After many years of protest, Chicago’s SouthSide will finally be receiving an adult trauma center. The center will be located at Holy Cross Hospital at 68th & California.
The demand for a trauma center on the SouthSide has been high for many years, but particularly in the last 5 years. Many neighborhoods were nearly 10 miles away from the nearest trauma center, which significantly raised the mortality rates for many. The death of Damien Turner, who succumbed to a gunshot wound largely due to the extended time of transport, caused groups to protest & demand change. The trauma centers around Chicago are located mostly in the northern & western regions. This left many out South vulnerable to completely avoidable deaths simply because they could not receive treatment in a timely fashion. It is terrible to think how many lives could have been spared.
There will still be at least 2 years before the trauma center is complete, but even then it is only the beginning of a solution. There will still be neighborhoods out of its immediate reach. We still are in sore need for more adult trauma centers on Chicago’s SouthSide. Hopefully with the support of politicians like Bobby Rush & continued push from groups like the Trauma Center Coalition, these needs will be filled. Rest in peace to all who have lost their lives in the wait. Special shout out to all who have protested over the years to make this trauma center happen. Salute!