HYDE PARK — In a vital boost to healthcare access for South Side residents, U. of C. announced in April its proposed trauma center will serve more than 2,700 patients.
The $269 million revitalization of Mitchell Hospital will be spent on an adult trauma center, cancer and specialty care hospital and additional medical-surgical beds.
U. of C. originally planned to open a center at Holy Cross Hospital with Mount Sinai, but agreed to resident’s demands for greater health care access when it announced in December the trauma center would be built on the Hyde Park campus.
According to DNA info, the medical center transferred patients to other hospitals more than 10 percent of the time on average. In February, U. of C. Medical said it will hire at least 1,000 new employees to staff the trauma center. The University has not only been involved in Hyde Park’s development but also in surrounding neighborhoods like Woodlawn, where it is expanding its charter school.
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