Sacred Heart Hospital is a 119-bed hospital providing cares and services to the residents and visitors in Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
3240 W Franklin Blvd.
Chicago IL 60624
Sacred Heart Hospital closed its doors in April 2013 after its owner was arrested for participating in a Medicare/Medicaid kickback scheme involving physicians who received cash for bogus patient referrals. Over many years, the hospital stole millions from Medicare and Medicaid through illegal means. In January 2014, the hospital building and land were sold to a private firm that has yet to decide how to demolish, restore, or transform the hospital into a different type of commercial or residential structure.
In March 2016, an Oak Brook physician who worked at Sacred Heart Hospital was convicted for illegally receiving monetary gain for referring elderly patients for unnecessary care. The then 69-year-old physician was the 10th defendant convicted in the case involving financial bribes and kickbacks to doctors who referred patients for unnecessary services paid by Medicaid and Medicare.
In July 2015, a Cook County jury convicted a Chicago podiatrist of accepting $2000 every month in illegal kickbacks in exchange for referring patients to other medical facilities for unnecessary care. The Federal Bureau of Investigation performed an undercover investigation of the doctor who was recorded complaining about Edward Novak, the then Sacred Heart Hospital CEO. The doctor stated that Novak was never satisfied with the number of patients being illegally referred. The judge in the case stated that “it is a straight quid pro quo” (something for something) and that the doctor “certainly knew as of February 2013 that he was being paid for patient referrals.”
Evidence provided at trials included doctors arranging patients for long distance transportation to receive treatment even though there were medical facilities much closer to Sacred Heart Hospital. The federal Medicare Fraud Strike Force carried out the investigation and charged dozens of former employees over the last five years.
Patients who suffered injuries might still be entitled to receive financial compensation for their damages. However, because of the Illinois state statute of limitations, time is of the essence. It is crucial to speak with a personal injury attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases to evaluate your case. A lawyer working on your behalf can seek numerous remedies to ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve for receiving unnecessary medical care.
Currently, Sacred Heart Hospital no longer has state designations due to closure of the facility.
According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health other agencies, Sacred Heart Hospital reported the following medical errors that may be of concern to patients and their families.
- Unexpected Deaths (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 out of 524 patients
- Risk-adjusted Postoperative lung embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT clotting) (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 1 out of 251 patients
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 2 out of 4,321 patients
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 2 out of 258 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 5 out of 58 patients
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Sacred Heart Hospital
$415,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Claim
The patient in this medical dispute was in his middle forties at the time of the relevant events. He had been a long-time heroin user prior to the specific events which prompted this litigation. The incident began when he entered Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He told staff who examined him that he had pain in his neck. Staff gave him an initial consultation. They failed to identify, diagnose, and treat him for an infection caused by his drug usage. That infection later complicated into an abscess. However, doctors and nurses did not realize this for a day or two. Due to that delay, the man suffered paralysis and then he later died. This cause of action was brought against the doctors and medical companies involved in the tragic ordeal. The plaintiffs complained that the staff should have realized and taken care of the infection. They sought compensation for the harms that the neglect caused-the man’s death chief among them. The defendants objected to the main allegation. Yet, this did not stop all sides from finding room to settle. The plaintiffs recovered $415,000 in compensation from the two doctors.
Chicago, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you were harmed while you were a patient at Sacred Heart Hospital before its closure, your damages might have been related to medical negligence. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to protecting your legal rights from mistakes in all medical environments. Contact our attorneys today to discuss your case.
Our attorneys accept all cases through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement postpones the payment of all legal services until after the case is successfully resolved through a negotiated out-of-court settlement or a jury trial award. All consultations are free and confidential.