Heartland Regional Medical Center Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Heartland Regional Medical Center is a “for-profit” 98-certified-bed Medical Center providing cares and services to the residents of Marion and Williamson County, Illinois. The hospital is located at:
3333 W. De Young Street
Marion, IL 62959
In addition to providing emergency services, the facility also offers other valuable cares that include:
- Cardiac care
- Surgical services
- Rehabilitation services
- Orthopedic services
- Neurology care
- Maternity care
- Laboratory testing
- Wound care
- Urgent care
- Women’s health
- Diagnostic imaging
- Women’s diagnostic services
In a comparison analysis involving all medical centers and hospitals throughout the US, Heartland Regional Medical Center maintains an overall “B-” score, ranking it in the 40th percentile. The calculated ranking uses publicly available information including patient flow, admitted patient length of stay, overall patient satisfaction, and reported complications. A low to median score might indicate a high percentage of medical malpractice, mistakes, and errors occurring at the facility.
The level of emergency and urgent care provided by the hospital’s emergency room is crucial to the local community. Analytics MD gathers information on every nationwide emergency room and posts the information and percentile rankings to be used as a comparison against all facilities. Currently, the emergency department percentile rankings for Heartland Regional Medical Center include:
- Incoming Patient Flow (33rd percentile) – This low measurement ranks the efficiency of how patients are initially evaluated after arriving at the emergency department.
- Discharged Patient Flow (29th percentile) – This low measurement ranks the efficiency of how the medical team provides treatment to less sick patients who will receive care and be discharged from the ER.
- Admitted Patient Flow (15th percentile) – This extremely low measurement ranks the inefficiency of how the medical team provides care and treatment to sicker patients who will require admittance to the hospital from the ER.
- Frustrated Patients (25th percentile) – This low measurement ranks how frustrated patients are after receiving care and leaving the emergency department.
- Overall Patient Satisfaction (18th percentile) – This extremely low measurement ranks the overall patient experience in every department at the hospital.
Heartland Regional Medical Center currently holds two state designations that include:
- Perinatal II
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
Bloodstream Infection Rate
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors facility-acquired contagious infection incident rates involving Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) data accumulated through laboratory testing results of patients who have been at the facility for Throop for more than three days. This information determines if the infection rate at the facility is “statistically different from the national average. For 2017, the bloodstream infection rate involving Heartland Regional Medical Center included:
- Facility-Acquired CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection) Infection Rate – 9 infection incidents out of 9,934 patient days. The IDPH determined that this rate is “not statistically significantly better or worse than the national average.”
- Facility-Acquired M RSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Infection Rate – 0 infections of 10,904 patient days.
Patient Safety Concerns
The IDPH monitors patient safety measures involving potential adverse events and hospital complications after procedures and surgeries. These inpatient quality indicators are collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and distributed through risk adjustment and report card methodologies. For 2015, the patient safety concerns involving Heartland Regional Medical Center include:
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 23.26 per 1000 or 11 deaths out of 481 patients is nearly 3 times the Illinois state average of 8.04 per 1000 patients. The IDPH determined that this risk-adjusted rate is “statistically significantly worse than the state average.
The IDPH determined that the following patient safety concerns were “not statistically significantly better or worse than the state average.
- Postoperative Clotting (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or Lung Embolism Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 6.76 per 1004 incidents out of 756 patients is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 5.62 per 1000 patients.
- Accidental Puncture Laceration Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 3.41 per 1005 incidents of 2465 patients is more than double the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 patients.
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 4.69 per 1000 or two incidents out of 722 patients is nearly identical to the Illinois state average of 4.46 per 1000 patients.
Medical Malpractice Claims and Awards involving Heartland Regional Medical Center
Surgical Procedure Goes Awry and Leads to New Case
The heart of this medical dispute was-allegedly-a broken promise. The events giving rise to the controversy occurred at Heartland Regional Medical Center. The patient (a middle-aged male) needed various heart operations done including cardiac catheterization and potentially a cardiac intervention. Representatives that brought the suit allege that medical staff instructed the man that a surgeon would be onsite in case trouble arose. There was no such surgeon. When trouble did arise in the course of that procedure, the man could not be transferred for advanced care because they put a balloon pump inside him. He subsequently developed an infection as well as other issues and passed away a few weeks later. This claim targeted the normal damages sought in medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. Due to the egregious nature of the unbroken promises (from their perspective), they asked for punitive damages as well. Those are meant to punish defendants and are normally disallowed in medical litigation. This cause of action was transferred to a different jurisdiction after its original filing.
Man Passes Away After Medical Staff Delay Transfer
This hospital negligence and wrongful death matter was brought by a mother and her two children. The events which precipitated and demanded the claim were tragic. The beloved father to the kids and husband to the wife was taken to Marion Hospital after being involved in a motorcycle accident. Apparently, he was supposed to be transferred to another medical facility in St. Louis, Missouri for further consultation and treatment. However, the air transport team delayed the transfer almost two hours. Later that night, he died from the wounds he sustained in the motorcycle altercation. The plaintiffs believed that the team’s delay and the man’s death were linked. They targeted the defendants with malpractice and claimed their errors contributed to the man’s premature death. They sought compensation for their suffering, his pain, and costs associated with the matter.
Marion Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one was harmed by medical malpractice while a patient at Heartland Regional Medical Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our team of Marion nursing home attorneys can assist your family and successfully resolving your case for financial recompense against all parties who caused your loved one’s harm including the hospital, medical center, staff members, other health care providers or facility employees. Let our attorneys file your claim for compensation in the appropriate courthouse at:
200 West Jefferson, Suite 100
Marion, Illinois 62959-2494
Circuit Court Clerk Angie Kochan
We urge you to contact our Williamson County medical malpractice law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers to determine your legal options during a comprehensive, no-obligation free case evaluation. No upfront payments are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit and medical malpractice compensation claim on contingency. We are paid only after negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or winning your case at trial.
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