Range of Injury

What is trauma?

Potentially severe physical injury caused by an external source (fall, auto crash, farm or industrial accident, knife or gunshot wound, etc.) that requires emergency medical intervention to attempt to prevent loss of life or limb or substantial, permanent physical impairment. It does not include moderate or minor injuries; heart attacks, strokes, or other internal conditions; chronic, contagious, or infectious diseases; or mental illness not caused by a severe physical injury.1

Where are Chicago’s trauma centers?

Trauma Care on Chicago's South Side

After the violent death of a local teen and outcry from the community about access to care, the Hyde Park Herald devoted a year of reporting to South Side communities' access to trauma care. A series of three stories chronicles the questions and conclusions from that reporting.

The project was made possible through a generous grant from the Community Media Workshop

Ongoing Coverage from the Hyde Park Herald

Trauma rally draws university students and doctor

With the warming weather, protesters are back at the University of Chicago Medical Center demanding a trauma center to treat the most seriously injured on the South Side.

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Protestors return to demand trauma center

Protestors demanding a trauma center returned to the University of Chicago Medical Center on Sept. 28, marching around the new hospital pavilion and into the construction area.

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Youth pitch camp at hospital

Protesters were back in front of the University of Chicago Medical Center Aug. 15 to demand a trauma center.

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University snub riles protest group

Protestors returned to the University of Chicago Medical Center on April 21, this time banging on windows to demand a trauma center.

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Council urges more trauma care for South Side

In a modest victory for advocates of expanded trauma care on the South Side, the City Council last week unanimously passed a resolution calling on the state to study the issue.

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Protestors stage die-in on quad

Protestors again rallied at the University of Chicago decrying the lack of a trauma center at any South Side hospitals, this time raising the ire of the police and administrators.

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South Siders twice as far from trauma care

At 12:08 a.m. Aug. 15, Damien Turner was shot in the back. Ten minutes later he was hurtling up South Lake Shore Drive in the back of an ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died 10 miles from where he was shot at the corner of East 61st Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue — less than four blocks from the University of Chicago’s hospital.

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