Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—March 12, 2012. If you have an accident or become seriously ill, is your life at risk? You and your loved ones may be in serious trouble because of where you live.
At present, no Level I or Level II Trauma Centers are located in the south suburbs. That means emergency rooms are not specialized in treating major trauma injuries and illnesses. The closest Level I Trauma Center in the south Cook region is Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, but its emergency room often is so busy that paramedics are advised to override it and go as far as Stroger Hospital or some other downtown Chicago facility. So living in south Cook or eastern Will counties can lessen your chances of survival.
Learn how you can help improve health care in our region. Join the Park Forest Mayor’s Citizens Advisory Council from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at Freedom Hall in Park Forest for a community forum to discuss the need for a trauma care unit in our region and possible solutions to the existing condition. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be keynote speaker for the event, and emcee will be William McNary, executive director of Citizen Action. A panel of experts will include Dr. Ram Raju, chief executive officer for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System; deputy Fire Chief Bruce Ziegel of Park Forest; and Richton Park Trustee Jennifer Artis, who also serves as director of public affairs for St. James Hospital & Health Centers.
The south suburbs can no longer be a dead end!
For more information, call 312-909-2311.