CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush is introducing legislation seeking money to build hospital trauma centers in places like Chicago's South Side.
Rush says the proposed Trauma Act would get federal money for Level One trauma centers in areas where gunshot wound patients are numerous.
Dr. William Dorsey of Jackson Park Hospital on the South Side says his emergency room sees 25,000 patients a year. Because it's a community hospital, it doesn't handle patients with gunshot wounds. The nearest trauma center that can provide the care for critically injured patients is miles away.
Dorsey says travel times to trauma centers must be reduced.
Studies have shown gunshot patients who are more than five miles from a Level One trauma hospital have a higher mortality rate than those with shorter travel times.
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