Trauma Care on the South Side
The Role of the University of Chicago Medicine in Providing Medical Care to the South Side of Chicago
We are fully committed to the medical care of our South Side community.
South Side residents make up the majority of our patients, and their health needs are significant. Community members clearly say that access to high-quality health care is their top concern. In response, we have taken a number of steps to expand access: decreasing wait times and sharply increasing the number of patients seen in the adult and pediatric emergency departments, accepting more transfers from community hospitals, and adding beds in our hospital.
The result is that we have provided more care in our hospital to more people -- and the majority of this significant growth over the past three years has been from patients who live on the South Side.
We are working to expand access yet further. We are seeking to raise the age limit for our pediatric trauma care to include 16- and 17-year-old children, which would increase the number of pediatric trauma patients served by more than 40 percent.
As our patient volume continues to grow, we are examining our overall clinical capacity, including what it would take to offer adult trauma care and its potential impact on our hospital and emergency room, which are already over capacity.
For More Information
- University of Chicago Medicine's Community Benefit Report
- Population Percentages With Trauma Center Access by U.S. Census Regions and States (PDF)
- Map: Hospital Closings on the South Side of Chicago Since 1986 (JPG)
- The Roller Coaster Supply of Burn and Trauma Care
- Suburban Hospital's Offer to Treat Chicago Trauma Victims Gets Cool Reception
- Factors Associated With Closures of Emergency Departments in the United States (PDF)
- Emergency Medical Services Intervals and Survival in Trauma (PDF)
- Understanding the Risk Factors of Trauma Center Closures: Do Financial Pressure and Community Characteristics Matter? (PDF)
- Impact on Patient Outcomes after Closure of an Adjacent Trauma Center (PDF)
- A Growing Crisis in Patient Access to Emergency Surgical Care (PDF)
- Access to Trauma Centers in the United States (PDF)