Rochelle Community Hospital Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Rochelle Community Hospital is a 16-certified-bed Facility providing services to residents of Rochelle and Ogle County, Illinois. The ‘not for profit’ Hospital is located at:
900 N. Second Street
Rochelle, IL 61068
Along with providing emergency and urgent care to the local community, Rochelle Community Hospital provides other valuable services that include:
- Cancer care
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Pain management
- Laboratory testing
- Kidney disease care
- Stroke care
- Support services
- Diabetic self-management care
- Home health services
- Part care
- Occupational health
- Heart care
Comparing this facility to other medical centers and hospitals throughout the United States, Rochelle Community Hospital maintains an overall “A-” score, ranking it in the 73rd percentile. According to Analytics MD, the facility ranking was calculated using publicly available information that includes patient satisfaction, staff responsiveness, patient flow, patient/nurse communication, and reported complications. Low percentile scores might indicate a high percentage of medical errors, mistakes and malpractice negligence happening at the hospital.
The level of emergent and critical care provided by the Rochelle Community Hospital Emergency Department is crucial to Ogle County, Illinois. Government agencies collect data on emergency services to be used as a comparison of all medical centers nationwide. Currently, the percentile rankings involving the emergency services provided by this facility include:
- Incoming Patient Flow (60th percentile) – This measurement reveals the efficiency of how patients are initially evaluated after arriving at the emergency room.
- Discharged Patient Flow (60th percentile) – This measurement reveals the efficiency of how the medical team provides care to patients who received treatment before they are discharged from the emergency room.
- Admitted Patient Flow (60th percentile) – This measurement reveals the efficiency of how the medical team provides care to patients who were admitted to the hospital from the emergency room.
- Frustrated Patients (50th percentile) – This measurement reveals the level of frustration the patients feel after receiving care and leaving the emergency department.
- Overall Patient Satisfaction (87th percentile) – This measurement reveals the overall patient experience when receiving cares and services at every department in the facility.
Every hospital has a certain number of discharge patients who must be readmitted to the facility due to a disruptive transition from the medical center into a nursing home or the family’s home, or because of some unexpected developing complication of their medical condition. The Illinois Department of Public Health monitors the information collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and made publicly available on their Hospital Compare website. Between 07/01/2015 and 06/30/2018, the readmission rates involving Rochelle Community Hospital include:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Required Readmittance to the Facility within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 16.6 percent, which is slightly lower in the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Required Readmittance the Facility within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 21.6 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 22.09 percent.
Thirty-Day Mortality Rate and Inpatient Mortality Rate
Data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and reviewed by the Illinois Department of Public Health on 30 day and inpatient mortality rates help determine if there are specific indicators of adverse outcomes that are related to the level of care the facility provided the patient who died. This information is made publicly available on the HHS Hospital Compare website. Between 07/01/2015 and 06/30/2018, the 30-Day Mortality Rate and Inpatient Mortality Rate at Rochelle Community Hospital include:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Died within 30 Days after Being Admitted to the Facility – 14.2 percent, which is significantly lower than the Illinois state average of 16.32 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Who Died within 30 Days after Being Admitted to the Hospital – 10 percent, which is significantly lower than the Illinois state average of 11.83 percent.
- Pneumonia Patient Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate (For the Year 2015) – 37.43 per 1000 patients or 1 incident out of 48 patients. This risk-adjusted rate is higher than the Illinois state average of 23.48 per 1000 patients. (this statistic is for the 2012-2015 period).
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Rochelle Community Hospital
$400,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Case
Here, a seventy-year-old patient was admitted to Rochelle Community Hospital in Illinois. The woman was experiencing pain in her abdomen as well as a cough and other troubling symptoms. Staff took her in, examined her, and then referred her to another doctor for a possible surgery. That physician did in fact decide to do an exploratory procedure (laparotomy) in addition to a colon resection and anastomosis. However, the follow-up care was botched, and the woman died as a result. This cause of action was brought as a result of the woman’s untimely death. It alleged that the doctor and facility were responsible because of their negligent acts. The complaint sought compensation for the damages (economic and non-economic) that directly arose. In a private agreement to end the matter, the plaintiffs obtained $400,000 in settlement compensation.
$205,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Claim
The plaintiff who filed this Illinois cause of action was a middle-aged woman. She was fifty years old at the time of the events. The facility where she received care was Rochelle Community Hospital in Rochelle, Illinois. Doctors advised her that she needed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Laparoscopic means that surgeons can make a tiny incision and then operate remotely using robot-assisted instruments. They normally make surgery more effective and less invasive. That was not the case here. Instead, her doctors cut into her bile duct in the course of the operation. This led to significant injury, suffering, and expense. She sued the doctor. Her claim maintained that this error was negligence. She sought compensation for the malpractice and all of the harms it caused. The doctor replied but did not press at court. Both parties settled for a reported sum of $205,000. The woman was left to bring cases against other parties that may have contributed to her damages.
Failed Diagnosis Leads to Discharge and Death in New Suit
The events of this dispute occurred in a medical facility in Illinois and included Rochelle Community Hospital. The patient was admitted to the ICU. He complained that his chest was bothering him. Apparently, staff on hand at the hospital, including doctors and nurses, did not order a cardiac examination. They gave him a routine exam, told him he had “esophageal reflux,” and let him go on his way. They discharged him from the hospital. The very next day he fell down and died from cardiac arrest. Lawyers for the man claim that the defendants’ failure to diagnose this issue caused or substantially contributed to his wrongful death. They are seeking compensation for the damages that resulted from the defendants’ negligence. This can include harms related to economic losses such as medical bills, lost wages, and funeral expenses. It might also extend to non-economic losses like grief, lost companionship, and other intangible effects.
Rochelle Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you have any suspicions that your loved one residing in Rochelle Community Hospital was injured or died unexpectedly by medical malpractice, take steps now by contacting Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our Rochelle team of dedicated knowledgeable attorneys handles victim cases involving medical malpractice that occurs in Illinois medical centers.
Let our legal team begin the process of your medical malpractice case by filing all the necessary documentation in the appropriate court. In Ogle County, the courthouse is located at:
106 South 5th Street
Oregon, Illinois 61061-0337
Circuit Court Clerk Kim Stahl
We encourage you to contact our Ogle County Medical Malpractice law office today by calling (888) 424-5757. Speak with one of our representatives to schedule your free no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. Our law firm provides immediate representation without any upfront payment. Our services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your medical malpractice claim, wrongful death lawsuit or personal injury case by negotiating your out-of-court settlement or winning your case in front of a judge and jury.