Memorial Hospital – Belleville is a ‘not for profit’ 202-certified-bed facility providing cares to residents of Belleville and St. Clair County, Illinois. The medical center is located at:
4500 Memorial Dr.
Belleville, IL 62223
In a comparative analysis involving all medical centers and hospitals throughout the United States, Memorial Hospital – Belleville maintains an overall “A-” score, ranking it in the 75th percentile. The calculated ranking uses publicly available information including patient flow, patient satisfaction, and reported complications. A low to median score might indicate a high percentage of medical malpractice, mistakes, and errors occurring at the facility.
The ranking percentile emergency department at this facility includes:
- Incoming Patient Flow ranks in the 92nd percentile
- Discharge patient flow ranks in the 63rd percentile
- Admitted Patient Flow ranks in the 76th percentile
- Frustrated Patients ranks in the 76th percentile
- Overall Patient Satisfaction ranks in the 76th percentile
- Inpatient cost efficiency ranks in the 73rd percentile
Memorial Hospital currently holds three state designations that include:
- Perinatal II
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
- Magnet Recognition
CLABSI and Surgical Site Infection Rates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates to determine the level of care the hospital is providing. In addition, surgical site infections can occur after total knee replacement surgery and coronary artery bypass graft surgery. For 2015, the CLABSI and surgical site rates involving Memorial Hospital – Belleville included:
- Medical/Surgical ICU-Related Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rate – 0 infection incidents out of 2188 central-line days
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery-Related Surgical Site Infection Rate – 0 infection incidents out of 135 procedures.
The IDPH determined that these rates were not “statistically significantly better worse in the national average.
Bloodstream Infection Rate
The IDPH monitors facility-acquired infection incident rates involving Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), two highly contagious diseases. This information is collected through laboratory testing results obtained after the patient has been at the facility for four days or longer. The health department can use this data to determine if bloodstream infection rates of the hospital are statistically lower or higher than the national average.
For 2018, the bloodstream infection rate at Memorial Hospital – Belleville included:
- Facility-Acquired MRSA Infection Incident Rate – 2 infection incidents out of 53,009 patient days.
- Facility-Acquired CDI Infection Incident Rate – 26 infections out of 51,599 patient days.
The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that these rates were “not statistically significantly better or worse than the national average.
Patient Safety Concerns
Data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and made publicly available through report card methodology and risk adjustment rates. This data assists the Illinois Department of Public Health in determining if patient safety measurements involving potential adverse events and in-house complications are occurring after procedures and surgeries. For 2015, the patient safety concerns at Memorial Hospital – Belleville involved:
- Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (Clotting) Rates – The risk-adjusted rate of 3.23 per 1009 incidents of 2739 patients was almost half the Illinois state average of 5.62 per 1000 patients.
- Accidental Puncture Laceration Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 1.22 per 1000 or night incidents out of 13,259 patients was slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 patients.
- Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 0.41 per 1000 or four incidents of 12,673 patients was nearly double the Illinois state average of 0.28 per 1000 patients.
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 3.62 per 1009 incidents of 2600 patients was significantly less than the Illinois state average of 4.46 per 1000 patients.
The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that the rates above were “not statistically significantly better worse than the state average.
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 18.35 per 1000 or 18 incidents out of 991 patients was more than two times higher than the Illinois state average of 8.04 per 1000 patients.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims involving Belleville Memorial Hospital
Trouble Arises During Birth of Baby Boy at Illinois Hospital
The mother that filed this claim for her little baby boy entered Belleville Memorial Hospital for the delivery. Things apparently were not going well for her. She began to experience symptoms related to abruption in her placenta. However, the medical staff at the hospital including her doctors failed to realize this. Consequently, they did not diagnose or fix the problem. Instead, they had her undergo a C-section. This emergency procedure did not solve the problem. Rather, it meant that newborn baby boy sustained various physical injuries. This claim was brought after these events transpired. It sought compensation for the harm he suffered, bills he would incur, and any long-term impairments. The complaint listed the doctors, hospital, and related medical companies as targets in discovery.
Needless Surgery Prompts New Case in Illinois
This was not a typical surgical error complaint. The patient went into Belleville Memorial Hospital expecting one operation, but she ended up getting another. She needed a “trigger thumb” removed from her hand. It was on the left hand. However, the surgeon-for no ostensible reason-went ahead and performed carpal tunnel surgery on the left hand. The nurse onsite was actually the one that noticed the oversight. Before the intended procedure could begin, things were called off. The patient was understandably upset. She sued the surgeon. Her main complaint was that the unnecessary and unconsented to operation affected her. She pointed to several damages including physical suffering, disability, and increased medical costs related to the rehabilitation from the incident. The defendant doctor filed a summary answer and reply. The resolution of the dispute was not publicized.
Operation Goes Awry and Leads to Legal Matter
The events giving rise to this cause of action took place at Belleville Memorial Hospital, also known as Protestant Memorial Medical Center. The patient was a male and middle aged. He needed surgery on his knee. Specifically, it had to be replaced. Apparently, the medical team misaligned and cemented the prosthesis off kilter. The surgical error produced grave injury to the man. He had pain all down his leg, including his knee, and he even suffered injuries around the hip on that side of his body. Eventually, it even led to disability, because he lost functioning in that knee. He brought a medical malpractice claim against the doctor and the hospital. He argued that their service to him was below a reasonable level of care and constituted negligence. Further, this misconduct caused him damages in the form of pain, disability, and expenses among other things. He sought compensation and reimbursement for these losses. The result of this litigation awaits publication.
The IDPH determined that the rate above is “statistically significantly worse in the state average.
Belleville Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your loved one has been injured or died prematurely while residing at Memorial Hospital – Belleville, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm now. Our Illinois personal injury attorneys have successfully represented clients who have been harmed, injured or died prematurely through medical malpractice by medical center health providers. Allow our team of attorneys to handle every aspect of your medical malpractice case beginning with filing all the necessary paperwork and documentation in the appropriate courthouse. The courthouse is located at:
10 Public Square
Belleville, Illinois 62220-1623
Circuit Court Clerk Kahalah A. Clay
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