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Rush Copley Medical Center Ratings & Violations

Rush Copley Medical Center is a 210-bed facility providing medical services in Aurora and Kane County Illinois. The facility located at:

  • 2000 Ogden Ave.
  • Aurora, IL 60504
  • (630) 978-6200

As a major healthcare provider serving the greater Fox Valley area, Rush Copley Medical Center maintains Kane County’s only neonatal (Level III) intensive care unit.

National Ranking

In a comparison among other hospitals in the United States, Rush Copley Medical Center maintains an overall “B” score, ranking it in the 52nd percentile. This ranking is determined using publicly available information including the facility’s staff responsiveness, patient satisfaction, emergency services and any potential complication that could have been the result of medical malpractice.

Illinois State Designations

Rush Copley Medical Center maintains three specific state designations that include:

Perinatal III

The medical center provides Level III perinatal care to female patients of childbearing age along with their newborn. This involves an intensive care approach for vulnerable women considered to have a high risk pregnancy or a newborn with complications. The facility offers sub-specialty care provided in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Trauma Center II

The facility is one of the 60+ trauma centers in the state and a part of the Illinois trauma system that provides high-level emergency care services 24 hours a day. The hospital’s medical director serves as the lead trauma surgeon providing specialized trauma services through subspecialty care including surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology and emergency medicine.

Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)

The hospital maintains the EDAP designation, meaning it provides comprehensive pediatric emergency services 24 hours every day. These services are covered by adequately staffed specialized medical professionals who are trained in providing critical and emergency care to children. High-level medical care is provided using essential pediatric supplies, equipment and medication, and by following treatment protocols for children who are injured, critically ill or abused.

Facility-Acquired Infections

By following proven protocols, hospitals and medical centers can take necessary steps to reduce the numbers of patients who develop serious infections after surgeries and procedures. The Illinois Public Act 93-563 (The Hospital Report Card Act) requires hospitals and medical centers throughout the state to report infections acquired at the facility during the patient’s stay.

These infections include central line-associated bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, MRSA and CDI. All hospitals and medical centers must report every healthcare-associated infection on-site to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention NHSN (National Healthcare Safety Network). The reported infections acquired at Rush Copley Medical Center involved:

  • MRSA and CDI bloodstream infections occurring between 01/01/2018 at 12/31/2018 include:
    • MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Onset Incident Rate – 0 infection incidents out of 49943 patient days.
    • CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection) Onset Incident Rate – 28 infection incidents out of 39,913 days.

Patient Safety Concerns

The Illinois Department of Public Health utilizes hospital-reported discharge information to evaluate patient safety measures involving in-hospital adverse events and complications after procedures and surgeries.

Statistics from Rush Copley Medical Center reported between 10/01/2013 and 09/30/2014 indicate that serious patient safety concerns occurred at the facility. This includes two incidents where a foreign body was left inside 2 patients during their procedures. Other safety concerns include:

  • Unexpected Deaths – 1 unexpected death out of 3784 patients.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (Blood Clotting) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 17 incidences out of 2731 patients.
  • Accidental Laceration or Puncture Wound – 22 incidents out of 7918 patients.
  • Postoperative Hemorrhages and Hematomas – 16 incidents out of 2653 patients.
  • Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 2 incidents out of 7628 patients.
  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 12 incidents out of 1444 patients.

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Rush Copley Medical Center

$8,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Malpractice Claim

Here, the patient involved in this hospital incident was just one month old at the time. The little girl needed an operation to fix an abnormality with her heart. Over the course of the procedure, a flash fire ignited. This caused damage to her endotracheal tube. Then, she began to lose oxygen. The oxygen deprivation led to substantial brain damage, cerebral palsy, and cognitive disorders. Additionally, there were other bizarre physical injuries that she sustained. Her nose, thumbs, and other parts of her fingers were lost due to the fire. Through the assistance of counsel, the little girl was able to bring a claim against the hospital and doctors involved in the tragic ordeal. The complaint alleged that the pair of defendants were negligent in their care of the girl; that they should have supervised the operation better; and that they should have protected her against the flash fire. Since they did not, the child suffered tremendous injury, disability, and expense which the plaintiffs asked the defendants to compensate them for. In the end, the doctor settled with the family for $6 million and the hospital (Rush Copley) settled with the family for $8 million.

$570,000 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Case

This despite reveals the nature of the sizeable risk involved in even the most mundane of surgical treatments. The plaintiff, a man in his middle fifties, was admitted to Rush Copley Medical Center for a revascularization. That operation was to be one on his left leg in the lower area. At some point during this procedure, the man suffered a ruptured blood vessel. However, the doctor did not notice this arterial complication. Then, to complicate matters, the nurses allegedly did not supervise him properly over the next day. That might have caught the matter in time to address the problem. When they did spot the issue, they performed two emergency surgeries (fasciotomies). Yet, it was all for naught. They were too late in their care and most of his calf had to be removed. The man sued the doctor and Rush Copley for malpractice. He alleged their neglect, failure to diagnose, and unreasonable care was the cause of his problems. He cited pain, disability, disfigurement, and expenses chief among his damages. The man sought compensation for these losses in court. However, it would not get that far. The parties eventually settled for a reported $570,000.

$3,300,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuit

This controversy started at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Illinois. The patient was a sixty-one-year-old woman. She had spinal surgery performed at that location. The next day she went to Rush Copley Medical Center because her neck hurt her, and she was having a hard time breathing. Staff performed a CT-scan and that showed a mass and possible hemorrhage. Yet, surgeons at that location would not see and she could not be transferred so she was merely discharged. A few days later, she went back to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and x-ray results showed airway complications from a neck hematoma. Just a few hours later, this problem led to cardiac arrest, brain damage, and her death a couple of days later. Her three children survived her. This case was brought on behalf of the estate. It argued that Good Samaritan should have taken action to protect her airway and that Rush Copley should not have discharged her until her condition was stabilized. It sought damages from both of them for the tragedy of her wrongful death, her pain while alive, expenses, and other harms and losses. The two parties did file replies, but they did not defend themselves in court. All parties agreed to settle the matter in order to end the litigation. The plaintiffs received $3.3 million and $3 million of that came from Rush.

Aurora, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you, or a loved one, have been harmed after being admitted to Rush Copley Medical Center, your injuries may be the result of medical malpractice. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can serve as your legal advocate to hold those responsible for your harm accountable for their medical negligence. We accept Aurora, IL medical malpractice cases, wrongful death claims and personal injury lawsuits on contingency. This means you do not pay any upfront fees for our immediate legal services. We encourage you to schedule your free, initial consultation today by calling our law offices to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys.

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