CHICAGO
04/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

University Of Chicago Hospital Rethinking Program That Sent Patients Elsewhere For Critical Care

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer says the school's medical center is rethinking an existing program that redirects patients to other nearby hospitals and clinics on Chicago's South Side.

The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday that an internal memo by Zimmer says a committee will "review, refine and modify" the Urban Health Initiative.

The program came under fire by national medical associations after the Tribune reported last month that a 12-year-old boy bitten by a pit bull was sent away from the University of Chicago Medical Center with only a shot and painkillers.

Now-first lady Michelle Obama was involved in the initiative's creation when she worked as a hospital vice president.