Mercy Harvard Hospital is a 63-certified-bed ‘not for profit’ Hospital providing services to the residents of Havana and McHenry County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
P. O. Box 850
Harvard, IL 60033
In addition to providing emergency and critical care to the local community, Mercy Harvard Hospital also offers:
- Acute care
- Dementia/Alzheimer’s care
- Autism services
- Cancer care
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Geriatric care
- Heart and chest surgery
- Vascular and heart care
- Laboratory services
- Memory care
- Orthopedic care
- Physical therapy
- Stroke care
- Urology excellent
- Women health services
- Wound care
Mercy Harvard Hospital currently holds two state designations that include:
- Magnet Recognition – This recognition program encourages strong nursing leadership and effective communication while enhancing patient advocacy. The hospital remains committed to utilizing the best practices of professional nursing and in developing interdisciplinary relationships.
- Standby Emergency Department for Pediatrics – The facility received this designation because they provide critical and emergency pediatric care by specially trained medical professionals and make available all the necessary and essential pediatric medications, supplies, and equipment.
Patient Safety Concerns
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors data gathered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and makes the information publicly available through Report Card methodologies. These patient safety measures provide insight into adverse events and medical complications due to substandard care. For 2015, the patient safety concerns involving Mercy Harvard Hospital include:
- Postoperative Deep Vein Thrombosis (Clotting) or Lung Embolism Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 8.35 per 1000 patients or 1 incident out of 111 patients, which is significantly higher than the Illinois state average of 5.62 per 1000 patients.
- Accidental Laceration or Puncture Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 8.2 per 1000 patients or 3 incidents out of 423 patients, which is significantly higher (more than five times higher) than the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 patients. The IDPH determined that this rate is “statistically significantly worse in the state average.”
Readmission and Thirty-Day Mortality Rate
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services collects data on readmission rates to determine if the facility is providing the best level of care that prevents complications or allows patients to make an easy transition to a nursing facility or the family’s home. Additionally, the HHS monitors measurable indicators on patient mortality rates involving individuals who die within 30 days after being admitted to the facility. This information can be found on the department’s Hospital Compare website.
Between 07/01/2014 at 06/30/2017, the Readmission Rate and TThirty-Day Mortality Rate at Mercy Harvard Hospital included:
- Pneumonia Patients Required Readmittance of the Facility within 30 Days after Their Departure – 17.6 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Hospital within 30 Days after Their Departure – 22.6 percent.
- Pneumonia Patients Who Died within 30 Days after Being Discharged from the Hospital – 14.5 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Died within 30 Days after Being Discharged from the Hospital – 13.8 percent.
Emergency Department Services
The publicly available data on the U.S. Department of HHS Hospital Compare details how every emergency room operates in the level of care they provide their local community. The information also reveals insight of how any delay in treatment could place the hospital emergency room’s patient at risk suffering undue harm. The measurable indicators involving the emergency department services at Mercy Harvard Hospital between 10/01/2014 and 09/30/2015 involved:
- 213 Minutes – The time from when the individual arrived at the emergency room until their departure.
- 57 Minutes – The time it took for the emergency department to decide to admit the patient to the time of the patient’s departure.
- 86 Minutes – The time the individual remained in the emergency room from their arrival to their discharge after being seen by the medical team.
- 20 Minutes – The time from when the patient arrived in the emergency room until they were diagnosed by a qualified medical professional.
- 52 Minutes – The time between the patient’s arrival until they received pain drugs for long bone fractures.
- 0.7 Percent – The percentage of patients who left the emergency department against the ER doctor’s medical advice or those who discontinued care.
- 5566 Patients – The total of emergency department visits for 2015.
- 184 Patients – The total inpatient emergency room visits for 2015.
- 5382 Patients – The total of outpatient emergency room visits for 2015.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Mercy Harvard Hospital
Oversight During Surgery Leads to Pain and New Claim
The plaintiff in this health care dispute was a middle-aged man. He had to go in for surgery on his back. Doctors noted that he was suffering a leak around the surgical site. They decided to go back in and fix the problem with another operation. They put him on a ventilator and used medications to paralyze the local area. However, they did not simultaneously give the man pain medications or other prescriptions to sedate him. Consequently, he experienced traumatic pain and suffering during the operation. This case was filed as a result. It targets the doctors and facilities involved in the incident and seeks compensation for the harms he suffered. That claim mostly related to the immediate aggravation during the operation due to the lack of local anesthesia. The two doctors were listed first for discovery. The outcome has not yet been published.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit after Patient Visits Illinois ER
Here, a woman unexpectedly passed away after a seemingly normal visit to an Illinois emergency room at Mercy Harvard Hospital. She visited the facility because she had pain in the abdomen. Staff noted she also had a high pulse rate and fever. Doctors did an x-ray and a urinalysis. After a review, they determined that she had a urinary tract infection. They gave her Bactrim and had her discharged. Two days later she was admitted to another ER at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Staff there soon found out she had sepsis. They took immediate action, but they could not save her. She died leaving behind her siblings and mother. They brought this action against the doctor, medical company, and hospital. They faulted the defendants for not ordering up more lab testing and examinations to catch this condition. They sought compensation for their damages due to the alleged malpractice and subsequent wrongful death.
Surgeons Botch Bypass Surgery and Patient Files Case
In this matter, a patient underwent gastric bypass surgery at Mercy Harvard Hospital. The operation was laparoscopic. That means that doctors make a small incision and then are able to operate remotely with the assistance of robotic machines. Unfortunately, the surgeons that directed the procedure messed up. The patient began to experience leaking and needed another operation to eventually clean things up. The lawsuit that was subsequently filed alleged that there was discord between the surgeons; that the hospital staff knew about the discord; and that the hospital staff took no action to remediate the discord. The claim alleges that this was negligent, and the proximate cause of her injuries including pain and increased medical expenses. It lists the doctors, facilities, and other medical companies as defendants for discovery purposes.
Havana Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your loved one has been injured or died prematurely while a patient at Mercy Harvard Hospital, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm now. Our Havana attorneys have years of experience in handling cases that involve medical malpractice occurring in Illinois hospitals. Allow our legal team to handle all the necessary paperwork and file all documents in the appropriate McHenry County Courthouse at:
2200 North Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Keefe
We encourage you to contact our Illinois medical malpractice law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive compensation lawsuit evaluation free of charge. We accept all medical malpractice compensation claims through contingency fee agreements. Our legal fees are paid only when we have successfully resolved your recompense case through a negotiated out-of-court settlement or winning your case in front of a judge and jury.