The South Side of Chicago may finally regain a trauma center to treat its most severely injured adults.
Illinois regulators approved University of Chicago Medicine's nearly $270 million campus expansion that includes a trauma center. The decision caps a relentless campaign among activists who have long called for such an essential service in an area wracked by violence and health disparities. The academic medical center and other area hospitals closed their adult trauma centers decades ago after being overwhelmed with patients who were typically on Medicaid or uninsured.
The nine-member planning board, which decides the fate of healthcare projects to prevent duplication of services, unanimously approved the proposal. University of Chicago Medicine still must get permission from the directors of the other Chicago trauma centers and the Illinois Department of Public Health. —Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business