Hardin County General Hospital is a 25-bed “not for profit” medical center providing services and cares for residents of Rosiclare and Hardin County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
P.O. Box 2467 Ferrell Road
Rosiclare, IL 62982
In addition to providing the community’s emergency care services, the facility also offers:
- Laboratory testing
- Respiratory therapy
- Social Services
- Risk management
Bloodstream Infection Rates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors facility-acquired bloodstream infection rates in involving methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI). The information is collected from laboratory test results obtained by patient staying at the facility for four days or longer. This information provides an invaluable measurement tool on the level of care provided by the facility. The current bloodstream infection rate for Hardin County General Hospital involves:
- Facility-Acquired Incident Rate involving MRSA – 2 infections out of 1473 patient days.
Inpatient Mortality Rate
Hospital discharge information collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is evaluated by the Illinois Department of Public Health to determine the processes of providing patient care. This information is used as an inpatient quality indicator on how to develop methods to reduce the number of short-term mortality rates at every Illinois hospital. For the year 2015, the inpatient mortality rate for Hardin County General Hospital involve:
- Pneumonia Patient Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate – The facility had a risk-adjusted rate of 21.05 per 1000 or 1 incident out of 74 patients.
- Congestive Heart Failure Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate – The facility had a risk-adjusted mortality rate of 52.07 per 1000 or 1 incident out of 40 patients.
The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that the two listed mortality rates were not “statistically significantly better or worse than the state average.”
Infection Prevention Staffing
The state of Illinois mandates specific licensing requirements that every Illinois hospital must develop, implement and enforce an infection prevention and control program to minimize the growing problem of facility-acquired infections. These measurements are based on the number of staff members involved in infection prevention for every 100 hospital beds. The Illinois Department of Public Health released infection prevention staffing numbers for this facility in the year 2015 that include:
- The Number of Infection Prevention and Control Staff Members for Every 100 beds – 2 per 100.
- The Number of CIC (Certified in Infection Control) Infection Prevention and Control Staff Members for Every 100 beds – zero per 100 beds.
Sub-Standards of Care
Even though most physicians work hard in providing care and services to their patient, often, they make mistakes or errors that cause serious harm. Because of that, the victim is given the opportunity to file a medical malpractice case or lawsuit against the doctor, facility, nurse or another medical provider to receive financial compensation for the harm or injury they have endured.
However, these cases are typically extremely complex and require the extensive experience of a personal injury attorney who has a comprehensive understanding of Illinois tort law. Not every unexpected negative medical outcome provides an opportunity to file a medical malpractice claim. In some cases, the patient suffered unintended side effects or unexpected outcomes.
Even so, when the treatment, surgery or procedure causes direct harm that could have been avoided, the victim usually has a legal claim against those who caused their injuries. To be successful, the attorney will need to work their way through the complicated legal system to prove their case to the defendant’s attorneys/insurance carrier or the jury in a lawsuit trial.
Medical malpractice is based on the standard of care provided to the victim. As an example, if the patient underwent heart surgery, they have a reasonable expectation of receiving an appropriate standard of care that any other patient with a similar condition would receive in their community. It might be that the harm was the direct result of the surgeon using a new unapproved technique or unusual surgical procedure.
When the victim wins their medical malpractice case, they are typically entitled to receive appropriate monetary damages. However, determining the level of compensation can be difficult. The attorney will use well-established measures to determine the victim’s “economic” and “non-economic” damages that could include:
- Past, current and future medical expenses
- Missing wages and lost time from work
- The inability to earn a living in the future due to the injury
- Intangible damages including pain, suffering, emotional distress, and mental anxiety
To begin the process of filing a claim for compensation, the attorney must file all the necessary paperwork for a compensation claim in the appropriate court. In Hardin County, that facility is located at:
P.O. Box 308
Elizabethtown, IL 62931
Circuit County Clerk Nancy Pennell
Rosiclare Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was harmed by medical malpractice while a patient at Hardin County General Hospital, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law offices now. Our Rosiclare personal injury attorneys can offer legal assistance on your behalf to ensure your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved.
We encourage you to contact our Hardin County medical malpractice law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive compensation lawsuit evaluation at no charge to you. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all hospital malpractice compensation claims through contingency fee arrangements.