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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Apr 24

Trauma Center Activists Hold Overnight Vigil Outside U Of C President's Home (VIDEO)

Protesters held an overnight candlelight vigil outside the home of University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer as part of the ongoing campaign for an adult trauma center on Chicago's South Side. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the push for expanded trauma care services in the city.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Dec 10, 2014

Activists Applaud U Of C Decision To Expand Pediatric Trauma Services (VIDEO)

Trauma Care Coalition members on Tuesday called the University of Chicago Medical Center's decision to increase the age limit of its Level 1 pediatric trauma center a "victory," but said their fight for expanded South Side emergency medical services for people of all ages will continue. Progress Illinois provides a closer look at U of C's planned expansion of its child trauma care unit.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Sep 19, 2014

Chicago Faith Leaders Sing, Pray For A South Side Trauma Center (VIDEO)

More than 50 faith leaders and Chicago activists sang and prayed for a South Side adult trauma center at a rally late Thursday afternoon at the University of Chicago medical campus. Progress Illinois was there for the demonstration.

PI Original
by La Risa Lynch
Mon Jun 9, 2014

University Of Chicago Alumni: No Donations Until Trauma Center Gets Opened (VIDEO)

A group of University of Chicago alumni want to put a dent in the school’s wallet by withholding donations from their alma mater as a way to pressure the Hyde Park institution to open a trauma center on the city’s South Side. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu May 22, 2014

U Of C Physicians, Med Students Join Push For A South Side Trauma Center (VIDEO)

Members of the University of Chicago medical community are joining area residents in their call for a South Side trauma center.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri May 9, 2014

South Side Residents To University Of Chicago: No Trauma Center, No Obama Presidential Library

A coalition of South Side residents and community groups is pushing back against the University of Chicago over its bid for the coveted Barack Obama presidential library and museum.

At a townhall meeting Thursday night, dozens of South Side residents delivered a stern message to the university: No trauma center, no Obama library.

Members of the Trauma Care Coalition, which hosted Thursday's meeting, said the university has an obligation to its community to improve access to emergency health services. If the university is interested in building the much sought-after Obama library, it should also make reopening its adult trauma center a top priority, according to the South Side activists.

Quick Hit
by La Risa Lynch
Thu Aug 1, 2013

U.S. Rep. Rush Seeks Federal Funding To End Trauma Center Deserts

For Michael Dye, the death of his best friend is still raw. Dye wonders if his friend, 19 year-old Kevin Ambrose, would be alive today if Chicago’s South Side had a level-1 adult trauma center.

“We actually beat the ambulance to the hospital which was like a 30- to 45-minute ride at 11 p.m., which was surprising to me,” Dye said in detailing Ambrose's ambulance ride to Stroger Hospital after having been shot near the Green Line stop near 43rd Street in May.

Dye wondered why his friend wasn’t taken to either Provident Hospital or the University of Chicago (U of C) Medical Center. Instead, Ambrose, a Columbia College theatre student, was taken to Stroger, which is located nearly seven miles away from where he was shot — and is where he later died.

“It really hurts personally because Kevin’s chances of living would have been at a higher rate if he was taken to U of C or Provident or any other trauma center on the South Side, if we had one,” Dye, also 19, said.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Thu May 16, 2013

Protesters Say Woodlawn School Actions Endanger Students, Hold "Die In" To Show Area Violence

In the Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, Cottage Grove Ave. serves as the dividing line between two violent gang territories, according to area residents.

And concerned community members say a Chicago Public Schools’ proposal to close John Fiske Elementary and send its students to Austin Sexton Elementary means students will be forced to to travel across the invisible barrier.

Cottage Grove, according to the proposal’s opponents, is a boundary not to be taken lightly.

“That’s a line you just don’t cross,” said Randy Pouncy, 22, a Sexton Elementary alumnus who said he’s been shot at too many times to count. “It’s so dangerous.”

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Feb 6, 2013

University of Chicago Students, Ald. Beale Continue Call For South Side Trauma Center

The ongoing fight for a Level 1 adult trauma center on Chicago's South Side continued last night when students at the University of Chicago called on the candidates running in the 2nd congressional district to support their efforts for social justice in the area.  

Currently, there are no Level 1 adult trauma centers on the city’s South Side. And that forces seriously injured people to travel miles away to other parts of the city to seek medical care, students at the teach-in and community meeting said.

“There’s a need now in the South Side of Chicago and in the south suburbs to have trauma care and have emergency care, and that need is not being met,” said Valerie Michelman with the university’s Students for Health Equity group.