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Trauma Care on the South Side

The University of Chicago Medicine announces historic community plan to strengthen access to care for Chicago's South Side

UChicago plan includes a level 1 adult trauma center on its campus; new and expanded ER; and increase in hospital beds to meet community needs

December 17, 2015

UChicago Medicine has a deep ongoing commitment to serving the health care needs of the South Side. Unprecedented growth in inpatient admissions and emergency department volume has created serious capacity constraints, and as a result, medical facilities are operating at capacity. Over 50 percent of the patients who are responsible for this growth come from the South Side, reflecting the faith that UChicago's surrounding community has in the quality of care that they receive in the hospital system.

As UChicago Medicine evaluated how to continue to meet the needs of their community into the future, they received input from community partners, members and leaders. They also conducted a careful evaluation of their capacity to meet the growing health care needs of the South Side community. In addition to this internal evaluation, UChicago Medicine continued to hear from, listen to and engage with a variety of community leaders, stakeholders and residents, who helped inform their thinking on the best way to improve access to care.

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