Level 1 trauma center coming to South Side

Level 1 trauma center coming to South Side
Level 1 trauma center coming to South Side

Level 1 trauma center coming to South Side

It’s been a long time coming... When Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital trauma unit closed its doors in 1991, that left the surrounding communities on the South Side with no adult trauma center. After years of pressure from activists and protesters, the area will be getting a Level 1 Trauma Center. Level 1 means the facility will be equipped to deal with life-threatening injuries, including gunshot wounds. The new center, which was announced Thursday night, will be a collaboration between the University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Health System. The $40 million project will convert the emergency room at Holy Cross Hospital at 68th and California. WBEZ’s Natalie Moore joins from our South Side Bureau with more on this new development. But not everyone that’s been pushing for a South Side trauma center is happy about the new plan. Veronica Morris Moore with FLY (Fearless Leading By the Youth), which is part of the organization Trauma Care Coalition, shares her thoughts. (Flickr/Arvell Dorsey Jr)