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Wichita’s Wesley Children’s Hospital officially opens

2016: Batman rappels from side of building

Tito Shelton, 20 months, got a visit from a Wichita Police Department from Batman outside his window at the Wesley Children's Hospital in 2016. The superhero was actually a Wichita Police Department SWAT Team member.
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Tito Shelton, 20 months, got a visit from a Wichita Police Department from Batman outside his window at the Wesley Children's Hospital in 2016. The superhero was actually a Wichita Police Department SWAT Team member.

Wichita’s first hospital dedicated to children officially opened Thursday.

The $28 million project to create Wesley Children’s Hospital started roughly seven years ago.

“What a great day for Wesley. What a great day for Kansas. What a great day for Wichita that we can finally complete this project,” said Allen Poston, Wesley Healthcare’s vice president for marketing and public relations.

Wesley and city officials, staff members dressed as superheroes and SWAT team members who rappelled down the building dressed as superheroes to the delight of patients inside were all on hand for Wesley Children's Hospital Grand Opening Ribbon-Cut

The plan is to keep Wichita-area families from having to travel out of town for pediatric services.

Here are five things you need to know about the new hospital:

▪ It will have 31 pediatric unit beds and 15 in intensive care.

▪ It will be staffed by 96 full-time, part-time and PRN staff members.

▪ There are 20 sub-specialties offered at the hospital, including cardiology, endocrinology, surgery, critical care and orthopedics.

▪ It is the only hospital in Wichita to offer 24/7 in-hospital pediatric intensive care for pediatric patients. It has two board-certified pediatric surgeons.

▪ The hospital has 35 miles of networking cable, 25 tons of steel, 4,500 ceiling tiles and 150 high LED lights.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner

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