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Rockford Memorial Hospital Malpractice Lawyers

Rockford Memorial Hospital is a 396-bed facility providing tertiary medical care in Rockford and throughout Winnebago County, Illinois. The medical center is located at:

  • 2400 North Rockton Ave.
  • Rockford, IL 61103
  • (815) 971-5000

The hospital is a part of Rockford Health System, the largest healthcare system serving southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

National Ranking

When ranked against other hospitals and medical centers in the U.S., Rockford Memorial Hospital maintains an overall B score, ranking and in the 49th percentile. This ranking is calculated from publicly available information including patient satisfaction, patient length of stay, medical staff communication with patients and any adverse event that could be potentially linked to medical malpractice.

Illinois State Designations

Rockford Memorial Hospital maintains four specific state designations that include:

Perinatal III

The facility is part of the state’s Regionalized Perinatal System providing Level III capabilities. This means the hospital maintains an intensive care approach specifically designed for high risk women of childbearing age who have complicated pregnancies. In addition, the facility provides intensive neonatal care for at risk newborns and is equipped with a neonatal ICU.

Trauma Center I

As a Level I Trauma Center, Rockford Memorial Hospital offers every essential service including a helicopter landing pad.

Pediatric Critical Care Center

The hospital participates in the state approved emergency medical care system by offering round-the-clock essential pediatric services covered by highly qualified professionals who are specially trained in providing critical emergency care to children. To maintain the designation, the hospital is also required to maintain an EDAP designation.

Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)

The medical facility holds a state EDAP designation because it provides a high level of emergency care 24 hours a day to pediatric patients.

Facility-Acquired Infections

By following specific safety protocols, Illinois hospitals and medical centers can significantly reduce the potential risks of patients developing serious infections after procedures and surgeries. Hospitals and medical facilities throughout the state are required to report all infections to the CDC. The number of facility-acquired infections at Rockford Memorial Hospital in 2014 include:

  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) between 01/01/2018 at 12/31/2018 Include:
    • Infections Acquired in the Adult Surgical/Medical ICU – 0 infection incidents out of 1834 central line days.
    • Infections Acquired in the Pediatric Surgical-Medical Intensive Care Unit – 0 infection incidents out of 342 central line days.
    • Infection Acquired in the Neonatal ICU (Level III) – 2 infection incidents out of 2896 central line days.
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI) between 01/01/2017 and 12/31/2017 Include:
    • Infections Acquired Following Total Knee Replacement Surgery – 0 infection incidents out of 247 procedures.
  • MRSA and CDI Bloodstream Infections between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 Include:
    • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Onset Incident Rate – 4 infection incidents out of 62,897 patient days at the facility.
    • Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI) Onset Incident Rate – 55 infection incidents out of 45,774 patient days.

Patient Safety Concerns

The Illinois Department of Public Health utilizes discharge information accumulated by AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) to quantify patient safety measures in hospitals and medical centers across the state. The current patient safety concerns at Rockford Memorial Hospital are based on data accumulated and reported between 10/01/2013 and 09/30/2014 that include:

  • Blood Clotting (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 13 incidents of 2725 patients at the facility.
  • Abdominal Wall Surgery Wound Complication – 1 incident out of 374 patients.
  • Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 2 incidents out of 8980 patients.
  • Accidental Laceration or Puncture Wound – 12 incidents out of 9292 patients.
  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 10 incidents out of 1070 patients.
  • Postoperative Hematomas or Hemorrhages – 14 incidents out of 2632 patients.

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Rockford Memorial Hospital

$7,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Case

The patient in the center of this storm was just a few weeks old when the underlying events transpired. She was delivered at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Illinois. Her birth went smoothly. Although, things complicated not long after she was born. Apparently, she developed several illnesses while in the Rockford facility’s neonatal intensive care unit. These infections were blood-borne and soon caused serious issues such as PVL, pneumonia, and hypoxia. Soon, the little girl sustained traumatic brain damage. She survived the ordeal but would require round-the-clock medical care for the rest of her life. Just through these events, her family incurred approximately $1 million in medical bills. They sued the hospital. The family alleged that the defendant did not keep a safe and hygienic ICU and that they failed to diagnose and treat their little girl when they she became sick. The defendant countered that the girl’s problems stemmed from her premature birth. However, this defense was not put to a jury to weigh, because both sides ended up settling. The family received $7 million for their losses including medical bills, suffering, and lost income.

$1,200,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Claim

Here, a man underwent a gland resection operation at an Illinois medical facility. That procedure went well. A few days later, he sustained a heart attack and died. In documents filed in court, the plaintiffs allege that the source of the fatal heart attack was a drug that the defendants negligently prescribed and gave the man for blood clots. This caused the man to suffer internal bleeding and that escalated into oxygen deprivation and the aforementioned attack. This cause of action was brought against several doctors, hospitals (including Rockford Memorial), and other medical parties. It alleged that their combined negligence and malpractice precipitated his death and sought compensation for the harms that followed. The defendants replied and objected, but eventually settled. The plaintiffs received $1.2 million. Rockford Memorial, with another doctor, gave $900,000 of that sum.

$2,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Lawsuit

As happens too often in many deliveries, here staff failed to notice complications that a newborn baby was experiencing in the course of her birth. Apparently, there were signs that the child had heart rate problems. However, staff attending to the delivery-including doctors and nurses-did not notice them or make efforts to compensate for them. As a result, the child experienced asphyxiation as well as brain disease. This led to reduced mental abilities as well as effects on her behavior and emotional stability. While the child was able to enroll in regular classes, lawyers for the child argued this had a severe impact on her quality of life, future earnings, and other issues. Also, they were left with the extraordinary past and future medical bills. To account for this, they brought suit against the hospital (Rockford Memorial) as well as the professionals and other medical parties involved in the incident. The nature of the defendants’ was pretty stark and obvious. Therefore, the matter foreseeably ended in settlement. The family recovered $2 million total for the ordeal and for the collective damages.

Rockford, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you, or a loved one, have suffered harm after being admitted to Rockford Memorial Hospital, your complications may be the result of medical malpractice. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC serve as legal advocates to patients harmed by medical malpractice in Rockford and throughout the state of Illinois. We accept wrongful death, personal injury and medical malpractice cases on contingency, meaning you receive instant legal representation without the need of paying upfront fees. We encourage you to call our law offices today to discuss your case for financial compensation.

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