St. Agnes Hospital is located in Baltimore, Maryland (Baltimore City). Founded in 1862 as the first Catholic hospital in Baltimore, St. Agnes is now a general hospital, which prides itself on specialized services in the areas of emergency and trauma medicine, breast cancer, orthopedics, cardiology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurology, a wound center, and obstetrics and gynecology. It is also heavily advertising the use of da Vinci robotic surgical procedures.
St. Agnes has 287 beds. This Southwest Baltimore hospital employs 800 physicians and is also a teaching hospital (meaning much care is performed by residents).
Saint Agnes’ parent organization, The Daughters of Charity National Health System, merged with the Sisters of St. Joseph Health System to form Ascension Health, which is the largest non-profit healthcare organization in the nation.
Flush with cash, St. Agnes is still looking to grow. The hospital made a big play to buy St. Joseph's Hospital, losing out to the University of Maryland Medical Systems. The hospital bought the historic Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore with plans to put housing and offices in the closed school. The hospital also completed the St. Agnes Hospital Campus Expansion Project, building a new patient tower with 120 private rooms that cost over $212 million.
This completely remade its cancer institute, building a new medical office building, and renovating everything in sight. In 2015, Saint Agnes broke ground on new construction on yet another new project which will be a mixed-use development of housing, and medical offices on the 32 acres they purchased that was once Cardinal Gibbons High School. The take-home message is that St. Agnes is not ceding Baltimore to Johns Hopkins and UMMS, two national heavyweights in their backyard.
The emergency room doctors at St. Agnes are employees of CEP America, which subcontracts with the hospital to provide emergency room physicians.
This is an excellent hospital that we think takes seriously its obligations to its patients and, as a Catholic hospital, to the community. Our law firm has represented employees of St. Agnes in personal injury cases and they have universally heard nice things about working there. St. Agnes does not have a "Big business, we are trying to make as much money as we can while pretending to be a non-profit" vibe to it.
But, that said, like all large hospitals, medical mistakes are a big problem at St. Agnes. In recent years, settlements have been reached with either the hospital or its doctors in a number of cases, including cases involving allegations of
- Malpractice involving the development of a pressure wound
- Failure to diagnose cardiac issues leading to a death
- Failure to diagnose cancer that led to the death
- Premature delivery of an infant causing birth injuries
- Failure to diagnose an ischemic bowel
If you would like to serve St. Agnes Healthcare, you would serve:
St. Agnes Healthcare
900 Caton Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21229
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7 St. Paul Street, Ste. 820
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
As with most Baltimore City hospitals, medical malpractice cases against St. Agnes are almost invariably filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The City typically offers a good jury pool, and fair judges and cases will generally get to trial just over a year after filing.
Underscoring the advantages of Baltimore City, there have been at least two large medical malpractice verdicts in Baltimore City, including a $55 million verdict and a $35 million verdict. Having a malpractice lawsuit in Baltimore is hardly a guarantee of success. But what you do get in Baltimore is a fair shake -- jurors do not assume that a doctor cannot make a grave mistake that can cause a serious injury or death.Recent Claims Involving St. Agnes
Our lawyers have pulled some fairly recent malpractice lawsuits filed against St. Agnes by other malpractice lawyers in Maryland. This needs a 2023 update. But these are some recent lawsuits that have been filed or resolved that involve St. Agnes Hospital to give you a flavor of the types of allegations of negligence that have been made against the hospital.
- 2019: Curry v. St. Agnes - medical negligence case involving failure to provide instructions after surgery
- 2019: Stokes v. St. Agnes - medical malpractice involving prescription dosage error
- 2017: Rasheed v. St. Agnes - breast reduction plastic surgery error case
- 2016: Mason v. St. Agnes - failure to perform c-section causing HIE (similar to this case against Sinai)
- 2016: Hammond v. St. Agnes – negligent injury to patient’s medial nerve during the procedure
- 2016: Lucarino v. St. Agnes - birth injury case alleging negligent delivery
- 2016: Kimberly v. St. Agnes – negligence in duty of care causing the patient to suffer hypernatremia
- 2016: Griffin v. St. Agnes – deviation from the standard of medical care during treatment, causing injury
- 2016: Swift v. St. Agnes – misdiagnosis
- 2016: Lee-Winstead v. St. Agnes – failure to promptly diagnose and treat a child’s ischemic event, neurological injury
- 2016: Roby v. St. Agnes – failure to timely recognize the patient’s serious medical condition, resulting in a heart attack
- 2016: Blaylock v. St. Agnes – failure to give a c-section, causing brain injury
- 2015: Stansbury v. St. Agnes – hospital’s substandard caused the wrongful death of the patient
- 2015: Burks v. St. Agnes – failure to employ appropriate treatment & evaluations, causing wrongful death
- 2015: Finley v. St. Agnes – carpal tunnel surgery resulted in staph infection in the scrotum & hand
- 2015: Moffett v. St. Agnes – failure to properly monitor blood pressure resulted in spinal cord injury
St. Agnes has been defended by the law firms of Waranch & Brown (Towson), Pessin Katz Law, P.A., Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Gray (Baltimore), and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston to name a few. St. Agnes was a defendant in the famed Court of Special Appeals D'Angelo case, which caused all sorts of problems for Maryland medical malpractice attorneys who wanted a clear path of the rules for filing certificates of merit (that case was defended by Gary Dumer of Dumer, Harrison & Barnes, P.A.).
St. Agnes has mostly been able to steer clear of malpractice verdicts. Our firm had a $5.2 million verdict in a malpractice case that occurred at St. Agnes in 2014. But the case focused on the emergency room doctors who are independent contractors of the hospital.
If you believe you have a St. Agnes Hospital medical malpractice case, you can either order medical records yourself, or your lawyers will do so. Hospital records can be obtained from:
St. Agnes Hospital
900 Caton Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21229
In February 2021, St. Agnes Hospital switched from MRO to CIOX for medical record collections. If you are collecting your own records this should not impact you but it is important for Maryland medical malpractice lawyers.
The average settlement value of a medical malpractice case against Saint Agnes hospital is around $550,000 to $750,000. This is higher than the national average for hospital malpractice settlements, which is $425,000. The average value of a jury verdict in a Saint Agnes malpractice case is also higher than the national average for verdicts in hospital malpractice cases, which is just over $1 million.
We estimate that 3 out of every 4 plaintiffs who file a medical malpractice case against Saint Agnes Hospital end up getting financial compensation in the form of a settlement or verdict. The chances of success in a hospital malpractice case are higher than in cases against doctors or other professionals. Hospitals, like Saint Agnes, are much more likely to settle valid medical malpractice claims compared to individual doctors. Unlike doctors, Saint Agnes does not get benefit from jury sympathy and they prefer to avoid the bad press associated with big malpractice verdicts.
Yes. Saint Agnes is certainly not as big as some of the other hospitals in Baltimore. However, Saint Agnes still gets sued for malpractice in Maryland about 10 times a year. The most common types of medical malpractice that Saint Agnes gets sued for in Maryland include surgical error, misdiagnosis, and birth injury.
The primary factor that drives the potential settlement value of a malpractice case against Saint Agnes Hospital is how badly the victim was injured. If the medical negligence at Saint Agnes results in serious, life-altering injuries, the case will have a much higher settlement value.
Although Saint Agnes is close to the City/County line, the hospital is actually located in Baltimore City. This means that any medical malpractice lawsuit against Saint Agnes can be filed in Baltimore City. This makes a big impact because Baltimore City is the best jurisdiction in Maryland for plaintiffs in personal injury cases.
When Saint Agnes hospital gets sued for medical malpractice in Maryland they are almost always defended by lawyers from the Baltimore defense firm of Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann.
If you believe that you have a medical malpractice lawsuit against St. Agnes Hospital or any other hospital in Maryland, contact our medical negligence lawyers at 1.800.553.8082, or send us a free internet request for consultation.More Information
- Hospital Mistake Suits: an overview
- Summary of Maryland Malpractice Law
- Ordering Medical Records from St. Agnes Hospital (which we do for our clients)