Trauma cen­ter in Chicago a vic­tory for ac­tivists

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

CHICAGO—Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine and Si­nai Health Sys­tem an­nounced last week that they will part­ner to build a Level I adult trauma cen­ter on the city’s South­west Side, heed­ing long­time de­mands from city ac­tivists.

Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal, part of faith­based Si­nai, will ren­o­vate and ex­pand its emer­gency depart­ment to achieve Level I trauma cen­ter sta­tus. The $40 mil­lion pro­ject is ex­pected to take at least two years to com­plete and will be par­tially funded by the univer­sity.

Si­nai, which op­er­ates a Level I trauma cen­ter at Mount Si­nai Hos­pi­tal on the city’s West Side, will pro­vide trauma spe­cial­ists in­clud­ing emer­gency medicine physi­cians, anes­the­si­ol­o­gists, nurses and sup­port staff, while U Chicago Medicine will pro­vide gen­eral trauma physi­cians, neu­rol­o­gists, or­tho­pe­dic and plas­tic sur­geons, urol­o­gists and other spe­cial­ists.

U Chicago also an­nounced plans to build a new adult emer­gency depart­ment at its hos­pi­tal in the city’s Hyde Park neigh­bor­hood, where lo­cal ac­tivists had ini­tially called for con­struc­tion of a trauma cen­ter. That cam­pus now has a Level I pe­di­atric trauma cen­ter at Comer Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Mem­bers of the city’s Trauma Care Coali­tion have been call­ing for a South Side trauma cen­ter since 2010, when a young com­mu­nity ac­tivist died af­ter be­ing shot blocks away from the Univer­sity of Chicago Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

The ac­tivists are pleased that the South Side will now have a trauma cen­ter, but are con­cerned that Holy Cross, lo­cated six miles south­west of U Chicago, will not ad­e­quately serve res­i­dents lo­cated more to the east. They be­lieve U Chicago would have been a bet­ter lo­ca­tion.

Ac­tivists air con­cern about the pro­ject.

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