OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center is a 203-certified-bed hospital providing cares and services to residents of Alton and Madison County, Illinois. The ‘not for profit’ Facility is located at:
Saint Anthony's Way
Alton, IL 62002
In addition to providing emergent and critical care to the local community, OSF Saint Anthony Health Center offers other clinical services that include:
- Cancer care
- Transplant services
- Primary care
- Women’s health
- Weight loss management
- Heart and vascular care
- Endocrinology and diabetes care
In a comparative analysis involving all medical centers and hospitals throughout the US, OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center maintains an overall “B” score, ranking it in the 58th percentile. The calculated ranking uses publicly available information including patient flow, discharged patient length of stay, front-end initial assessment flow patient satisfaction, staff responsiveness, and reported complications. A low to median score might indicate a high percentage of medical malpractice, mistakes, and errors occurring at the facility.
The level of emergency and critical care the hospital’s emergency room provides is a crucial component of a healthy community. Analytics MD collects data on emergency rooms nationwide and makes the information publicly available through percentile rankings to be used as a comparison to all facilities. Currently, OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center emergency room’s percentile rankings include:
- Incoming Patient Flow (83rd percentile) – This measurement reveals the efficiency of how patients are seen and evaluated when first arriving at the emergency room.
- Discharged Patient Flow (83rd percentile) – This measurement reveals the efficiency of how the medical team provides cares and services to “not so sick” patients who are discharged from the emergency room.
- Admitted Patient Flow (75th percentile) – This measurement reveals the efficiency of how the medical team provides treatment for sick patients who are admitted to the hospital from the emergency room.
- Frustrated Patients (67th percentile) – This measurement reveals the level of frustration of patients who have received care and just left the emergency room.
- Overall Patient Satisfaction (51st percentile) – This measurement reveals the overall patient experience of individuals receiving care at every department in the hospital.
OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center currently holds two state designations that include:
Bloodstream Infection Rate
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors facility-acquired contagious diseases involving MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection). The data is collected through laboratory test results of patients who have remained at the hospital for more than three days. The collected data reveals a level of care and staff training in handling contagious diseases at the hospital. For 2015, the bloodstream infection rate for OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center includes:
- CDI Facility-Acquired Infection Incident Rate – 15 infection incidents out of 11,715 patient days.
- MRSA Facility-Acquired Infection Incident Rate – 2 infection incidents out of 11,715 patient days.
Patient Safety Concerns
The IDPH reviews and monitors patient safety measures that detail post-surgery and post-procedure adverse events and potential in-hospital complications. This data is collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). For the year 2018, the patient safety concern at OSF Saint Anthony’ is Health Center included:
- Postoperative Deep Vein Thrombosis (Clotting) or Lung Embolism Rate – the Risk-adjusted rate of DVT and lung embolism is 2.03 per 1000 patients or 1 incident out of 460 patients. This rate was less than half of the Illinois state average of 5.62 per 1000 patients. The IDPH determined that this rate is “not statistically significantly better or worse than the state average.
A certain percentage of all hospital discharged patients will be readmitted to the facility due to an unforeseen medical complication or a failure to make an easy transition to a nursing facility or the family’s home. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through their Hospital Compare website, makes this information publicly available. Between 07/01/2014 and 06/30/2017, the readmission rates for OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center involved:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Were Readmitted to the Hospital within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 18.8 percent, which is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Were Readmitted to the Hospital within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 23.3 percent, which is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 22.09 percent.
- Heart Attack Patients Who Were Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days after Being Discharged – 17.2 percent, which is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 17.03 percent.
Medical Malpractice Claims Involving OSF Saint Anthony’s
Claim Finally Brought after Numerous Accidents in Nursing Facility
This cause of action was brought on behalf of an elderly woman who had a difficult time at some Illinois nursing facilities (including OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center). The main issues happened over a period of roughly one month in early 2017. Apparently, she experienced a number of injuries due to falling down. She suffered several falls and those affected her hip, elbow, and head. They caused her significant pain and suffering. Normally, facilities have the obligation to install policies and procedures to prevent residents from falling down and injuring themselves. When patients do fall, there is often the presumption that something went wrong. Here, the claim seeks compensation for the damages that the woman sustained from falling including pain and hospital bills. It alleges that they only came about due to the facilities’ neglect and malpractice.
Patient Claims Diagnostic Mistake Lead to Unnecessary Operation
The claimant here believed that the whole mess started with a faulty diagnosis. She entered OST St. Anthony’s Health Center and was seen by a doctor. He wanted to perform a mammogram and she consented. In subsequent documents, the woman contended that that test showed both benign and malignant masses. However, the attending doctor confused the two. Consequently, he removed the benign mass but left intact the malignant mass. This had obvious detrimental effects on the woman’s health and wellbeing. Additionally, it is a classic negligent mix-up case. She brought suit against the doctor and Health Center. Her action alleges that the mistake was malpractice which caused her clear and specific damages including suffering, disfigurement, lost chance at survival, and expenses. This matter has not yet been resolved.
Man’s Premature Death in Illinois Health Facility Spurs New Matter
This case was brought on behalf of a man who met his untimely end in an Illinois health facility (OSF St. Anthony’s). He was just forty-eight at the time of his passing. According to the documents filed, the plaintiffs maintain that the defendants did not establish an airway sufficient for him to breath properly. Due to this neglect and oversight, he began to experience oxygen deprivation and that led to his death. The man’s representatives offer that proper service would have checked and taken care of this problem. They allege that the facility and attending doctors were negligent in their care and that this malpractice caused or substantially contributed to his passing. Thus, they are seeking damages for these events including wrongful death, physical injuries, financial losses, and other harms. This cause of action has not yet concluded.
Alton Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has been harmed or died unexpectedly while a patient at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our Alton team of dedicated knowledgeable attorneys handle victim cases involving medical malpractice that occur in Illinois hospitals and medical centers.
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P155 North Main Street
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025-1955
Circuit Court Clerk Mark Von Nida
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