Memorial Hospital is a government owned and operated Medical Center providing services to residents of Chester and Randolph County, Illinois. The 25-certified-bed Hospital is located at:
1900 State Street
Chester, IL 62233
The facility provides much-needed outpatient services that include:
- Pain Management
- Speech Therapy
- Computed tomography (CT scan)
- Intensive care unit
- Hand Surgery
- Laboratory Testing
- Treadmill Stress Testing
- Diabetic Resources
- Chemotherapy/Infusion Center
- Immunology/Allergy Care
- Vascular Surgery
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors facility-acquired contagious disease incident rate for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) collected by laboratory test results for patients remaining at the facility longer than three days. This information is useful in determining if the bloodstream infection rates are statistically higher or lower than the national average.
The bloodstream infection rate for Memorial Hospital – Chester for the year 2015 involved:
- CDI Facility-Acquired Infection Incident Rate – 1 infection incident out of 2848 patient days.
- MRSA Facility-Acquired Infection Incident Rate – 0 infection incidents out of 2848 patient days.
The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that the rates listed above were not “statistically significantly better or worse the national average.”Readmission and 30-Day Mortality Rate
The Illinois Department of Public Health monitors patient readmission rates and mortality measurement indicators from data collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and posted for public consumption on their Hospital Compare website. This information is useful to determine the level of care being provided at the facility. Readmission rates are usually indicative of how well educated the patients are about their self-care during their discharge, the number of unexpected medical complications after the patient leaves the facility or the inability of the patient to make a smooth transition to a nursing facility or their home.
Between 07/01/2012 and 06/30/2015, the readmission rates and thirty-day mortality rates for Memorial Hospital – Chester include:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Hospital within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 17.2 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 22.8 percent.
- Pneumonia Patients Who Died within 30 Days after Being Admitted to the Facility – 16.8 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Died within 30 Days after Being Admitted to the Facility – 12.3 percent.
Publicly available information involving inpatient mortality rates collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reveal how better processes of providing medical care have the potential of reducing short-term mortality rates. The Illinois Department of Public Health uses discharge information to look for specific problems occurring in hospitals and medical centers statewide. For 2015, the inpatient mortality rate for Memorial Hospital – Chester includes:
- Pneumonia Patient Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate – 189.21 per 1000 patients or 4 deaths out of 52 patients. This rate is significantly higher (more than seven times higher) than the Illinois state average of 23.48 per 1000 patients.
- Congestive Heart Failure Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate – 148.07 per 1000 patients or 3 deaths out of 43 patients. This rate is significantly higher (more than eight times higher) than the Illinois state average of 20.74 per 1000 patients.
The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that these high rates were “statistically significantly worse than the state average.Emergency Department Services
The length of time it takes to receive care in an emergency room and any delay in receiving treatment could cause undue harm or injury to the patient. Because of that, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services collects information involving Emergency Department services nationwide. Between 10/01/2014 at 09/30/2015, the measurable data for Emergency Department services at Memorial Hospital – Chester included:
- 138 Minutes – The time from when the individual arrived at the emergency department until their departure after being discharged.
- 16 Minutes – The time from when the individual arrived at the emergency room until they received a diagnostic evaluation by a qualified medical professional.
- 33 Minutes – The time from when the individual arrived at the emergency department until they received pain medication for long bone fractures.
If you suspect your loved one was harmed by medical malpractice while a patient at Memorial Hospital, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our Chester attorneys represent victims with cases that involve medical malpractice occurring in Illinois medical centers and hospitals. Allow our legal team to file all the necessary documentation required for a medical malpractice case in the appropriate court. In Randolph County, the courthouse is located at:
#1 Taylor Street
Chester, Illinois 62233
Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Johnson
We urge you to contact our Randolph 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, free no-obligation case review. There is no need to make an upfront payment because our law firm accepts every wrongful death lawsuit and medical malpractice claim for compensation through contingency fee agreements. Our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or winning your case in front of a judge and jury.