University of Chicago Medicine’s Trauma Center

For nearly 30 years, people from Chicago’s South Side had to be transported across the city to receive medical attention for traumatic injuries. Today, thanks to the University of Chicago Medicine’s trauma center in Hyde Park, life-saving access to high-quality care is much closer for one of the nation’s largest under-served populations.

The University of Chicago Medicine’s trauma center, which opened in 2018, filled the void in emergency medical attention on the South Side that had been left when Michael Reese Hospital closed in 1991. Thanks to new market tax credits and financing from CNI, the University of Chicago developed the South Side’s first Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, meaning that the hospital is prepared to handle the most seriously injured trauma patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Operating in conjunction with its pediatric trauma and burn and complex wound center, University of Chicago Medicine is providing accessible and comprehensive care to treat the full range of traumatic injuries for patients of all ages.    


  • Project: University of Chicago Medicine’s Trauma Center 
  • Location: 5656 South Maryland Avenue at the University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Results: $5 million investment. Reversing the disproportionate number of fatalities among Black and uninsured patients. 120 jobs created, including additional faculty and staff, providing patients with 24/7 access to special care. Eliminated a “trauma desert”

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