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Memorial Medical Center Ratings & Violations

Memorial Medical Center is a 500-bed acute care facility located in Springfield Illinois, providing comprehensive outpatient and inpatient services for Sangamon County residents and visitors. The medical center is located at:

  • 701 N. First St.
  • Springfield, IL 62781
  • (217) 788-3000

The medical facility is part of the Memorial Health System, a leading Illinois healthcare organization dedicated to providing patient care, research, and education. The hospital is Magnet-designated and features various medical services including rehabilitation, emergency services, heart and vascular services, transplant services, behavioral services and orthopedic solutions along with a Burn Center and Cancer Center.

State Designations

The Springfield Memorial Medical Center maintains four specific state designations that include:

Perinatal II

The facility provides optimal care to pregnant women and their newborns known to be at risk with medical complications.

Magnet Recognition

The medical center is recognized as a Magnet-hospital that offers best nursing practices, quality interdisciplinary relationships and strong nursing leadership.

Trauma Center I

The facility provides level one trauma care with 24 hour accessible essential services and a helicopter landing pad.

Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)

Emergency services are covered by specially trained medical professionals experienced in pediatric critical and emergency care.

Facility-Acquired Infections

Illinois hospitals are encouraged to follow proven protocols known to reduce the potential risk of patients developing serious life-threatening infections post-procedure and post-surgery. Through program participation, hospitals and medical centers can reduce infection rates acquired during the patient’s stay. The statistical numbers of facility-acquired infections that occurred at the Springfield Memorial Medical Center are based on accumulated data during 2014 that include:

  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 Include:
    • Infection in the Adult Surgical Cardiothoracic – 1 infection incident out of 1244 central line days.
    • Infection in the Adult Surgical/Medical ICU – 1 infection incident out of 680 central line days.
    • Infection in the Adult Surgical Intensive Care Unit – 4 infection incidents out of 1494 central line days.
    • Infection in the Adult Medical Intensive Care Unit – 2 infection incidents out of 1553 central line days.
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI) between 01/01/2017 and 12/31/2017 Include:
    • Post-Total Knee Replacement Surgery – 3 infection incidents out of 844 procedures.
    • Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgeries – 3 infection incidents out of 338 procedures. (01/01/2016 and 12/31/2016)
  • CDI and MRSA Bloodstream Infections between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 Include:
    • Onset Incident Rate of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) – 7 infection incidents out of 111,906 patient days.
    • Onset Incident Rate of CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection) – 115 infection incidents out of 109,049 patient days.

Patient Safety Concerns

Patient safety measures collected and used by the Illinois Department of Public Health provide valuable data on potential complications and adverse events in the hospital after surgeries and procedures. The safety measures are used to notify public health coordinators, hospitals, and patients of the current safety concerns at hospitals and medical facilities throughout Illinois. The current patient safety concerns involving the Springfield Memorial Medical Center are based on data accumulated between 10/01/2013 and 09/30/2014 that include:

  • Unexpected Death – 1 unexpected death out of 3463 patients at the medical facility.
  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 42 incidents out of 4016 patients.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (Blood Clotting) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 6 incidents out of 19,666 patients.
  • Postoperative Hematomas and Hemorrhages – 43 incidents out of 7398 patients.
  • Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 30 incidents out of 2674 patients.
  • Abdominal Wall Surgery with Developed Wound Complications – 7 incidents out of 1028 patients, which is significantly worse when compared to the state average.

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Springfield Memorial Medical Center

New Lawsuit Filed in Illinois after Surgical Complications

The patient at the center of this medical dispute was in his late seventies. He needed a valve replacement operation and was admitted to Memorial Medical Center for that procedure. However, lawyers for the plaintiffs later contended that that surgery was not proper according to his medical background including the following: thin skin, osteoporosis, and other, important medical issues. Yet, surgeons went ahead with the operation. Well, things did not go well. Not long after it ended, he began to experience bone marrow booze, bleeding, and other problems. These eventually led to his death just a couple of days after the operation took place. His wife and six children survived him. They brought a case against the medical professionals, companies, and hospital involved. They are seeking compensation for the damages that the defendants’ malpractice allegedly caused them including, but not limited to, suffering, pain, bills, lost companionship, and other harms.

Delivery at Illinois Hospital Goes Bad and Leads to New Claim

The mother involved in this controversy entered the hospital for the delivery of her baby boy. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. The medical team-including the attending physician-failed to properly supervise the woman’s medical condition over the course of the birth. As a result, they missed diagnosed developing conditions and could not step in to avert trauma. The little boy sustained an injury that led to damage in his brain. This case was brought on his behalf. It seeks compensation long-term medical bills, lost income, suffering, disability, etc. It targets the doctors, medical companies, and other related parties in the incident. The case complains that their actions were negligent and the cause of the boy’s injuries.

Paraplegic Man Suffers Injury After Foreign Object Left in His Body

The affected patient in this incident was a paraplegic at the T6 spot. He had a history of lower back problems and operations. This time he needed doctors to release his tendons along the hip flexor area. However, abscesses formed around the wound site following this procedure. Then, he got osteomyelitis, MRSA, and sepsis. The medical staff had to do an I&D. Unfortunately, nurses completing this task left a sponge in his body. It was left inside him even after he returned home. This again triggered osteomyelitis. Doctors had to debride the area, take out bode, and even do a Girdlestone operation. Consequently, he was left with a lot of pain and enormous bills. He has sued the hospital where the events occurred (Memorial Medical Center of Springfield). His complaint offers that the services he received were substandard as was evident in the foreign object left in his body. He seeks reimbursement of his damages including suffering and medical expenses. A final resolution still awaits this matter.

Springfield, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you, or a loved one, have suffered harm after being admitted to Springfield Memorial Medical Center, your injuries might be the result of medical malpractice. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can serve as your legal representative and advocate to hold those responsible for your harm accountable for their neglect. We can file and build the case against every party responsible for committing medical malpractice to ensure you receive adequate recompense. We accept these types of cases on contingency, which means you pay no upfront fees while we aggressively protect your rights. We encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation by calling our law offices today.

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