have a tube in his mouth, and that they could touch
him if they wanted to and that he’d feel warm but
he wouldn’t react. A short time later, the young girl
was ushered into the room, and she reached out and
touched her dad’s hand. The mother was very reso-
lute and focused, and to me, it was a very powerful
moment. And in the end, I was very emotionally
torn up inside, but I had enough courage to ask the
mother, ‘What is the source of your strength?’”
Dr. Rogers said he expected the mother to say her
source of strength was her faith or God’s will, but
her response was none of those things.
“Her response was more chilling. She very calmly
said, ‘I had to do this for my other son two years
ago.’ This was her second child who had died after
being shot in the head. That day, I committed to the
idea that we have to do more than just take care of
people when they come in. As health care providers,
we have to address the social determinants of this
disease of violence in our communities and think
about the structural things that put people at risk
and then modify those risks,” Dr. Rogers said.
“One of the things that excites us about Dr. Rogers
being here is the whole violence prevention component that he has experience in and is wanting
to implement within the University of Chicago,”
Mr. Ghayal said. “Our goal really is to develop a
trust with the community to get to the root causes of
some of these traumas and to provide the resources
that are needed to stem the violence that is happening. I think our vision has always been that a trauma
center is not the answer to the violence that is happening in Chicago or anywhere. It is a component
to support the community, but you need an intentional program to help facilitate conversations and
provide the necessary resources.” Modifying those
risks and preventing the deaths they cause will be
the driving principle that Dr. Rogers will apply at
UCM’s new adult trauma center. ♦
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Artist’s rendering of the
trauma center lobby