The University of Chicago Medicine has set May 1, 2018, as the target date for launching adult trauma services, pending approval by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Setting the date will help the organization drive the clinical, facilities-related and other critical transformation required for around-the-clock care of adult victims of car crashes, serious falls, gunshot wounds and other traumatic injuries, Medical Center leaders said.

“There’s much work to be done for us to earn the approval of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the agency that will approve our readiness to treat trauma patients,” said Debra Albert, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing officer. “Interdisciplinary teams will continue to have simulations and other training to prepare us to deliver the best care to patients in extreme emergencies.”

The Medical Center must request the IDPH’s review of its trauma care preparations months before the May launch date. Ultimately, the Medical Center seeks to earn verification by the American College of Surgeons that it is an ACS Level I Trauma Center.

Loyola Medicine is the only trauma center in the Chicago area that has ACS Level I accreditation. In recent weeks, new trauma surgeons and other critical team members have been recruited.

Meanwhile, leaders also set Jan. 8, 2018, as the opening date for the new, more modernized Emergency Department. Progress on the construction of the ED continues with the goal of a substantial completion date of Sept. 1, 2017.

The flooring foundation for the radiology equipment was poured, drywall was installed, and final painting has begun. Additionally, two “first finish” exam and internal waiting area rooms were constructed and loaded, allowing ED staff and other teams to review furnished and equipped rooms and assess them for any significant conflicts or concerns.