OSF St Mary Medical Center is an 81-bed “not for profit” medical center providing services and cares for residents of Galesburg and Knox County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
3333 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
In addition to providing surgical services and emergency care to the local community, OSF St. Mary Medical Center also offers:
- Rehabilitation services
- Primary care
- Transplant services
- Women’s health
- Pediatric care
- Home health
- Endocrinology and diabetes care
- Cancer care
- Vascular and heart care
When comparing this Medical Center to other hospitals nationwide, OSF St. Mary Medical Center maintains an overall “B” score, ranking it in the 54 th percentile. The calculated ranking uses publicly available information including overall patient satisfaction, daily cost, patient and physician communication, patient flow and reported complications.
According to analytics MD, overall patient satisfaction at OSF St. Mary Medical Center ranks in the 85th percentile. Lower scores often indicate a high percentage of medical errors and mistakes happening at the facility.
Illinois State Designations
OSF St Mary Medical Center maintains three specific state designations that include:
- Perinatal I – The hospital provides essential care to childbearing women and their newborns through uncomplicated pregnancies. However, there is no neonatal intensive nursery on site.
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) – The EDAP designation ensures that the hospital provides optimal 24/7 emergency care to pediatric patients.
- Trauma Center Level II – As a Level II trauma center, OSF Saint Mary Medical Center is required to offer around-the-clock essential emergency services and provide access to off-site readily available services within one hour when required. In accordance with the law, the Medical Director at the center also doubles as the facility’s Trauma Surgeon.
Bloodstream Infection Rates and Patient Safety Concerns
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors and evaluates measurable indicators involving bloodstream infection rates and patient safety concerns of all medical facilities statewide. Facility-acquired incident rates involving Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) are obtained through laboratory test results involving patients who have been in the hospital stay for four days or longer.
Patient safety concerns involve measurable information that can reveal adverse events and potential in-hospital complications after procedures and surgeries. This information is collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). These data sets are used to determine whether the levels of care and services provided by the hospital are indicative of problems are below/higher than the national averages. The current rates involving bloodstream infections and patient safety concerns at OSF St. Mary Medical Center for 2015 include:
- Facility-Acquired Incident Rates Involving Clostridium Difficile Infections (CDI) – 7 infection incidents out of 14,600 patient days. The IDPH determined that this rate was “statistically significantly worse than the state average.” This statistic covers the 01/01/2018 to 12/31/2018 period.
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure Rates – 9.85 per 1000 patients or 2 incidents out of 238 patients. This rate adjusted number is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 8.04 per 1000 patients.
- Accidental Laceration or Puncture Rates – 0.53 per 1000 patients or 1 incident out of 2717 patients. This rate adjusted number is approximately one-third the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 patients.
Readmission and 30 Day Mortality Rates
The Illinois Department of Health evaluates readmission rates for patients who require readmission into the facility after being discharged due to a complication or unsuccessful transition to the family’s home or a nursing facility. In addition, the health department measures 30-day mortality rates involving patients who died within 30 days after being admitted to the facility. This data is collected by the Department of Health and Human Services and posted on their Hospital Compare website.
Between 07/01/2014 and 06/30/2017, the readmission and 30-day mortality rates involving OSF St. Mary Medical Center include:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Required Readmittance to the Facility within 30 Days after Discharge – 17.0 percent. This rate is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Required Readmittance to the Facility within 30 Days after Discharge – 20.3 percent. This rate is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 22.09 percent
- Heart Attack Patients Who Required Readmittance to the Hospital within 30 Days after Discharge – 16.4 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.03 percent.
Medical Malpractice Claims Involving OSF St. Mary’s
Family Files Claim after Loved One Passes Away from Missed Illness
Here, a man went to an OSF facility to undergo medical testing. He was just forty when the events which gave rise to the subsequent dispute occurred. Prior to these developments, he had a history of diabetes and other significant medical issues. At OSF, staff performed an echocardiogram. Then, the doctor who read the lab results did not identify important signs. Consequently, the patient was not told to get more testing or treatment. This meant that his cardiac issues were not handled or treated at all for a long time. Eventually, he died from these complications. His wife and kids survived him. They brought this action against the parties involved in the matter including OSF. They charged the defendants with negligence and wrongful death. In particular, they faulted them with their failed diagnosis which led to the man’s troubles including lost chance at survival. The family sought compensation from the defendants for all the damages that resulted including their grief, suffering, and expense. This matter has not yet been resolved.
New Suit Brought after Incident during Eye Surgery
This was not a typical surgical error dispute. The circumstances arose in an Illinois OSF facility (St. Mary’s). The plaintiff needed eye surgery because of a cataract. Surgeons were set to implant a lens and perform a phacoemulsification. As they began to operate, things went poorly from the beginning. It seems that the equipment played a part. The tools they used to hydrate and aspirate did not work as they should. Consequently, the patient sustained a tear in the posterior capsular. This greatly damaged his eye and less to substantial vision loss. The man brought a cause of action against the doctor, medical company, and medical center. It claimed they were negligent and responsible for his economic and other related damages. Some of these harms included disability, suffering, and medical bills.
Galesburg Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you believe your loved one suffered harm from medical malpractice while a resident at OSF St. Mary’s, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our reputable Galesburg attorneys provide legal representation to medical mistakes. We can ensure that all the necessary paperwork and documentation is filed in the appropriate courthouse. In Knox County, the courthouse is located at:
200 S. Cherry St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Circuit Court Clerk Kelly Cheesman
We urge you to contact our Knox County medical malpractice law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers to determine your legal options during a comprehensive, no-obligation case review at no charge to you. No upfront payment is required for our legal services because we accept all medical mistake cases through contingency fee agreements. Our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or by winning your case at trial.