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Houston's St. Joseph Medical Center: Will capital investment improve quality of care and patient safety?

Hospital received 48 Medicare quality of care violations in six-year period

St. Joseph Medical Center recently announced a significant investment of $92 million to upgrade its facilities and equipment. The hospital opened in 1887, and is located at 1401 St. Joseph Parkway, in Houston, Texas. It’s the city’s oldest hospital.

In recent years, ownership of the hospital has changed multiple times. The current owner is Steward Health Care, which is the largest for-profit hospital system in the United States.

St. Joseph Medical Center has over 500 physician on its medical staff. It has an emergency department, is designated as a Certified Level III Trauma Center, and is a Primary Stroke Center. It provides heart/cardiac and surgical care, and has an intensive care unit (ICU), among other clinical lines of service.

Hospital leadership plans to kick off the facility renovation with a new cardiac catheterization lab, updated interventional radiology rooms, and a dedicated women’s imaging unit. What remains to be seen is how this substantial investment will improve the quality of care and patient safety at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Here at Painter Law Firm, we’re familiar with St. Joseph Medical Center from handling multiple cases involving health care that our clients received there.

This hospital has a long history of quality of care concerns. Medicare surveyors have cited St. Joseph Medical Center with 48 violations, from May 2013, through July 2019—the most of any acute care general hospital in Houston. The violations include patient rights, third grade care is a setting, restraint or seclusion problems, patient care assignment issues, inadequate nursing care plans, inappropriate transfers, failure to provide appropriate medical screening exams, infection control lapses, inadequate operating room policies, substandard performance of nursing services, lack of proper governing body oversight, subpar operating room policies, inadequate registered nursing supervision of nursing care, and others.

If you’ve been seriously injured because of poor care at St. Joseph Medical Center, or any other Texas hospital, contact an experienced, top-rated Texas medical malpractice lawyer for a free consultation about your potential case.

Robert Painter is an award-winning medical malpractice attorney at Painter Law Firm PLLC, in Houston, Texas. He is a former hospital administrator who represents patients and family members in medical negligence and wrongful death lawsuits all over Texas. Contact him by calling 281-580-8800 or emailing him right now.

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