Trauma center for adults still needed on South Side, protestors say

University of Chicago Medicine is working to raise the age limit of patients treated at its pediatric trauma center.

A move by Comer Children's Hospital to raise the age for trauma patients is being called a step in the right direction. The hospital currently treats patients 15 years old and younger, but plans call for extending care to 16 and 17-year-olds.

But for years, there have been calls for the University of Chicago to reopen its adult trauma center. And protestors said on Tuesday, that hasn't changed.

"Though it is a victory for the coalition, it is not our end goal. It was not our main goal. Our main goal is that the South Side of Chicago be provided with a level one trauma center," said Veronica Morris-Moore.

The University of Chicago expects the change will mean an extra 100 trauma patients each year.

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