Wesley EmergencyCare Network Expands to Meet Growing Community Needs

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Emergency care is foundational in any healthcare system, and Wesley Healthcare has consistently expanded and enhanced emergency care services to meet the needs of the Wichita community and the region.

A few team members of the Emergency Department at Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER. From left to right: Cindi Jones, Admissions Registrar; Susie Gitzen, RN; and David Lawson, RN

Today, the Wesley EmergencyCare Network provides the most comprehensive ER care regionally, with convenient locations in west, central and east Wichita. That care will be extended this fall to Derby, a thriving suburban community south of Wichita.

“We’re excited to begin construction on this new facility and deliver emergency care right where our Derby patients and families live,” says Bill Voloch, Wesley’s President and CEO. “It’s the same expert care we deliver throughout the region, but in a more convenient setting for many.”

The 11,000-square-foot facility is at the corner of 63rd Street South and Rock Road and includes 11 emergency room beds, imaging capabilities and an on-site laboratory. The facility is expected to open Nov. 1.

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Wesley Healthcare, regional medical professionals and city dignitaries break ground to kick off the construction of Wesley’s freestanding emergency department: Wesley Derby ER.

In addition, Wesley Children’s Hospital provides the region’s only pediatric ER and is Kansas’ only accredited Pediatric Trauma Center staffed by pediatric emergency physicians and trauma surgeons.

Wesley’s board-certified team of ER physicians and dedicated staff provides expert urgent care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Physicians may use Wesley’s OneCall service to transfer patients efficiently and easily by calling 800-362-3292.

Empowering Patients

Wesley Healthcare provides the community with real-time wait times for each of its emergency departments. Times are displayed on the home page of wesleymc.com, as well as on billboards throughout the city.

“No one likes to visit an ER, so making the experience faster and easier is important,” Voloch says. “We know that medical outcomes improve and healthcare costs are lower when crowding is reduced in emergency departments. Providing wait times information and the ability to check in before arriving are ways to do just that.”

The EmergencyCare Network is committed to achieving an average wait time of less than 30 minutes for adults and less than 20 minutes for children. Last year, Wesley treated approximately 120,000 patients in its ERs.

Patients also can check in and access wait times by visiting wesleyercheckin.com or using the free mobile app available in the Google Play store or Apple iTunes App Store. This enables ER staff to better prepare for patient arrival. Both the app and website include the facilities’ average wait times so patients can make a more informed decision regarding an ER visit.

Emergency care is vital to a community, and Wesley’s commitment to ER growth has resulted in expanded access, specialized emergency care, and a focus on improving the patient experience and outcomes. That is also the impetus behind equipping Wesley’s emergency rooms with Ready Care areas, which are designed to offer immediate care for patients with minor injuries.

For additional information or to provide feedback regarding the Wesley EmergencyCare Network, physicians may contact Jenny Way at 316-962-2071.