The University of Chicago Medicine celebrated the completion of what will be the city’s newest and most advanced adult emergency department when the $39 million facility opens to patients in late December.

More than 150 people — including public officials, community representatives and faith leaders — were on hand for today’s celebration that included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community tours of the new state-of-the-art ED.

The bigger facility not only increases access to urgent treatment for acute illnesses and injuries for the community, but it also brings the academic health system one essential step closer toward offering adult trauma care on the South Side of Chicago, pending state regulatory approval.