OSF St Joseph Medical Center is a 149-certified-bed church-operated Medical Center providing services to residents of Bloomington and McLean County, Illinois. The ‘not for profit’ Hospital is located at:
2200 East Washington Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Along with providing emergency care services to the local community, OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center offers other services that include:
- Cancer care
- Home health
- Primary care
- Women’s health care
- Weight loss management
- Transplant services
- Vascular and heart care
- Endocrinology and diabetes care
Analytics MD provides a comparative analysis of this facility to other U.S. hospitals and medical centers. Currently, OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center maintains an overall “B-” score, ranking it in the 46th percentile. The ranking is calculated using publicly available data that includes staff responsiveness, emergency care, nurse/patient communication, cost per patient day, patient flow, overall patient satisfaction and reported complications. A medium to low score might indicate a high percentage of medical mistakes and errors that occur at the hospital.
The level of critical and urgent care provided by OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center is crucial to the county. The publicly available information below provides valuable insight on how patients are treated in the emergency room. Currently, the percentile rankings involving the emergency department at this facility include:
- Incoming Patient Flow (30th percentile) – This low measurement reveals the inefficiency of how patients are seen and evaluated after arriving at the ER.
- Discharged Patient Flow (30th percentile) – This low measurement reveals the inefficiency of how less sick patients are treated before being discharged from the ER.
- Admitted Patient Flow (48th percentile) – This measurement reveals the efficiency of how the medical team provides treatment and cares for sicker patients who will be admitted to the hospital from the emergency room.
- Frustrated Patients (17th percentile) – This measurement reveals the level of frustration that patients feel after receiving care and leaving the ER.
- Overall Patient Satisfaction (86th percentile) – This high measurement reveals the overall patient experience after receiving cares in any department in the hospital.
OSF St Joseph Medical Center currently holds four state designations that include:
- Perinatal II
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)
- Magnet Recognition
- Trauma Center Level II
Central Line Associated and Surgical Site Infection Rate
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and surgical site infections as measurable indicators of whether the facility is providing a high-level standard of care. CLABSIs can occur in ICU (critical care units).
Surgical site infections are often associated with total knee replacement surgery and coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). In the year 2018, the central line-associated bloodstream infection rate and surgical site infection rate for OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center involved:
- Adult Medical/Surgical ICU Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection Rate – 0 infection incident out of 985 central line days.
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery-Associated Surgical Site Infection Rate – 0 infection incident out of 46 procedures (2016).
- Total Knee Replacement Surgery-Associated Surgical Site Infection Rate – 4 infection incidents out of 222 procedures. The IDPH determine that this rate was “not statistically significantly better or worse than the national average.”
Bloodstream Infection Rate and Patient Safety Concerns
The Illinois Department of Public Health monitors facility-acquired infection incident rates involving highly contagious Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI). This data is collected through laboratory test results obtained from hospital patients who have remained at the facility for four days or longer. The public health department uses this information to determine if the bloodstream infection rate for these transmittable diseases “are statistically different from the national average.”
In addition, the IDPH monitors data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to determine patient safety measures for potential adverse events and in-hospital complications that occur after procedures and surgeries. Currently, the bloodstream infection rate and patient safety concerns for 2018 at OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center include:
- MRSA Facility-Acquired Bloodstream Infection Rate – 0 infection out of 32,640 patient days.
- CDI Facility-Acquired Bloodstream Infection Rate – 20 infections out of 31,226 patient days.
- Unexpected Death Rate – 0.45 per 1000 or one unexpected death out of 1169 patients, which is more than twice the Illinois state average of 0.22 per 1000 patients.
Medical Malpractice Claims Involving OSF St. Joseph
Claim Filed after Woman Suffers Fall Accident Post-Op
The events of this incident occurred at OSF St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington, Illinois. The woman had just undergone surgery at that same facility. According to her, staff did not supply and equip her with a gait belt or other preventative devices to ensure she did not slip and fall. As one might expect, that is exactly what happened to her. She fell down and harmed herself while she was walking around her room post-op. The woman sustained a very serious hip injury. She brought this claim against the hospital. Her complaint states that the facility was negligent for neglecting to watch her closely enough or supplying her with sufficient equipment to avoid falling. The cause of action seeks damages for the harms that resulted such as bills for follow-up care, pain, and long-term suffering.
Doctors Mess Up Diagnosis and Child Suffers Hearing Loss
The mother of the patient caught up in this matter brought her child (just a six-year-old boy) to several hospitals including St. Joseph’s facility. Apparently, staff at each place chose not to admit him for further testing and examination. This went on for a few days. Eventually, she took him back to St. Joe’s when he was showing very abnormal signs including drooling, twitching, and other symptoms. Doctors decided to conduct a spinal tap. When they did that, they found that he had meningitis, encephalitis, and other problems. They acted as swiftly as they could, but they could not prevent the child from suffering from significant hearing loss. This lawsuit was brought as a result of these developments. The family targeted the facilities and doctors who rendered care to the child including OSF’s facility. The complaint makes a cause of action for malpractice. It claims that the defendants were negligent for failing to treat and diagnose the boy. Further, they add that a swifter and better diagnosis might have saved some of his hearing. They seek damages for the resulting harms including his disability.
Appendicitis Brings about Trouble for Illinois Patient
Here, a man went in to have surgery at OSF St. Joe’s. He needed a laparoscopic treatment performed. In these circumstances, doctors make a tiny incision and then operate remotely. They are normally perfect for getting in and out of patients with little intrusiveness. However, in this case, it was not what the patient needed. This was the case because his appendix ruptured just before the operation began. Then, doctors did not notice this and concert the procedure to an open format as required. When they finally figured out that his appendix had ruptured, they cut his small intestine while trying to remove it. This caused a number of problems for the man. In the subsequent claim, he stated that he was feeling the effects of several complications. He sought damages for these and the related harms that came about from the defendants’ negligence.
Bloomington Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you have concluded that your loved one was injured or died unexpectedly by medical malpractice while a patient at OSF St Joseph Medical Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Allow our skilled Bloomington attorneys to file and successfully resolve your medical malpractice case in the appropriate courthouse. In McLean County, the courthouse is located at:
104 West Front Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61702-2400
Circuit Court Clerk Donald R. Everhart, Jr.
Our law firm provides extensive case evaluations at no charge to you. There is no obligation to discuss the merits of your claim for compensation. Call our McLean County medical malpractice law offices today at (888) 424-5757. You are not required to make any upfront payment to receive immediate legal services. Our law firm is paid only after we have successfully resolved your wrongful death lawsuit or medical malpractice claim by winning your case at trial or negotiating an out of court settlement on your family’s behalf.