Morris Hospital and Health Care Centers Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Morris Hospital and Health Care Centers is an 89-bed “not-for-profit” Medical Center providing cares and services to residents of Morris and Grundy County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
150 W. High St.
Morris, IL 60450
In addition to providing surgical services and emergency care, the Morris Hospital and Health Care Centers offer other services that include:
- Allergy care
- Cancer care including radiation therapy
- Diabetes education
- Cardiovascular care
- Family birthing suites
- Laboratory services
- Rehabilitation services
- Occupational medicine
- Neurological care
- Medication dispensing program
Analytical data supplied by Analytics MD reveals a comparison of all medical centers and hospitals in the United States. Currently, Morris Hospital and Health Care Centers maintains an overall “B+” ranking score, in the 65th percentile. The analytical website determined that the hospital’ as areas of strength include the length of time it takes patients to receive care after being admitted to the emergency department along with the level of communication between the nursing staff and patients.
The smooth flow of care in the emergency department based on how quickly a patient is seen and treated helps determine the level of services provided by the hospital. Morris Hospital and Health Care Centers ranks high in all critical factors including incoming patient flow (69th percentile), discharge patient flow (85th percentile), and admitted patient flow (96 percentile. However, the ranking of patients who are frustrated after leaving the emergency department is extremely high, in the 67th percentile. That said, the patients’ satisfaction of all visits to the hospital ranks the 89th percentile for the year 2015.
Illinois State Designations
Morris Hospital & Health Care Centers maintains three specific state designations that include:
- Perinatal II – As a Level II perinatal facility, Morris Hospital provides a high level of care to women of childbearing age who are at risk for medical complications during pregnancy. While the facility offers additional services and care, there is no neonatal intensive care nursery or special care unit.
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) – The EDAP designation means that the hospital participates in the approved Illinois emergency medical system and provides optimal emergency care to children 24/7. The facility received recognition by the emergency medical services for children program in the Illinois Department of Public Health because they provide essential resources to ensure that the needs of injured and seriously ill children requiring critical and emergency care are met.
- Trauma Center Level II – As a Level II trauma center, Morris Hospital is required to provide essential in-house services around-the-clock and make other off-site services readily available in one hour or less. The hospital is part of the Illinois Trauma System and provides pre-hospital and inter-hospital emergency services. In addition, the hospital offers emergency medical care, subspecialty surgical care, intensive care, radiology and anesthesiology services.
Hospital Safety Concerns
The Illinois Department of Public Health maintains data on every facility-acquired Onset incident rate for Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Determinations can be made from the data through the Standardized Infection Ratio where the results of laboratory tests help determine the statistical difference on average between the facility’s rate in the national rate. Current hospital safety concerns involve:
- Facility-Acquired Clostridium Difficile Infections – 13 infections out of 14,107 Patient Days.
- Surgical Site Infections – 0 infection out of 171 procedures involving total knee replacement surgery-associated infections.
- Post-Operative Lung Embolism or DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis Clotting) – The risk-adjusted rate of 1.37 per 1000 or 1 out of 825 patients is significantly lower than the Illinois state average of 5.62 per 1000.
- Risk-Adjusted Hip Fracture Mortality Rate – The Illinois Department of Public Health monitors data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on processes of care known to reduce the numbers of short-term mortality rates. Currently, the hospital's risk-adjusted rate of 30.27 per 1000 or 1 of 59 patients is significantly higher than the Illinois state average of 24.98 per 1000 patients.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
Filing, handling and resolving a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit can be extremely complex. Because of that, many families will hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure a successful outcome. In addition to providing counseling, evaluating the merits of the case, reviewing medical records and speaking to medical experts, the attorney will also file all the necessary documents and paperwork in the appropriate county courthouse. In Grundy County, the location of the courthouse is at:
Grundy County Circuit Court
P.O. Box 707
Morris, IL 60450
Circuit Court Clerk Corri Trotter
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Morris Hospital
$2,775,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Claim
This health care cause of action was brought on behalf of the estate of a deceased baby. The little boy was six at the time of his passing. He was admitted to the hospital because he had symptoms related to pneumonia and an infection. Representatives for the child made the claim that doctors and other staff attending to him failed to take note, diagnose, and treat him as these (and related) conditions worsened. Eventually, he suffered cardiac arrest. This led to his subsequent death. The claim brought in response to these tragic events targeted the doctors, medical companies, and facilities involved including Morris Hospital. They criticized the defendants for negligent supervision and care resulting in the boy’s wrongful death. They sought damages for these developments. The parties paid the estate a combined $2.775 million, $75,000 of that came from Morris Hospital’s Providers Trust.
$5,537,500 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Claim
This incident shows what can go wrong during deliveries. A mother was admitted to Morris Hospital in order to have her baby delivered. However, things did not go as intended. In the course of the birth, the child suffered various injuries. These led to the development of a number of significant conditions including seizure disorder and cerebral palsy. The plaintiffs maintained that these occurred because the defendants did not monitor the baby’s vitals or order up a C-section quickly enough. The defendants (doctors, hospital, etc.) filed a summary reply but the matter ended up in settlement negotiations. After those had concluded, the plaintiffs went home with more than $5 million-the vast majority of that came from the hospital’s insurance.
$940,000 Settlement; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Claim
Here, a man brought a case against a doctor and hospital after he spent some time there following an accident. He claimed that they did not diagnose or treat him for a developing hematoma. Consequently, he suffered blindness, brain injuries, and general incapacity because of the delay. He cited the parties (including a doctor from Morris Hospital) with negligent service and sought compensation for the damages that directly followed. These damages would have included harms like pain, disability, suffering, and expenses. The defendants’ theories, if any, were not passed on by a jury though. Instead, all sides settled. The plaintiff obtained $800,000.
Morris Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect the harm, injury or premature death of your loved one while they were a patient at Morris Hospital and Health Care Centers was due to medical malpractice, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal assistance. Our team of Grundy County personal injury attorneys can ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve.
Contact us today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free case evaluation. No upfront payment is required because we accept all personal injury cases through contingency fee agreements.