Presence St Joseph Hospital Ratings & Violations
Presence St. Joseph Hospital is a 184-bed medical center providing health care services to residents in Elgin and Cook County/Kane County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
77 N. Airlite St.
Elgin, IL 60123
The medical center provides the community access to various healthcare departments that include:
- Rehabilitation Center
- Regional Cancer Center
- Surgery Center providing minimally invasive robotic surgery options
- Cardiovascular services including cardiac rehabilitation
- Behavioral health
- Hyperbaric medicine solutions
- Wound care
- Certified Primary Stroke Center
- Level II trauma emergency medical services
All medical services, treatments, surgeries, and procedures are covered by the facility’s 375 physicians.
All healthcare centers, medical centers, and hospitals nationwide receive a ranked score based on publicly available data that shows areas of strength and areas that need improvement. Currently, presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin maintains an overall “B” score that ranks it in the 50th percentile nationwide. This ranking involves incoming patient flow, discharge patient information, patient satisfaction and any adverse complaint or event they could be associated with medical malpractice.
Many hospitals and medical centers throughout Illinois receive state designations indicating they provide a higher level of care than other facilities in the state. Currently, Presence St. Joseph Hospital of Elgin maintains two state designations that include:
Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)
The Illinois Department of Public Health and Emergency Medical Services for Children has designated Presence St. Joseph Hospital of Elgin as an active participant in their EDAP program. This means the hospital has essential capabilities and resources to meet the critical care and emergency needs of seriously injured and seriously ill children. The Medical Center provides high-quality pediatric care and follows protocols for treating abused children in the community. These services are provided around-the-clock.Trauma Center II
The hospital participates in the Illinois trauma system with its Level II trauma center facility, by providing all essential emergency services 24 hours a day. The center also provides access to non-essential medical services in an hour or less, around the clock.
The state of Illinois requires every hospital to participate in programs that are proven effective at minimizing or eliminating the facility-acquired infections during a patient’s post-procedure and post-surgery stay. The most recently reported hospital-acquired infections concerning Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin involves:
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Occurring in the Adult Surgical/Medical ICU between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 – 3 infection incidents out of 977 central-line days
- Health Care Facility Onset Incident Bloodstream Infection Rate of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 – 2 infection incidents out of 21328 patient days
- Health Care Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infections) between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 – 9 infection incidents out of 21328 patient days
Patient Safety Concerns
The most recent discharge information gathered by the Illinois Department of Public Health is used as a quality indicator on the medical services, adverse complaints and life-threatening events occurring at hospitals statewide. The most current public safety concerns involving Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin was accumulated between 10/01/2013 in 09/30/2014. The significant health problems that potentially could have been caused by medical malpractice include:
- Blood Clotting (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 11 incidents out of 1129 patients
- Accidental Lacerations or Punctures – 5 incidents out of 6262 patients
- Abdominal Wall Surgery-Associated Wound Complication – 1 incident out of 115 patients
- Postoperative Hematoma or Hemorrhage – 5 incidents out of 1083 patients
- Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 2 incidents out of 6046 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 6 incidents out of 551 patients
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Presence St. Joseph Hospital
$1,385,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Case
Here, a woman in her early eighties presented to Presence St. Joseph Hospital. She had many troubling symptoms: vomiting, nausea, and chest pain. Staff conducted an x-ray examination. That showed that there was free air which normally means the patient could have a perforated bowel. A CT-scan was ordered up and a surgeon was asked to evaluate her condition. That doctor determined that there was not free air. However, this was a misdiagnosis. The woman did have free air in his system. Subsequently, she was discharged and instructed to go home. This delay in care led to sepsis. Doctors eventually spotted the issue and performed emergency surgery. However, it was not successful. The woman passed away a little over one week after her first visit. Her spouse and kids survived her. They brought this action against the parties involved in the tragic ordeal. The family claimed the defendants were negligent in their diagnosis and medical service to the woman. They offered that this caused her untimely death. In a private settlement, the parties agreed to end the dispute for $1.35 million. Presence St. Joseph paid $385,000.
$7,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Malpractice Claim
The patient here was relatively young for a surgical error cause of action. She was only thirty years old at the time of the events. Prior to this incident, she worked for a school as an aide. Doctors diagnosed her with a tumor in her abdomen. They recommended an aggressive schedule of treatment including surgery. However, the procedure to remove the tumor did not go well. Surgeons impacted her mesenteric artery. This caused the woman to develop gut syndrome and suffer from long-term disability. She also needed various follow-up operations to mitigate the surgical errors which occurred at Presence St. Joseph. To recoup some of these damages, she filed an action against the doctor and the hospital. Her claim was based in malpractice. She argued they were negligent in the performance of the operation and that caused her losses including pain, disability, expenses, and lost wages. The blatant nature of the errors dismissed the need for trial. All sides settled for a reported $7 million and Presence St. Joseph gave $6 million of that total.
$1,300,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Lawsuit
In this medical controversy, a middle-aged man entered Presence St. Joseph Hospital for care because he had various symptoms and pain. Apparently, staff-including the attending doctors-did not detect the man’s cardiac disease or coronary arterial issues. This delay in diagnosis and related care led to his death. He had a wife and three children at the time of these unfortunate events. The family brought an action against the hospital and doctors for malpractice and wrongful death. They maintained that had the defendants diagnosed him reasonably, the man’s troubles could have been identified and resolved. Since they were not, the man died. The defendants offered a reply in the ordinary course but did not press their points at trial. They settled for $1.3 million. Of that figure, St. Joseph Hospital paid $300,000.Elgin, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, were harmed or injured after being admitted to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, your injuries might be the result of medical errors. Our seasoned medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help you obtain financial compensation while you hold those responsible for your injuries legally accountable. We accept these types of cases on contingency. This means we provide immediate legal representation, counsel, and advice without you paying any upfront retainer or fee. We encourage you to call us today to schedule your free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your case.