HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is a 25-bed “not-for-profit” medical facility providing cares and services to the residents of Highland and Madison County, Illinois the Center is located at:
1515 E. Main St.
Highland Illinois 62249
In addition to providing emergency care services to the local community, the facility also offers:
- Cancer care
- Primary care
- Maternity care
- Inpatient care
- Sleep medicine
- Laboratory services
- Cardiac care
- Children and Women Center
- Stroke care
- Robotic surgery
- Specialty Clinic
- Maternity care
- Pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation
- Home care
When comparing this facility to other hospitals and medical centers nationwide, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital maintains an overall “A” score, ranking it in the 83rd percentile. The calculated ranking uses publicly available information including patient flow, patient satisfaction, cost efficiency, doctor/patient communication, and reported complications. A lower score might be indicative of a high number of medical malpractice cases, errors and mistakes happening at the hospital.
The level of care the emergency department provides a local community is crucial to every citizen. Analytics MD reports that HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital ranks high compared to all other hospitals in the United States. The current ranking at the facility involves:
- Incoming Patient Flow (86th percentile) – This ranking measures the level of efficiency of how patients are evaluated after being admitted to the emergency facility.
- Discharged Patient Flow (93rd percentile) – This ranking measures the level of efficiency of how the medical team treats less sick patients who will be discharged from the emergency room.
- Admitted Patient Flow (92nd percentile) – This ranking measures the level of efficiency of how the medical team treats sicker patients who will require admittance to the hospital from the emergency room.
- Frustrated Patients (52nd percentile) – This ranking measures how frustrated patients are after leaving the emergency room.
- Overall Patient Satisfaction (86th percentile) – This ranking measures the overall patient experience of receiving services and cares in every department in the hospital.
Illinois State Designations
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital maintains one specific state designation that includes:
- Standby Emergency Department for Pediatrics (SEDP) – This hospital is part of the 100+ medical facilities in Illinois recognized by the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program and Illinois Department of Public Health for providing essential resources for injured and seriously ill pediatric patients who require critical and emergency care. The voluntary program offers emergency and critical care to pediatric patients by specially trained medical professionals who have access to essential pediatric medication, supplies, and equipment.
- In addition, the recognized SEDP facility follows established protocols for providing treatment to injured, critically ill and abused children who require specialized care or a transfer to more definitive services. In addition, the hospital participates in conducting pediatric improvement activities and ensure that adequate provisions and staffing are always on hand for pediatric backup support and consultations.
Bloodstream Infection Rate
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) constantly monitors the facility-onset incident rates involving Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) gathered by laboratory results involving patients who have remained at the facility for four days or longer. The summary measurement is used to determine whether the facility’s infection rate is statistically different compared to national and state averages.
For 2017, the bloodstream infection rate involving MRSA and CDI at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital include:
- CDI Facility Acquired Incident Rate Bloodstream Infection Rate – 2 infections incidents out of 6745 patient days. The IDPH determined that this rate is “not statistically significantly better or worse than the national average.”
- MRSA Facility-Acquired Incident Rate Bloodstream Infections – 0 infection incidents out of 6745 patient days.
Data supplied by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through their Hospital Compare Website reveals the number of patients who have been discharged from the hospital who require readmission due to a serious complication or a failure to transfer smoothly to a nursing facility or the family’s home.
The current readmission rates involving HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital includes the following (7/1/2014-6/30/2017):
- The percentage of pneumonia patients who required readmittance of the facility within 30 days – 16.1 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- The percentage of heart failure patients who required readmittance to the hospital within 30 days – 20.5 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 22.09 percent.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving HSHS and St. Joseph’s
Pro Se Plaintiff Files Suit Against Illinois Hospital.
Here, a woman brought an action against an Illinois hospital, medical company, and nurse. She had shoulder surgery performed at the facility. In the run up to that operation, the nurse handling the anesthesia tried to intubate her. In the course of doing that, she cut through the woman’s pharynx. This led to numbness as well as throat and mouth problems. For these injuries, the woman brought a case in Illinois court. It alleges damages related to the pain and expense directly caused by the claimed malpractice. The conclusion of this dispute has not yet been publicized.
Simple Injection Causes Grave Consequences in New Suit
The plaintiff in this hospital cause of action brought the case after he went to a local Illinois hospital to undergo treatment for a back issue. Staff decided that he needed an injection. They placed the needle into a space in the lumbar area of his back. Unfortunately, it appears (at least from the man's subsequent claims) that they did not sterilize the region first. Of course, that would be standard medical practice. After the injection, he developed an infection. Also, he was permanently disabled from the incident. He sued the doctors, medical company, and hospitals involved in the ordeal. He stated that their negligence and malpractice were responsible for these events and his future harms. He sought compensation for the losses that accrued including harm, long-term suffering, and bills. Not long after this lawsuit was filed, it was removed to a different county in Illinois.
Man Files New Claim after Staff Mess up Prostate Operation.
Here, a middle-aged man was staying at a HSHS facility in Illinois. He needed a urinary catheter placed so staff did that without incident. However, issues arose when they tried to remove it. When nurses attempted to take it out, they injured his bladder and prostate. Just a few weeks later, he was back in another hospital for treatment related to benign prostatic hyperplasia, commonly referred to as BPH. Doctors were to use a laser for that procedure. Yet, surgeons went above and beyond the consented to operation and performed a resection of his prostate as well. This caused him additional injury. He did not consent to this. The man ended up bringing a claim after this entire ordeal and all of the surgical errors he experienced along the way. He sued the various hospital and doctors involved for malpractice and damages.
Highland Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect that your loved one suffered serious harm through medical malpractice while a patient at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our Highland personal injury lawyers working on your behalf can file and resolve your compensation claim against every individual and entity who caused your loved one’s harm. Allow our law firm to file all the necessary paperwork in the appropriate courthouse. In Madison County, the facility is located at:
P155 North Main Street
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
Circuit Court Clerk Mark von Nida
We encourage you to contact our Madison County medical malpractice law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case consultation now. Talk with one of our reputable attorneys to discuss every available legal option. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case and medical malpractice recompense claim on a contingency fee arrangement.