Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital is an 80-bed “not for profit” facility providing services and cares to residents of Dixon and Lee County, Illinois. The Medical Center is located at:
403 East First Street
Dixon, IL 61021
In an analysis comparison involving all medical centers and hospitals in the United States, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital maintains an overall “C+” score, ranking it in the 36th percentile. The ranking is calculated using publicly available information including patient satisfaction, patient flow, patient/doctor communication, cost efficiency, and reported complications. Low scores might be indicative of a high percentage of medical malpractice cases, mistakes or errors occurring at the facility.
The emergency department at every hospital is an essential component to the level of emergent care the facility provides. According to Analytics MD, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital ranks medium to low compared to all other facilities in the United States. Their discharge patient flow measurement of how the facility provides efficient treatment for less sick patients ranked in the 50th percentile nationwide. In addition, their admitted patient flow measurement of how efficient sicker patients received treatment ranked in the 56th percentile.
However, it was a level of measurements of how often the patient leaves the emergency department frustrated that was significantly notable. The facility’s frustrated patient’s measurement ranked in the 52nd percentile. In addition, the incoming patient flow – a measurement noting the efficiency of how the patient is seen and evaluated when first arriving at the emergency department ranked low in the 20th percentile. Overall patient satisfaction in every department in the hospital ranked in the 55th percentile.
Illinois State Designations
Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital maintains two specific state designations that include:
- Perinatal II – The hospital is recognized as a Level II perinatal care facility meaning it provides a level of care to childbearing women and their newborn who might be at risk for expected or unexpected medical complications. However, the facility does not offer a neonatal intensive care nursery or special care unit.
The state of Illinois has developed a Regionalized Perineal System to minimize perinatal difficulties by ensuring that all pregnant women and/or their at-risk newborns receive the appropriate level of care. The program was designed to combine various services including medical, nursing and ancillary care the pregnant woman or their newborn requires.
- Standby Emergency Department for Pediatrics (SEDP) – The SEDP designation means that the hospital participates in an Illinois approved emergency medical system to ensure that pediatric patients receive optimal emergency care and have access to available transfer mechanisms and agreements when more defined care is required.
The program is highly successful due to its specially trained professionals providing pediatric critical and emergency care. In addition, these programs follow established protocols for treating critically ill, abused and injured children. The facility is required to always have adequate provisions and staffing along with backup support and ensure there is essential pediatric supplies, medication, and equipment available 24/7.
Bloodstream Infection Rate
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors hospitals and their facility-acquired infection incident rates for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) to use as a summary measurement to determine if the bloodstream infection rates are statistically different from state and national average ratings. For the year 2015, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital bloodstream infection rate measurements involved:
- MRSA Facility-Acquired Blood Infection Incident Rates – 1 MRSA infection out of 11297 Patient Days
- CDI Facility-Acquired Blood Infection Incident Rates – 11 CDI infections out of 10,716 Patient Days. The Illinois Department of Public Health has determined that this rate is statistically significantly worse than the national average.
The IDPH monitors hospital discharge information collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to measure in-hospital adverse events and complications. This information provides inpatient quality indicators on how to determine the level of care the facility is providing every patient. The notable patient safety concerns involving this facility include:
- 1 Foreign Body Left inside n the Patient during a Procedure
- 8 Accidental Lacerations and Punctures Rate – This risk-adjusted rate of 5.09 per 1000 or 8 out of 2670 patients is nearly 4 times the state average of 1.45 incidents per 1000 patients.
- 1 Postoperative Hematoma or Hemorrhage Rate – This risk-adjusted rate of 3.15 per 1000 or 1 out of 436 patients is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 4.46 per 1000 patients.
- 2 Postoperative Respiratory Failures Rate – This risk-adjusted rate of 5.35 per 1000 or 2 out of 287 patients is significantly lower than the Illinois state average of 8.04 per 1000 patients.
Dixon Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you believe your loved one suffered harm from a medical mistake while a patient at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our dedicated Dixon personal injury lawyers can work on your behalf to file and resolve your claim for compensation against all those who caused your loved one’s harm, injury or premature death. Our attorneys can file all the necessary paperwork in the appropriate courthouse. In Lee County, that facility is located at:
309 S. Galena, Suite 320
Dixon, IL 61021
Circuit Court Clerk Denise McCaffrey
We urge you to contact our Lee County medical malpractice law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers to determine your legal options during a comprehensive, no-obligation case review at no charge to you. No upfront fees or retainers are necessary because our law firm accepts every medical malpractice compensation claim through a contingency fee arrangement.