University of Chicago Medical Center
|University of Chicago Medicine|
|University of Chicago Medical Center|
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
|Location||Hyde Park, South Side of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Hospital type||Inpatient and outpatient, specialty and primary care, teaching|
|Affiliated university||University of Chicago
Pritzker School of Medicine
|Emergency department||Level-I (pediatric trauma)
Level-II and Level-III (NICU)
|Lists||Hospitals in U.S.|
The University of Chicago Medical Center, also known under the umbrella of University of Chicago Medicine, is an American academic medical center in Hyde Park on the of South Side of Chicago, established in 1899. Affiliated with and operated by the University of Chicago, it serves as the teaching hospital for students of the institution's Pritzker School of Medicine.
Once known as the University of Chicago Hospitals, it was reorganized as the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2006, which it is still legally named. However, it operates under the umbrella of University of Chicago Medicine.
Trauma center controversy
Many states have been successful in funding trauma systems, but a universal solution has yet to be found. Trauma centers are a demanding public service that needs geographic assessment and planning by the city, state and health care providers. In 1988, the University of Chicago Medical Center decided not to renew its application to be part of the city of Chicago's adult trauma network. At the time, the decision was made to concentrate resources in the clinical specialties where the medical center could play the greatest role. Calls for a new adult level 1 trauma center surfaced after the death of Damian Turner, an 18-year-old who was killed by gunshot in August 2010. Representatives of the academic medical center have said that an adult level 1 trauma center is not something it can undertake alone and requires coordination by the city, state and other health care providers in the area. In addition, hospital representatives have said that building an adult trauma center would compromise the other distinct and critically important services for the community, such as The South Side's only level 1 trauma center for children, the South Side's only burn unit, its emergency departments for adults and children and the neonatal intensive care unit. Protesters have suggested that the University of Chicago should not be seeking financial support to attract the presidential library of Barack Obama without first committing to reopening an adult trauma facility.  
University of Chicago Medicine consists of:
- Center for Care and Discovery, the primary adult inpatient care facility (opened in 2013 at a cost of $700 million)
- Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital, adult inpatient care facility
- Comer Children's Hospital
- Chicago Lying-in Hospital, a maternity and women's hospital
- Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, an outpatient care facility
- Pritzker School of Medicine
- The Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD)
- regional physician offices located throughout the Chicago area
In 2007, the University of Chicago Medical Center was again ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The 2010 rankings by U.S. News & World Report included the following 11 adult medical specialties: digestive disorders (6), cancer (15), endocrinology (18), kidney disease (21), respiratory disorders (21), heart (27), urology (28), geriatrics (29), gynecology (34), neurology and neurosurgery (36) and, ear, nose, and throat (38). Until 2012, it was the only hospital in Illinois ever to be included on the magazine's "Honor Roll" of the best hospitals in the United States, and has made this coveted list 10 times.
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