St Alexius Medical Center Ratings & Violations
AMITA St Alexius Medical Center is a 310-bed hospital providing services and care to the residents and visitors of Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1555 N Barrington Rd.
Hoffman Estates IL 60169
The AMITA-associated hospital provides diverse services to the local community including:
- Heart and vascular care
- Pediatric care
- Cancer care
- Women's health
- Behavioral health
- Orthopedic care
Illinois State Designations
Currently, St Alexius Medical Center maintains the following designations:
- Perinatal III
- Trauma Center II
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
- Primary Stroke Center
Federal and state government agencies routinely monitor and survey every hospital and medical center in Illinois to quickly identify patient safety concerns that need immediate attention. According to data supplied by the hospital to the Illinois Department of Health and other agencies, St Alexius Medical Center reported the following medical errors that may be of concern to patients and their families.
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Adult Medical/Surgical ICU (2018) with zero reported infections over 2168 central-line days
- Central Line-Associated Infections in the Level II/III Neonatal ICU (2018) with two reported infection over 2016 Central-line days
- Surgical Site Infection Associated with Total Knee Replacement Surgery (2017) with one reported infection occurring over 472 procedures.
- Healthcare Facility Onset Incident Rate of CDI (2018) with 24 reported highly contagious Clostridium difficile infections acquired over 74802 patient days
- Foreign Body Left During Procedure (10/1/10 to 9/30/11) 2 reported incidents
- Risk-Adjusted Postoperative Lung Embolism or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT clotting) (2015) 16 out of 3339 patients
- Accidental Puncture and Laceration (2015) 12 out of 11,384 patients
- Postoperative Respiratory Failure (2015) 5 out of 1781 patients
- Postoperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma (2015) 8 out of 3056 patients
- Pneumonia Patients Admitted to the Hospital within 30 days (between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018) – 16.3% of all patients treated at the facility for pneumonia were readmitted to the facility 30 days after departure for retreatment. This statistical percentage is significantly lower than the national average (16.9%) an Illinois average (17.37%).
- Pneumonia 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018) – 15.2% of all patients treated for pneumonia at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is significantly lower than the national average (15.9%) in Illinois average (15.98%).
- Heart Failure Patients Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018) – 18.6 % of all patients treated for heart failure were readmitted to the facility within 30 days after discharge. This statistical rate is significantly lower than the national average (21.6%) and the Illinois average (21.78%).
- Heart Failure 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018) – 9.4% of all patients treated for heart failure at the facility died within 30 days. This statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (11.9%) and Illinois average (11.67%).
- Heart Attack Patient Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days (between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018) – 15.6 % of all patients treated at the hospital for heart attack were readmitted to the facility 30 days after discharge for retreatment. The statistical rate is significantly lower than the national average (16.3%) and Illinois State average (16.4%).
- Heart Attack 30 Day Mortality Rate (between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018) – 12.8% of all patients treated for a heart attack at the facility died within 30 days after admittance. The statistical rate is slightly lower than the national average (13.6%) and Illinois average (13.32 percent).
- Hip Fracture-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 1 patients out of 124 died because of a hip fracture. This statistical risk-adjusted rate of 7.9 per 1000 patients is more than one third lower than the Illinois average of 24.98 per 1000.
- Heart Attack Deaths Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 8 out of 189 patients died of heart attacks at the facility. This risk-adjusted rate of 29.48 per 1000 patients is significantly lower than the Illinois average of 37.24 per 1000.
- Stroke-Associated Risk-Adjusted Mortality Rate for 2015 – 11 out of 236 patients died of a stroke at the hospital. This risk-adjusted rate of 56.23 per 1000 patients is significantly lower than the Illinois average of 61.56 per 1000 patients.
Maternal Safety and Utilization
- Obstetric Trauma – Vaginal Delivery Without Instrument (2015) 47 out of 2194 patients. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, this statistical rate is significantly worse in the State average.
- Obstetric Trauma – Vaginal Delivery Instrument-assisted (2015) 11 out of 188 patients.
Sample Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Saint Alexius
$800,000 Settlement; Illinois Hospital Neglect Claim
The patient who brought this medical negligence cause of action spent time at a number of facilities including Saint Alexius, Alden Poplar Creek, and ManorCare Elk Grove Village. She was seventy-six during the relevant events. Apparently, she complained of hip pain to the staff at Saint Alexius. Her hip also showed signs of rotation trauma. After a few days, staff finally took x-rays and found out that it was broken. She was treated and transferred to Alden Poplar Creek for long-term rehab and care. While staying at another facility (ManorCare), she fell down and broke her leg. Eventually, she filed claims against all three establishments. She argued that they were negligent themselves and through their agents (doctors, nurses, etc.) Her examples of negligent conduct included neglect, failed diagnosis, and other errors and omissions. As consequence of their malpractice, she claimed excessive medical bills, immediate pain, long-term suffering, disability, and lost quality of life. A jury awarded her a verdict against St. Alexius. She also obtained two separate settlements of $400,000 each from the other two medical facilities.
$1,800,000 Settlement; Illinois Diagnostic and Surgical Malpractice Case
Here, the patient was tragically just thirty-five years old during the time of the incident. She went to St. Alexius because she was having a hard time breathing. Staff examined her and decided to perform a biopsy. They did this because they wanted to make sure that she did not have lymphoma. However, during that surgical procedure, things did not go well. Doctors accidentally cut a blood vessel in her chest. This caused her to fall into cardiac arrest. She eventually passed away. Lawyers for the woman’s estate argued that 1) the biopsy was unnecessary (because she had sarcoidosis instead of lymphoma) 2) the biopsy was negligently performed and 3) these errors caused or significantly contributed to her death. Simultaneous to these developments, an autopsy was performed and that confirmed that the plaintiffs were right with regards to their first assertion. In fact, the woman had sarcoidosis, not lymphoma. When this fact arose, the defendants saw the writing on the wall and settlement was close. The plaintiffs eventually recovered $1.8 million for their damages including her pain, untimely death, medical costs, and other losses. Of that sum, St. Alexius paid $180,00 and the treating doctor paid the rest through his insurance.
$1,000,000 Settlement; Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The patient who entered St. Alexius in this incident was in his middle forties. He was admitted to the emergency room of the facility. According to allegations contained in the complaint, the man exhibited signs of a pulmonary embolism. Contrary to these indications, the doctor and other staff actually treated him for pneumonia. The following day, the man died from the very same pulmonary embolism. The man was survived by his wife and three kids. His representatives argued that had he been correctly diagnosed, adequate care would have saved his life. They stated the doctor, facility, and other parties were negligent and that their malpractice caused his death. They sought compensation for their damages including his pain, their grief, lost companionship and support as well as other losses. The doctor settled with the family for a reported $1 million. That money was provided through his insurance carrier (ISMIE). The family’s claims against the other parties were not yet resolved or published.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suffered serious harm or injury while you were a patient at AMITA Saint Alexius Medical Center, your injuries might have been caused by a medical mistake. The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can fight aggressively on your behalf to receive compensation if you have suffered injuries caused by an error in any medical settings.
Contact our attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your compensation claim. Our legal team accepts all claims for personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement postpones the payment of legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case through a jury trial or negotiated out of court settlement. All information you share with our law office remains confidential.