Wesley Medical Center Constructing New $28 Million Children’s Hospital

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wesley Medical Center is expanding its children’s services and renovating its current inpatient pediatric areas with the construction of a $28 million dedicated children’s hospital on its campus.

“Too many times, I’ve heard from parents who’ve had to travel hours to a children’s hospital to receive a level of care they should expect in a community like Wichita,” says Bill Voloch, Wesley’s interim President and CEO. “This new hospital will provide an unprecedented level of pediatric care to the families we serve.”

The children’s hospital project will provide a safe, welcoming environment for Wesley’s pediatric patients and their families. Everything from the design of the building to the menu for room service will be designed with kids — and parents — in mind.

Included in the project is a complete renovation of Wesley’s pediatric areas. The project will feature a new façade on the hospital’s Hillside exterior, with a renovated entrance, lobby and elevators. It also will include a complete renovation of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), creating a new, all-private 15-bed PICU. In addition, Wesley’s 30-bed pediatric unit will receive aesthetic and heating and cooling system upgrades.

Wesley’s Commitment to Pediatrics Attracting New Physicians

Wesley currently offers care in 20 different pediatric subspecialties — from its pediatric surgery clinic to pediatric oncology services — but is actively recruiting additional specialists to enhance and add more services to the new children’s hospital.

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“A facility like this is necessary to recruit the physicians needed to build out the enhanced slate of services we envision,” says Tripp Owings, the hospital’s new Chief Operations Officer. “We already are seeing increased interest, and we’ll be announcing a significant number of new physicians and services over the coming months of the hospital’s construction.”

Wesley also plans to continue the development of its WesleyCare Telemedicine Network to help extend these pediatric services throughout Kansas, reducing the need for patients in rural areas to travel to Wichita.

Wesley is finalizing plans and timelines, but construction is expected to take 12–18 months. The hospital will be conducting focus groups in the coming months around the naming and branding of the children’s hospital and will be seeking input from patients, staff, physicians and the community.

Growing Pediatric Team

Wesley Medical Center recently announced three new pediatric physicians will be joining its pediatrics team:

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Mark Saxton, MD, recently joined Wesley’s pediatric surgery clinic to become the only permanent pediatric surgeon in the Wichita area.

Pooja Desai, MD, is a pediatric cardiologist at Wesley whose special interests are fetal echocardiography, congenital heart disease in children and adults, and acquired heart disease in children.

Rishi Adhikari, MD, is also a new pediatric cardiologist at Wesley with special interests in general pediatric cardiology, congenital heart diseases, univentricular heart, heterotaxy, non-invasive imaging, perinatal and fetal medicine, electrophysiology and arrhythmias, syncope, and sudden death.

For questions or referral information, please call Jenny Way, Wesley Pediatric Physician Liaison, at 316-962-2071.