Univer­sity of Chicago shifts trauma cen­ter plans to its own cam­pus

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine will es­tab­lish a Level 1 adult trauma cen­ter at its Hyde Park cam­pus on Chicago’s South Side, scrap­ping plans to col­labo- ra­tively de­velop a trauma cen­ter with the city’s Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal. That gives com­mu­nity activists ex­actly what they had de­manded from the start.

The new trauma cen­ter is part of a ma­jor in­vest­ment the med­i­cal cen­ter says it will make in its sur­round­ing com­mu­nity. In ad­di­tion to con­struc­tion of the ex­panded emer­gency depart­ment, it an­nounced plans for a “sub­stan­tial in­crease” in the num­ber of in­pa­tient beds to sup­port the new trauma and emer­gency-care oper­a­tions, as well as spe­cialty care.

The trauma cen­ter will be the first on Chicago’s South Side since 1991, when Michael Reese Hos­pi­tal, about four miles north of the Univer­sity of Chicago, ended its trauma pro­gram. Michael Reese closed in 2008.

The hos­pi­tal said it shifted its build­ing plans to “en­sure Chicago’s South Side com­mu­nity has ac­cess to com­pre­hen­sive adult trauma care.” Of­fi­cials aren’t yet able to at­tach a dol­lar amount to the in­vest­ment, but said they would know more once they filed for state ap­proval in the first quar­ter.

The med­i­cal cen­ter an­nounced in Septem­ber that it would work with Chicago-based Si­nai Health Sys­tem to de­velop a Level 1 trauma cen­ter at Holy Cross, de­spite calls from com­mu­nity activists for a trauma cen­ter at the Univer­sity of Chicago. The lo­cal Trauma Care Coali­tion called the ini­tial Holy Cross project a vic­tory but said it still wouldn’t serve large swaths of the South Side that could be treated at a fa­cil­ity on the school’s cam­pus.

“From the very be­gin­ning, what has mat­tered most is making sure that pa­tients have ac­cess to the high­est level of trauma care where the needs are great,” Karen Teit­el­baum, CEO of Si­nai Health Sys­tem, said in a state­ment. She said Si­nai would of­fer sup­port and ex­per­tise from its own ex­pe­ri­ences with the Level I trauma cen­ter at its hos­pi­tal on the city’s West Side.

Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine’s main cam­pus,

above, will be the site of the new trauma cen­ter.

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