Saint Anthonys Memorial Hospital Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is a 133-bed “not-for-profit” church-affiliated Medical Center providing cares and services to residents of Effingham and Effingham County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
503 N. Maple St.
Effingham, IL 62401
In addition to providing emergency services, the facility also offers various other medical services including:
- Cancer care
- Diabetes and nutrition
- Women services
- Pain management
- Heart care
- Diagnostic care
- Physical rehabilitation
- Wound healing
- Medical care services
Analytics MD provides a comparative analysis of every Hospital and Medical Center in the United States. Currently, HSHS Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital maintains an overall “B+” score in the 63rd percentile, based on the publicly available information. The website states that the hospital’s Areas of Strength include the length of time emergency department patients must wait to be admitted and discharged at the facility.
The emergency department at every hospital is a crucial component to providing a level of care in the local community. Ensuring that there is a smooth flow of patients during times of emergency is crucial to the type and level of care they receive. Currently, Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital has high marks on incoming patient flow (72nd percentile), discharge patient flow (78th percentile), and admitted patient flow (85th percentile). However, it ranks high with frustrated patients who leave the emergency room (67th percentile) feeling dissatisfied in the level of care or the time it took.
Illinois State Designations
HSHS Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital maintains one specific state designation that includes:
- Perinatal II – As a level II perinatal care facility, Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is part of the Illinois Regionalized Perinatal system. The program was initially developed as an effective tool to enhance perinatal outcomes to ensure that childbearing high-risk women received the best available care. This facility does not offer a neonatal intensive care nursery or special care unit. However, it does provide additional services to pregnant women and their newborn who are determined to be at risk for medical complications.
Surgical Site Infections and Bloodstream Infections
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continuously reviews data including surgical site infections using the standard infection ratio. These infections usually develop after coronary artery bypass graft surgery and total knee and hip replacement surgery. In addition, the IDPH maintains data on facility-acquired onset incident rates involving Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) rates. Currently, the data involving Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital include:
- Surgical Site Infections (Total Knee Replacement Surgery) in 2017 – Two infections out of 460 procedures.
- Facility-Onset Clostridium Difficile Infections in 2018 – 4 infections out of 14,877 patient days. The IDPH as determined that this ratio is statistically significantly worse than the national average.
Patient Safety Concerns
The Illinois Department of Public Health monitors data collected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) about potential adverse events and in-hospital complications. This information helps determine patient safety concerns and measurements that can be taken to reduce the number of injuries for the year 2015, the hospital had the following measurements that include:
- Wound Complications in Abdominal Wall Surgery – 7.5 per 1000 or 1 out of 160 patients compared to the Illinois state average of 1.03 per 1000 patients.
- Accidental Laceration or Puncture – 0.52 per 1000 or one point 1 out of 4273 patients, compared to the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 (or one-third less).
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma – 1.81 per 1000 or 1 out of 1266 patients, compared to the Illinois state average of 4.46 per 1000, which is fewer than one-half injuries on average statewide.
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 4.68 per 1000 or 3 out of 958 patients, compared to the Illinois state average of 8.04 per 1000, or almost one-half the number of incidents at the hospital.
Do I have a Medical Malpractice Case?
While you may have suffered serious injury as a party or treatment, the doctor may not have committed medical malpractice. In many cases, the patient is unsatisfied with the outcome of their care. However, being disappointed is not ample proof that the doctor did anything wrong.
To determine whether you have a medical malpractice case, it is advisable to seek out the experience of a reputable personal injury attorney who specializes in medical cases. The lawyer will handle every aspect of the claim, and file all the necessary paperwork in the appropriate County Courthouse. In Effingham County, the courthouse is located at:
Effingham County Courthouse
120 W. Jefferson
Effingham, IL 62401
County Clerk John Niemerg
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
$1,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Birth Injury Claim
The events of this dispute took place at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois. A mother was admitted to the facility for the birth of her baby. According to documents later filed, staff, including doctors and nursed attending to her, did not notice, diagnose, or respond to the fact that the fetus was experiencing distress before birth. In fact, the baby’s oxygen supply was seriously disturbed. This meant that the child suffered a tremendous injury. Eventually, the baby passed away just a few days after the delivery. The child was survived by the parents. They brought this action against the doctor and facility where the tragedy transpired. The couple claimed that the pair of defendants were negligent in their service to the mother and baby as well as responsible for the newborn’s untimely death. Specifically, they faulted the staff for not diagnosing and treating the baby’s oxygen loss. The plaintiffs maintained they suffered tremendous losses due to the ordeal including untold suffering and grief. The defendants filed separate replies but did not press their luck at trial. Instead, the parties settled for a reported $1 million-each defendant contributed $500,000 to this total.
Effingham Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one has suffered serious harm or died prematurely as a result of medical malpractice while a patient at Saint Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our Effingham personal injury attorneys can handle every aspect of your case to ensure a successful outcome, so your family can receive the financial compensation they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation. No upfront payments are required because we accept all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits and medical malpractice claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements.