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June 7, 2017
June 7, 2017
The University of Chicago Medicine has set Jan. 8, 2018, for the opening of its expanded emergency department and May 1, 2018, for the launch of Level 1 adult trauma services, pending approval by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The dates were selected once hospital leaders were able to determine how long it would take for the new adult ED to reach "substantial completion," an industry term used to signal conclusion of construction. In UChicago Medicine's case, substantial completion will allow teams to begin setting up equipment, holding dry runs and adding finishing touches, among other activities.
The announcement marks the latest milestone since UChicago Medicine announced plans in December 2015 to increase the community's access to emergency, trauma and specialty care. That plan, approved by state regulators in May 2016, involves relocating and expanding the adult ED, adding 188 inpatient beds to address capacity constraints, and building a dedicated cancer-treatment facility.
The news comes after Dr. Selwyn O. Roger's arrival in early January as founding director of UChicago Medicine's Trauma Center. Other achievements since then:
A trauma-center designation means a hospital has the facilities, specialized staff, services and equipment needed to care for patients who suffer life-threatening injury from car accidents, major burns, serious falls or gunshot wounds. An ED serves as the primary entry point when trauma victims are brought to the hospital.
UChicago Medicine's new adult ED, which is 76 percent larger than the present structure housed in Mitchell Hospital, will feature a design that improves workflows and efficiency, allowing the medical center to accommodate the increased patient volumes that come with providing trauma services.