CHICAGO - The University of Chicago Medicine broke ground this morning on its new emergency department.
The $43 million project will bring back adult trauma services to the South Side after a 25-year absence.
The new center will be 76 percent larger than the current one. It will include four bays for treating trauma patient and onsite biocontainment for patients exposed to biological dangers like Ebola.
The new building is expected to open in January, 2018 and begin services in the spring of 2018.
Community activists, University of Chicago students and protesters have actively lobbied for a Level One trauma unit for the South Side to deal with the tragedy of street violence.
The University and its health partners are also committing another $269 million to expand specialty care and cancer treatment with a specially dedicated hospital to meet the need of the community.