Health Care

2016 a year of growth for Wesley

Wesley Medical Center president and CEO Bill Voloch stands in a remodeled birthing room, part of Wesley’s $36 million renovation of Women’s Care Units (Jan. 5 2015)
Wesley Medical Center president and CEO Bill Voloch stands in a remodeled birthing room, part of Wesley’s $36 million renovation of Women’s Care Units (Jan. 5 2015) File photo

Wesley Healthcare announced a series of projects in 2015, and Wichita can look forward to the finished renovations and additions this year.

In total, Wesley’s recent projects total $83.5 million.

$83.5 million Cost of Wesley’s recent projects

To go along with the many additions and renovations, Wesley rebranded itself as Wesley Healthcare and renamed the Galichia Heart Hospital as Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER.

Bill Voloch, president and CEO of Wesley, said he has three additional big projects awaiting approval from Wesley’s parent company, Hospital Corporation of America.

He said he hopes the projects are approved sometime this year.

“We’re always looking to add projects,” he said.

Here’s a snapshot of Wesley’s projects this year:

Wesley Children’s Hospital

What the project includes: The project involves mostly aesthetic renovations of existing space on the west part of the hospital campus facing Hillside. The hospital will gain a first-floor lobby and facade dedicated to the Children’s Hospital.

Wesley hopes to keep more patients from traveling out of town for care by attracting more pediatric specialties to Wichita.

How much it costs: $28 million

Completion date: The total project is expected to be finished by early October. Patient rooms in the pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit could open in April or May. The lobby and facade could be done sometime this summer.

BirthCare Center renovation

What the project includes: Renovations are underway at Wesley BirthCare Center, 3222 E. Murdock.

Voloch said the project consists of amenity improvements for moms for after-delivery care. He said he will reveal plans for the project this summer, so that expectant moms can make a decision about where to give birth.

This follows a $36 million renovation of the WesleyCare Women’s Center. Voloch said he hopes the renovations of Wesley’s BirthCare Center, Women’s Center and Children’s Hospital encourage moms to keep their children in the Wesley system.

How much it costs: $3 million

Completion date: January 2017, although it’s original target date was spring 2016. Renovations began in January of this year.

Women’s Medical Center

What the project includes: Wesley added 16 new patient rooms and renovated the other 65 existing rooms to create all private rooms for new moms.

All patient rooms now have a bedside touchscreen service for patients to access medical charts, records, test results and education from their physician. It also offers entertainment options: TV, on-demand videos, games, audiobooks, video and voice calls and Internet access.

The project also included updates to nurse stations and hallways plus the addition of a nurse navigator role. Nurse navigators work as a liaison between patients, health care providers and social services.

Wesley delivers the most babies of any hospital in a 13-state region, with about 6,000 babies born at Wesley each year.

How much it costs: $36 million

Completion date: The project was finished in January.

Wesley Derby ER

What the project includes: Wesley plans to build a new free-standing, 11,000-square-foot emergency room on the corner of East 63rd Street South and Rock Road in Derby.

The ER would include 11 rooms, imaging capabilities and an on-site lab. Wesley said it plans to hire 10 to 12 new staff members for the facility.

Voloch said Wesley wanted to expand to Derby because of its distance from emergency care. Right now, Derby residents most commonly visit Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph, about 10 miles away.

How much it costs: $10 million

Completion date: Halloween, but Voloch said he hopes it will be sooner. Wesley initially hoped the project would be finished this summer but delayed the groundbreaking because of a pipe that ran through the property and because of issues with zoning.

Fluoroscopy Room

What the project includes: Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER added a fluoroscopy lab – an imaging technique that captures moving structures in the body with an X-ray “movie.”

The lab was added in large part to support Wesley’s recently established bariatric lab. Bariatric medicine deals with treatment of extreme obesity.

Voloch said the fluoroscopy lab also was designed to accommodate nuclear medicine, if Wesley decides to add it in the future. Nuclear medicine uses radioactive substances for treatment and diagnosis.

How much it costs: $800,000

Completion date: March 1

Wesley West ER & Diagnostic Center expansion

What the project includes: The Wesley West ER & Diagnostic Center, on the corner of 13th and Tyler, will gain four emergency rooms and three Ready Care rooms.

Ready Care offers care for minor emergencies such as sprains, sore throats and ear infections. The service helps shorten wait times and will be used as needed during peak hours – late afternoons and evenings.

The renovations added four emergency rooms and space for four patients in Ready Care. Wesley West ER previously had an 11-bed capacity.

How much it costs: $1.3 million

Completion date: The project was finished in mid-January.

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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