University of Chicago Medicine Medical Malpractice Lawyers
The University of Chicago Medicine is a ‘not for profit’ 805-bed facility providing medical services and cares for residents of Chicago and Cook County Illinois. The facility is located at:
5841 S. Maryland
Chicago, IL 60637
The facility provides various services that include:
- Lung disease care
- Liver disease care
- Kidney disease care
- Internal medicine
- Infectious disease control
- General surgery
- Digestive disease care
- Rectal and colon surgery
- Respiratory disease care
- Primary care
- Parkinson’s disease care
- Transplant care
- Ovarian cancer care
In comparison to other hospitals and medical centers throughout the United States, The University of Chicago Medicine in Cook County maintains an overall “C-” score, ranking it in the 19th percentile. This ranking is calculated through various scores and publicly available data that include patient satisfaction, patient flow, and complications. A medium to low score might be an indicator of a high number of medical errors at the facility.
The University of Chicago Medicine maintains three specific state designations including:
- Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) – The state of Illinois has provided recognition of more than 100 hospitals, including the University of Chicago Medicine that provide pediatric intensive care and specialty inpatient services for children. The EDAP state designation refers to hospitals participating in a state-approved emergency medical system under Illinois law Section 515.4000. The facility provides around-the-clock pediatric patients emergency department care.
- Perinatal III – the state of Illinois developed the Regionalized Perineal System as an effective means of improving perinatal outcomes for all pregnant women at the appropriate level of care. The goal of the system is to reduce the incident rate of perinatal complications. It does this through identifying and treating childbearing high-risk women along with their fetus and newborn. A level III hospital provides high-risk patients in intensive care approach suffering from a complicated pregnancy or those at risk newborn through a neonatal intensive care unit.
- Trauma Center Level I - Pediatric – Illinois developed a trauma system to coordinate activities involving emergency medical services at the pre-hospital and inter-hospital stages. A level I trauma center is required to provide around-the-clock essential services in-house.
Inpatient Mortality Rates
The federal and state government regulatory agencies recognize that a higher level of care can reduce the number of short-term mortalities occurring at the facility. Median or low scores might be an indicator of low-quality care.
The University of Chicago Medicine inpatient mortality rate is collected and analyzed by the AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) through a Report Card methodology and risk adjustment measurements. Currently, the inpatient mortality rates for the year 2015 include:
- 78.39 per 1000 or 14 of 151 Patients – The number of risk-adjusted deaths involving heart attacks (excluding transfers). This number is significantly worse than the state average of 37.24 per 1000.
- 80.35 per 1000 or 23 of 227 Patients – The number of risk-adjusted inpatient heart attack deaths. This number is significantly worse than the statewide average of 37.59 per 1000 (more than double).
- 7.26 per 1000 or 1 of 156 Patients – The number of risk-adjusted deaths involving a hip replacement. This number is significantly worse than the statewide average of 0.55 per 1000.
- 81.89 per 1000 or 47 of 465 Patients – The number of rate adjusted stroke patient deaths. This number is significantly worse than the statewide average of 61.56 per 1000 patients.
- 32.14 per 1000 or 35 of 1049 Patients – The number of risk-adjusted cognitive heart failure patient deaths. This number is significantly worse than the statewide average of 20.74 per 1000 patients.
- 18.53 per 1000 or 7 of 148 Patients – The number of risk-adjusted deaths involving inpatient bypass graft deaths. This number is not statistically significantly worse or better than the state average of 14.81 per 1000 patients.
- 22.63 per 1000 or 4 out of 202 Patients – The number of risk-adjusted deaths involving inpatient pneumonia cases. This number is not significantly worse or better than the 23.48 per 1000 state average.
- 18.43 per 1000 or 1 out of 49 Patients – The number of risk-adjusted deaths involving hip fractures. This number is not statistically significantly worse or better than the 24.98 per 1000 state average.
Surgical Site Infections (SSI)
The federal government and state of Illinois use the Standardized Infection Ratio database to determine the rate of surgical site infections associated with CABG (coronary artery bypass graft) surgery. For the year 2015, The University of Chicago Medicine’s surgical site infection rates included:
- 2 Infections per 281 Procedures involving surgical site infections associated with total knee replacement surgery.
- 1 Infection per 147 Procedures involving surgical site infections associated with coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
Chicago, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one has died prematurely or suffered a serious injury while a patient at The University of Chicago Medicine, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal assistance. Our skilled Illinois medical malpractice law firm can provide legal representation to ensure your family receives the level of compensation they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Cook County personal injury law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no-obligation, free case consultation. We accept all personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits, and medical malpractice cases through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront payment is required.