Holy Cross Hospital Malpractice Lawyers
Holy Cross Hospital is an HFAP-accredited 274-bed hospital providing cares and services to residents in Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2701 W 68th Street
Chicago IL 60629
Holy Cross Hospital is closely affiliated with Chicago area churches, institutions and schools. The facility provides various health care services that include:
- Emergency medical care
- Bariatric surgery
- Orthopedic care
- Neurology and stroke care
- Children's rehabilitation
- Pain management
- Prosthetics and orthotics
- Cancer care
- Brain trauma care
- Behavioral health
- Subacute care
- Spinal cord injury care
- Women's health
- Internal medicine
- Infectious diseases
- Vascular and heart care
- Family medicine
- Pregnancy and childbirth care
- Neonatal intensive care
- Radiology and imaging
Illinois State Designations
Holy Cross Hospital maintains the following designations:
- Primary Stroke Center – Federal and State hospital regulators recognize that Holy Cross Hospital meets the standards to maintain a designation as a Primary Stroke Center issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The facility supports better outcomes for stroke victims through a qualified medical professional staff trained in appropriate stroke care.
- Perinatal II – The Illinois Department of Public Health has certified the hospital as a Perinatal II facility to provide exceptional care for pregnant mothers and newborns at risk for medical complications. The hospital provides additional services facilities and equipment but does not maintain an on-site neonatal intensive care unit.
- According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, Holy Cross Hospital reported the following medical errors which may be of concern to patients and their families.
Health Care-Associated Infections
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Adult Medical ICU (in 2017) with zero reported infections for 591 central-line days
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of MRSA (for 2017) – one patient suffered from Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections over 48,507 patient days.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI (for 2017) – 19 patients suffer from Clostridium difficile infections over 48,507.
While every hospital and medical facility has issues that compromise patient safety, the federal government and State of Illinois monitor statistics to determine certain problems that are occurring at a higher rate than expected. Patient safety concerns at wholly cross the include:
- Unexpected Deaths (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 out of 1,221 patients
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) – 1 out of 9,206 patients
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) – 1 out of 870 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure (for 2015) – 4 out of 152 patients suffered postoperative respiratory failure with the risk-adjusted rate of 22.54 per 1000 patients which is nearly 3 times the Illinois rate of 8.04 per 1000.
- Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Main Thrombosis (DVT Clotting) for 2015 – Two patients out of 686 patients suffered from DVT or postoperative lung embolism for a risk-adjusted rate of 2.65 per 1000 the nearly matches the Illinois state average of 5.62 per 1000.
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration for 2015 – Three out of 8273 suffered an accidental laceration or puncture wounds at the facility. The statistical risk-adjusted rate of 123 per 1000 patients is slightly lower than the Illinois average of 1.45 per 1000.
- Pneumonia Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days after Departure (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 17.4% of patients were readmitted to the facility within 30 days suffering a recurrence of pneumonia. This statistic is close to the Illinois average of 17.37% and the national average of 16.9%.
- Pneumonia Thirty-Day Mortality Rate (between January 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 16.8% of all Patients receiving care for Pneumonia died within the first 30 days after Hospital Admittance. This statistic is slightly higher than the national average (15.9%) and the Illinois average (15.98%).
- Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between January 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 27% of all patients treated for heart failure at the facility were readmitted within 30 days. This statistic is significantly higher than the national average (21.6%) and Illinois average (21.78%).
- Heart Failure 30 Day Mortality Rate (between January 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 9.1% of all patients treated for heart failure died within 30 days of admittance to the facility. This statistic Is slightly lower than the national average (11.9%) an Illinois average (11.67%).
Medical Malpractice Claims and Awards involving Holy Cross Hospital
$2,500,000 Settlement; Illinois MRSA Infection Case
Here, a man in his early forties sued an Illinois hospital (Holy Cross) after a series of developments left him with foot drop, back problems, and a whole host of other problems. He was initially reviewed at the facility by his main doctor. That physician diagnosed him with MRSA. He was sent to an infectious disease specialist. That professional treated him with a series of IV medications. The MRSA appeared to recede, and he seemed to be getting better. However, he returned just a few weeks later. His back hurt and he wanted it looked at. Staff determined that it was merely a sprain. They gave him a pain prescription and sent him on his way. Yet, they failed to diagnose him for MRSA. In fact, it had returned. Due to this delay, the infection was not treated for several months and the condition started to affect his brain. When it was finally spotted, doctors put the man on a round of surgeries. Even with these operations, he still suffered from osteomyelitis and foot drop. The former demanded its own spinal surgery. This cause of action was the result of the original oversight in diagnosis. It targeted the doctor and facility with malpractice. The legal claim asked for damages that their errors led to including pain and suffering. Thankfully, the man could still work after these developments. In a private settlement, the defendants compensated the man to the tune of $2.5 million. The bulk of this came from the hospital ($2 million) and the rest came from the doctor.
$8,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Wrongful Death Case
This tragic series of events culminated with the untimely death of a young, 41-year-old man. He entered Holy Cross Hospital because of problems related to his asthma. Allegedly, staff at the facility did not take a number of appropriate steps as required by his condition. For example, they did not correctly diagnose his respiratory troubles. Instead, they merely labeled them as moderate. Then, staff did not conduct a peak flow rating. Also, they failed to monitor him in a one-on-one fashion. The consequence of these errors was that he went into respiratory arrest. He suffered ischemic encephalopathy. This put him a coma where he would stay for approximately four years. Finally, he passed away. His two kids and wife survived him. They brought suit against the parties who rendered his care. That case fetched a $7 million verdict. Subsequent to that, the family was able to obtain an $8 million settlement to finally end the matter for good.
$1,200,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Case
The patient involved in this Illinois hospital cause of action was fifty-six. He needed an aortic resection completed due to an aneurysm. The operation was completed at Holy Cross Hospital. During the performance of that procedure, he began to experience bleeding. Unfortunately, medical staff including the attending physician did not spot, diagnose, or fix the problem. As a result, he fell into cardiac arrest. That eventually took his life. His two children (both boys) survived him. They were adults at the time of the lawsuit. Together, they sued the doctor and hospital for negligence and wrongful death. As proof of their claim, they pointed to the delay in diagnosis and treatment. Their claim argued these failures caused or at least substantially contributed to their father’s death. They sought compensation for the pain, loss, and tragedy of the entire ordeal. In a combined settlement, the defendants gave the plaintiffs a $1.2 million sum to end the dispute.
$750,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case
Here, a seventeen-year-old boy died soon after being discharged from an Illinois hospital (Holy Cross). He entered the emergency room for testing on a late September day. Staff saw high liver enzyme counts and cardiomegaly. They did not check or diagnose him for heart failure or cardiomyopathy. Rather, they told him he had gastritis and sent him on his way. Not more than a week later, the boy passed away from these very issues. This case was brought subsequent to these developments. It charged the hospital and staff with negligence, malpractice, and wrongful death. Specifically, they cited the parties with error for failing to diagnose him properly. To this point, the defendants replied that the boy would have died even if they caught it sooner. They thought his condition was that bad! Realizing that this would not be a winning argument in court, they moved to settle. The plaintiffs ended up obtaining a $750,000 settlement package for the damages that arose in this tragic ordeal.
If you suffered severe injury or harm while you were a patient at Holy Cross Hospital, your damages might be the result of medical negligence. The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC remains committed to protecting the public from mistakes occurring in all medical settings. Contact our attorneys today to discuss schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation.
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