Presence Mercy Medical Center is a 293-bed facility providing progressive technology medical solutions and high-quality health care to residents of Aurora and the Greater Western Chicago area. The medical center is located at:
1325 North Highland Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
The medical center provides various key services to the local community that are covered by more than 430 physicians. The services include:
- Trauma center level II
- Pediatric care covered by neonatologists and pediatric specialists
- Behavioral health including addiction care
- Maternal/child services through the center’s level II specialty care nursery
- Robotic surgery
- G.I. care
- Joint replacement program
- Diabetes Wellness Center
- Cardiovascular services
- Occupational health
Patients have access to the hospital’s certified Primary Stroke Center.
When evaluated against all other hospitals in the United States, Presence Mercy Medical Center maintains an overall “B-” score, ranking the facility in the 42nd percentile. The statistical data is based on various factors concerning the hospital including staff responsiveness, admittance flow, patient frustration levels, emergency services provided, patient satisfaction, cost efficiency and all adverse events that could be associated with medical malpractice.
Illinois State Designations
Illinois provides state designations to medical facilities, health care centers, and hospitals statewide. Currently, Presence Mercy Medical Center maintains three specific designations that include:
Trauma Center II
The facility provides the community essential emergency services around-the-clock and other services within 60 minutes seven days a week, 24 hours a day.Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)
Presence Mercy Medical Center participates in the EDAP program through the statewide approved emergency medical system. This means the facility provides the highest level 24/7 emergency care to pediatric patients. In addition, the extended perinatal services are designed to identify and treat high risk pregnant women of childbearing age along with fetuses or newborns.Perinatal II+
Because of its Level II+ perinatal designation, the facility can provide extended neonatal services to pregnant women and newborns who require complex care. Why the facility does not maintain a neonatal intensive care nursery, it does provide extended care through a specialty care nursery that is managed by a certified neonatologist.
Every medical center, hospital, and healthcare center in Illinois is required to participate in infection control programs designed to minimize the number of patients acquiring infections during a hospital stay. Through proven protocols, procedures and guidelines, medical centers and hospitals can diminish or eliminate the potential risk of patients developing infections after surgeries and procedures. The most current data showing the number of hospital-acquired infections happening at Presence Mercy Medical Center include:
- Total Knee Replacement Surgery-Associated Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) Rate from 01/01/2017 to 12/31/2017 – 0 infection incident out of 48 procedures
- Clostridium Difficile Infections (CDI) Bloodstream Infections Onset Incident Rate from 01/01/2018 to 12/31/2018 – 17 infection incidents out of 25915 patient days
Patient Safety Concerns
The state collects discharge information of medical centers and hospitals statewide, gathered by the Illinois Department of Public Health that outlines the statistics on adverse complications and events. Currently, the safety concerns involving Presence Mercy Medical Center that occurred between 10/01/2014 and 09/30/2014 include:
- Foreign Body Left in the Patient during a Procedure – 1 incident
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (Clotting) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 6 incidents out of 1498 patients
- Abdominal Wall Surgery-Associated Wound Complications – 1 incident out of 208 patients
- Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 5 incidents out of 7455 patients
- Accidental Lacerations or Punctures – 7 incidents out of 7885 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 3 incidents out of 437 patients
- Postoperative Hematomas or Hemorrhages – 7 incidences out of 1456 patients
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Presence Mercy Medical Center
Wrongful Death Case Brought after Man’s Tragic Visit to ER
This controversy ended as unfortunately as it began. A man was rushed to the emergency room of Presence Mercy Medical Center in Illinois. He was having a hard time breathing. His airway was cut off and he had epiglottitis. Apparently, the doctor on call at the hospital did not check his airway. Consequently, the man continued to suffer from oxygen deprivation. This problem continued until he passed away from it. His spouse and two children survived him. Both of his kids were already adults. The family brought this lawsuit. They named the medical center, medical company, and doctor in the case. Their complaint was made under negligence and wrongful death. Specifically, they faulted the defendants for not ensuring the man’s breathing channels were protected. Further, they alleged that this failure directly led to or caused his death. They claimed damages including lost support/consortium, pain, grief, and similar losses.
Case Filed after String of Surgical Errors at Illinois Hospital
Here, a woman decided to make a claim after experiencing a series of incidents that would have tried the toughest of people. She was being treated by a podiatrist at Presence Mercy Medical Center. Allegedly, the doctor recommended a procedure that was not even necessary, but the precise operation performed was not disclosed. Whatever the case, the surgery did not go well either. The physician did not place the hardware inside the woman’s body properly. It kept falling out of place causing her pain and lots of aggravation. Then, to add insult to injury, the doctor to did not identify and diagnose the problem that he caused for a significant period of time. This only exaggerated the original errors that he committed. Eventually, the woman sued the parties involved in the ordeal. She claimed they were negligent in service to her. Further, her complaint offered that the defendants’ negligence was the cause of her damages including tangible and intangible losses. She sought compensation to recover for these harms, but the case has not yet been resolved.
Estate Brings Lawsuit after Routine Surgery Goes Awry
The procedure at issue here involved a MediPort. The patient needed one taken out and then put back in. The surgery did not go smoothly. Quite to the contrary, during the operating, the physician took one of his tools and pushed it through the man’s vein as well as his superior vena cava. The vein was subclavian. This caused the patient’s health to deteriorate rapidly. Staff tried to level him off and resuscitate him, but they were unsuccessful. He passed away at Presence Mercy Medical Center. The estate for the deceased filed this action. It claimed the doctors and medical companies were negligent and responsible for his wrongful death. The plaintiffs sought damages for his untimely passing and the other harm and costs that it imposed.
Aurora, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered harm or injury after being admitted to Presence Mercy Medical Center, your damages could have been caused by medical malpractice. The reputable personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can take immediate medical steps to ensure your rights are protected while you seek justice and obtain financial recompense for your injuries. Our team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers accepts all wrongful death lawsuits and personal injury claims for financial compensation on contingency. This means all of your legal services are provided immediately without paying any upfront retainer or fee. Call our law offices today for your free case evaluation.