Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital is a 236-bed hospital providing cares and services to the residents of Chicago metropolitan area. The facility is located in Cook County, Illinois at:
4646 N Marine Drive
Chicago IL 60640
Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1953 as a nonprofit community medical center before merging with the University of Chicago hospitals in 1987. Today, the facility provides numerous services to the community that include:
- Breast care
- Cancer care
- Emergency medical care
- Cardiac care
- Eye care and eye surgery
- Radiology and imaging
- Gender confirmation surgery
- Pain management
- Hospice care
- Nuclear medicine
- Reconstructive and plastic surgery
- Physical, speech and occupational rehabilitation therapies
- Stroke care
- Surgical services
- Wound care
- Vascular care
Illinois State Designations
Currently, the facility maintains the following designation:
- Primary Stroke Center – Illinois state regulators recognize Weiss Memorial Hospital as a stroke care facility that meets the standards to support the best outcome for stroke patients. Maintaining the designation means that the facility must follow Illinois Department of Public Health compliance regulations. Previously, Primary Stroke Centers were referred to as “Emergent Stroke Ready Hospitals.”
According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, Louis A Weiss 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 (in 2017) – two patients suffered an infection out of 205 procedures.
- Center Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (medical/surgical ICU for 2017) – two patients suffered infections out of 1504 Central-line days.
The state of Illinois maintains records on hospitals and medical centers that rank unexpected problems against all other facilities nationwide. The current safety issues for Weiss Memorial Hospital include:
- Risk-adjusted Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT clotting) (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 23 out of 1,724 patients
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 17 out of 7,503 patients
- Iatrogenic Pneumothorax (healthcare-associated collapsed lung) 3 out of 7,251 patients
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 3 out of 1,731 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 8 out of 609 patients
- Pneumonia Patient Readmittance – 17.2% of all patients treated for pneumonia discharged from the facility were readmitted within 30 days between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017. This statistic is slightly higher than the national average of 16.9% and slightly lower than the Illinois State average of 17.37%.
- Heart Failure Patient Readmittance – 21% of all patients treated for heart failure discharged from the facility were readmitted within 30 days between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017. The statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (21.6%) and Illinois State average (21.78%).
- Heart Attack Patient Readmittance – 15.5% of all patients discharged from Weiss Memorial Hospital were readmitted within 30 days between July 1, 2014, June 30, 2017. The statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (16.3%) and Illinois State average (16.4%).
- Pneumonia Patient Mortality Rate – 15.4% of all patients treated for pneumonia at the hospital died within 30 days (July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017). The statistical rate is slightly lower than the national averages (15.9%) and State average (15.98%).
- Heart Failure Patient Mortality Rate – 11.7% of all patients treated at the facility for heart failure died within 30 days (July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017) the statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (11.9%) but higher than the Illinois State average (11.67%).
- Heart Attack Patient Mortality Rate – 11.5% of all patients admitted to the facility for treatment of a heart attack died within 30 days (July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017). The statistical average is slightly lower than the national average (13.6%) and Illinois State average (13.32%).
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Weiss Memorial Hospital
$7,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Case
In this situation, theix was worse than the original problem. A man in his middle sixties decided to have surgery. He wanted to correct an aneurysm in his abdomen. However, during that procedure, the surgeon accidentallycut his iliac vein. To make up for this, doctors had to perform several more hours of surgery to place various grafts and other devices. However, he still developed ischemia. That and other complications required several more rounds of operation and almost three quarters of a million dollars in medical bills. Even still, he was left with damage to his heart and kidney as well as lymphedema. To make up for this, he brought a malpractice action against the medical companies and professionals involved in the entire ordeal. He claimed their service fell below reasonable and was in fact malpractice. He sought compensation for all of the problems that their negligence caused including suffering, disability, and bills. The various parties decided it was in their best interest to settle. The issue after that became how much each of the different defendants would offer the plaintiff. Normally, that is on the group of defendants to figure out internally among themselves. Here, the plaintiff ended up receiving $7 million from the group as a whole for his damages.
$12,800,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Action
The patient who filedthis cause of action was a mere nineteen years old. She had knee surgery performed at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Illinois. The procedure seemed to go fine. However, she began to experience some pain as she went through recovery. Staff at the scene upped her dosage of prescription pain medications. Yet, they did not tell her attending doctor. They did tell two residents, but those residents never showed up and looked over the woman. When her doctor finally took a look at her the next day, he found out that she had compartment syndrome from the excessive dosage. This demanded a fasciotomy but that complicated the matter. She suffered necrotic tissue and muscle damage which themselves require surgery. Even after that, she had foot drop, nerve disorder, and other problems. All in all, she had to spend almost $500,000 in medical bills and miss out on over $1 million in wages due to the injuries. She sued the hospital and related parties for malpractice. She argued the defendants' neglect, prescription error, and other conduct caused her damages. The jury actually believed her story to the tune of $14.9 million. However, after a post-trial settlement, she ended up obtained $12.8 million in compensation.
$1,200,000 Settlement; Illinois Amputation Lawsuit
Thislawsuit started off mildly enough. A young woman in her early thirties broke her tibia while she was rollerblading. Doctors performed open reduction surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital. This included internal fixation. She was put in casts after the operation was over. While she was recouping, she told staff that the affected area was causing her pain. It appears that they did not take her complaints seriously. In fact, she had a progressing case of gangrene. However, Weiss Memorial staff failed to diagnose or treat this with appropriate antibiotics in a timely fashion. Eventually, they did so but the damage was done. Her parents had her transferred to Cook County Hospital. Once at that facility, surgeons performed a flap, fusion, and then finally an amputation below the knee. Her medical bills were almost $40,000. This is not to mention the untold pain, suffering, and emotional scarring that the events had on her including the loss of limb. When she finally did bring an action against the facility, the hospital was willing to settle. The question then came: at what price? Both sides decided that $1.2 million was an appropriate sum.
If you believe you or your child suffered injury or harm while a patient at Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, your damages might be the result of medical negligence. The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC remain committed to protecting our clients from mistakes occurring in medical settings. Contact our attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the merits of your claim.
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