University of Chicago Medicine shifts gears on trauma center

CHICAGO (AP) -- The University of Chicago Medicine has announced a plan to build an adult trauma center at its medical center campus, reversing an earlier proposal to partner with Sinai Health System to open a trauma center at Holy Cross Hospital.

University of Chicago and Sinai Health issued a joint news release Thursday about the change in direction.

The announcement says University of Chicago "has concluded that integrating an adult Level 1 trauma center with its Level 1 pediatric trauma program, and Burn and Complex Wound Center would be of great benefit to South Side patients."

The health system also announced plans to expand its emergency department and increase inpatient beds "to address current capacity constraints and improve access to care."

The plans need approval from state regulators and local trauma hospitals.

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