Wesley Medical Center and Derby city officials knew a need could be served when Wesley opened a 24/7 satellite emergency room in Derby in December 2016.
Wesley Healthcare officials celebrated the one-year anniversary of the freestanding Wesley Derby ER in December with the unveiling of a bronze sculpture to commemorate the late Linwood Sexton, a longtime board member. Bill Voloch, Wesley Healthcare President and CEO, and Eric Sexton, who succeeded his father on the Wesley board, spoke at the ceremony.
“We expected to have about 20 patients a day,” said Bill Voloch, Wesley Healthcare President and CEO, during a Dec. 13 ceremony to mark the Wesley Derby ER’s one-year anniversary. “On the first day, we saw 45 patients, and I don’t think we’ve had a day below 40 since then.”
Within a year, the Wesley Derby ER treated more than 18,000 patients, according to Wesley officials. The freestanding ER, located in an 11,000-square-foot facility, has 11 emergency room beds, imaging capabilities and an on-site laboratory.
Officials needed to increase parking and staffing in 2017 as the Wesley Derby ER handled the larger-than-expected patient load and added two non-emergency services: outpatient radiology and an outpatient bronchiolitis clinic. Four nurses and two nursing care technicians were added, and advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) were extended to 12 hours a day to assist the on-call emergency room doctor.
Not only are Derby citizens being served but the facility is also used by residents of Rose Hill, Mulvane, Douglass and other small communities, noted Derby Mayor Randy White during the Dec. 13 event, which included the unveiling of a bronze sculpture to honor longtime Wesley Healthcare board member Linwood Sexton. Sexton, who died in March of 2017, had served on the board for decades. His son, Eric, has succeeded him on the board. Eric and his wife, Kathy, who is the Derby City Manager, are residents of Derby. The outdoor bronze sculpture, The Doctor Is In, shows a young boy listening to the heartbeat of his dog.
The Derby ER is one of five Wesley EmergencyCare Network locations, which include Wesley Medical Center’s main ER, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, Wesley West ER & Diagnostic Center and the region’s only dedicated pediatric ER. In 2017, Wesley cared for more than 150,000 patients in its emergency rooms, according to officials.