December 12, 2006
CAROL SCHROEDER, Executor of the Estate ) Appeal from the
of Charles Schroeder, Deceased, ) Circuit Court of
) Cook County.
NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, ) Gay-Lloyd Lott,
TODD LEVERENTZ, KENNETH CRANE, ) Judge Presiding.
DAVID SAGER, LADONNA KOZIEL, and )
AZZA S. SULEIMAN, ))
JUSTICE SOUTH delivered the opinion of the court:
This appeal arises from an order of the circuit court of Cook County which granted
summary judgment in favor of defendant Northwest Community Hospital (Northwest) and against
plaintiff, Carol Schroeder, executor of the estate of Charles Schroeder, deceased, in a medical
malpractice/wrongful death action.
Plaintiff’s decedent, Charles Schroeder, suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and was
admitted for treatment as an inpatient at Northwest in December 1998, May 1999, and October
1999. During these hospitalizations he was under the care and treatment of codefendant Todd
Leverentz, M.D., his primary care physician, as well as several consulting physicians:
codefendants Kenneth Crane, David Sager, Ladonna Koziel, and Azza S. Suleiman. During these
hospitalizations decedent was administered the drug methotrexate, which is an antimetabolite used