Washington County Hospital is a ‘not for profit’ 50-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Nashville and Washington County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
705 S. Grand Ave.
Nashville, Illinois 62263
In addition to providing emergency services and urgent care at the local community, Washington County also provides other much-needed care and services that include:
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Specialty clinics
- Long-term care services
- Inpatient services
- Therapy services
- Laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging
- Diabetic education
- Surgery department
- Respiratory therapy
- Sleep lab
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Outpatient nursing services
- Lifeline services
Readmission and Thirty-Day Mortality Rate
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hospital Compare website collects information on readmission rates to determine if the facility is doing their best for the patient at preventing complications, educating the patient during their hospital discharge and ensuring that they can make an easy transition back home or into a nursing facility.
In addition, the website posts measurable indicators on inpatient mortality rates were individuals die within 30 days of their admission into the facility. This data helps determine if the adverse outcome (the death of the patient) has any potential connection to the quality of care that the hospital provided. The readmission rate and 30-day mortality rate from 07/01/2012 through 06/30/2015 in Washington County involved:
- Pneumonia Patients Who Needed to Be Readmitted to the Facility within 30 Days after Their Discharge – 16.7 percent, which is slightly lower than the Illinois state average of 17.56 percent.
- Pneumonia Patient 30 Day Mortality Rate – 17.7 percent, which is slightly higher than the Illinois state average of 16.32 percent.
Emergency Department Visits
Emergency departments that have high volumes are often indicative of a lack of primary care, which has the potential of causing additional harm to the patient. The HHS Hospital Compare website gathers emergency department utilization data as a measuring tool of the number of visits occurring in the emergency room throughout the year. For 2015, the number of patient visits in the Washington County emergency department involved:
- 2666 Patients – The total number of emergency department visits. All visits to the ER room were outpatient visits, meaning no patients inside the hospital were transferred to the emergency room for urgent care.
Can You File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Many patients are victims of medical malpractice, but might be afraid or confused as to whether they can file a claim for compensation against the doctor, nurse, medical provider or hospital at fault for causing the injury. There are numerous types of situations that can be considered medical mistakes or errors. However, most cases involve one of three components that include:
- A Failure to Diagnose – Doctors often fail to diagnose a medical condition or misdiagnose the condition. This failure has the potential of causing a catastrophic outcome. As an example, a doctor might misdiagnose in advancing case of cancer which could ultimately claim the life of the patient because the condition was not identified in time for successful surgery or medication to remedy cancer or slow down its progress.
- Improper Treatment – If the physician provides treatment or fails to treat their patient in a manner that any other competent physician would, the outcome could be catastrophic. Additionally, the physician could choose to use the appropriate treatment or care but fails to administer the treatment competently.
- Failure to Warn – Many types of prescription medications, surgeries or treatments have significant associated risks. Because of that, the physician has a duty to inform the patient and obtain an informed consent indicating the patient understands all potential risks and unexpected outcomes.
Filing a claim for compensation can be complicated. The victim of medical malpractice or the attorney working on their behalf will need to show four components of the claim for compensation that include:
1. A patient/physician relationship existed
2. The physician was negligent in their actions
3. The physician’s negligence directly leads to the injury suffered by the victim
4. The injury resulted in specific damages that are real.
Typically, the victim can expect to receive damages to cover their physical pain, mental anguish, ongoing medical expenses, lost earnings and the inability to earn a living in the future due to the unexpected outcome.
Nashville Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was injured by medical malpractice while a patient at Washington County Hospital, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law offices now. Our Illinois attorneys represent victims with cases that involve medical malpractice occurring in Illinois medical centers and hospitals.
Let our law firm handle every aspect of your medical malpractice claim including filing all the necessary paperwork in the appropriate courthouse located at:
125 E. Elm Street
Nashville, Illinois 62263
Circuit Court Clerk Cynthia Barczewski
We encourage you and your family to contact our Washington County medical malpractice law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive case review at no charge. You are not required to making upfront payment because our law firm accepts all medical malpractice cases and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements. This means our services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your compensation claim through a negotiated out-of-court settlement or from a jury award at trial.