Sinai Health System and the University of Chicago Medicine Partner to Provide Trauma Care Services at Holy Cross Hospital

The University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Health System are working together to upgrade Holy Cross Hospital's emergency room into a Level 1 adult trauma center.

Hard working activists and neighbors have been working hard and demonstrating for the need for a trauma center on the South Side, They now have reason to celebrate.

Holy Cross Hospital, operated by Sinai Health System, which is located at West 68th Street and South California Avenue, is "near some of the highest incidence of trauma injury and gun violence in the city," UChicago Medicine said in a release on its website on Thursday.

When completed, the trauma center at Holy Cross will be the fifth Level 1 adult trauma center in the City of Chicago.

Chicago city limits Level I Trauma Centers are located at ...

Stroger and Mount Sinai hospitals on the West Side,

Northwestern Memorial Hospital on the Near North Side and

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on the North Side.

Also serving many City of Chicago residents is Level I Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and Level I Trauma Center Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

The University of Chicago Medical Center in Hyde Park does not have a Level I Trauma Center. In 1988, the University of Chicago Medical Center decided not to renew its application for Level I Trauma Center status. Many activist for improved trauma care on the south side of Chicago have said priority should have been directed at re-establishing a Level I Trauma Center at University of Chicago over gaining funding for the presidential library for Barack Obama.

Trauma centers by definition are staffed round the clock with emergency medical personnel, including emergency room doctors, trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, nursing staff and trauma care support services

Trauma specialists from Mount Sinai. UChicago Medicine will provide specialists in general trauma care, neurology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, urology and other areas.

University of Chicago Medicine will pay for the $40 million facility expansion and renovation through the general capital fund, according to a university statement. University of Chicago Medicine also reports the approval process and construction are expected to take at least two years.

A full list of Chicagoland trauma centers are listed here ...

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