Wichitans will soon have another option for emergency medical care on the east side.
The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve $6 million in industrial revenue bonds to fund the construction and outfitting of a 10,000-square-foot emergency-care facility near 21st and Webb. The facility, which would be operated by Andover-based Kansas Medical Center, would be east of the Commerce Bank branch on the northeast corner of that intersection.
The emergency-care facility would have 10 patient rooms, a laboratory and x-ray and CT scanners.
Kansas Medical Center expects to hire 22 new employees over the next five years to staff the facility.
The City Council also voted to give the property a five-year 88-percent property tax abatement, with the option to extend another five years at the council’s discretion.
Mayor Jeff Longwell and council member Pete Meitzner spoke in favor of the development, citing the healthcare focus of the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth.
“Healthcare is one of those sectors that is a focus of not only of the city but of the region,” Meitzner said. “This group is reaching across boundaries from county and city. We’re not replacing anything. This is growing that industry.”
Steve Hadley, chief financial officer at Kansas Medical Center, said he anticipates ground will be broken on the project later this month. The project will take about eight months to complete, he said.