Tornadoes remind us of need for trauma center

To the Editor:

During Sunday, Oct. 23’s storm, tornado warnings appeared on our television screens, and sirens that people were telling each other were new tornado warning sirens sounded loudly in Hyde Park. Fortunately, we missed the worst of the storm, which hit downstate, where at least five people died. In Peoria, a spokesperson for St. Francis Medical Center was reported to have said that the hospital treated victims with head injuries, broken bones, cuts and bruises and that eight were sent to the trauma unit. If the threat of a tornado here in Chicago this week was considered serious enough to evacuate Soldier Field, wouldn’t you think that the threat of future tornados would be regarded as serious enough to make provisions for opening a trauma center on the South Side to provide for prompt and effective treatment of the victims?

Caroline Herzenberg