Franklin Hospital is a 25-bed government-owned Medical Center providing cares and services to residents of Benton and Franklin County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
201 Bailey Ln.
Benton, IL 62812
The facility provides various medical services to the local community that include:
- Cardiopulmonary care
- Emergency room services
- Laboratory tests
- Specialty clinics
- Therapy services
- Senior care
- Case management
- Adult hospitalist program
Inpatient Mortality Rate
Illinois through the Department of Health reviews data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) using rate adjustment rates and a Report Card mythology. This data provides inpatient quality indicators for determining if short-term mortality rates can be reduced. Throughout 2015, the inpatient mortality concerns at Franklin Hospital include:
- Pneumonia-Associated Mortality Rate – 63.82 per 1000 or 3 out of 63 patients. This risk-adjusted rate is more than 2.5 times higher than the Illinois state average of 23.48 per thousand patients.
Readmission and 30-Day Mortality Rates
A specific number of patients at every hospital are readmitted to the facility from the family’s home or another care facility due to complications. Data accumulated by the Hospital Compare website revealed the following readmission rates for Franklin Hospital between 07/01/2014 and 06/30/2017 that include:
- Readmitted Pneumonia Patients – 17.7 percent of all pneumonia patients were readmitted to the facility within 30 days. The hospital’s averages approximately the same as the overall Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Readmitted Heart Failure Patients – 21.4 percent of all heart failure patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. The hospital’s average is slightly lower than the overall Illinois state average of 22.09 percent. Note: these numbers cover the time period from 07/01/2012 to 06/30/2015.
- Pneumonia Patients – 15.7 percent of all pneumonia patients died within 30 days of admission to the hospital. The hospital’s average is close to the overall Illinois state average of 16.32 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients – 12.6 percent of all heart failure patients died within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital. The hospital’s average is slightly higher than the overall Illinois state average of 11.83 percent. Note: these numbers cover the time period from 07/01/2012 to 06/30/2015.
Emergency Department Services and Utilization
A high number of patients using the Facility’s Emergency Department could indicate a substandard level of care. Statistics reviewed on the U.S. Health and Human Services Hospital Compare website involving the Franklin Hospital’s emergency department utilization data accumulated between 01/01/2017 and 12/31/2017 revealed the amount of time the average emergency room visit took in the number of patients seen. This data includes:
- Total number of emergency department visits – 5,419 patients
- Total number of inpatient emergency department visits – 45 patients
- Total number of outpatient emergency department visits – 5,374 patients
- 316 Minutes – The amount of time from when the patient arrived at the emergency department to the time they were discharged. Note: these numbers cover the time period from 04/01/2017 to 03/31/2018
- 11 Minutes – The amount of time it took for the emergency department patient’s arrival until the diagnostic evaluation had been completed by a qualified medical professional. Note: these numbers cover the time period from 04/01/2017 to 03/31/2018
- 28 Minutes – The amount of time it took for the emergency department patient to receive pain medication for a long bone fracture. Note: these numbers cover the time period from 04/01/2017 to 03/31/2018
- 1.61 percent of Patients at the emergency room for all of 2017 left against medical advice or discontinued care.
Medical Malpractice Claim for Compensation
Tens of thousands of hospital patients die every year due to a medical mistake. However, not every case involves malpractice where the doctor, nurse or another medical provider’s negligent action directly led to the patient’s damages. So, if you’re considering a medical malpractice claim for compensation, what do you need to understand between negligent medical care and the unfortunate outcome of a medical condition caused by a complication or risky procedure?
Making an allegation of malpractice is much different than proving the case in court. These types of cases tend to be extremely difficult to litigate and expensive to resolve. In fact, without the help of a skilled personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases, the chances of winning sizable compensation is limited. It is important to note that many lawyers dabble in medical malpractice and personal injury cases but often have low success rates. Instead, it is best to choose a lawyer whose credentials reflect the amount of experience they have in resolving medical malpractice cases.
The decision of whether to proceed with the potential medical malpractice lawsuit or claim for compensation requires an extensive evaluation of the merits of the case. In addition, the numbers of damages based on the degree of injuries are a crucial consideration. The attorney will decide whether the victim will require additional procedures, surgeries or treatments to fully recover from their injury, or whether they sustained lifelong damages.
Once the determination has been made to proceed with the case, the lawyer will begin the process of filing all the necessary documents and paperwork in the appropriate court. In Franklin County, the county courthouse is at:
Franklin County Circuit Court
PO Box 485
Benton, IL 62812
Circuit Court Clerk James Muir
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims & Settlements Involving Franklin Hospital
$1,510,534 Verdict; Illinois IV Malpractice Case
The patient who filed this hospital cause of action was sixty-nine at the time of the relevant events. Staff admitted her to the emergency room for care and examination. For some unknown reason, a nurse started giving her Dilantin through an IV. The IV insertion was put into her leg. Right away, this started to cause pain for the woman. She told the facility staff about the problem then and for several hours. She claimed in court later that this led to extravasation. Then, she developed “Purple Foot Syndrome.” This required an amputation. The entire ordeal caused her almost one quarter of a million dollars in medical bills. She sued for malpractice and negligence. Her claim argued that their care was negligent, and they failed to diagnose her declining health. She sought compensation for the harms and losses that necessarily resulted including disability, pain, and costs. The defendant agreed that it was negligent. However, it argued that an embolism-rather than the IV error-necessitated the amputation. Eventually, a jury decided the matter. It found for the woman and awarded her $1,510,534 for medical bills, caretaking costs, suffering, pain, disfigurement, and disability. Also, her husband obtained a judgment of $200,000 for lost consortium.
Benton Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is suffered serious injury or wrongful death due to the medical negligence of the hospital, doctor or nurse, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our team of Benton medical malpractice attorneys can work on your behalf to ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve. Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free consultation. No upfront payment is necessary because all cases are excepted on contingency.