Bon Secours Hospital opened its doors in 1919. The hospital traces its roots back to 1824 when the Sisters of Bon Secours formed in France to provide health care to anyone in need throughout the world. Bon Secours, which translates into French as “good help,” provides health care ministries throughout the entire world. However, Baltimore happened to be the first place in the United States that the Sisters of Bon Secours decided to open a hospital. The organization’s home base is back in Paris; while their United States “provincial house” is located in Marriottsville, Maryland. Since opening the Baltimore hospital in 1919, the Sisters of Bon Secours have created a network of hospitals in seven other states.
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Today, Bon Secours has 88 beds and 165 active physicians. In 2014, the hospital reported 4,660 admissions and over 104,000 outpatient visits. Bon Secours has an emergency department as well, which saw 26,766 visits in 2014. In relative terms, this is a very small hospital. Although Bon Secours does not have the name recognition or size of Johns Hopkins or UMMS, they have the largest kidney dialysis center in Baltimore.
The hospital is growing and expanding. In 2015, the hospital bought a nearby church that it will turn into a primary care and wellness center.Medical Malpractice at Bon Secours
Because this hospital is located in West Baltimore, the venue for potential medical malpractice suits is Baltimore City. Compared to other jurisdictions in Maryland, Baltimore City is one of the best, if not the best, place to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Traditionally, Baltimore jurors award fair verdicts, resulting in settlement offers that are commensurately higher than other jurisdictions.
But there is no money giveaway. Baltimore juries are fair and are going to demand evidence that the doctor or other health care providers did something wrong. Once liability is determined, Baltimore juries will give reasonable compensation for the injuries or losses in the case.Bon Secours’ Defense Team
Bon Secours has been defended by Miles & Stockbridge in a few claims filed against the hospital in recent years. Miles & Stockbridge is a mid-sized law firm with a good reputation.Obtaining Medical Records from Bon Secours Hospitals
When you hire an attorney, you lawyer will collect the medical records for you. If our law firm agrees to review your case, we advance the costs, and the client pays for the cost out of their settlement. Of course, if you are a lawyer or you want to get a head start for yourself, you can request the medical records by sending a correspondence to:
Value of a Malpractice Case Against Bon Secours
Bon Secours Hospital
2000 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
ATTN: MEDICAL RECORDS
We do not know of any Bon Secours cases that have gone to trial in recent years. There was a verdict more than $3 million against this hospital, about 8 or 9 years ago but nothing since. Again, this is a pretty small hospital, so there is never going to be a high volume of claims against it.
Certainly, Bon Secours does not have the best reputation. Bon Secours is known across West Baltimore as "Bon Se-Killer." Readmission rates at this hospital are the highest in Maryland. Indeed, these facts make it easier to settle cases with this hospital because its lawyers know that jurors perceive this hospital as inferior.
Here are some statistics to underscore the point. The readmission rates for Bon Secours were highest in the Maryland in 2014. Another study that year found that 37 percent of Bon Secours patients "strongly agreed" they understood their care after being discharged. By way of contrast, the figure was 51% for another Baltimore hospital, UMMC Midtown Campus.
So, not surprisingly, the claims we have seen that have been filed against this hospital in recent years have been resolved before trial. But looking at verdicts against the hospital is not the best path towards better understanding the value of medical malpractice cases. It is more helpful to look at hospital verdicts and verdicts in particular types of cases.Contact Us
Our law firm earns millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts in hospital malpractice cases for our clients every year. If you believe that you have a medical malpractice lawsuit against Bon Secours Hospital, or any other health care provider in Maryland, contact our attorneys at 1-800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.