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Palos Community Hospital Ratings & Violations

Palos Community Hospital Palos Community Hospital is a 428-bed hospital located in Cook County, Illinois at:

12251 South 80th Avenue
Palos Heights IL 60463
(708) 923-4000

The facility operated by Palos Health provides diverse services to the local community that include:

  • Heart care
  • Orthopedics
  • Maternity care
  • Home Health Care
  • Immediate care
  • Emergency medical care
  • Behavioral health
  • Women's health
  • Breast imaging and radiology services
  • Cancer rehab and care
  • Nutritional services
  • Diabetes care
  • Maternity care
  • Spinal care
  • Respiratory care
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Surgical procedures
  • Chemical dependency services
  • Group therapies

Illinois State Designation

Palos Community Hospital maintains the following designations:

  • Perinatal II – The medical facility is recognized as a Level II Perinatal hospital because it provides care to pregnant mothers and newborns at risk for medical complications. However, the facility does not maintain a Special Care Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery.
  • Acute Stroke Ready Hospital – The Illinois Department of Public Health has certified Palos Community Hospital as a primary stroke center because they meet the standards “to support better outcomes for stroke care.”

Patient Safety

Both state and federal Hospital regulatory agencies routinely monitor every medical center in Illinois to identify patient safety concerns quickly. This information is gathered by reports sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health and other agencies. Palos Community Hospital reported the following medical errors that may be of concern to patients and their families.

Health Care-Associated Infections

  • Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of MRSA for 2018 – 1 patient suffered Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections over 94,143 patient days.
  • Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI for 2018 – 96 patients suffered highly contagious Clostridium difficile infections over 92,784 patient days.

Safety Concerns

  • Wound Complications in Abdominal Wall Surgery (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 out of 546 patients
  • Pneumonia Patients Admitted to the Hospital within 30 days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 16.5% of all patients treated at the facility for pneumonia were readmitted to the facility 30 days after departure for retreatment. This statistical percentage is slightly lower than the national average (16.9%) and Illinois average (17.37%).
  • Pneumonia 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 13.5% of all patients treated for pneumonia at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is significantly lower than the national average (15.9%) and Illinois average (15.98%).
  • Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 21.7% of all patients treated for heart failure were readmitted to the facility within 30 days after discharge. This statistical rate is slightly higher than the national average (21.6%) but lower than the Illinois average (21.78%).
  • Heart Failure 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 9.9% of all patients treated for heart failure at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is significantly lower than the national average (11.9%) and Illinois average (11.67%).
  • Heart Attack Patient Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 16.3% of all patients treated at the hospital for heart attack were readmitted to the facility 30 days after discharge for retreatment.
  • Heart Attack 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2017) – 11.3% of all patients treated for a heart attack at the facility died within 30 days after admittance. The statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (13.6%) and Illinois average (13.32 percent).
  • Hip Fracture-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 2 patients out of 171 died because of a hip fracture. This statistical risk-adjusted rate of 14.16 per 1000 patients is significantly lower than the Illinois average of 24.98 per 1000.
  • Heart Attack Deaths Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 16 out of 360 patients died of heart attacks at the facility. This risk-adjusted rate of 25.14 per 1000 patients is significantly lower than the Illinois average of 37.24 per 1000.
  • Stroke-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 36 out of 286 patients died of a stroke at the hospital. This risk-adjusted rate of 140.63 per 1000 patients is more than double than the Illinois average of 61.56 per 1000 patients. The Illinois Department of Public Health revealed that this ranking is statistically significantly worse than the State average.

Maternal Safety and Utilization

  • Birth Trauma (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 incidents out of 1,098 patients
  • Obstetric Trauma – Vaginal instrument-assisted (per 2015) – 6 incidents out of 27 patients

Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Palos Hospital

$4,250,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Claim

This incident started as ordinary as any other. A little boy-just two years old- had a cough and a little bit of a fever. His parents believed he had a cold, but they brought him to Palos Hospital just in case. The staff examined him early in the morning on an October day. They diagnosed him with croup. When his breathing came back to normal levels, they let him go. However, things took a turn for the worse just a couple days later. He was rushed back to the ER of Palos for urgent care. Once he arrived, nurses tried to put a breathing tube down his throat. They also reached out to a pediatrician, but that doctor did not arrive for nearly half an hour. By that time, not much could be done. The little boy passed away in the same facility. His parents brought this action against the doctor and the hospital. They alleged that the pair of defendants did not properly diagnose, examine, or care for the boy. Further, they maintained that this negligence was the cause of the boy’s spiraling health. The defendants replied but did not press their points at trial. The parties settled for $4.25 million and $3.5 million of that figure came directly from the hospital.

$1,100,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Case

This controversy began during the birth of a new baby boy and ended tragically just a few weeks later. He was just twelve days old when he passed away. Apparently, the doctor that was supposed to be on call was not on call. The boy’s parents were told the physician would be present during the birth because it was to be a VBAC procedure. That kind of operation comes with certain risks and might have needed a quick C-section performed without advance notice. However, the doctor was not there, and things did escalate. The child experienced a slow heart rate, but that was not noticed and addressed by the medical team. Consequently, he was born with a brain injury. That complication eventually took his life. The parents of the deceased child sued the doctor, medical company, and hospital (Palos). They argued that the defendants committed malpractice and were to blame for the boy’s wrongful death. They sought compensation for the damages that this tragedy created. In a private settlement, the parties settled on a sum of $1.1 million to resolve the ordeal. Palos gave $600,000 of that amount directly to the family.

$2,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Failed Diagnosis Claim

Here, a middle-aged man went to Palos Community Hospital because his chest was causing him pain. He was also experiencing fatigue and other symptoms. Doctors noted abnormal EKG results. Also, his cardiologist decided to do a transthoracic echocardiogram. However, that did not show any abnormal results. The doctor told the forty-nine-year-old man that he had pericarditis and prescribed him steroids to alleviate his chest aggravation. The man died two weeks later. The cause of death was aortic dissection. This two grownup children and wife survived him. They brought this case against Palos. The family claimed the defendants were negligent in their diagnosis and care. The parties replied that the dissection popped and gave them no change to respond. However, pressed with the prospect of trial, they relented and agreed to settle. The family obtained $2 million for their damages including over $20,000 in medical bills and $50,000 each year lost from the man’s salary.

Palos Heights, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you were harmed or injured while you were a patient at Palos Community Hospital, your damages might be the result of medical negligence. The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal assistance to patients who have suffered injuries by errors or mistakes in every medical setting.

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