Friday, September 11, 2015


University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Health System on Thursday announced a $40 million joint project to open an adult trauma center for the South Side.
The plan would convert the emergency room at Holy Cross Hospital into a Level 1 trauma center — meaning some of the most violence-plagued neighborhoods in the city, including Englewood, Washington Park and Greater Grand Crossing, will be within five miles of high-quality care, a crucial distance in saving lives, studies show.
The South Side has been without adult trauma care since the now-defunct Michael Reese Hospital in Bronzeville closed its center in 1991, forcing residents of communities that experience a disproportionate amount of gun violence to travel as far as 10 miles by ambulance to be treated.
The announcement is expected to ease tensions between University of Chicago and members of the South Side community who have tried for more than five years to pressure the university to establish a trauma center on its Hyde Park campus. The protests reached a national audience over the last two years as the university successfully led a bid to bring the Barack Obama Presidential Center to the South Side.
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