Get CARE is a proposal by the University of Chicago Medicine to dramatically increase access to health care on Chicago’s South Side in specialty, adult trauma and emergency care.

Get CARE: Our Plan to Increase Community Access

We are proud to be your academic medical center, and we want to serve you better. We know you need increased access to complex, emergency and trauma care. Meanwhile, we are challenged by capacity constraints. In fact, as hospitals on the South Side have closed, our occupancy rates have climbed to 90 percent, among the highest in the state.

When our hospital is full:


That’s why we’ve come up with a bold plan called Get CARE. If approved, we will:

  • Transform Mitchell Hospital into a facility dedicated to cancer, which disproportionately affects South Siders. This will allow us to open up the Center for Care and Discovery (CCD) to other critical patients. (Conceptual rendering for planning purposes pictured above.)
  • Add Level 1 adult trauma care to our existing Level 1 pediatric trauma service and the Burn & Complex Wound Center.
  • Build an expanded adult emergency department adjacent to the CCD, which houses our operating rooms and critical care units. This will improve patient safety, reduce wait times and serve more patients.


Get CARE is a comprehensive and integrated plan.

Each component of Get CARE is needed to meet the needs of the community and ensure the long-term sustainability of all the services we offer. In order to offer these expanded services, we must:

  • Restore the number of hospital beds for patients.
  • Make $269 million in capital improvements. This expansion will create over 1,000 permanent and 400 construction jobs for the community.
  • Create teams of specialized surgeons and other health professionals to cover emergency and trauma care and support the expansion of specialty services.

Your voice is needed to help make Get CARE a reality.

See how you can get involved.