South Side trauma centers launch new collaboration that expands and strengthens region’s violence recovery ecosystem


Continuing an ongoing effort to respond to the public health crisis of intentional violence, the University of Chicago Medicine and Advocate Christ Medical Center are joining forces to form Southland RISE (Resilience Initiative to Strengthen and Empower), a new collaborative designed to better care for individuals, families and communities on the South Side and south suburban communities.

Leaders from the two major trauma centers were joined by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and community partners on April 23 to announce the new effort during a news conference at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Laura Parks and Mildred Francis Center.

Caring for a combined 6,600 adult trauma patients in 2018, UChicago Medicine and Advocate Christ Medical Center house two of the busiest trauma centers in the Chicago area – treating patients from communities on the South Side and south suburbs. Both provide a suite of violence recovery services to help patients and their families with immediate and long-term needs in managing the physical and mental-health effects of trauma from intentional violence. The Southland RISE collaborative will focus on strengthening and integrating existing violence recovery and trauma care services within the two medical systems and throughout surrounding communities.

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