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Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Ratings & Violations

Northwestern Medical Lake Forest Hospital is a 198-bed community-based facility providing health services for Lake Forest, Illinois. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, the hospital is located east of N. Waukegan Rd. and west of State Route 41 just North of Kennedy Road at:

  • 660 North Westmoreland Rd.
  • Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
  • (847) 234-5600

The hospital is a leading healthcare provider in Lake County that delivers personalized medical services using the latest advances in clinical technology.

National Ranking

Compared to other hospitals and medical centers across the United States, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital maintains an overall “B-” score, ranking it in the 41st percentile nationwide. This placement is determined by staff responsiveness, patient satisfaction, areas in need of improvement and complications that could be the direct result of medical malpractice.

Illinois State Designations

The medical facility maintains four specific Illinois state designations that include:

Perinatal II+

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is a part of the Illinois Regionalized Perinatal System developed to provide an appropriate level of care to pregnant women and newborns at risk. The system is designed to minimize perinatal complications through early detection of women of childbearing age, fetuses and newborns.

The hospital also has extended perinatal capabilities to provide neonatal care to newborns with complex medical issues and intermediate care to pregnant women. While the facility does not provide a neonatal intensive care nursery, it does offer a neonatologist-covered specialty care nursery to treat newborns in need.

Trauma Center II

The facility is part of the Illinois Trauma System and serves the community as a Level II trauma center by providing essential services 24 hours every day. The medical director serves as the hospital’s trauma surgeon and provides various medical care subspecialties including surgeries, anesthesiology services, emergency medicine, intensive care and radiology.

Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recognize Lake Forest Hospital as a medical facility that can provide children comprehensive pediatric emergency services. This designation requires professionals with specialized training in pediatric critical and emergency care.

Magnet Recognition

The hospital is a part of the Magnet Recognition program because it has developed protocols for developing strong on-site nursing leadership, along with effective patient/medical professional communication and organized decision-making.

Facility-Acquired Infections

The Illinois Department of Public health maintains statistics on facility-wide infections that are acquired on-site. The incident rate of facility-acquired infections at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital throughout include the following:

  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) between 01/01/2018 through 12/31/2018 Include:
    • Infections Occurring in Adult Surgical/Medical Intensive Care Unit – 2 infection incidents out of 1125 central line days.
  • CDI and MRSA Bloodstream Infections between 01/01/2018 through 12/31/2018 Include:
    • MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Onset Incident Rates – 0 infection incident out of 39,805 patient days.
    • CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infections) Onset Incident Rates – 25 infection incidents out of 35,545 patient days.

Patient Safety Concerns

Patient safety measures accumulated by AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) and distributed by the Illinois Department of Public Health provide valuable data outlining adverse events and complications occurring inside every hospital in the state. The current patient safety concerns for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital between 10/01/2014 and 09/30/2014 include:

  • Blood Clotting (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 6 incidents out of 1631 patients at the facility.
  • Accidental Lacerations or Puncture Wounds – 6 incidents out of 4928 patients.
  • Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 1 incident out of 4856 patients.
  • Postoperative Hematomas and Hemorrhages – 4 incidents out of 1577 patients.
  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 5 incidents out of 1083 patients.

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Lake Forest Hospital

$3,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Failure to Diagnose Case

The events of this ordeal took place just over a few days in November. The patient was a woman in her early forties (43). She entered Northwestern’s Lake Forest Hospital because she was very sick. She had pneumonia, diarrhea, and other symptoms. Staff at the facility put her on telemetry monitoring at the onset, but they removed it when she started to feel better. However, just a day or two later, her health declined precipitously. Doctors ordered up oxygen for the lady but did not put her back on telemetry monitoring. She died the next day. Her husband, children, and other relatives survived her. This action was brought on the woman’s behalf and theirs. It sought compensation for her untimely passing as well as the grief and sorrow this engendered in the family. They offered that the defendants including the hospital were negligent in their diagnosis and supervision of the decedent. In a private settlement, the hospital directly gave the plaintiffs $3 million.

$1,500,000 Settlement; Illinois Cancer Malpractice Claim

Thankfully, this dispute was resolved without the need for a case. However, the events which gave rise to the settlement were as tragic as any other. The patient involved in the events was a man in his late sixties. He had a CT-scan done at Northwestern’s Lake Forest Hospital. Apparently, the radiologist who reviewed the results of that examination noted a mass in the man’s body. However, this was communicated to the man. Consequently, he was not instructed to receive further care, evaluation, or treatment. Roughly one year late, doctors did in fact diagnose him with renal cancer. It was Stage IV. He did not make it long. He passed away just seven months after the diagnosis. This claim came up not long after that. It targeted the hospital with negligent diagnoses and treatment. The ultimate pleadings and facts were not revealed although because the two sides were able to work out a deal prior to any case being filed. The hospital gave the man’s surviving family (spouse and two children) $1.5 million directly.

$2,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Claim

Here, the victim was just a newborn boy and one half in a set of twins. The mother had them delivered at Lake Forest Hospital. According to documents later filed, the plaintiffs contended that the boy started to show signs of distress while still inside the mother. However, the doctors on call did not alert the mother to the growing problem for nearly eight hours. Further still, a C-section was not initiated for another hour after that. By that point, the boy came out barely able to breath on his own. He had suffered a brain injury (ischemic encephalopathy). It was this that took his life leaving behind his parents and sister. They brought this case as a result. They focused on the attending doctor and hospital. All they really had to do was recite what happened and argue that this could not have occurred but for the defendants’ malpractice. Eventually, the doctor and facility realized their fate and decided to settle. The family received $2 million and half of that was directly given by the hospital.

Lake Forest, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you, or a loved one, suffered harm after being admitted to Northwestern Medical Lake Forest Hospital, it may be the result of medical errors, mistakes, malpractice or abuse. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal advocacy to patients all throughout Illinois who want justice and seek financial compensation for their injuries. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury claims and medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning no upfront fees are required. Call our law offices to schedule your initial, free consultation to discuss your case.

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