OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is a 25-bed “not for profit” medical center providing services and cares for residents of Kewanee and Henry County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1051 West South Street
Kewanee, IL 61443
In addition to providing emergency care to the local community, OSF Saint Luke Medical Center offers other services that include:
- Pediatric care
- Primary care
- Cancer care
- Endocrinology and diabetes care
- Vascular heart care
- Home health
- Primary care
- Weight loss management
- Transplant services
- Women’s health
In a comparison analysis to other medical centers and hospitals nationwide, OSF Saint Luke Medical Center maintains an overall “B+” score, ranking it in the 65th percentile. The ranking is calculated using publicly available information including patient flow, patient and nurse communication, emergency department length of stay statistics, quiet patient rooms, patient satisfaction and reported complications. Low rankings might indicate a high percentage of medical errors and mistakes occurring at the facility.
The emergency department at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center is a crucial component in providing emergent and critical care to the community. The ability to maintain a smooth flow of patient care is critical to ensure that the emergency needs of all citizens are met. Analytics MD collects data on most hospitals and medical centers in the United States involving emergency department efficiency. The current data on OSF Saint Luke Medical Center's emergency department includes:
- Incoming Patient Flow (60th percentile) – The measurement reveals how efficient the nursing staff and doctors evaluate newly arrived patients.
- Discharged Patient Flow (60th percentile) – The measurement reveals how efficient the nursing staff and doctors treat less sick patients who do not require admittance to the hospital.
- Admitted Patient Flow (24th percentile) – This low measurement reveals the efficiency of how the nursing staff and doctors provide treatment to sicker patients who require admittance into the facility.
- Frustrated Patients (50th percentile) – This measurement reveals how often patients leave the emergency department frustrated from the care they did or did not receive.
- Overall Patient Satisfaction (81st percentile) – This measurement reveals the patient’s experience in all operations and departments throughout the hospital.
Patient Safety Concerns and Bloodstream Infection Rates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infection rates. The data is accumulated from laboratory test results involving patients who have been receiving treatment at the hospital for four days or longer.
In addition, the Department of Public Health monitors patient safety concerns to measure the potential problems involving in-hospital complications and adverse events that are often a byproduct of procedures and surgeries. This information is collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and is used as a measuring tool to determine if the problems at the facility are worse or better than the national average. Currently, the patient safety concerns and bloodstream infection rates involving OSF Saint Luke Medical Center for the year 2018 include:
- Facility-Acquired Incident Rates Involving Clostridium Difficile Infections (CDI) – 0 infection incidents out of 2191 patient days.
- Accidental Laceration and Puncture Wounds Rates – 4.9 per 1000 patients or 1 incident out of 435 patients. This risk-adjusted rate is nearly 3 times the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 patients.
The IDPH determined that the above patient safety concerns and bloodstream infection rates were not better or worse than the national averages.
Readmission Rates After Hospital Discharge
A certain percentage of patients discharged from every hospital will need to be readmitted to the facility due to a complication or failure in transitioning them successfully into a nursing home or the family’s home. The Health Compare website of the US Department of Health and Human Services monitors this information. Between the timeframe of 07/01/2014 and 06/30/2017, the hospital’s readmission rates and 30 Day mortality rates include:
- Pneumonia Patients who were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after being discharged – 16.2 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients who were readmitted to the facility within 30 days after being discharged – 20.1 percent.
Medical Malpractice Claims involving OSF Saint Luke
Faulty Discharge Has Disastrous Consequences in New Claim
The patient at the center of this tragic incident was in his middle fifties. He had a complicated medical history including smoking and myocardial infarctions. The man entered an OSF facility because his chest hurt, he was having difficulty breathing, and he was feeling other effects like dizziness. Staff noted that his troponin levels were going up and down when they tested his blood. However, doctors still thought he was fine to be discharged the next day. They gave him instructions to have a cardiac test done within one week of that exit. However, the instructions were faulty, and the man was prevented from undergoing that required test. Then, just a few days later, he experienced a cardiac event that eventually took his life. His four kids and wife survived him. They brought this claim. The main thrust is that they should have examined him better and gave him proper instructions. Since they did not, the family is seeking compensation for all of the damages that followed such as lost support, lost companionship, his suffering, their grief, and all of their bills. This matter has not yet been concluded.
Kewanee Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your loved one suffered serious harm or died prematurely through medical malpractice while a patient at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our knowledgeable Kewanee personal injury attorneys can offer legal assistance on your behalf to ensure your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved against every party who caused your loved one harm.
Filing a lawsuit or claim for compensation involving medical malpractice, errors or mistakes is complex and often requires the skills of a dedicated law firm with years of training in a comprehensive understanding of Illinois tort law. Allow our team of lawyers to file all necessary paperwork and documentation concerning your claim for compensation. In Henry County, the courthouse is located at:
307 W. Center St.
Cambridge, IL 61238
Circuit Court Clerk Jackie Oberg
We encourage you to contact our Henry County medical malpractice law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive recompense case review. Make no upfront payment for our services because our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by winning at trial or by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.