Mercy Hospital & Medical Center is a 449-bed hospital located in Cook County, Illinois at:
2525 S Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60616
The medical center provides numerous programs and services to the local community that includes:
- Behavioral health services
- Cancer care
- Breast care
- Emergency medicine
- Diagnostic imaging
- Diabetes treatment
- Eye care
- Ear, nose & throat care
- Vascular and heart care
- Palliative and hospice care
- Intermediate care
- Rehabilitative therapies
- Urinary health
- Sleep disorder care
- Wound care
- Stroke treatment
Illinois State Designations
Currently, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center maintains the following designations:
- Perinatal II+
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
- Primary Stroke Center
Throughout the year, state and federal hospital regulators monitor data on every medical facility in Illinois to quickly identify patient safety issues and concerns. According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center reported the following medical errors that may be of concern to patients and their families.
Health Care-Associated Infections
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Adult Medical/Surgical ICU (for 2018) with one reported infection occurring over 1505 central-line days.
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Adult Medical Cardiac ICU (for 2018) with zero reported infection over 341 central-line days.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of MRSA for 2018 – 2 patients were reported to have acquired Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections over 46,313 patient days.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI for 2018 – 21 patients were reported to have acquired highly contagious Clostridium difficile infections over 42,100 patient days.
- Unexpected Deaths (2015) 2 out of 3460 patients
- Risk-adjusted Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT clotting) (2015) 16 out of 1294 patients. According to the IDPH, this statistical rate is significantly worse in the State average.
- Wound Complications in Abdominal Wall Surgery (for 2015) 0 out of 232 patients
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (2015) 17 out of 9275 patients. According to the IDPH, the statistical rate is significantly worse in the State average.
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure (2015) 6 out of 556 patients. According to the IDPH, the statistical rate is significantly worse than the State average.
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma (2015) 4 out of 1215 patients
- Pneumonia Patients Admitted to the Hospital within 30 days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 21.1% of all patients treated at the facility for pneumonia were readmitted to the facility 30 days after departure for retreatment. This statistical percentage is significantly higher than the national average (16.9%) an Illinois average (17.37%).
- Pneumonia 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 14.8% of all patients treated for pneumonia at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is significantly lower than the national average (15.9%) and state average (15.98%).
- Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 23.4% of all patients treated for heart failure were readmitted to the facility within 30 days after discharge. This statistical rate is significantly higher than the national average (21.6%) an Illinois average (21.78%).
- Heart Failure 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 10% of all patients treated for heart failure at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (11.9%) and Illinois average (11.67%).
- Heart Attack Patient Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 16.0% of all patients treated at the hospital for heart attack were readmitted to the facility 30 days after discharge for retreatment. The statistical percent is nearly identical to the national average (16.3%) and Illinois State average (16.4%).
- Heart Attack 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 12.3% of all patients treated for a heart attack at the facility died within 30 days after admittance. The statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (13.6%) and Illinois average (13.32 percent).
- Hip Fracture-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 1 patients out of 34 died because of a hip fracture. This statistical risk-adjusted rate of 28.23 per 1000 patients is significantly higher than the Illinois average of 24.98 per 1000.
- Heart Attack Deaths Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 5 out of 178 patients died of heart attacks at the facility. This risk-adjusted rate of 25.03 per 1000 patients is substantially lower than the Illinois average of 37.24 per 1000.
- Stroke-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 2 out of 225 patients died of a stroke at the hospital. This risk-adjusted rate of 18.68 per 1000 patients is significantly lower than the Illinois average of 61.56 per 1000 patients.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Mercy Hospital
$3,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Cancer Care Malpractice
The patient caught up in this unfortunate incident was just in his late forties at the time of the relevant events. He went to the doctors at Mercy Hospital because he had a lesion on his tongue. Doctors conducted a biopsy of the affected area. They determined that it was benign and merely squamous papilloma. However, a few years later, he had another biopsy done. That test confirmed that he had a more serious condition, squamous carcinoma (Stage II). This eventually took his life not long after this meeting. His two kids survived him. An action was brought to reclaim compensation for the damages that the defendants’ alleged negligence caused the family including wrongful death losses like lost consortium, lost support, grief, bills as well as the man’s pain before he died. The family argued that he would have had a better chance at survival had the original diagnosis been correct. The defendants argued it was but that his condition changed subsequent to that meeting. Also, they replied that he did not follow their advice to go to a follow up doctor’s visit which could have caught the issue. However, these differences did not prevent settlement. The family obtained $3 million in compensation. Of that amount, $1.5 million came directly from the hospital.
$1,350,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Lawsuit
Here, a woman was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Illinois for the birth of her child. She was expecting a little girl. However, during the course of the delivery, things did not go as planned. The medical team failed to notice fetal heart warnings of the fetus. Eventually, the fetus went into distress and that was ignored as well. The doctors could have arranged a timely C-section to avert trouble, but that was never ordered. In the end, the baby came out stillborn. The child’s parents and siblings (two) survived her. They brought this action against the doctors and hospital for negligence and wrongful death. They complained that the defendants did not adequately monitor the birth, note the escalating problems, or address them in a sufficient manner to prevent the child’s injuries and death. They sought compensation for the baby’s pain and wrongful death as well as their related losses like grieving and medical bills. In a private agreement, the defendants agreed to settle. The defendants gave the plaintiffs a combined $1.35 million, and $700,000 of that came directly from the hospital.
$2,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Failure to Diagnose Lawsuit
The patient in this matter was just a sixteen-year-old boy. He had a number of symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal pain, high blood pressure, fever, and high white blood cell count. His parents took him to the hospital where they did a CT-scan. That test showed he might have appendicitis. The doctors subsequently discharged him. A few days later, things took a turn for the worse. His parents called the doctor and they set up an appointment for the future, but the physician did not instruct him to return to the ER at once. Later that night, the boy suddenly fell and died. Reports showed that he died from an infection because his appendicitis broke open. He was survived by his parents and five siblings. Together, they brought this action. They alleged that the defendants negligently failed to diagnose him for this issue. Further, this missed diagnosis caused or substantially contributed to his death. They sought compensation for the damages that this misconduct created. In an out-of-court settlement, the plaintiffs obtained $2 million in compensation.
Chicago, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suffered serious harm or injury while you were a patient at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, your injuries might be the result of medical negligence. The medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal assistance to patients who have suffered injuries by mistakes or errors in all medical environments.
Contact our attorneys today to schedule a no-obligation, free case evaluation to discuss the merits of your compensation claim. Our legal team accepts all personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and medical malpractice claim through contingency fee arrangement. This agreement postpones the payment of legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case through a negotiated an out of court settlement or a jury trial award.