(Story updated at 6:15 p.m. ET.)
The University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Health System in Chicago announced Thursday they will partner to build a Level I adult trauma center on Chicago's South Side, heeding longtime demands from city activists.
Holy Cross Hospital, part of faith-based Sinai Health System, will renovate and expand its emergency department to achieve Level I trauma center status, adding additional operating rooms and intensive-care unit beds. The $40 million project is expected to take at least two years to complete, and will be partially funded by the university.
Sinai Health System, 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 related support staff, while UChicago Medicine will provide general trauma physicians, neurologists, orthopedic and plastic surgeons, urologists and other specialists.
UChicago 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 currently has a Level I pediatric trauma center at Comer Children's Hospital.
“This important opportunity allows us to extend our commitment to invest our resources where we can have the greatest impact on the critical health needs of our communities,” said University of Chicago Medical Center President Sharon O'Keefe, in a statement. “This collaborative partnership, a model for other care providers, leverages our collective experience and resources to expand access to life-saving, quality health care for the communities we serve.”
The partnership does not include a joint operating agreement and there's no equity involved in the deal, officials said at a press conference Friday. The staffing of the center will be a clinical collaboration between the two organizations, and Holy Cross will operate the facility.