The Project involved the construction of a new Adult Emergency Department with a Level 1 Trauma Center for The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC), the first of its kind on Chicago’s southside. The standalone 46,800-square-foot emergency, trauma, and specialty health facility consists of four trauma resuscitation bays, two radiographic imaging rooms, and one CT room. As part of the Get CARE Plan, a healthcare initiative created by UCMC focused on providing access to much needed healthcare on Chicago’s southside, the trauma center addresses the long-term emergency medical needs of the community. Upon stabilization, the Project is estimated to increase UCMC’s patient visits by more than 50% per year, from 57,207 to 86,220. Based on current statistics, at least 50% of these visits are estimated to be made by low-income individuals.
UCMC is seeking Level 1 Trauma designation, which is the highest designation awarded to centers meeting specific criteria established by the American College of Surgeons, creating the only medical facility in Chicago capable of providing total care for every aspect of an injury. The Project will also confront a host of operational inadequacies to allow for streamlined processes, technical enhancements for the treatment rooms, and a decrease in patient wait times.
As a tenured anchor to the southside of Chicago, the Sponsor, UCMC, has created the integrated Get CARE plan to increase community access to vital health services within UCMC’s campus. The Get CARE plan was developed in direct response to community feedback calling for greater access to emergency, adult trauma, and specialty care. Driven by hospital closures and reduction of beds by community providers, access to specialty emergency care on the southside has deteriorated over the years, creating 54% fewer beds. The Project is an integral component of the Get CARE plan’s mission to increase the number of medical-surgical beds by 40%; increase the number of intensive care beds available by 16%; and create 1,000 new jobs and 400 construction jobs. UCMC aims to achieve these goals by June 2022.
The Project received more than 20 letters of support from the Office of the Mayor, State Representatives, and community outreach organizations as they believe the Project is a critical asset for the community.