Illinois Valley Community Hospital Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Illinois Valley Community Hospital is a 64-bed “not for profit” medical center providing services and cares for residents of Peru and LaSalle County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
925 West Street
Peru, IL 61354
In addition to providing emergency medical care to the community, the facility also offers:
- Urgent care
- Massage therapy
- Sports medicine
- Therapy pool
- Occupational therapy
- Wellness program
- Physical rehabilitation and aquatics
- Orthopedics (hip replacement, joint replacement recovery care)
Analytics MD provides a comparative analysis of this facility to other U.S. hospitals and medical centers. Currently, Illinois Valley Community Hospital maintains an overall “B” score, ranking it in the 59th percentile. The ranking is calculated using publicly available data that includes staff responsiveness, emergency care, patient flow, overall patient satisfaction and reported complications. A medium to low score might indicate a high percentage of medical mistakes and errors that occur at the hospital.
Like all hospitals providing emergency care, the level of services provided by the Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s Emergency Department is crucial to the local community. High scores typically represent better-than-average care, where median to low numbers usually indicates problems occurring at the facility.
Currently, the Illinois Valley Community Hospital emergency department ranks high in quality care for incoming patient flow (71st percentile) measuring the efficiency that patients’ medical conditions are initially evaluated. The discharged patient flow ranks in the 82nd percentile, measuring how less sick patients are provided treatment.
The admitted patient flow, measuring the efficiency of providing treatment and cares to sicker patients ranked in the 68th percentile. However, it was the level of frustrated patients leaving the emergency department that ranked in the 52nd percentile. That said, the overall total patient satisfaction of the hospital in every department ranked in the 84th percentile.
Illinois State Designations
Illinois Valley Community Hospital maintains two specific state designations that include:
Perinatal II– The Level II recognition in the state’s Regionalized Perinatal System means that the facility must provide optimal perinatal outcomes of childbearing women and their newborns who are at risk for serious medical complications. While the hospital does not have a neonatal intensive care nursery or provide patients ancillary care in a special care unit, they do follow established protocols in early identifying and providing adequate treatment to childbearing mothers and their at-risk babies in need.
Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)– The EDAP designation means the facility is recognized by the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program and the Illinois Department of Public Health for providing essential emergency and critical care services to pediatric patients who are injured or seriously ill. The program is facilitated by professionals who have received special training in child critical and emergency care.
To maintain their status, the hospital must actively participate in the state’s approved emergency medical system and ensure that emergency care is provided around-the-clock to pediatric patients. In addition, the hospital must ensure the provisions and staff are adequately maintained and make available essential medication, equipment and supplies focusing on pediatric emergent care.
Bloodstream Infection Rates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors facility-acquired incident rates involving Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The data is the result of extensive laboratory test results obtained by patients who have been at the facility for at least four days. The measurable facility-acquired bloodstream infection rates for the Illinois Valley Community Hospital involve:
- Facility-Acquired Incident Rate Involving Clostridium Difficile Infections – 4 infection incidents out of 5,789 patient days for 2017.
Patient Safety Concerns
Statistical data collected and distributed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is monitored by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The current patient safety concerns involving this hospital include:
- Accidental Puncture or Laceration – The facility’s risk-adjusted rate of 0.74 per 1000 or 1 out of 2019 patients are approximately half the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 patients for 2015.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims and Awards involving Illinois Valley Community Hospital
$1,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Child Wrongful Death Case
This hospital matter involved a young baby girl. The mother presented to Illinois Valley Community Hospital for delivery. Apparently, in the course of labor, medical staff did not keep track of the child’s vitals. Either there were fetal distress signals, or the monitor was not working properly. Whatever the case, the child sustained anoxic injuries. This affected her entire organ system. The facility eventually noticed this and put her on life support. After a few weeks, her family decided to take her off it. Her parents and siblings survived her. They brought this action for wrongful death. They alleged the defendants negligence and malpractice caused her birth injuries and subsequent wrongful death. The family sought compensation for this tragedy and related harms. Faced with the prospect of an unsympathetic jury, the defendants decided to settle the matter. The dispute was ended, and the plaintiffs received $1 million in compensation.
$850,000 Settlement; Illinois Cancer Malpractice Case
This hospital controversy took place over a number of years-five to be precise. The patient was a woman in her late thirties. She received care at the Illinois Valley Community Hospital over the time period mentioned. Her doctor was a contractor for the facility. He was a pathologist. The reports indicate that he failed to diagnose her cervical cancer repeatedly. The doctor misread the pap smears over as many as five years. Of course, this meant that the cancer did not get diagnosed or treated. Thankfully, it finally was found, and she received treatment. Fortunately, she went into remission. Although, she still brought a claim for the damage that the delayed diagnosis caused her. This is a very common form of complaint. The case for negligence and malpractice targeted the doctor only. His errors were stark and obvious. Due to this fact, he decided not to try the matter. Instead the two sides were able to work out a deal. The woman ended the matter for a reported $850,000.
$595,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case
Here, a claim was brought against a hospital after an elderly woman passed away following a visit to the facility (Illinois Valley Community Hospital). She was seventy-eight at the time of the relevant events. Apparently, staff did not review her condition sufficiently. Despite her medical chart history, they failed to diagnose her for heart and general cardiac issues. They merely treated the issue as muscular-related and discharged her. A few days later, she died from coronary arterial disease. Her estate was left with over $50,000 in medical bills. Her representatives brought a claim against the doctors and hospital. The complaint stated that they failed to diagnose and treat her. Further, it reasoned that their negligent conduct caused or at least substantially contributed to her early passing. The defendants replied to the case but did not present their objections to a jury. Rather, they chose to settle with the plaintiffs for a reported $595,000. Of that amount, $100,000 was contributed by the hospital to resolve the dispute.
Surgical Error Complicates Woman’s Stay at Hospital
Here, a woman entered Illinois Valley Community Hospital to have an operation done. She needed laparoscopic hernia treatments. With laparoscopic procedures, surgeons can use tiny instruments to operate remotely and be minimally invasive as possible. They normally come with great success rates and leave little scarring or impact. That was not the case here. During the hernia repair operation, her abdomen was perforated. Then, doctors failed to identify or diagnose the growing complication. Consequently, things only got worse. She developed sepsis and other problems. This required her to stay in the hospital even longer than originally intended. Needless to say, this surgical error cost her in the form of medical bills as well as physical injuries. She brought this claim against the doctors who rendered the care and hospital where it occurred. It sought compensation for their alleged malpractice.
Peru Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you have suspicions that your loved one was the victim of medical malpractice while a patient at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our Peru personal injury attorneys have represented clients who have suffered harm through medical mistakes by caregivers.
Our law firm can handle every aspect of your complicated recompense claim and ensure that all necessary paperwork and documents are filed with the Circuit Court Clerk in the appropriate county. In LaSalle County, the facility is located at:
119 W. Madison St., Room 201
Ottawa, IL 61350
Circuit Court Clerk Greg Vaccaro
We urge you to contact our LaSalle County medical malpractice law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers for legal answers during a comprehensive, no-obligation case evaluation. We accept every medical mistake compensation claim through contingency fee arrangements. Our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law. All information you share with our law offices concerning your case, evidence, and personal information will remain confidential.