March for trauma care on South Side

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

Advocates for a level-1 adult trauma care center on the South Side plan to march for what they say is a critical tool in the fight against gun violence.

Illinois state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-3) will host a hearing on the lack of South Side trauma centers at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Michael Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., room C600.

Hunter’s district includes Bridgeport and portions of Southwest Side neighborhoods.

A press conference at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Bilandic building will include mothers, youth advocates, community leaders, nurses and doctors.

The hearing will include testimony from the Illinois Department of Public Health and a response to new research that says longer travel times to a trauma care center increase the risk of death.

That afternoon, protesters will march from 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to demand the University of Chicago work with another medical institution to bring an adult trauma care center to the South Side.

The march will begin at 4:15 p.m. and include protesters carrying coffins and flowers to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

l.welbers@hpherald.com