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Chicago hospital trains Navy doctors for battle

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By DON BABWIN
Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago hospital is serving as a training ground for Navy doctors, nurses and medics who need experience treating combat wounds.

In its own way, Stroger Hospital stands in the middle of a war zone.

The program launched this past spring sends Navy medical teams on rotations through Stroger's trauma unit. It's one of the busiest in the United States, largely because of the nearly constant gun violence in some troubled neighborhoods on the city's South and West sides.

Last year, Stroger treated nearly 600 gunshot victims.

Dr. Jared Bernard has deployed to Afghanistan. He says the Navy doesn't have any trauma training facilities in the U.S. where medical personnel can hone their skills dealing with penetrating wounds, inserting emergency IVs and other combat-zone procedures.

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