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Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Ratings & Violations

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital is a 98-bed “not-for-profit" medical facility providing cares and services to residents of DeKalb and DeKalb County, Illinois. The Center is located at:

One Kish Hospital Drive
DeKalb IL 60115
(815) 756-1521

This general acute, short-term community facility provides numerous services that include:

  • Heart Health
  • Joint Center
  • Maternity
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Gastroenterology
  • Emergency services 24/7
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Radiology
  • Surgical services
  • Interventional radiology
  • Health and wellness
  • Cardio care
  • Breastfeeding services

National Rankings

Compared to all other medical centers and hospitals in the United States, the comparison ranking for Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital maintains an overall “B-” score, ranking it in the 48th percentile. According to Analytics MD, the publicly available data is used to calculate the hospital’s ranking based on patient satisfaction, on-site complications, patient flow (incoming and discharge) and other factors that could potentially lead to a medical malpractice case.

While three of the four leading factors in the emergency department rank in the 50th percentile or higher (incoming patient flow – 52nd percentile, discharge patient flow – 57th percentile, admitted patient flow -- 69th percentile), the level of frustrated patients falls well below the national average. In fact, the patients in the emergency department at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital ranked a measurement -- of how often they left the emergency department frustrated -- ranked in the 35th percentile of hospitals and Medical Centers nationwide.

Illinois State Designations

The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital maintains three specific state designations including:

  • Perinatal II – The facility participates in the Illinois Regionalized Perinatal System that was designed to improve perinatal outcomes for all pregnant women. The system was designed to reduce the incident rate of perinatal complications through early detection of problems with childbearing women who are at high risk.

The level II hospital provides a higher level of care for pregnant women and their newborn. However, the facility does not provide neonatal intensive care or specialized care in an on-site nursery.

  • Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) – For nearly 2 decades, more than 100 Illinois hospitals have been recognized by the Emergency Medical Services for Children program and the Illinois Department of Public Health because they provide essential capabilities and resources to meet the critical care and emergency needs of injured and seriously ill children. The EDAP hospital participates in the Illinois Emergency Medical System in providing the highest level of 24/7 emergency care to children.
  • Baby Friendly – This baby-friendly hospital has written, implemented and enforced breastfeeding policies based on scientific evidence demonstrating that breastfeeding is an essential health benefit for babies and mothers. The evidence has recognized the numerous benefits of breastfeeding. As a result, the facility has trained all members of their healthcare staff on how to implement this effective policy.

The program encourages mothers to breastfeed on the baby’s demand and limit food and drink for the infant to just breast milk unless the doctor determines it is medically indicated. The staff are trained to assist the mother in initiating the first breastfeeding within 60 minutes of the child’s birth.

Inpatient Mortality Concerns

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) maintains data on inpatient quality indicators to reduce short-term mortality rates in facilities nationwide. Using effective risk adjustment measurements and report card methodology, the AHRQ determined that the inpatient mortality rate for all of 2015 involving death by pneumonia was significantly higher than the state average. The facility’s risk-adjusted rate of 4.55 per 1000 or 16 of 289 patients was significantly higher (nearly double) of the Illinois state average of 23.48 per 1000 patients.

Resolving a Medical Malpractice Case

An unexpected death occurring in a hospital setting can often lead to a medical malpractice case, were surviving family members file a lawsuit or claim against the hospital and/or medical professionals. These cases are typically founded on medical errors or mistakes by staff members who failed to provide acceptable standards of care.

Medical malpractice cases are highly complex and often require the skills of an experienced personal injury attorney who comprehends Illinois tort laws. In addition to evaluating the merits of the case and determining the amount of compensation, the victim’s family deserves, the lawyer will also file all necessary paperwork in the appropriate county court. In DeKalb County, that location is at:

DeKalb County Circuit Court

133 W. State Street
Sycamore, IL 60178
(815) 895-7131
Circuit Court Clerk Maureen Josh

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Kishwaukee Hospital

$2,900,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Case

The victim in this dispute was just an eighteen-year-old woman. The matter started off on a positive note. She entered Kishwaukee Hospital for the birth of her child. It was to be a baby boy. The delivery of the newborn went well, but problems soon started to develop. She began to feel pain and swelling. Staff gave her epidurals to manage that issue. However, she also started to have a hard time breathing. Doctors had her moved to another hospital (Rockford). At that facility, physicians identified a bacteria complication and necrotizing fasciitis. They had to do debridement and a hysterectomy. Unfortunately, she could not be saved. She passed away and was survived by her little boy, parents, and siblings. They brought this action against the doctors and Kishwaukee for wrongful death. They claimed the defendants’ failure to diagnose and treat the woman’s medical conditions were hospital negligence and malpractice. Further, they maintained that this negligent conduct caused or contributed to her death. They wanted compensation for the damages that ensued. However, the defendants decided they did not want this matter reviewed by a jury. They settled. The plaintiffs recovered $2.9 million in total. $1.45 million of that total came directly from the hospital.

$5,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Claim

Here, a man went to a hospital (Kishwaukee) because he had significant pain in his back. He was fifty-six at the time of the trip. He worked as a salesman. In the subsequent lawsuit, he argued that the attending doctors and other staff missed the fact that he had aortic dissection. This failed diagnosis led to ischemia. That condition required surgeons to amputate both of his legs (below the knee). The gentleman had to spend almost one million dollars in medical bills to take care of this. He also projected to lose almost the same amount in lost wages because of his new disability. He sued the doctors, hospital, and others. He claimed their failure to diagnose the issue inhibited his ability to take care of it before amputation was required. He sought damages for this malpractice. Some of the defendants chose to press their luck longer than others in this dispute. However, the man was able to obtain $5 million from a select group of them including the hospital who paid him $4.4 million of that figure.

$500,000 Settlement; Illinois Anesthesia Malpractice Lawsuit

The patient in this health care controversy was seventy-four at the of the incident. He was at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Staff put him on Heparin and placed an epidural catheter inside him. At some point, they decided to remove the catheter. This had disastrous effects. He suffered a hematoma in his spine. That eventually caused paralysis and his subsequent death. The events caused the man’s estate roughly $180,000 in hospital and medical bills. His representatives brought an action to recover some of that money and money for the other damages it caused including his early death and pain and suffering. The action was based in malpractice. It claimed the doctors and companies were negligent and caused his early demise. That was their basis for seeking compensation from the parties. They ended up obtaining half a million dollars-half of that came from the hospital’s insurance.

DeKalb, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you believe that your loved one was mistreated or neglected while a patient at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our DeKalb attorneys have years of experience in successfully resolving financial recompense claims against every medical professional/entity who caused your loved one harm or their preventable death.

Our attorneys can provide extensive case evaluations at no charge to you. You are under no obligation to talk with our law firm to discuss the merits of your compensation claim. Call our DeKalb County medical malpractice law offices today at (888) 424-5757. No upfront payment is necessary because we accept every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and medical malpractice recompense claims through contingency agreements. Our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated on your behalf through an out-of-court settlement or one your case at trial.


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