Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Applauds U of C Level 1 Trauma Center Announcement

Dec 18, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after the University of Chicago announced that it would add a Level 1 adult trauma care to its Hyde Park campus:

“I applaud University of Chicago Medical Center President Sharon O'Keefe, who has worked with me and kept me abreast of this important breakthrough for the residents of the south side of Chicago. This has been an important issue for me, in part because of the death of my son, Huey who had to be transported to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, although he was shot a half block from a southeast side Chicago hospital in 1999.

“Unfortunately, over 45 million Americans reside in Trauma Deserts and lack access to major trauma centers within the ‘golden hour’ post injury when chances of survival are greatest (American Journal of Public Health — Trauma Deserts).

“I am pleased to know that is now changing for my constituents in the 1st Congressional District.”