Thomas H Boyd Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed “not-for-profit” Medical Center providing services and cares for residents of Carrollton and Greene County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
800 School St.
Carrollton, IL 62016
In addition to providing emergency medical services, Boyd Memorial Hospital also offers laboratory tests, radiology, rehabilitation and inpatient services through a Swing Bed Program.
Infection Prevention Staffing
The state of Illinois mandates that every hospital develops, implements and enforces an infection prevention and control program as an effective solution for reducing infection rates for patients during their hospital stay. The publicly available data involving infection prevention staffing at Thomas H Boyd Memorial Hospital for all of 2015 include:
- 1.2 per 100 Beds – The number of infection prevention and control staff members at the facility per 100 beds.
Nurse Staffing – Surgical/Medical
In hospitals, nurses provide 24/7 care for every patient. The level of quality care and safety the patient receives is often highly dependent on the ratio of nurses to patients, the number of hours the nurse works and the turnover rate of the nursing staff. The Illinois Department of Public Health collects data on reported staffing hours that is used as a measuring tool to determine the quality of care and services provided to the patient. The most recent data from 2015 on nurse staffing in the surgical/medical unit involves:
- 15.76 Hours – The total number of Registered Nurse nursing hours per patient day in the medical/surgical unit. This is significantly higher (2.5 times higher) than the Illinois state average of 6.65 hours.
- 25.88 Hours – The total number of nursing hours (RN, LPN, CNA, etc.) per patient day in the medical/surgical unit. This number is significantly higher (2.5 times higher) than the Illinois state average of 10.19 hours.
- 33.33 Percent – The percentage of Registered Nurse turnover rates in the surgical/medical unit.
Readmission Rates and Thirty-Day Mortality Rates
A certain percentage of all patients released from a hospital stay are readmitted to the facility due to a complication or disruptive transition from the facility to the family’s home or another care setting including nursing homes, long-term care centers, and assisted-living facilities. The accumulated data is managed by the federal government through the Department of Health and Human Services on their Hospital Compare website. The most recent readmission rate results from 07/01/2012 to 06/30/2015 revealed:
- Readmitted Heart Failure Patients – 22.2 Percent of all heart failure patients in this timeframe were readmitted to the facility within 30 days.
- Thirty Day Pneumonia Patient Mortality Rate – 17.3 Percent of all pneumonia patients within this timeframe died within 30 days after being admitted to the facility.
Resolving a Medical Malpractice Case
Victims of medical errors by hospitals, medical centers, doctors, nurses or other medical providers will often file a medical malpractice case, seeking financial compensation for their damages. Usually, the victim, or their personal injury attorney, can prove that the medical provider was negligent in their actions by failing to provide appropriate care. The validity of the claim usually hinges on proving how the standard of care from any other medical provider handling a case under similar circumstances was far superior to the level of care the patient receives.
Every doctor makes mistakes. However, when the treatment, diagnosis or care goes gravely wrong, the victim is likely entitled to financial recovery through a medical malpractice case. However, these claims for compensation tend to be extremely complex and often require the skills of a dedicated, reputable personal injury attorney who handles medical cases. An attorney working on behalf of the victim can show how the doctor provided poor medical care, failed to obtain a consent for treatment, misdiagnosed the condition or delayed their diagnosis, or breached patient/doctor confidentiality.
Filing a claim in a timely manner is crucial to a successful resolution. This is because the Illinois statute of limitations restricts the amount of time you’ll be able to file your compensation claim based on when the injuries or damages occurred. However, even the statute of limitations can be tricky. In some cases, the victim was unaware that they suffered serious harm until many years after the procedure/surgery/care after the limitation expired.
Many victims shy away from filing a medical malpractice claim for compensation because they believe the costs of handling the case is beyond their capacity. However, medical malpractice attorneys typically work on contingency. This means our fees are paid only after they have negotiated an out of court settlement or have won the case through a jury trial.
The initial steps of filing a claim for compensation begins with submitting all the necessary documents and paperwork in the appropriate court. In Greene County, that courthouse is located at:
Greene County Courthouse
519 N. Main St.
Carrollton, IL 62016
Shirley A. Thornton
Carrollton Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one has suffered serious harm or died prematurely due to a medical error while they were a patient at Thomas H Boyd Memorial Hospital, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our reputable medical malpractice lawyers can handle every aspect of your case to ensure a successful financial outcome.
Contact our Illinois personal injury attorney law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no-obligation, free consultation. We accept all cases on contingency.