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Wesley Medical Center drops Associated, hires Rowley and Ablah for advertising

WICHITA — It was at about this time last year that Wesley Medical Center took its advertising account from Howerton and White, which had it for about five years, to Associated.

Now, Wesley has jumped from Associated to the new Rowley and Ablah agency.

No one with Wesley Medical Center, Wichita’s second-largest hospital, would comment on the switch.

No one with Rowley and Ablah, the agency that Jeff Ablah and one-time Associated CEO Bruce Rowley formed early this month, could immediately be reached for comment.

Two Associated representatives are commenting, though.

"We're proud of the work we've done for Wesley over the last year," says Shawn Steward, Associated's director of public relations.

He says Wesley representatives indicated the agency helped the hospital "make great strides."

He's not sure why the hospital chose to switch agencies.

"They honestly didn't give us any direction in the notification."