HSHS St Elizabeth's Hospital is a ‘not for profit’ 289-certified-bed church-operated medical center providing cares to residents of Belleville and St. Clair County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
211 South 3rd Street
Belleville, IL 62221
In addition to providing urgent and emergency services to St. Clair County, HHS Saint Elizabeth Hospital provides other valuable services that include:
- Cancer care
- Stroke care
- Physical therapy
- Laboratory testing
- Heart care
- Wound care
- Surgical services
- Pulmonary medicine
- Pain management
- Diabetes and nutrition care
- Hospitalist services
When comparing this facility to other medical centers and hospitals throughout the US, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital maintains an overall “B-” score, ranking it in the 45th percentile. The calculated ranking was determined through publicly available data that includes patient flow, patient satisfaction, discharged patient length of stay, and reported complications. Lower scores might indicate a high percentage of medical malpractice, mistakes, and errors occurring at the facility.
The level of care that every hospital emergency department provides is crucial to the local community’s health. Analytics MD collects information and posts it online using percentile rankings as a comparison against all other hospital emergency rooms nationwide. Currently, the percentile ranking for the emergency room at HSHS Saint Elizabeth Hospital involves:
- Incoming Patient Flow 20th percentile) – This low ranking measures the inefficiency of how patients are evaluated after arriving at the emergency room.
- Discharged Patient Flow (7th percentile) – This extremely low percentile ranking measures the inefficiency of how the medical team provides treatment to less sick patients who will receive care and then be discharged from the ER.
- Admitted Patient Flow (17th percentile) – This extremely low rank measures the inefficiency of how the medical team provides treatment to sicker patients who will require admittance to the hospital from the ER.
- Frustrated Patients (13th percentile) – This low measurement indicates the level of frustration patients feel after receiving care and leaving the emergency department.
- Overall Patient Satisfaction (48th percentile) – This ranking reveals the overall patient experience in every hospital department.
HSHS St Elizabeth's Hospital currently holds two state designations that include:
- Perinatal II – This designation indicates that the hospital is a part of the Illinois Regionalized Perinatal System that was originally developed as an effective tool for improving perinatal outcomes to childbearing women and their newborn/fetus. As a Level II facility, the hospital provides a high level of care to childbearing women and their newborns who might be at risk for medical complications. While the facility does provide additional services and access to other facilities, they do not have a neonatal intensive care nursery or special care unit.
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) – This EDAP designation indicates that the hospital is part of the more than 100+ medical centers in the state recognized by the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program and the Illinois Department of Public Health for providing essential resources to meet the critical and emergent care needs of injured and severely ill pediatric patients. In addition, the hospital is staffed with specially trained medical professionals with a comprehensive understanding of critical and emergency pediatric care.
Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) Rate
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) that occur in intensive care units in critical care units. Figure 2017, the CLABSI rate included:
- Adult Medical/Surgical ICU-Related Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rate – 3 infection incidents out of 1746 central line days.
The IDPH determined that this rate is “not statistically significantly better or worse than the national average.
Bloodstream Infection Rate
The IDPH monitors facility-acquired contagious infection incident rates involving methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The status collected using laboratory testing results obtained from patients who have stayed at the hospital for at least four days. For 2017, the bloodstream infection rate for this facility included:
- Facility-Acquired MRSA Infection Incident Rate – 0 infection incidents out of 34,088 patient days.
- Facility-Acquired CDI Infection Incident Rate – 15 infection incidents out of 32,645 patient days.
The IDPH determined that these rates were “not statistically significantly better or worse than the national average.”
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving HSHS Facilities
Surgical Prep Causes Accident and Spurs Illinois Malpractice Claim
The patient involved in this hospital controversy was just a little boy. He was ten years old at the time of the incident. The events which gave rise to the dispute occurred at an HSHS facility. He needed an operation to account for a bone defect his doctors identified. Prior to the procedure, staff used a cleaning agent to sterilize his face called Hibiclens. Some of it went into his eye. Right away, he began to feel pain. However, doctors did not catch this surgical error. Instead, they misdiagnosed it as something else, a corneal abrasion. It took a few weeks before other physicians discovered the real reason for his eye pain. An ophthalmologist was able to treat him. Yet, he still experienced discomfort and vision loss. This claim was brought to make up for these developments. It targets the doctors and hospital involved in the matter and seeks compensation for his pain and losses.
Wrongful Death Case Brought after Hospital Visit
This hospital malpractice cause of action was brought by a family (a wife and two adult children). They filed it after their father passed away in an Illinois facility. He died after suffering a myocardial infarction. The plaintiffs allege that the medical staff failed to diagnose him properly. Specifically, they claim that he showed signs for coronary problems. Further, these were evidenced in tests (EKG) from when he went to the hospital on a prior occasion. Had the doctors checked those tests, the man might have been saved the family contends. The claim lists several parties for discovery purposes including HSHS Medical Group. The complaint seeks compensation for the tragedy of his loss and related harms and expenses the family endured.
Delivery Complications Spur New Malpractice Lawsuit
Here, a mother went to a HSHS facility for the birth of her baby. It was to be a little boy. However, the delivery did not go according to plan. In the course of the procedure, doctors encountered shoulder dystocia. They tried to account for that as they brought the little boy out. However, they used too much force and traction. Consequently, the baby suffered a birth injury. He sustained brachial plexus at all five of the nerve roots. Also, the C7/C8 spot of his spinal cord was affected as well. His arm would be permanently disabled from the trauma too. Representatives for the child brought this claim. It complains that the defendants’ negligence and malpractice directly caused his pain, handicap, and increased expenses. Further, it seeks compensation from the named parties including HSHS for these damages.
Trouble Arises after Woman Enters Illinois Emergency Room
Here, a young woman was rushed to an HSHS facility after being involved in an ATV accident. The vehicle rolled over when she was in it and caused her several serious injuries. At the hospital, staff put a breathing tube inside her. However, it appears that the tube was not properly placed. She began to experience difficulties but the staff at the ER did not respond quickly enough. Consequently, she experienced even further harms. This claim grew out of these developments. It cites the defendant facility and professionals with neglect, negligence, and malpractice. The husband also brought his own claim for the events. It cites a loss of consortium.
Belleville Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your family believes your loved one suffered harm or injuries by medical malpractice while they were a patient at HSHS St Elizabeth's Hospital, contact the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our skilled Belleville attorneys can work on your family’s behalf to successfully resolve your financial recompense claim against all those who caused your loved one’s harm.
We file claims against hospitals, medical centers, doctors, nursing staff, or facility employees in the appropriate courthouse. In St. Clair County, the courthouse is located at:
10 Public Square
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Circuit Court Clerk Kahalah A. Clay
Our law firm provides extensive case evaluations at no charge. There is no obligation to discuss the merits of your claim for compensation. Call our St. Clair County medical malpractice law offices today at (888) 424-5757. We provide immediate legal representation without any upfront payment. Our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or winning the case at trial in front of a judge and jury.