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Wesley Medical Center Seeks to Become Regional Leader in Neurosciences with $6.5 Million Expansion of Neurocritical Care Unit

Wesley Medical Center February 24, 2017

WICHITA –Wesley Medical Center soon will have a dedicated Neurocritical Care Unit with 14 state-of-the-art beds. The $6.5 million renovations of Wesley’s Intermediate Medical Unit will make significant inroad in patient through-put and hospital diversion status, and is an integral step in Wesley’s goal of becoming a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

“This investment demonstrates Wesley’s commitment to the neurosciences,” said Casey Guber, Wesley Healthcare chief operating officer. “It also shows the commitment to improving patient flow through the hospital and addressing a need in the community by expanding our ICU capabilities.”

Wesley Medical Center began expanding its neurocritical care services in September 2015 when it employed a neurocritical care fellowship-trained physician and other experts to provide 24/7 admitting service for patients dealing with issues such as strokes (ischemic and hemorrhage), status epilepticus, brain tumors and subarachnoid bleeds.

The new dedicated unit will feature new beds designed specifically to address the special needs of this patient population and will include wired-in EEG capabilities, epilepsy monitoring and cameras for safety,” said Rick Stang, Wesley Medical Center surgical intensive care unit manager and who is part of the planning team.

“When you think about the neurocritical care population, a lot of them have strokes, ambulatory issues, and swallowing issues,” he said. “These bed, with the latest technology and camera availability, will be safer for them. It’s very exciting.”

The planning team is currently working to get feedback from the staff, physicians, advanced practitioners and environmental services to weigh in on design and patient flow.

Considering as Baby Boomers age, experts estimate an 11 to 18 percent increase in neurology needs, said Ross Barker, Wesley Healthcare director of neurosciences and medical education.

“While this is an important step to becoming a Comprehensive Stroke Center, this is also about becoming a comprehensive neuroscience center for the region.  It’s something we are working toward,” he said.

Construction on the new Neurocritical Care Unit at Wesley will begin this summer.

For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its stroke services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912.  As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region.  Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER.  Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

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