The University of Chicago Medical Center submitted its application to the state this week for a large expansion project, including the creation of a Level 1 adult trauma center on its Hyde Park medical campus.
In addition to establishing a Level 1 adult trauma center, U of C Medicine wants to relocate and expand its emergency department near its Center for Care and Discovery hospital and renovate Mitchell Hospital into a dedicated cancer facility.
The three projects fall under one $269 million initiative U of C Medicine is calling its "Get Care" plan. The proposal, filed with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board this week, seeks to increase the medical center's hospital beds by 188, bringing the total to just over 800.
The proposed bed increase "will return UChicago Medicine to roughly its size in the late 1970s," reads a news release from the medical center.
The "Get Care" project is expected to create 1,000 permanent and 400 constructions jobs.
"Get CARE is a plan to reduce the disparities that exist in access to critical care on the South Side and address the severe capacity constraints our medical center faces," University of Chicago Medical Center President Sharon O'Keefe said in a statement. "For 310 days last year, our hospital was so full that we were forced to turn some patients away; while others endured longer-than-acceptable wait times. We must address these capacity constraints to provide the care our community and patients need."