St. Mary Hospital Decatur Malpractice Lawyers

St. Mary’s Hospital is a church owned 244-bed medical facility operated by the Franciscan health care ministry in Macon County. The hospital is located at:

  • 1800 E. Lake Shore Dr.
  • Decatur, IL 62521
  • (217) 464-2473

The modern, fully accredited hospital provides diagnostic, treatment, procedural and surgical medical care to the Decatur community. In addition, the medical center remains active in offering numerous outreach programs that provide a positive impact on the health and well-being of those living in and around Macon County.

Illinois State Designations

St. Mary’s Hospital participates in the Illinois’ system of regionalized medical services by providing a higher level of care than other hospitals in the community. This includes advanced prenatal care for women and newborns with moderate to high risk to their health and well-being. This medical facility maintains specific Illinois state designations that include:

Perinatal II

As a perinatal Level II medical facility with extended capabilities, St. Mary’s Hospital provides a high level of neonatal care to newborns suffering complications after birth. In addition, the hospital provides intermediate care to all women of childbearing age to ensure a healthy pregnancy, labor, delivery and aftercare.

While the facility does not maintain a neonatal nursery that provides intensive care to newborns, the hospital does have a special care nursery managed by a neonatologist with specialized training to provide care to newborns in need.

Baby Friendly

The objective behind many national Baby Friendly health care programs is to encourage mothers to breast-feed their newborns to ensure young child receives the numerous benefits the mother’s milk provides. St. Mary’s Hospital participates in the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative by encouraging new mothers to breast-feed their infants.

To participate, the hospital has developed a written breast-feeding policy and continually trains and updates health care staff on its implementation. This includes informing every pregnant woman under their care about the benefits of breast-feeding their newborn. In addition, the hospital encourages new mothers to initiate the breast-feeding process while in the hospital within the first hour after birth.

Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics

Since 1998, both the EMCS (Emergency Medical Services for Children) program and the Illinois Department of Public Health have recognized more than 100 Illinois hospitals as providing a higher level of care to children. Hospitals and medical facilities must develop and maintain essential capabilities to provide crucial resources to children who are injured, abused or seriously ill.

St. Mary’s Hospital participates in the Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) program that offers pediatric patients access to optimal emergency care around-the-clock.

Hospital-Acquired Infections

Public information reported by St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur show the number of hospital acquired infections occurring at the facility throughout 2014 involved:

  • Surgical Site Infections (SSI) Include
    • Developed Infection Following Total Knee Replacement Surgery – 1 infection incident out of 156 procedures.
  • Onset CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infection) Incident Rate – 39 infection incident out of 41,506 patient days at the facility.
Patient Safety Concerns

The Illinois Department of Health maintains patient safety measures at hospitals and medical centers statewide. These measures outlined potential adverse events and complications after procedures and post-surgeries. Statistics accumulated from 10/01/2013 to 09/30/2014 by St. Mary’s Hospital revealed that the facility had numerous questionable quality indicators based on the following measures that include:

  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure – 9 incidents of 629 patients at the facility.
  • Postoperative Hematomas and Hemorrhages – 11 incidents out of 1067 patients.
  • Medical Care-Associated Collapsed Lung – 1 incident out of 6343 patients.
  • Accidental Laceration or Puncture – 11 incidents out of 6468 patients.
  • Unexpected Death – 2 incidents out of 1957 patients at the hospital.
  • Blood Clotting (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or Post-Operative Lung Embolism – 4 incidents out of 1112 patients.
Decatur, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you, or a loved one, have suffered harm after being admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, it may be the result of negligence, error or mistakes made by the medical staff. The Decatur, IL medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers remain committed to providing patients the protection they need to ensure their safety and well-being. Contact our attorneys today. Our free consultations remain confidential. We accept all personal injury cases including medical malpractice claims and lawsuits on contingency to avoid the need of paying any upfront fees.

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