Insight Hospital And Medical Center, the former Mercy Hospital, is once again receiving ambulances at its emergency room

BRONZEVILLE — Insight Hospital and Medical Center, formerly known as Mercy Hospital, resumed receiving ambulances to its emergency department this month after a year-long hiatus.

The hospital at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. in Bronzeville was granted full emergency department designation by the Illinois Department of Public Health last month, and the Chicago Fire Department has already added it to its routes, the spokesperson said. of the Larry Langford Fire Department.

The move will alleviate some of the burden taken on by the University of Chicago Medical Center when Bronzeville Hospital was unable to accept ambulances, Langford said.

Insight expects to serve more patients with the change.

“Even without ambulances bringing patients to Insight Hospital, we still served nearly 12,000 drive-up, walk-in ER patients from June 2021 to year-end,” said Dr. Anita Goyal. , Head of Emergency Medicine at Insight. “This is significantly lower than the 25,000 patients we have typically seen in the emergency room over the same period, but we are very pleased to resume receiving patients brought by ambulance to our intensive care emergency department.”

Insight Chicago took over the hospital in April, buying the facility from Trinity Health for $1. The hospital had been in financial trouble for years and was on the verge of closing before the Michigan-based healthcare company took ownership.

At the time, CEO Jawad Shah said hospital leaders would focus on the “nuts and bolts” of rebuilding. Shah said Insight would do its best to restore several departments, including emergency and operating rooms, obstetrics and behavioral health.

Shannon Bennett, executive director of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization and member of the Chicago Health Equity Coalition, calls the return of ambulances a victory for the community. Bennett’s organization spent years fighting to keep the hospital open.

Bennett said Insight needs to be more communicative with residents, but she’s cautiously optimistic the designation will mean improved care for South Side residents. The announcement would not have been possible without the contributions of Chicago Health Equity Coalition members like Etta Davis and Frances Banks, Bennett said.

“We’re thrilled. … We’re in conversation right now on a few things to make sure we’re able to make an impact and give feedback from a community perspective,” Bennett said.

A community celebration and emergency room opening ceremony are planned for early March.

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