Carrie Rengers

Trina Health to open at Northwest Centre

Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler
Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler The Wichita Eagle

Jack West, a Wichita native who now lives in Dallas, is bringing Trina Health to Wichita.

West spent most of the past 35 years developing and operating assisted-living facilities, such as Country Place Senior Living and Memory Care residences.

About four years ago, he says, he learned of Trina Health founder Ford Gilbert’s research into diabetes treatment.

West purchased the rights to develop Trina Health in Kansas and plans to open his first one just after Labor Day in 2,800 square feet at Occidental Management’s Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler.

Trina Health offers what West says is artificial pancreas treatment.

“The treatment consists of the use of a special pump, approved by the FDA, that infuses insulin directly into a vein in the same manner that a normal pancreas does,” West says. “The result is that it helps a body essentially heal itself by improving the person’s metabolism.”

He says patients with neuropathy in their feet and legs begin to feel again and others with retinopathy regain vision.

While West says there’s no cure for diabetes, “This is the next best alternative.”

Trina Health is named for Gilbert’s daughter, who was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes at a young age.

“Ford Gilbert … really devoted his life to helping her cope,” West says.

He says Gilbert left his law practice to go into medicine to help his daughter.

West says Gilbert’s daughter is now healthy with five children of her own.

Though he grew up on the east side of Wichita, West says the west side made sense to start Trina Health here.

“I’ve watched the growth of west Wichita over the years,” he says. “I felt the demographics of northwest Wichita fit the concept well.”

Occidental president Chad Stafford handled the deal for the space.

West says he plans “numerous” Trina Health clinics in Wichita.

“Probably within four or five years, we’ll have 20 locations in the state, maybe more,” he says.

For now, he says he’s “just excited to be able to spend more time in Wichita to be with my children and grandchildren.”

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