From where the killing happened to where the healing is is not that far, less than a mile, but worlds apart from the burned out buildings, gang members and thugs to the doors to the ER where people work together, gangs of our own, dressed  in colors: security in blue, doctors in white, nurses in colorful scrubs, medics in black coming together to patch the holes to stop the bleeding and keep a heart beating, for a little longer on the kid from the ghetto who lived and died a block away.

it's not that far unless you live there, in a  different world

Wesley Smith was shot and killed on Dudley Street, a few blocks from the enterance to Rhode Island Hospital's emergency room. A lot of people are shot and killed a few blocks from the ER. A lot of people from the neighborhoods that surround the hospital work at the hospital, and leave the safety of their jobs and go home at the end of their shift, and drive past the police tape that appears far too often.




  • Trauma centers are like that old dictum of real estate. Location, Location, Location. Boston City Hospital was so successful as a trauma center for so many years because a lot of trauma happened on the blocks around it.
    Ironically one of those streets was (and is) named Dudley Street.
    Coincidence I'd hope.

  • Steve R. says:

    it doesn't seem like a coincidence that most level 1 trauma centers are in high crime areas.  I grew up in Southern CT, and the area around Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven are just as bad if not worse than the area around RIH. It makes you wonder how many more lives would be lost if the trauma centers were located in remote areas?

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