SSM Health St Mary's Hospital is a 113-certified-bed ‘not for profit’ church operated hospital providing services to residents of Centralia and Marion County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
400 North Pleasant Avenue
Centralia, IL 62801
In addition to providing urgent and critical care to the local community, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital offers other valuable services that include:
- Cancer care
- Heart and vascular care
- Breast care
- Occupational medicine
- Women’s health
- Weight management
- Senior health
In a comparative analysis involving all medical centers and hospitals throughout the US, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital maintains an overall “B+” score, ranking it in the 68th percentile. The ranking is calculated using publicly available data including staff responsiveness, patient flow, patient satisfaction, and reported complications. A low to median score might indicate a high percentage of medical malpractice, mistakes, and errors occurring at the facility.
The facility’s emergency department patient flow data provided by Analytics MD revealed:
- Incoming Patient Flow ranked in the 54th percentile
- Discharged Patient Flow ranked in the 40th percentile
- Admitted Patient Flow ranked in the 49th percentile
- Frustrated patients ranked in the 93rd percentile
- Overall Patient Satisfaction ranked in the 87th percentile
SSM Health St Mary's Hospital currently holds two state designations that include:
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)
- Perinatal II
Bloodstream Infection Rate
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) monitors facility-acquired contagious infection incident rates involving Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The data is obtained through laboratory test results involving patients who have been at the facility for four days or longer. The IDPH monitors this data to determine if the contagious bloodstream infections at hospitals and medical centers are statistically higher or lower than the national average.
For the year 2018, the bloodstream infection rate involving SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital involved:
- Facility-Acquired MRSA Infection Incident Rate – 0 infection incidents out of 14,541 patient days.
- Facility-Acquired CDI Infection Incident Rate – 4 infection incidents out of 14,023 patient days.
The IDPH determined that these infection rates were “not statistically significantly worse or better than the national average.”
Patient Safety Concerns
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) collects data on patient safety measures involving potential adverse events and in-hospital complications that follow surgeries and procedures. This information is released to the public through a Report Card methodology. For 2015, the patient safety concerns at SSM Health Saint Mary's Hospital involve:
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 6.51 per 1000 patients or 2 incidents out of 293 patients is nearly 1.5 times higher than the Illinois state average of 4.46 per 1000 patients with a postoperative hemorrhage or hematoma.
The IDPH determined that this rate was “not statistically significantly better or worse than the state average.”
- Accidental Puncture Laceration Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 12.77 per 1000 patients or 3 incidents out of 4461 patients was nearly 8 times the Illinois state average of 1.45 per 1000 patients.
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure Rate – The risk-adjusted rate of 31.26 per 1000 patients or 4 incidents out of 120 patients was almost 4 times Illinois state average of 8.04 per 1000 patients.
The Illinois Department of Public Health determined that the two risk-adjusted rates above were “statistically significantly worse than the state average.”
A certain percentage of patients discharged from the hospital will be readmitted to the facility due to a failure to make an easy transition to a nursing home or back to the family’s home, or because of some unexpected developing complication with the patient’s health. Readmission rates provide valuable data on whether the facility is providing the best level of care.
This information is collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and released to the public on their Hospital Compare website. Between 07/01/2015 and 06/30/2018, the readmission rates for SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital involved:
- Pneumonia Patients Requiring Readmittance to the Facility within 30 Days after Their Departure – 16.6 percent, which is significantly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Heart Failure Patients Requiring Readmittance to the Hospital within 30 Days after Their Departure – 22.2 percent, which is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 22.09 percent.
- Heart Attack Patients Requiring Readmittance to the Hospital within 30 Days after Their Departure – 16.9 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.03 percent.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving SSM
$510,000 Settlement; Illinois Amputation Case
The patient in this health care controversy was just twenty-nine. She lived in central Illinois and worked at a meat-cutting company. In the course of her employment there, she cut her thumb badly. She went to St.Mary’s for treatment. A doctor on staff at that facility examined her, dressed the wound, and then applied a tourniquet. After all of that, the woman was promptly dischargedfrom the hospital. However, the tourniquet was not removed. A few days later, the finger was still bothering. She went to see her main doctor. That physician discovered that the finger had developed ischemia and needed to be removed. He amputated the thumb just below the knuckle. After all of these events, she sued the doctor and facility. Her complaint alleged that it was negligent of them not to remove the tourniquet prior to discharge; that that error caused her massive damages including pain, bills, and disability; and that the defendants should compensate her for that. The defendants replied but fault was obvious and that eliminated the need for trial. Instead, they settled, and the woman received $510,000 and about half of that came from the hospital.
Claim Brought Woman Injured in Illinois Surgery
Here, a woman was admitted to St.Mary’s for surgery. She needed an operation done to fix a hernia. That issue was causing her substantial pain and suffering. Unfortunately, the operation did not make things better. It only got worse for her after that. Surgeons during the procedure and she sustained sepsis, perforations, and shock. These errors required a whole of other operations at great expense and aggravation. To recoup some of these losses and harms, she filed a claim against the doctors and hospital. Her claim maintained that they were negligent in perforating the area and then not realizing their error. In her view, a timely diagnosis of their mistake would have mitigated theiroriginal malpractice. As is, she experienced untold pain and suffering, not to mention the enormous medical and hospital bills that racked up. She stated that the defendants should pay for them because of their negligence. A report of the outcome of this dispute was not published.
Centralia Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect that your loved one died prematurely or suffered injury because of medical malpractice at SSM Health St Mary’s Hospital, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our Centralia attorneys represent victims with cases that involve medical malpractice. Let our legal team file all the necessary paperwork on your behalf in the appropriate court system to begin your medical malpractice case. The contact information for the Marion County Courthouse is:
P.O. Box 130
Salem, Illinois 62881
Circuit Court Clerk Ronda Yates
We offer a no-obligation comprehensive recompense case evaluation at no charge. Call our Marion County medical malpractice law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to speak with our attorneys concerning your legal options in pursuing the compensation your family deserves.
No upfront payment is necessary because we accept all wrongful death lawsuits and medical malpractice claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements.