After 5 years of struggle, STOP has achieved a major victory: the University of Chicago Hospital will invest $40M to build an adult trauma center for the South Side at Holy Cross Hospital. This victory is the direct result of the the commitment, perseverance and bold leadership of the young black leaders of Fearless Leading by the Youth, their allies and the Trauma Care Coalition they have built.
While they celebrate this significant victory, STOP acknowledges that the decision to keep trauma care away from the University of Chicago Hospital is rooted in racial exclusion. Large parts of the South Side, including: Kenwood, Hyde Park, East Woodlawn, South Shore, and South Chicago will still be more more than 5 miles from a trauma center, which is the crucial distance to ensure good access to trauma care. This is the fight must be continued for the University to make good on the commitment they made in December to raise the age limit of their Children's Trauma Center from 16 up to 18, in fact, they feel it should be raised to 21.
While there is still more work to do, it is important to celebrate this significant step toward a more equitable distribution of resources in the city, and celebrate the leaders who led this fight, who developed over the course of these five years into powerful voices who will continue to fight for justice.
Edited by Maria Ralenkotter
CCHD Intern- Office for Peace and Justice
Original post can be found here.
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