Chicago's South Side Finally Has an Adult Trauma Center Again

In 2018, years of community activism resulted in the opening of the first advanced emergency trauma care center on Chicago’s South Side since the 1990s. One study showed gun assaults taking place more than five miles from a trauma center disproportionately affected Black victims and caused higher death rates because of delays in reaching adequate care. One such fatal incident prompted protests and community organizing around demands for a Level 1 adult trauma center at University of Chicago Medical Center, which finally were successful eight years later.

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