With more than 70 hospitals in Cook County, it can be hard to know where to turn for care. You want a hospital that will provide the best possible care for you or your loved one, but you also want a facility that is safe and has a good track record.
How to Use Hospital Ratings to Compare the Quality of Care
One way to get an idea of how a hospital measures up is to look at its ratings and violations. US News and World Reports provides ratings for hospitals across the country, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) keeps track of violations.
In this series, on Chicago-area hospitals, we have compiled information from the US News and World reports as well as the IDPH to give you an idea of how different hospitals in the area stack up.
South Shore Hospital Overview
South Shore Hospital is a 135-bed acute care hospital located in its namesake South Shore neighborhood.
South Shore’s contact information is:
South Shore Hospital
8012 S. Crandon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617
U.S. News & World Report Rankings for South Shore Hospital
South Shore Hospital in the Chicago South Shore neighborhood is a general medical and surgical facility. U.S. News doesn’t provide much information about this hospital. They are rated below average for 3 procedures and conditions including care for heart attacks, diabetes, and strokes. They are rated average for 4 other procedures and conditions including heart failure, kidney failure, COPD, and pneumonia.
National Ranking: unranked
Illinois Ranking: unranked
Chicago Ranking: unranked
IDPH Report Card for Hospitals
The IDPH ranks hospitals and medical centers in Illinois based on their performance in the Illinois Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care site. With this info, patients are able to compare the quality of care and treatment at different hospitals. On this site, you can research:
the medical and surgical services provided,
patient safety information,
patient satisfaction ratings, and
Illinois consumer protection laws.
CDC Infection Data
The following types of infections are reported and tracked in the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) per The Hospital Report Card Act:
surgical site infections (SSIs)
central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections
Clostridium difficile infections
The CDC identified the following infections detected at South Shore:
Six patients suffered a central line associated bloodstream infection in the adult medical/surgical ICU in 2019.
Three patients were diagnosed with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus blood stream infections in 2019.
Eight patients were diagnosed with clostridium difficile infection in 2019.
Illinois Department of Public Health Patient Safety Info
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, South Shore Hospital performs statistically significantly worse than the state average for postoperative hip fractures. Only 28% of patients would “definitely recommend” the hospital to friends and family.
Medical Malpractice Recoveries Against South Shore Hospital
Looking at how many medical malpractice claims have been brought against an institution is another way to determine the quality of care a patient will receive at a hospital. South Shore Hospital has compensated victims of medical malpractice. Records show several notable settlements and verdicts.
$750,000 for fatal patient’s pulmonary embolism (heart attack) in a failure to diagnose claim. The patient presented at South Shore Hospital complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing, but the hospital provided insufficient care.
What to Do If You Suspect Medical Malpractice
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, The Kryder Law Group, LLC can help. We are experienced South Shore medical malpractice lawyers who will guide you through every step of the process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Do I have a case?
Medical malpractice is defined as negligence by a health care provider or health care facility that causes injury or death to a patient. In order to prove medical malpractice, you must be able to show that the health care provider:
If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC, Accident and Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. We will review your case and help you understand your legal options.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
The Kryder Law Group, LLC has experience handling a variety of medical malpractice cases, including but not limited to:
When a surgeon makes a mistake during surgery, it can have devastating consequences for the patient.
Anesthesia errors can lead to serious injuries or even death.
Emergency Room Errors
Emergency room errors are all too common and can have serious consequences for patients.
Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis
Misdiagnosing or delaying the diagnosis of a serious condition can have dire consequences for patients.
Birth injuries can occur when there is negligence on the part of the medical staff during pregnancy, labor, or delivery.
Medication errors can occur when a health care provider prescribes the wrong medication or dosage, or if the pharmacy dispenses the wrong medication.
Call Today to Discuss Your South Shore Hospital Case
If you have been the victim of any of these types of medical malpractice at South Shore Hospital, contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC today for a free consultation. A South Shore medical malpractice lawyer from our law firm can help determine if you have a case and whether you are eligible to seek full and fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
How to Find Out if Your South Shore Hospital Doctor Has Been Disciplined
The database of licensed doctors from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has information about all the doctors in Illinois. You can use this resource to look up licensing information to confirm whether or not your doctor is in good standing with the state or if they have been disciplined.
How to Search IDFPR License Info
Search for information by:
Going to the IDFPR license search
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 many different types of discipline actions that may appear: 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
The American Board of Medical Specialties website is another useful place to verify the certification of your doctor or other healthcare providers.