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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

What Makes Us Special?

Besides offering emergency care with a kid focus, our trauma center provides a wide range of services designed to enhance the health and welfare of children in the community.

Speedy Transport

The University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN) provides helicopter and ground transport to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital for patients within a 200-miile radius, covering much of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and western Michigan. UCAN completes more than 1,000 transports yearly, primarily from non-tertiary hospitals. UCAN is one of the few fully equipped air medical services in the United States that routinely includes a flight physician and nurse.

Assistance for Asthma

Uncontrolled asthma results in flare-ups, which frequently require a trip to the emergency room. Our specialists have developed an asthma discharge kit, a tool to help families to better manage a child's asthma. The kit--given to families of children with asthma who agree to participate in a research study--contains a variety of helpful resources, including educational brochures and tools to monitor their asthma. While in the ER, families also view a videotape that offers vital information about managing the disease.

Treating Trauma

The pediatric trauma service at Comer Children's is dedicated to providing optimal care for children suffering from significant traumatic injuries. Young trauma patients are rapidly evaluated and stabilized by a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including pediatric surgeons, adult and pediatric emergency medicine specialists, and pediatric critical care specialists. In addition, the new, spacious trauma suite will also provide the most advanced facilities, allowing doctors to treat four trauma victims at the same time, if needed.

Comforting Kids

At Comer Children's, caring Child Life staff members and volunteers provide comfort to children who require emergency services. This helps ease the stress children experience and provides a welcome form of support for families.

Helping Build Healthier Families

Our specialists are committed to protecting the health and welfare of infants and children, even beyond the emergency setting. The hospital's Center for Healthy Families provides services to children younger than age 3 who have multiple medical needs or may be at risk because of social or family issues.

Protecting Children, Preventing Abuse

The hospital is also home to a renowned Child Protective Services team that identifies and treats victims of child abuse and neglect. Established in 1993, the CPS team is dedicated to ensuring that all children live in a safe environment. CPS provides consultation on a 24-hour basis to the hospital and community. Our approach is interdisciplinary, and our focus is to enhance the family's ability to ensure appropriate medical, environmental, and emotional care of their children.