After almost three decades, the University of Chicago Medicine will provide adult trauma services for the communities on the South Side of Chicago beginning in May. With a commitment to excellence in patient care, knowledge generation, and education, the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center will engage our communities to not only meet the clinical needs of adults affected by falls, motor vehicle collisions or violence but also address prevention and holistic recovery. I am humbled to lead this effort that will require broad partnerships inside and outside the hospital’s walls to provide the highest quality of care to all patients.
Given the burden of trauma on the South Side, there is an urgent need for a Level I Trauma Center here. We strive to be a center of clinical excellence, while simultaneously serving as an anchor for the community and assisting in the creation of wrap-around programs to curb violence and its ripple effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and recidivism. We have recruited Deb Allen, RN, to serve as the Clinical Director, Trauma Services, who will guide the development of policies, procedures, and training programs. Thus far, we have successfully recruited five trauma and acute care surgeons. Additional faculty recruitment is underway for orthopedic trauma surgeons, nighttime radiologists, and other faculty. Moreover, we are developing partnerships across the University of Chicago to design and conduct broad-based research to advance the field of prevention and treatment of trauma.
The opportunity before us to transform the communities on the South Side of Chicago is tremendous. Despite the challenges and the rapid pace of change in health care delivery, our adult trauma center can make a positive and lasting impact on the patients and families we will serve.
I invite you to visit this site regularly for updates on UChicago Medicine’s transformation into a Level I Trauma Center for adults.
Selwyn O. Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH
Trauma Center Director and Executive Vice President, Community Health Engagement