HSHS St Mary's Hospital is a 244-bed “not for profit” church-associated medical center providing services and cares for residents of Decatur and Macon County Illinois. The facility is located at:
1800 East Lake Shore Drive
Decatur, IL 62521
Along with providing emergency medical care to the community, the facility also offers:
- Adult day services
- Laboratory services
- Cancer care
- Pain management
- Orthopedic services
- Surgical services
- Wound care
- Vascular services
- Behavioral healthcare
- Stroke care
- Women services
- Maternal childcare
- Nutrition and diabetes
When comparing this facility to other medical centers and hospitals in the United States, HSHS Mary’s Hospital maintains an overall “B” score, ranking it in the 54th percentile. The rankings are calculated using publicly available data including patient flow, initial assessment flow, staff responsiveness, patient satisfaction and reported complications. Lowers rankings might indicate a high percentage of medical malpractice/mistakes and errors occurring at the hospital.
Like every hospital in the United States, the St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room must provide a high level of care to the local community to ensure that every patient requiring emergency services is treated quickly. Analytics MD reports that the emergency department at this facility ranks low in nearly every key indicator of quality care. This includes:
- Incoming Patient Flow (17th percentile) – This low measurement indicates the level of care patients receive when being seen and evaluated in the emergency department.
- Discharge Patient Flow (48th percentile) – This low measurement indicates how the facility efficiently treats less sick patients who do not require admission to the hospital.
- Admitted Patient Flow (45th percentile) – This low measurement indicates how the facility efficiently treats sicker patients who must be admitted to the hospital.
- Frustrated Patients (35th percentile) – This measurement indicates the level of frustrated patients who leave the emergency department.
Even with these low numbers, the overall patient satisfaction involving every department in the facility rank in the 50th percentile. In addition, the inpatient cost efficiency at St. Mary’s Hospital ranked in the 83rd percentile among all hospitals and medical centers in the U.S.
Illinois State Designations
HSHS St Mary's Hospital maintains three specific state designations that include:
- Perinatal II – The Level II designation indicates that the facility is a part of the Illinois Regionalized Perinatal System providing services to childbearing women and their newborns at a level that improves perinatal outcomes. The program was designed to combine needed services including medical, nursing and ancillary care to high-risk women and their newborns who require neonatal procedures. The patients have access to subspecialists, specialized equipment, and a highly-trained hospital staff.
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) – The facility is recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health for participating in the Emergency Medical System for Children program facilitated by professionals who have received specialized training in pediatric critical and emergency care. The designation reveals that the hospital participates in providing emergency department care to children 24 hours every day. Patients have access to essential medication, supplies, and equipment with services facilitated by adequate staff members and backup support.
- Baby Friendly – The baby-friendly designation indicates that the facility participates in the promotion of breastfeeding. As a part of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, the hospital maintains a written breastfeeding policy and educates the healthcare staff how to implement the policy. This includes informing the childbearing woman of all the benefits of breastfeeding and effective management of how to ensure optimal breastfeeding outcomes.
Bloodstream Infection Rates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) routinely monitors the facility-acquired incident rates involving Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI). The information is gathered by laboratory test results at the hospital involving patients who have remained at the facility for four days or longer. This information helps provide a summary measurement to determine if the bloodstream infection rates at the hospital are statistically higher or worse than the national average. For the year 2017, the bloodstream infection rate at HSHS Mary’s Hospital involved:
- Facility-Acquired Incident Rates Involving M RSA Bloodstream Infections – 3 contagious infections incident out of 25,249 patient days.
- Facility Acquired Incident Rates Involving CDI Bloodstream Infections – 5 contagious infection incidents out of 23,754 patient days.
The IDPH determined that the statistical rates were not “significantly better or worse than the national average.”
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims involving HSHS and St. Mary’s
Coronary Surgery Leads to Accident and New Case in Illinois
The patient in this hospital controversy entered a medical facility in Decatur, Illinois for a coronary operation. Specifically, he needed a transluminal angioplasty. The procedure seemed to go off without a hitch. However, staff soon found out that a surgical error had in fact occurred. The man had experienced a radiation overdose over the course of the operation. They told him that he had been given more than the allowed amount of the drug. This claim was brought as a direct result of that mishap. It complaint targets the facility where the events occurred. It seeks compensation for the man’s damages including pain, suffering, and costs. The matter still awaits a resolution.
Man Sues Hospital after Botched Buttocks Operation
This hospital dispute started off almost as unfortunately as possible when a man fell down at home and cut his buttocks. He went right away to the local medical facility, HSHS St. Mary's. Once he arrived there, staff took a look to see what they could do. Eventually, they rendered care in a fashion they believed was suitable at the time. In courts filed later in Illinois court, the man claimed that it was actually deficient and constituted malpractice. He stated the staff did not properly clean out and suture up his wound site on the buttocks. This failure led to him getting an infection within the affected area. Also, it later even developed into sepsis. This rash of events led to his lawsuit. He asked for compensation related to his damages arising out of their surgical error including pain, emotional trauma, and bills. The complaint lists the hospitals and medical professionals involved as responsible.
Back Surgery Goes Awry and Patient Follows Up with a Claim
In this hospital matter, a man was admitted to an Illinois medical facility to treat back problems. Doctors prescribed and performed spinal surgery at the L5/S1 location. They fused the area together with hardware, screws as well as other devices and techniques. However, after the surgery was completed, the man noticed a number of symptoms. For instances, he felt numbness, inflammation, and other things. Eventually, the pain got so bad that he had to go back to the doctors some years later. Upon this visit, he found out that the original spinal fusion operation did not correctly implant the device within his body. This demanded yet another back surgery. Frustrated with the cost, pain, and aggravation of these events, he sued the doctors and hospital. He claimed they negligently performed the operation and sought compensation for all of the damages that their errors caused.
Decatur Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your loved one suffered serious harm through medical errors or mistakes while a patient at St. Mary’s Hospital, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm now. As your legal representative, our Decatur personal injury law firm can provide numerous options working on your behalf to hold those responsible for causing loved one harm both and legally and financially accountable.
Our law firm can ensure that all necessary paperwork and documentation are filed in the appropriate County Courthouse. In Macon County, the facility is located at:
253 Eastwood St.
Decatur, IL 62523
Circuit Court Clerk Lois Durbin
We encourage you to contact our Macon County medical malpractice law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive recompense case review. We provide immediate legal representation without any upfront payment. Our legal services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case in a court of law or through a negotiated out-of-court settlement.