Debra Allen, MSN, RN, CCRN, has joined the Medical Center as the Clinical Director of Trauma Services. Allen most recently served as regional trauma program manager at the Northern Ohio Trauma System in Cleveland, where she developed the first regional trauma system in northeast Ohio.
The University of Chicago Medicine Community Advisory Council is engaging with UChicago Medicine leadership to shape the establishment of the Medical Center’s adult trauma services, scheduled to launch May 1, 2018.
“The voice of the community is critical to the university’s plan for trauma care,” said Damon Arnold, MD, chairman of the Trauma Care and Violence Prevention work group and former director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. “Our dialogue with the hospital’s leaders has been good, and we look forward to helping create a great trauma center.”
Progress continues on the construction of the new Emergency Department, which is set to open next January. The team is pouring concrete, and the ED staff continues to work on improvements for both discharged and admitted patients. Soon after the new Emergency Department opens, the Medical Center will launch adult trauma services in spring 2018.
As the newly announced founding director of the University of Chicago Medicine’s new Level 1 adult trauma center, Selwyn Rogers, Jr, MD, MPH, reflected on his mission to provide trauma care for victims of violence and how he plans to approach his work. Slated to open early 2018, the trauma center would be the South Side’s only facility of its kind.