Tonight on the show, Elizabeth Brackett tells the story of the struggling emergency rooms on the South Side. Here is a map to show you how far some Chicagoans have to travel to access care for the most life-threatening injuries.
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I work at Mt. Sinai and I think of us as a South Side hospital but I guess we’re a west side hospital.
Your story pushed me to check the Illinois list of trauma centers and I was surprised to find that in Illinois only Mt. Sinai has a Level 1 Trauma Center and a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.
There must be a story in what Mt. Sinai can deliver; in addition to the Emergency Room there is the Sinai Urban Health Institute, the Sinai Community Institute, the Oncology Clinic, the High Risk Pediatric Clinic, Schwab Rehabilitation Institute, Dialysis Clinic, new Cardio-Cath Lab and more.
There are new machines, dedicated staff, plans for new buildings and all without much fanfare or attention.
Stroger Hospital of Cook County is also a Level 1 Trauma Center and a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.
But both Stroger and Mt. Sinai are West side hospitals, not south side hospitals. Patients requiring trauma care injured on the south side are usually taken way to the west suburbs to Christ Hospital or downtown to Northwestern.
Not sure why I read anything on entertainment these days.
Hospitals are very interested in spending to reach and sell patients who have commercial insurance. These are patients who are more willing to make their own decisions about where to go for care, and their medical reimbursement rates are the highest.
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