U of C adult trauma center to open May 2018 – Health Care News

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7 June 2017 | 3:55 pm

University of Chicago Medicine’s new Level 1 adult trauma center will open May 1, 2018, the health system said today.

The center is part of a nearly $270 million campus expansion that also includes a bigger emergency room to help alleviate crowding, 188 additional inpatient beds and a cancer institute. The expanded ER will open Jan 8, 2018, according to a release.

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Crain’s two-part series on the University of Chicago’s decision to reverse course on the trauma center

The trauma unit is a victory for community activists who lobbied for years for an adult facility to serve the South Side. But trauma is a money-losing proposition, and Chicago already has four such highly specialized centers. The pressure grew, and University of Chicago Medicine finally reversed course in December 2015, a month after a dash-cam video was released showing Chicago police officers shooting Laquan McDonald, an unarmed black teenager.

Earlier this year, the health system announced that it had conducted a national search for a center director and tapped Dr. Selwyn Rogers Jr., a trauma surgeon with a particular interest in violence prevention. Previously the chief medical officer at University of Texas Medical Branch, Rogers also held leadership positions at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Harvard Medical School, where he launched the Center for Surgery & Public Health.

Rogers told Crain’s in January that he was hustling to recruit a team of surgeons and to create policies and procedures at a campus without adult trauma for roughly three decades. He stressed, too, that he was seeking input from community members in the center’s design.

University of Chicago Medicine said today that five of the planned six additional trauma surgeons have been recruited. In March, the system announced that it had also recruited Debra Allen, a registered nurse who helped develop the first regional trauma system in northeast Ohio, to be the center’s clinical director of trauma services.

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