Pro­test­ers de­mand trauma care on Chicago’s South Side

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

Pro­test­ers bar­ri­caded them­selves in an ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago last week in con­tin­ued calls to es­tab­lish an adult trauma cen­ter serv­ing the city’s South Side.

The ac­tivists, part of the Trauma Care Coali­tion, are con­cerned that one of Chicago’s poor­est and most crime-rid­den ar­eas lacks a trauma cen­ter for adults.

The uni­ver­sity’s Comer Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal has a Level I pe­di­atric trauma cen­ter, but adult trauma vic­tims from the South Side are of­ten taken to North­west­ern Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, which is roughly nine miles north of the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago cam­pus.

Fire­fight­ers broke through dry­wall and win­dows to al­low po­lice to ar­rest nine pro­test­ers, in­clud­ing one stu­dent, who had ob­structed the main south en­trance of the build­ing and blocked one of two main fire ex­its.

A uni­ver­sity spokesman said the pro­test­ers had en­dan­gered oc­cu­pants and pre­vented ac­cess to the build­ing’s fire alarm panel, dis­abling the build­ing’s el­e­va­tors and block­ing the only wheelchairac­ces­si­ble en­trance.

The coali­tion has been fight­ing for a trauma cen­ter since 2010, when a young ac­tivist died af­ter be­ing shot blocks away from the med­i­cal cen­ter.

Nine pro­test­ers were ar­rested at the

Uni­ver­sity of Chicago last week.

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