Sarah D Culbertson Memorial Hospital is a 22-certified-bed ‘not for profit’ facility providing services and cares for residents of Rushville and Schuyler County, Illinois. The Medical Center is located at:
238 S. Congress St.
Rushville, IL 62681
In addition to providing emergency services to the local community, Sarah D Culbertson Memorial Hospital offers other valuable services that include:
- Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
- Surgical services
- Sleep laboratory
- Nuclear medicine
- Surgical/medical department
- Laboratory testing
- Hospitalist program
- Therapy services
- Swing bed program
- Oncology care
- Senior life solutions
- Outpatient specialty clinics
- Stroke support
Readmission Rate and 30-Day Mortality Rate
A certain percentage of patients who are discharged from the facility will need to be readmitted to the hospital due to an unexpected medical complication or their failure to transition into a nursing home or back to the family’s house. This data is collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and posted on their Hospital Compare website. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) uses this information to determine if the facility is providing the highest level of care.
In addition, the HHS Hospital Compare website also monitors 30-day mortality rates to determine if the adverse outcome of the patient dying can be linked to the quality or lack of quality of care the hospital provides.
Data from 07/01/2012 through 06/30/2015 involving readmission rates and 30-day mortality rate at Sarah D Culbertson Memorial Hospital include:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted into the Hospital within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 15.7 percent which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 21.2 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 22.09.
- Heart Failure Patient 30 Day Mortality Rate – 13.7 percent, which is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 11.83 percent.
- Pneumonia Patient 30 Day Mortality Rate – 18.7 percent which is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 16.32 percent.
Defining Medical Malpractice
Any hospital, doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional can cause medical malpractice by acting negligently or omitting to act in a way that leads to the injury or premature death of the patient. Often, the negligence involved in medical malpractice includes a mistake occurring in a diagnosis, health management, treatment, surgery or aftercare.
To successfully when a medical malpractice case, the victim, or their attorney working on their behalf, must claim that the case has four specific elements that include:
- A Violation Occurred in the Medical Professional’s Standard of Care – According to law, the patient maintains the right to expect that the doctor, nurse, hospital or another medical professional will deliver a level of care consistent with established standards. If the law determines that the provider failed to meet the standard, negligence can likely be established.
- The Negligence by the Medical Professional Cause Injury to the Victim – The ability of a medical malpractice case hinges on the violation of the standard of care by a healthcare professional. However, this can be complicated. The victim (injured party) must prove how they sustained an injury that would not have happened had negligence not occurred. Simply receiving a non-favorable or unexpected outcome from a treatment, care, surgery or procedure would not necessarily be considered malpractice. The victim must prove how the negligence of the doctor, nurse or other provider is directly linked to the injury. If there is no injury to the victim, then no malpractice exists.
- The Injury Is Directly Linked to Significant Damages – To resolve a medical malpractice claim for compensation, the victim is required to show how their injuries directly resulted in a disability, unusual pain, hardship, suffering, loss of income, future medical bills or significant past expenses associated with the negligence.
Many malpractice cases involve the doctor’s failure to diagnose their patient’s condition, failing to recognize common symptoms, failing to order proper testing or a lack of appropriate aftercare.
Rushville, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If your loved one has been injured or harmed while residing as a patient at Sarah D Culbertson Memorial Hospital, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm. Our team of Rushville personal injury attorneys can assist your family and successfully resolving your case for financial recompense against all parties who caused your loved one’s harm including the hospital, medical center, other health care providers or facility employees.
Our law firm can handle every aspect of your medical malpractice claim for compensation including filing all the necessary paperwork and documentation at the appropriate courthouse before the expiration of the statute of limitation. The contact information for the Schuyler County Courthouse is:
P.O. Box 80
Rushville, Illinois 62681-0189
Circuit Court Clerk Elaine Boyd
Call our Schuyler County medical malpractice law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation. There is no need for your family to make any upfront payment to receive our immediate legal services because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit in medical malpractice compensation claim through contingency fee agreements. Our legal fees will be paid only after we have successfully resolved your case at trial or by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.