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OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Ratings & Violations

OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center

OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center is a 97-bed “not for profit” medical facility providing services and cares for residents of Ottawa and LaSalle County, Illinois. The Center is located at:

1100 E. Norris Drive
Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 433-3100

In addition to providing the community emergency medical care, the facility also offers behavioral health care, cancer care, lung and pulmonary care, healthy living options, rehabilitation, maternity and birth care, neurology, sports medicine, specialty services, surgery, healthcare education and women’s health.

Illinois State Designations

OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center maintains two specific state designations that include:

  • Perinatal II – As a level II perinatal hospital, the facility must provide 24/7 neonatal care to childbearing women and their newborn/fetus. However, the facility does not offer a neonatal intensive care nursery or special care unit.

The Illinois Regionalized Perinatal System was first developed as an effective method for improving perinatal outcomes through our early identification and providing the proper treatment to at-risk pregnant women during childbirth who require high-risk neonatal procedures.

  • Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) – OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Hospital is only one of more than one hundred medical facilities in the state that are recognized for providing essential resources to injured and seriously ill children who require critical and emergent care. The system has been approved by the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) because the care and services are provided by specially trained medical professionals who have been educated in pediatric critical and emergent care.

The EDAP designation ensures of the hospital participates in the Illinois Emergency Medical System and provides optimal around-the-clock emergent care to children. In addition, the facility remains adequately staffed and makes available all essential pediatric supplies, equipment, and medication. The medical team follows strict protocols and procedures when providing treatment and services for pediatric patients who have become injured, are critically ill or children who were abused.

Bloodstream Infection Rates

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors every hospital’s facility-onset incident rates involving Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) and Methicillin--resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The results are gathered from laboratory test results from patients with stated the facility for four days or longer. The summary measurement is used as an effective tool to determine if bloodstream infections the facility is statistically higher or lower than the national average. For all of 2018, the bloodstream infection rate for OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center included:

  • MRSA Facility-Onset Incident Rate Bloodstream Infections – 0 infection out of 17,564 patient days.
  • CDI Facility-Onset Incident Rate Bloodstream Infections – 8 infections out of 16,454 patient days.

The IDPH noted that there was no statistically significant difference between these rates in the national average.

Readmission and 30 Day Mortality Rates

Nearly every hospital has patients who are readmitted to the facility due to a complication, or disruptive transition when being discharged to a nursing facility or the family’s home. Between 07/01/2014 at 06/30/2017, the Readmission Rates and 30-Day Mortality Rates for OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center involved:

  • Pneumonia Patients Needing to Be Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days – 15.1 percent, which is lower than the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
  • Heart Failure Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days – 21.5 percent, which is lower than the Illinois state average of 22.09 percent.
  • Pneumonia Patient Thirty-Day Mortality Rate – 16.8 percent of all pneumonia patients in the listed timeframe died within 30 days after being admitted to the facility.
  • Heart Failure Patient Thirty-Day Mortality Rate – 13.1 percent of all heart failure patients in the listed timeframe died within 30 days after being admitted to the facility.
  • Heart Attack Patient Thirty-Day Mortality Rate – 13.4 percent of all heart attack patients in the listed timeframe died within 30 days after being admitted to the hospital.
  • Hip Fracture Patient Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate – 26.77 per 1000 or four incidents out of 144 patients. This is nearly identical to the Illinois state average of 23.48 per 1000 patients.
  • Hip Fracture Patient Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate – 120.87 per 1000 or one incident out of 32 patients. This rate is nearly 5 times higher than the Illinois state average of 24.98 per 1000 patients.
  • Congestive Heart Failure Patient Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate – 37.68 per 1000 or 4 incidents out of 106 patients. This rate is nearly double the Illinois state average of 20.74 per 1000 patients.

Medical Malpractice Claims Involving OSF Saint Elizabeth

Missed Diagnosis Costs Man Time and Opportunity

The claimant here was a middle-aged man. He entered the medical facility for the purposes of diagnostic testing and evaluation. The defendant radiologist performed an MRI. Then, he evaluated the results as indicating a potential reactive lymph node. However, the doctor was mistaken in that diagnosis. In fact, the mass was malignant. Due to the error, the patient lost two years in treatment. Over that time period, the malignancy grew in size and eventually required more complicated, costly, and invasive medical treatment. As a result, he brought this case against the involved parties including the doctors and facilities. OSF St. Elizabeth was among those named for discovery purposes. The cause of action makes a case for damages under malpractice. It cites lost change of survival, pain, and bills chief among the list of harms sustained over the course of the events.

Man Gets More than He Bargained for in Illinois Surgery

The man that filed this claim was forty-four. He needed his tonsils take out. He decided to have the surgery performed at OSF St. Elizabeth in Illinois. However, it appears that during the course of that operation things did not go according to plan. Apparently, in addition to removing his tonsils, they also took out his uvula. The man did not consent to this procedure. Furthermore, the removal of his uvula led to significant side effects for him including nasal congestion and dysphagia. He brought this claim in Illinois court as a result. It cites the doctor, nurse, and hospital as negligent. Proof of this negligence was obvious in their unconsented-to removal of his uvula the man states and the pain that followed. He sought damages for his tangible costs and intangible pain. OSF St. Elizabeth was among the parties responsible for answering in discovery.

Garden Accident Goes Seriously Awry in This New Case

This incident emerged from an unlikely source: a garden. A woman in her early seventies was doing some garden chores when she injured herself. Her pitchfork drove a hole deep into her leg. The area was very dirty, prone to infection, and needed immediate medical care. Staff at the hospital believed that her tetanus status was beyond five years, indicating a need for another shot. Nevertheless, the doctor cleaned and sutured the wound and then sent her on her way with some antibiotics. He did not give her a tetanus shot. Eventually, she developed tetanus and her health deteriorated badly. She was sent back to the ICU of the hospital when she suffered a brain infarction as well as cardiac arrest. Even when her condition stabilized, she still needed a feeding tube and tracheostomy just to get by. This matter was brought to make up for these events. It seeks damages from the doctors, medical companies, and facilities involved in the avoidable ordeal. It faults them with negligence for failing to give her a tetanus shot and then shoulders them with responsibility for the events that came after that omission.

Ottawa Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you suspect your loved one was injured or died prematurely from medical malpractice while the patient at OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC.. Our Ottawa personal injury attorneys have successfully resolved many financial compensation claims for medical mistakes involving Illinois hospitals. Let our law firm handle every aspect of your case including filing your compensation claim in the appropriate court. In LaSalle County, the county courthouse is located at:

119 W. Madison St., Room 201
Ottawa, IL 60085
(815) 434-8671
Circuit Court Clerk Greg Vaccaro

We urge you to contact our LaSalle County medical malpractice law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive recompense claim evaluation. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts all medical error compensation claims and wrongful death lawsuits on contingency.


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