Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

Advocates for a trauma care center in Hyde Park may have a friend in Congress if Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is elected.

Second district congressional candidate Beale told a group of University of Chicago students and Hyde Park residents last week that, if elected, he will facilitate a meeting between the members of Students for Health Equality (SHE) and Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY) with U. of C. president Robert Zimmer and the U. of C. Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe to address the lack of a Level 1 trauma center on the South Side.

“After I’m elected. We’re going to have that conversation. We’re going to have that meeting. We’re going to have that conversation,” Beale said.

Beale said he would work to make sure members of FLY and SHE have the meeting they have been demanding for years.

“Once I become congressman, and I’m going to be the next congressman of the 2nd congressional district, we’re going to fight, we are going to fight to put a minimum of three trauma centers on the South Side. We need one closer, near south, we need one south, and we need one in the south suburban areas. So we’re going to bridge that gap,” Beale said.

FLY has been petitioning the university to open a trauma care center, or raise the age of the children’s trauma care center at the Comer Children’s Hospital to 21, since 2010. In January four members were arrested following an attempted sit-in at the Center for Care and Discovery, the university’s new $700 million hospital and research center.

l.welbers@hpherald.com