) and slightly higher than the Illinois average (13.32 percent).
- Hip Fracture-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 1 patients out of 101 died because of a hip fracture. This statistical risk-adjusted rate of 11.92 per 1000 patients is less than half the Illinois average of 24.98 per 1000.
- Heart Attack Deaths Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 5 out of 55 patients died of heart attacks at the facility. This risk-adjusted rate of 32.99 per 1000 patients is significantly lower than the Illinois average of 37.24 per 1000.
- Congestive Heart Failure Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 5 out of 294 patients died of a stroke at the hospital. This risk-adjusted rate of 10.17 per 1000 patients is approximately half of the Illinois average of 20.74 per 1000 patients.
Maternity Safety and Utilization
- Obstetric Trauma – Vaginal without Instrument (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 7 out of 486 patients
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Involving Franciscan Hospitals
$15,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Child Birth Injury Lawsuit
The facts of this claim arose in an Illinois hospital. The victim was a newborn girl. Her mother presented to the facility for the purposes of delivery. Staff tried to kickstart the procedure by giving the woman Pitocin. However, they failed to discontinue the medication when she started going into labor. The effect of that was that the contractions picked up speed, rate, and severity. The little girl sustained excessive force to her head. She suffered a brain injury which led to cerebral palsy. This malpractice claim was brought when the child was six years old. She was handicapped and could not speak. The claim stated that she could never live a normal life. It sought damages for this negligence. The claimed losses related to her pain, suffering, disability, and reduced quality of life. In a private settlement, the parties ended the dispute for a reported $15 million.
$3,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case
The patient caught in the center of this medical storm was fifty-six. He was recovering at an Illinois hospital. Staff were administering treatment for his diabetic ketoacidosis. However, they failed to take into consideration his immobility and lack of physical activity. This led to deep vein thrombosis. While they were getting him ready for discharge, he suffered a pulmonary embolism. Tragically, it took his life. His three daughters and wife survived him. They brought this wrongful death action on his behalf. It sought relief for all of the harm the defendants’ errors had caused them and their deceased family member including lost companionship, pain, suffering, and expenses. They argued that but for their negligence, they would not have suffered these damages. In a negotiated settlement, the parties settled for a combined sum of $3 million. This came from the self-insured facility and the doctor’s insurance company.
$1,150,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case
The woman who filed this hospital cause of action was fifty-nine. She went to see a doctor because she had pain in her groin. Doctors identified an abscess. They drained it and dressed it. Then, the medical staff discharged her. They instructed her to return in a couple of days. However, they failed to diagnose the correct severity of the problem. Consequently, when she returned, she was suffering from a number of symptoms including high blood pressure and a fever. Immediately, doctors moved her to a hospital. She had a necrotizing infection. It needed skin grafting and debridement. To make up for the pain, expenses, and changed quality of life, she brought this case. She targeted the facility and doctor for negligence. Her complaint stated that their failures were enough to constitute malpractice. She sought compensation for the harm of their negligence. Eventually, all sides settled. The woman received $1.15 million in compensation.
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