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Silver Cross Hospital Malpractice Attorneys

Silver Cross HospitalSilver Cross Hospital is a 296-bed facility providing acute care medical services to residents of New Lenox and Will County, Illinois. The hospital is located at:

1900 Silver Cross Blvd.
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 300-1100

The more than 400 specialty and primary care physicians provide medical services at the hospital to treat numerous emergencies, conditions, and maladies that include:

  • Emergency care
  • Digestive diseases
  • Knee replacement surgeries
  • Rehabilitation
  • Women’s health
  • Weight loss surgery
  • Sleep disorders
  • Infectious diseases
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • many others

The hospital also provides primary care including family practice, pediatrics, and internal medicine.

National Ranking

When rated against other medical facilities, hospitals and healthcare centers in the U.S., Silver Cross Hospital maintains an overall “B+” score. This score ranks the facility in the 62nd percentile among all hospitals nationwide. The statistical measurements are based on doctor communication with patients, emergency department critical-care, patient length of stay, and all adverse events that could be associated with medical malpractice.

However, the facility falls short in incoming patient flow, which ranks in the 23rd percentile. This ranking measures the efficiency of the medical staff at the hospital and indicates how every patient is initially seen and evaluated.

Illinois State Designations

The state of Illinois recognizes specific designations of hospitals and medical centers that have qualified to provide specialty care to the local community. Currently, Silver Cross Hospital maintains two Illinois state designations including:

Perinatal II+

Silver Cross Hospital maintains a Perinatal II+ designation. This means it is a health care facility that provides extended capabilities to cover neonatal requirements involving complex care to newborns and extensive intermediate level of care to new mothers and pregnant women. However, the facility does not maintain a neonatal intensive care nursery but instead provides special care nursery services covered by a certified neonatologist.

Trauma Center II

The Level II trauma center provides all essential medical services in-house at all times and other services within 60 minutes seven days a week. Because it is a trauma center, the medical director serves as the hospital’s trauma surgeon. The facility also provides subspecialty care including advanced surgical services, emergency medicines, intensive care, radiology and anesthesiology.

Facility-Acquired Infections

Every hospital and medical center in Illinois must follow mandated participation in programs designed to greatly diminish the potential hazards of developing infections during hospital stays. When the facility follows proven protocols, guidelines and procedures, the medical staff can eliminate or minimize the post-surgery or post-procedure patient’s potential risk of a serious life-threatening infection. The most recent information on facility-acquired infections reported to have happened at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox include:

  • CDI and MRSA Bloodstream Infections Onset Incident Rates Occurring between 01/01/2018 and 12/31/2018:
    • Facility MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Onset Incident Rate -- 2 infection incident out of 76,231 patient days
    • Healthcare Facility CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infections) Onset Incident Rate -- 11 infection incidents out of 69,296 patient days

Patient Safety Concerns

The Illinois Department of Public Health maintains discharge data submitted by hospitals. This information is used as an indicator to determine high risk locations with adverse complications and events in medical facilities and hospitals statewide. Currently, there are numerous patient safety concerns involving Silver Cross Hospital. The accumulated data was collected between 10/01/2013 and 12/30/2014 that includes:

  • Unexpected Death – 1 unexpected death out of 4207 patients
  • Abdominal Wall Surgery Wound Complication – 1 incident out of 672 patients
  • Accidental Laceration and Puncture – 16 incidents out of 14,915 patients
  • Postoperative Hematomas or Hemorrhages – 11 incidents out of 3478 patients
  • Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 3 incidents out of 14,489 patients

Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Silver Cross Hospital

$925,00 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Claim

This incident started off as a small accident but grew into a much larger event. The patient was a man in his late fifties. He entered Silver Cross Hospital in Illinois because he was throwing up and nauseas. Staff discerned that his gallbladder was inflamed. They elected to perform an operation in order to take it out. However, in the course of that procedure, they cut into his colon. That error was not discovered for some time. When they finally realized their surgical mistake, they had to go back in and put in a permanent mesh because the developments had caused him a hernia. It was in this final operation that he developed a pulmonary embolism. That was the last straw and it took his life. He died. His three kids and wife survived. Collectively, they brought this action against the hospital and attending doctor. The family argued that these events and his subsequent death would not have happened but for the defendants’ negligence and malpractice. They sought compensation for the harms that resulted including suffering, bills, lost support, and grief. The defendants replied in turn but did not push the matter to a jury. Rather, the parties settled for a reported $925,000.

$800,00 Settlement; Illinois Surgical Error Claim

This healthcare malpractice lawsuit was brought by a family after their loved one passed away in Silver Cross Hospital. He was sixty-six at the time he entered the facility. The man had just suffered a fall accident. Apparently, staff did not sufficiently set up a plan to deal with obvious dangers including additional falls, deep venin thrombosis, bed sores, and other issues. Subsequent to these omissions, the man did develop thrombosis and then an embolism. He died from this complication. His family was left with over $10,000 in medical bills. To recoup some of these expenses as well as to recover for the pain of his passing, they filed a lawsuit in Illinois court against the physician and medical center. They contended that the medical team should have better planned, prepared, and prevented him from developing complications like these. The plaintiffs pinned the blame of his death on these errors. The defendants did not press their concerns publicly. They settled. The family received $400,000 from each of the parties for a total of $800,000 in wrongful death and negligence compensation.

New Lenox, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you, or your loved one, are suffering harm or damages after being admitted to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, your injuries might be the result of medical errors or medical malpractice. The reputable personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC specialize in medical malpractice cases. Our law firm can ensure your rights are protected, serve as your legal advocate, help you obtain financial compensation and assist you in seeking justice for your damages. We accept all personal injury cases including medical malpractice lawsuits and personal injury claims on contingency. We encourage you to call our law offices today to discuss the merits of your claim.

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