University of Chicago trauma center opens in Hyde Park

CHICAGO — The University of Chicago's adult trauma center opened Tuesday in Hyde Park.

The hospital will have the specialized staff and equipment to treat patients who suffer traumatic injuries from vehicle crashes, gunshot wounds, burns and falls.

Community activists have been pushing for years for adult trauma care on Chicago's South Side. The area hasn't had such care since 1991 when Michael Reese Hospital in the Bronzeville neighborhood closed its trauma center.

The new facility is expected to serve 3,000 patients per year.