Saint Joseph Medical Center Ratings & Violations
Saint Joseph Medical Center is a 480-bed health care center providing medical services to residents of Joliet and Will County/Kendall County, Illinois. The medical center is located at:
333 North Madison St.
Joliet, IL 60435
Every medical center and hospital in the state of Illinois is ranked against all other facilities nationwide as a statistical measurement of the quality of care they provide their patients. Currently, Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet maintains a “B-” rating, which ranks it in the 48th percentile in the United States. The statistical numbers are calculated by measuring the facility’s emergency services, incoming and discharge patient flow, patient frustration and satisfaction, cost efficiency, expenditures and any adverse event that could be associated with medical malpractice.
Illinois State Designations
Saint Joseph Medical Center maintains three Illinois state designations that include:
The medical center provides the highest level of perinatal care to pregnant women and newborns who require more complex medical treatment. Because of the facility’s extended capabilities, newborns have access to a neonatal intensive care nursery with medical services covered by a certified neonatologist.Trauma Center II
The facility is part of the Illinois trauma system and has the capabilities, expertise and specialized doctors to provide essential medical services around-the-clock. To ensure optimal care, the medical director of the facility doubles as the trauma surgeon. The medical center offers specialized services including emergency medicine, radiology, anesthesiology, surgical care and intensive care.Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)
The hospital participates in a specialized emergency medical system that offers around-the-clock emergency services at the highest level to pediatric patients. With the EDAP designation, St. Joseph’s Medical Center covers its pediatric emergency center with specially trained professionals who have access to every essential pediatric equipment, medication or supply necessary to ensure quality care is provided to the young patient.
In an effort to minimize or eliminate the number of hospital-acquired infections, all medical facilities statewide. including Saint Joseph Medical Center. are mandated to participate in infection-reducing programs. When followed, the established protocols, procedures and guidelines virtually eliminate infections occurring in patients after procedures and surgeries. The recent data reported by the facility details the current infection rate at the hospital that includes:
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection in the Adult Surgical/Medical ICU between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 – 1 infection incident out of 581 central-line days
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery-Associated Surgical Site Infections between 01/01/2016 and 12/31/2016 – 1 infection incident out of 142 procedures
- Total Knee Replacement Surgery-Associated Surgical Site Infections between 01/01/2017 and 12/31/2017 – 0 infection incidents out of 312 procedures
- CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection) Onset Incident Rate between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 – 55 infection incidents out of 64802 patient days
- MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Onset Incident Rate between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018 – 2 infection incidents out of 88891 patient days
Patient Safety Concerns
The current patient safety concerns released by the Illinois Department of Public Health for St. Joseph’s Medical Center include:
- Patient safety concerns (not statistically worse or better than the state’s average) occurring between 10/01/2013 and 09/30/2014 include:
- Abdominal Wall Surgery-Associated Wound Complication – 1 incident out of 492 patients
- Blood Clotting (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or Postoperative Lung Embolism – 34 incidents out of 4083 patients
- Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 7 incidents out of 18,502 patients
- Accidental Lacerations and Punctures – 13 incidents out of 18,851 patients
- Postoperative Hematoma or Hemorrhage – 21 incidents out of 3943 patients
- Serious patient safety concerns that are statistically worse than the state’s average occurring between 10/01/2013 and 09/30/2014 include:
- Postoperative Hip Fractures – 1 incident out of 2455 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 39 incidents out of 1681 patients
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Saint Joseph Medical Center
$1,600,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Case
The patient in the middle of this Illinois health care controversy was just a little boy. He was five months at the time of the relevant events which gave rise to this claim. The boy was brought to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois. The child had severe abdominal discomfort as well as dehydration issues. Doctors decided to keep him overnight for observation and care. His condition only got worse. Yet, doctors did not notice or diagnose his escalating case of constipation. Consequently, the boy developed sepsis and passed away the following morning. This occurred right in the operating room of the same hospital. His mother survived him. She brought this cause of action against the medical center and doctor for negligence and wrongful death. She complained that they did not properly diagnose, care, or supervise him. Her compliant offered that these negligent acts were malpractice and the cause of his death. The defendants both replied but did not press the matter to a jury. Instead, they each chose to settle for a reported $1.6 million-Saint Joseph paid $600,000 of that sum.Joliet, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been harmed after being admitted to Saint Joseph Medical Center, your injuries might be caused by medical malpractice, errors or mistakes. The seasoned medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can assist you in taking immediate legal action to obtain compensation by holding all those responsible for your injuries financially accountable. We accept medical malpractice lawsuits and personal injury claims on contingency and provide immediate legal representation without the need of an upfront fee. We encourage you to contact us today to discuss your case for financial recompense.