MetroSouth Medical Center
MetroSouth Medical Center, 12935 S. Gregory, Blue Island, IL 60406
MetroSouth Medical Center is located in Blue Island, Illinois which is a southwestern suburb to Chicago. Blue Island is approximately 19.4 miles from the center of the city limits of Chicago. The hospital’s overall rating shows two stars out of five. MetroSouth Medical Center is an acute care hospital with emergency services. MetroSouth Medical Center is able to track patients’ lab results, tests and referrals electronically between visits.
The hospital uses both outpatient and inpatient safe surgery checklists. These checklists are valuable to hospitals in that they show safe surgery practices before administering anesthesia, before incision and closing and before the patient leaves the operating room for outpatient procedures.
The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System (HCAHPS) is a national survey system that surveys patients about their experiences during a recent hospital stay. Using these survey results show the public comparisons between hospitals based on eleven important hospital quality topics.
At MetroSouth Medical Center when patients were asked about their nurses, patients responded that 76% of the time their nurses “always” communicated well. The Illinois average and the national average are both 80% in this category. MetroSouth Medical Center patients reported that their doctors “always” communicated well at the rate of 80%. The Illinois and national averages are both 82%. 60% of MetroSouth Medical Center patients reported that they “always” received help as soon as they wanted it. Both the Illinois and national averages were higher at 69%. 64% of MetroSouth Medical Center patients reported they would definitely recommend the hospital to others while 71% would do so on average for Illinois hospitals and 72% would do so on a national basis.
Timing of treatment is critical for life and for death in hospital settings. Measures of timely and effective care indicate how often hospitals provide care that independent research shows get the best results for patients. For example, at MetroSouth Medical Center for heart attack care, there was no available data for this facility, however, the Illinois average for the average number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attacks who needed specialized care were transferred to another hospital was 52 minutes. This was lower on average than the national average which stands at 58%. It is vitally important for hospital emergency departments to recognize a patient’s condition that cannot be served at a particular hospital. In that event, it is imperative that the senior medical staff order the transfer of the patient to a nearby hospital that can serve the patient’s immediate medical needs.
In another important category of readmissions and deaths, hospitals must be alerted to the common occurrence of a patient being discharged from the hospital only to be returned to the hospital for unplanned care within 30 days of leaving. At MetroSouth Medical Center there was no difference in the rate of readmission for stroke patients than the national average of 12.5%. The death rate for stroke patients at MetroSouth Medical Center was again no different than the national rate of 14.9% in this category.
MetroSouth Medical Center is a 314-bed, acute care hospital with a blend of private and semi-private rooms. MetroSouth Medical Center has a network of 7 healthcare centers and 40 medical specialties. The hospital was founded in 1905 as Saint Francis Hospital and is located in the downtown area of historic Blue Island, Illinois.
The website for the hospital is: www.metrosouthmedicalcenter.com.