AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange (formally La Grange Memorial Hospital) is a 196-certified bed facility providing cares and services to residents and visitors in Cook County, Illinois. The medical center is located at:
5101 S Willow Springs Rd
La Grange IL 60525
The medical center provides numerous medical and health services and cares to the community that includes:
- Orthopedic care
- Surgical care
- Vascular and Heart care
Illinois State Designations
- Perinatal II
- Trauma Center II
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, La Grange Memorial Hospital reported the following medical errors which may be of concern to patients and their families.
Health Care-Associated Infections
- Surgical Site Infections Associated with Total Knee Replacement Surgery (1/1/17 to 12/31/17) 2 infection from 171 procedures
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI for 2018 – 14 patients suffered Clostridium difficile infections out of 35,763 patient days.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of MRSA for 2018 – one patients suffered Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection out of 36,034 patient days.
Both the state and federal government agencies monitoring hospitals review statistical data to identify certain patient safety issues unique to the facility. Ongoing patient safety concerns at this facility include:
- Risk-Adjusted Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT clotting) (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 12 out of 1,839 patients
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 19 out of 7,576 patients
- Iatrogenic Pneumothorax (healthcare-associated collapsed lung) 2 out of 7,203 patients
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 4 out of 1,845 patients
- Pneumonia Patients Admitted to the Hospital within 30 days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 16.4% of all patients treated at the facility for pneumonia were readmitted to the facility 30 days after departure for retreatment. This statistical percentage is slightly lower than the national average (16.9%) and the Illinois average (17.37%).
- Pneumonia 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 15.8% of all patients treated for pneumonia at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (15.9%) and Illinois average (15.98%).
- Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 19.8% of all patients treated for heart failure were readmitted to the facility within 30 days after discharge. This statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (21.6%) and Illinois average (21.78%).
- Heart Failure 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 10.1% of all patients treated for heart failure at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (11.9%) and Illinois average (11.67%).
- Heart Attack Patient Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 16.4% of all patients treated at the hospital for heart attack were readmitted to the facility 30 days after discharge for retreatment. The statistical percent is slightly higher than the national average (16.3%) and identical to the Illinois State average (16.4%).
- Heart Attack 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 12.6% of all patients treated for a heart attack at the facility died within 30 days after admittance. The statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (13.6%) and the Illinois average (13.32 percent).
- Hip Fracture-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 7 patients out of 104 died because of a hip fracture. This statistical risk-adjusted rate of 67.08 per 1000 patients is nearly three times higher than the Illinois average of 24.98 per 1000.
- Heart Attack Deaths Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 6 out of 135 patients died of heart attacks at the facility. This risk-adjusted rate of 44.24 per 1000 patients is significantly higher than the Illinois average of 37.24 per 1000.
- Stroke-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 16 out of 187 patients died of a stroke at the hospital. This risk-adjusted rate of 93.36 per 1000 patients is nearly 1.5 times higher than the Illinois average of 61.56 per 1000 patients.
Maternal Safety and Utilization
- Birth Trauma (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 out of 569 patients
- Obstetric Trauma – Vaginal with Instrument (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 3 out of 35 patients
- Obstetric Trauma – Vaginal without Instrument (10/1/10 to 9/30/11)1 3 out of 341 patients
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving La Grange Memorial Hospital
$925,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case
The events of this matter took place at LaGrange Memorial Hospital. A man entered the facility because he was suffering from a number of urgent medical problems including back pain, numbness, and vomiting. The man was just fifty-one years old. Apparently, staff conducted a variety of tests and exams on him like blood work, an EKG, and x-rays. However, the controversy surrounded how long it took them to perform those procedure. His family later claimed in court documents that since he showed signs of aortic dissection, they should have done that within an hour of his admittance. That did not happen. In fact, he did have an aortic aneurysm. However, due to the delay, his doctors could not save him even though they desperately tried to during surgery. The man passed away. His two kids and wife survived him. They brought this action for negligence and wrongful death against the doctor and hospital. Their complaint alleged that the delay and failure to diagnose and treat him cost the man his life. In a private agreement to end the matter, the family settled for a reported $925,000-$450,000 of that was paid for by the hospital.
$4,000,000; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Claim
The patient who sought care in this situation was a man of just thirty-eight years old. He went to LaGrange Memorial Hospital because he was not feeling well. Specifically, his throat hurt; he had the chills; and some of his muscles were causing him pain. The doctors admitted him, examined him, and then discharged him. They did not diagnose or treat him for any actual condition which was unfortunate because the man had strep throat. Approximately four days later, the man's illness progressed into toxic syndrome. This took his life that very day. His wife and little boy survived him. They sued the hospital and doctors. Their cause of action stated that the defendants' malpractice was the cause of their loved one's wrongful death. They plead for compensation related to the damages that that conduct caused them including terrible grief, pain, suffering, and expenses. The matter was not decided by a jury. Rather, the parties were able to agree to a settlement. The family obtained $4 million in compensation and more than half of that came from the hospital.
$2,750,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Case
The events of this legal ordeal occurred at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital. The patient was fifty years old. He needed an operation because he had a nosebleed that would not stop. The actual operation was called a nasal embolization. In order to complete this procedure, the medical staff had to intubate him through his esophagus. Evidently, they did not do this correctly. He began to experience oxygen deprivation and at an extreme level. Eventually, he suffered a brain injury and passed away two days after the start of the operation. His wife survived him. She brought an action against the doctors, anesthesiology, and hospital alleging that their combined negligence and malpractice caused his death. She sought compensation for her damages including her pain and suffering, his pain and suffering, expenses, and lost wages (he used to work as a truck driver). The parties did appear to offer a reply. Yet, it was not pushed to a jury because they all settled. The plaintiffs received a reported $2.5 million settlement. The vast majority of that came from the hospital.
$900,000 Settlement; Illinois Cancer Malpractice Lawsuit
The woman that filed this matter was about sixty-five years old at the time of the dispute. However, the events which gave rise to the cause of action occurred years early. Back then, she went to see her doctor. The doctor noted a thickening in the woman's left breast. Unfortunately, he did not diagnose the lump, tell her about it, or instruct her to follow up for care or further examination. Two and a half years later, the woman had a biopsy and mammogram. Those test results displayed cancer. Subsequently, she had a radical mastectomy performed with radiation as well as chemotherapy. The official diagnosis prompting all of these treatments was lobular carcinoma at Stage IIB. While she went into remission, she still brought an action against the hospital. The complaint stated a case for malpractice and sought compensation for the damages that their negligent diagnosis caused her. In a private agreement to settle the matter, the hospital paid the woman $900,000. That ended the dispute legally.
If you suffered serious harm or injury while you were a patient at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange (formally La Grange Memorial Hospital, your injuries might have been caused by medical negligence. The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal assistance to patients who have suffered injuries by errors and mistakes in every medical setting.
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