The Cook County Trauma Unit at Cook County Health is America’s first comprehensive center dedicated solely to the care of the acutely injured patient. Since 1966, the unit has served as a national model for trauma care.

Our Services

Our trauma team provides a continuum of care for all seriously injured trauma patients from the moment they arrive at the hospital, through surgery, post-surgery and rehabilitation care.

Patients are cared for by the same team of physicians and nurses from their arrival in the resuscitation area throughout their hospital stay.

Cook County Trauma and Burn has 9 full-time attending trauma/burn surgeons, up to 6 clinical trauma fellows, and 2 clinical burn fellows. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation consists of 3 full-time physicians and 50 physiatrists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.

Our program and administrative staff support patient care through intervention, therapy and mentoring, and providing quality assurance and process improvement.

Trauma Unit

The Cook County Trauma Unit is a Level I Trauma Center and one of the busiest in the country averaging more than 4,000 activations annually with 25% penetrating in nature. We see all patient with serious injuries, including (but not limited to): abrasions, amputations, bone fractures, burns, contusions, gunshot or stab wounds, lacerations, and serious bleeding. The trauma center has a self-contained 15 bed resuscitation area, 12 bed Trauma ICU, 10 bed step-down unit, as well as ward beds.

Surgical Intensive Care Unit

The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is a 14 bed unit housing patients from the General Surgery, Cardiothoracic, Vascular, ENT, Plastics, Urology, and Obstetrics-Gynecology services. The unit is well staffed with a multi-disciplinary team, including dedicated clinical pharmacists and dieticians.

Burn Unit

The Cook County Burn Unit, an American Burn Association verified center, has experienced staff operating within a 6 bed ICU, a 10 bed step-down unit, and a dedicated ward. We manage all aspects of burn care in adults and pediatric patient populations from initial resuscitation to complex reconstruction treating over 1,500 burns annually, admitting over 350 major burns.

Rehabilitation Medicine

The Rehabilitation Medicine Department evaluates a patient’s rehabilitation needs during a hospital admission course. A physiatrist may assess patients and co-ordinate treatments alongside physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. Trauma patients may need further therapies to transition back to home in a safe, functional manner.

The department also provides outpatient services through the Musculoskeletal Clinic, the Orthotics Clinic and the Amputee Clinic. Here, patients are provided with non-operative, conservative orthopedic and neurological care through a variety of means.

Healing Hurt People

Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C) is our hospital-based violence intervention program (HBVIP) launched in August 2013 as a collaboration between the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Stroger), The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital (Comer) and the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University in Philadelphia (Drexel). Through assessment, psycho-education, intensive case management, group therapy and mentoring, Healing Hurt People-Chicago helps youth who’ve been violently injured, so they can heal both physically and emotionally.