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Franciscan St. James Olympia Fields Malpractice Attorneys

Franciscan St. James Health – Olympia FieldsFranciscan St. James Health – Olympia Fields is a 164-bed hospital providing cares and services to the residents of Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at at:

20201 S Crawford Avenue
Olympia Fields IL 60461
(708) 747-4000

http://www.franciscanalliance.org/hospitals/pages/stjameshealth.aspx

The facility provides a variety of services and cares to the local community that include:

  • Behavioral health
  • Imaging including CT scans, MRIs, x-rays and ultrasound
  • Emergency medical care
  • Urgent care
  • Diabetes care
  • Cancer care
  • Occupational health
  • Neurosciences
  • Hospice
  • Physical therapy services
  • Surgical services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Women's health
  • Children's health
  • Weight-loss
  • Orthopedics
  • Occupational health
  • Vascular and heart care
  • Home Health Care
  • Adult chemical dependency
  • Acid reflux surgery
  • Aquatic physical therapy

Illinois State Designations

Franciscan St. James Health – Olympia Fields maintains the following designations:

  • Acute Stroke Ready Hospital – The Illinois Department of Public Health recognizes Franciscan St. James Health – Olympia Fields as an acute stroke-ready facility (ASRH) that provides a high level of stroke care.

  • Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) – The facility is recognized as an Emergency Department approved for pediatrics hospital providing trauma and medical services to pediatric patients 24/7.

Patient Safety

Every hospital and medical center in Illinois is monitored by state and federal regulatory agencies that use publicly available statistical information to identify serious patient safety concerns. According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, Franciscan St. James Health – Olympia Fields reported the following medical errors which may be of concern to patients and their families.

Health Care-Associated Infections

  • Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of MRSA Bloodstream Infections in 2017 – 3 cases were reported of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections out of 26,256 patient days.

  • Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI for 2017 – 13 cases of highly contagious Clostridium difficile infections were reported out of 26,256 patient days.

Safety Concerns

  • Risk-adjusted Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (clotting) (for 2015) 4 out of 674 patients

  • Accidental Puncture and Laceration (for 2015) 6 out of 5988 patients

  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure (for 2015) 4 out of 118 patients, which is statistically significantly worse in the State average.

  • Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma (for 2015) 3 out of 560 patients

  • Pneumonia Patients Admitted to the Hospital within 30 days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 19.2% of all patients treated at the facility for pneumonia were readmitted to the facility 30 days after departure for retreatment. This statistical percentage is slightly higher than the national average (16.9%) and Illinois average (17.37%).

  • Pneumonia 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 15.1% 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%) in Illinois average (15.98%).

  • Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 24.6% 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, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 10.4% 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, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 18.1% of all patients treated at the hospital for a 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 Illinois State average (16.4%).

  • Heart Attack 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 12.6% of all patients treated for a heart attack at the facility died within 30 days after admittance. The statistical rate is slightly lower national average (13.6%) and the Illinois average (13.32 percent).

  • Inpatient Bypass Graft Deaths Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 2 patients out of 64 died from bypass graft procedures. This statistical risk-adjusted rate of 17.78 per 1000 patients is slightly higher than the Illinois average of 14.81 per 1000.

  • Heart Attack Deaths Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 9 out of 281 patients died of heart attacks at the facility. This risk-adjusted rate of 23.41 per 1000 patients is significantly higher than the Illinois average of 37.59 per 1000.

  • Stroke-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 4 out of 174 patients died of a stroke at the hospital. This risk-adjusted rate of 19.93 per 1000 patients is significantly lower than the Illinois average of 61.56 per 1000 patients.

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Involving Franciscan Hospitals

$1,250,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Case

The patient in this hospital controversy was just fifty-four years old. She needed an operation on her knee to address some pain it was causing her. It was her left knee. Doctors decided that a replacement operation would be the best. However, during the course of that procedure, they impacted her tibial nerve. Due to that surgical error, she got drop foot. That required follow-up medical care to the tune of over $200,000. Also, she sustained almost $10,000 in lost wages from the incident. She sued the hospital and staff for malpractice. Her claim argued that their negligent treatment constituted malpractice and was the cause of her losses. In a private agreement, they settled with the woman for a combined sum of $1.25 million in compensation.

Claim Filed after New Mother Passes Away

This new case targets Illinois medical professionals and facilities for malpractice and wrongful death. The patient was a woman, thirty years old. She had a baby in late December. In the lead up to that birth, staff used an epidural anesthetic. The woman came back to the emergency room a few weeks later, in the new year. Her chest was giving her trouble and she was having a hard time breathing. Staff failed to diagnose her from hemothorax. This was caused by a surgical error that cut through her aorta. The error contributed to her death. Her children and husband survived her. They brought this case. They targeted the doctors and staff would rendered her care as well as the related partnership group. Franciscan St. James was associated to one of the nurses involved in this incident.

$20,600,000 Settlement; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Case

A middle-aged man was at the center of this hospital dispute. He went to an Illinois emergency room because he had pain in his abdomen. He was also vomiting and suffering from nausea. Doctors performed a CT-scan. They noticed a bunch of aneurysms in his pelvis. However, the plaintiff later alleged that they failed to diagnose that one of the aneurysms was bleeding. Then, he stated that this delayed diagnosis led to paralysis, lost toes (via amputation), and other major complications. This required him to employ round-the-clock medical care and give us his job as a machinist. This all came at great expense-almost $4 million in medical bills alone. He claimed the original staff and facility were negligent and responsible (he was later transferred to another hospital where the rupture was noticed). The defendants replied that the issue pre-existed their care. Also, they stated that the other facility’s staff caused rupture and subsequent bleeding. However, in the end, the issue was not decided by a jury. They settled for a whopping $20.6 million-$13.5 million was paid by Franciscan Alliance and the rest was paid by various insurance companies that represented the other defendants.

Olympia Fields, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you were injured while you were a patient at Franciscan St. James Health – Olympia Fields, your damages might be the result of medical negligence. The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have years of experience in protecting the public from mistakes caused in all medical settings. Contact our attorneys today to schedule an evaluation to discuss your case for financial compensation.

Our attorneys handle all medical malpractice cases, wrongful death lawsuits, and personal injury compensation claim through contingency fee arrangements. These agreements postpone your payment of all legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case in a court of law, or through a negotiated out of court settlement. All consultations are free and confidential.

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