Hospital ratings are an important tool for measuring the quality of care offered by a hospital. When contemplating where you or a family member are going to receive medical care, it is important to consider the ratings of the hospital.
In this blog series on hospital scores and ratings, we have compiled info from the US News and World Reports and the Illinois Department of Public Health. The purpose of this series is to provide you with an overview of the ratings for hospitals in and around Chicago. We also provide information on what to do if you suspect medical malpractice. This article focuses on
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An Overview of Advocate South Suburban Medical Center.
Advocate South Suburban Medical Center is a 233-bed nonprofit hospital located in suburban Hazel Crest. Founded in 1946 as Hazel Crest General Hospital, it merged with Advocate Health Care in 1996. In 2005, the hospital relocated to its current campus. Advocate South Suburban’s contact information is:
U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate South Suburban Hospital is rated high performing in 7 adult procedures and conditions by U.S. News & World Report. It is a general medical and surgical facility in Hazel Crest, IL.
National Ranking: Unranked
Illinois Ranking: Unranked
IDPH Report Card for Hospitals
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) provides information and grades on hospitals’ level of care on the Illinois Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Healthcare website. They provide information about:
Despite hospitals’ duty to cut down on unsafe practices in order to reduce the risk of infection, hospital-acquired illnesses remain a pervasive problem. When an individual suffers illness due to a facility’s negligence with regards to sanitation or faulty surgical procedures, they can be held legally responsible for their hazardous actions. This may include surgical site infections, life threatening bloodstream infections, or another type of infection developed by a patient due to unsafe practices. The CDC identified the following infections detected at Advocate South Suburban Hospital:
One patient suffered a surgical site infection associated with total knee replacement surgery in 2018.
One patient was diagnosed with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections in 2019.
Eleven patients were diagnosed with clostridium difficile infections in 2019.
Illinois Department of Public Health Patient Safety Info
The thirty day mortality rate for heart attack patients at Advocate South Suburban Hospital is 12.4%, while 16.8% of heart attack patients that were discharged had to be readmitted within 30 days. 22.6% of heart failure patients were readmitted within 30 days.
Medical Malpractice Recoveries Against Advocate South Suburban
Researching past settlements for medical malpractice is another way to gain insight into the quality of medical care at a hospital. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has compensated victims of medical malpractice. Records show several notable settlements and verdicts.
$12 million for family of a newborn who suffered permanent brain damage because mother was administered Pitocin too late into labor while newborn was in fetal distress. The baby now has cerebral palsy and is blind and deaf.
$10.4 million verdict when a patient lost circulation due to error in administering blood pressure medication. As a result, the patient’s left hand and all toes had to be amputated.
$6.9 million for family of a new mother who suffered massive brain damage and death when her doctors failed to identify fatal pulmonary embolism.
$2.05 million when doctors failed to diagnose colon cancer despite obvious indicators in a radiology exam.
What to Do If You Suspect Medical Malpractice
If you suffered from something similar to the cases described above, while being treated at Advocate South Suburban, or any area hospital, you should consult a malpractice lawyer. The attorneys at The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers have extensive experience litigating cases of medical malpractice and can help you get the justice you deserve. Our attorneys are skilled at negotiating settlements and trying cases in court if need be. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is a broad term that covers many different types of negligence, including:
Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
Emergency room errors
If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of medical professionals at Advocate South Suburban Hospital, contact a qualified malpractice attorney to discuss your case.
Get Help Today
The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers provides compassionate legal representation for victims of medical malpractice in Illinois. We have extensive experience litigating cases of medical malpractice and will fight hard to get you the justice you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation today to find out what your case may be worth.
How to Find Out If Your Doctor Has Been Disciplined
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) website has a database of all the licensed doctors in Illinois. You can use this to look up your doctor’s license and see if they have been disciplined by the Illinois regulatory agency.
Select “Medical Board” under the License Type dropdown menu
Enter your doctor’s first and last name
Press “Detail” button next to your doctor’s name to see details
Examples of Disciplinary Actions You May Find
If your doctor has had disciplinary action taken against them, it will appear under the Disciplinary Actions section of the search. There are different types of discipline actions that may appear in this listing including: a reprimand, probation, suspension, summary or temporary suspension, revocation, refuse to renew, relinquished, surrendered, or permanent inactive, or fines.
More Resources to Research Your Doctor
You can also look up your doctor on the American Board of Medical Specialties’ website.
Contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers
If you believe that your Advocate South Suburban Hospital doctor has caused you harm due to negligence or malpractice, contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident and Injury Lawyers right away. Our medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience with medical negligence cases and can help you get the justice you deserve.
Call for a Free Case Evaluation
We offer free case evaluations so don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to helping you.