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Northwest Community Hospital Ratings & Violations

Northwest Community HospitalNorthwest Community Hospital is a 496-bed medical center serving the community of Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:

  • 800 West Central Rd.
  • Arlington Heights, IL 60005
  • (847) 618-1000

The community hospital has been open since December 1959 and remains focused on the community’s needs for quality medical care. The facility offers a variety of outpatient and inpatient services under numerous medical specialties including orthopedics, neurology & stroke, gastroenterology, cardiovascular and cancer care.

National Rankings

When compared to other hospitals and medical centers in the US, Northwest Community Hospital maintains an overall “B” score, ranking it in the 59th percentile nationwide. The ranking is computed using publicly available information including the length of stay, patient satisfaction, medical professionals/patient communication and complications arising at the facility that might be the result of medical malpractice.

Illinois State Designations

Northwest Community Hospital maintains four specific Illinois state designations that include:

Perinatal III

The hospital is recognized as a Level III Perinatal Care center providing intensive care solutions for childbearing women and newborns at risk. The facility also provides top-level neonatal medical solutions in their neonatal intensive care unit.

Trauma Center II

The facility provides essential emergency services around-the-clock.

Magnet Recognition

The hospital participates in the state’s Magnet Recognition program by promoting strong nursing leadership on site, along with shared decision-making and effective medical professionals/patient communication.

Emergency Department Approved from Pediatrics (EDAP)

The EDAP program is a part of the Illinois emergency medical system that provides immediate health professional care covered by specially trained doctors who deal directly with pediatric critical and emergency care situations. This designation also means of the hospital has essential pediatric medications, supplies and equipment at hand.

Hospital-Acquired Infections

Hospitals and medical centers can take effective proven steps to reduce the potential risk of patients developing facility-acquired infections after surgery and procedures. Medical facilities throughout Illinois participate in various programs developed to reduce infection rates acquired by patients during their hospital stay. The infection incidents at Northwest Community Hospital include:

  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABI) between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 Include:
    • Infections Developed after Surgery in the Adult Medical/Surgical ICU – 3 infection incidents out of 2380 central line days.
    • Infections Developed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Level II/III) – 0 infection incident out of 676 central line days.
  • Surgical Site Infections (SSI) include the following:
    • Infections Developed after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (2016) – 2 infection incident out of 137 procedures.
    • Infections Developed after Total Knee Replacement Surgery (2017) – 0 infection incidents out of 530 procedures.
  • MRSA and CDI Bloodstream Infections between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 Include:
    • MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Bloodstream Infection Onset Incident Rate – 3 infection incidents out of 89,503 patient days.
    • CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection) Bloodstream Infection Onset Incident Rate – 58 infection incidents out of 80,611 patient days.

Patient Safety Concerns

The Illinois Department of Public Health monitors patient safety measures for every hospital outlining potential adverse events and complications that occur after procedures and surgeries. Based on available data accumulated between 10/01/2013 and 09/30/2014, Northwest Community Hospital patient safety concerns included:

  • Blood Transfusion Reaction – 1 incident post-transfusion incident at the facility.
  • Unexpected Deaths – 2 unexpected deaths out of 4024 patients.
  • Blood Clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 19 incidents out of 4175 patients.
  • Abdominal Wall Surgery Wound Complication – 1 incident out of 750 patients.
  • Accidental Laceration and Puncture Wounds – 39 incidents out of 14,186 patients, which is nearly double the state average.
  • Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 3 incidents out of 13,395 patients.
  • Postoperative Hematomas and Hemorrhages – 24 incidents out of 4039 patients.
  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 31 incidents out of 2048 patients.

Sample Medical Malpractice Claim Involving Northwest Hospital

$1,750,000 Settlement; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Claim

The claimant who pursued legal action here was in his mid-forties. Prior to entering the hospital (Northwest Community Hospital), he was involved in an accident and he sustained a significant brain injury. In the claim he later filed against Northwest Community, he alleged that staff there failed to diagnose and properly treat him for cerebral edema. This was apparently on display had the attending doctors and nurses examined him appropriately. Since they did not, the condition worsened. Now, he needs round-the-clock care and supervision. He argues this would have been unnecessary had he gotten reasonable attention at Northwest Hospital. Eventually, the two sides were able to work out an agreement to end the matter for $1.75 million. Interestingly, this was much less than his claimed medical bills and lost wages ($4 million combined).

$6,500,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case

Here, a family brought a case when their loved one passed away shortly after visiting an Illinois hospital (Northwest Community). He was rushed to that facility because he was experiencing chest pains. Staff attending to him at Northwest thought it was just a combination of reflux and anxiety. Apparently, they failed to correctly read x-rays of his chest that showed he had an aneurysm. Well, that burst just a couple of days later and he died. His wife and daughter survived him. They brought this action against the hospital, professionals, and medical companies. They complained that the defendants did not give him reasonable service and that this negligence led to or substantially caused his death. They sought damages for the tragedy of his wrongful death (i.e. lost companionship) as well as for things like lost support (more than $2 million for his job as a trader. All parties settled and the family eventually received $6.5 million-$3.5 million of that was from the hospital’s insurance company.

$11,500,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Case

The medical team in this incident attempted to deliver the child into a birthing tub. Normally, the tub should be filled to a certain level of water. It appears that the nurses over-filled the tub in this case. They tried to lower the water level as the baby was being delivered. They were unable to do so in time. Consequently, the child suffered shoulder dystocia. This led to brain damage, cerebral palsy, and other serious medical issues. The accident led to over $2 million in medical bills. Plus, the baby was still left with long-term complications and difficulties resulting from the ordeal. This claim brought because of that. It alleged that the nurses, hospital (Northwest Community), and other parties involved were negligent in their supervision and execution of the delivery. Specifically, they cited the faulty water levels. The claim asked for damages related to the child’s pain, long-term disability, medical bills, and other economic damages. After the initial developments in the case, the parties ended the matter in settlement. The family obtained $11.5 million-the vast majority of that was covered through the hospital’s insurance.

Arlington Heights, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you, or a loved one, have suffered harm after being admitted to Northwest Community Hospital, your injuries might be the result of medical malpractice. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC serve as a legal advocate for patients all across the state of Illinois. We accept wrongful death cases, medical malpractice claims and personal injury lawsuits on contingency to provide legal representation without the need of paying any upfront fees. Contact our law offices today to discuss your claim for compensation.


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