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Wesley EmergencyCare Network Planning $1.3M Wesley West ER Expansion

Wesley Medical Center July 28, 2015

WICHITA – The Wesley EmergencyCare Network is planning a $1.3 million expansion of its Wesley West ER & Diagnostic Center to provide new Ready Care services and accommodate the free-standing emergency room’s growing patient volume. Last year, Wesley cared for nearly 120,000 patients in its emergency rooms.

“Wesley West ER continues to see more patient year over year,” said Bill Voloch, Wesley Medical Center’s president and CEO. “Expanding the number of beds available and incorporating a Ready Care area to offer immediate care for small emergencies will help continue to provide quality, fast care to our patients in west Wichita.”

The 11-bed, 24-hour facility, located at 13th Street and Tyler, will be adding four additional beds and a Ready Care area, a convenient, timely setting that offers immediate care for small emergencies, such as sprains, sore throats and ear infections.

“Ready Care services provide an alternative care route to the regular emergency department, where treatment is determined on the severity of a patient’s condition,” Voloch said. “We want to reduce the length of the patient’s stay in our ER as much as possible, and this process lets us do just that.”

The Wesley EmergencyCare Network has five emergency room locations across the Wichita metro area, including Wesley Medical Center’s main ER and pediatric ER, Galichia Heart Hospital’s ER, Wesley West ER & Diagnostic Center and the upcoming Wesley Derby ER. All of Wesley’s ERs are campuses of Wesley Medical Center.

“We’re excited we can respond like this to the increased community demand for emergency care in west Wichita,” said Jeremy Pauly, Wesley’s director of emergency services. “It’s important for us to develop services and processes that can provide the shortest wait times possible for patients.”

The Wesley EmergencyCare Network commits to achieving an average wait time of less than ten minutes. The “average ER wait time” represents the approximate time it takes for a patient to see an ER provider (physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner) after arrival to begin treatment.

Emergency room wait times are updated every 30 minutes and are based on a rolling four-hour average provided by Wesley’s patient information management systems. The average wait times are available on Wesley’s ER check-in mobile phone app, which also allows patients to start their check-in process prior to arrival. Patients can also check-in and access wait times by visiting http://wesleyercheckin.com.

Wesley will be finalizing construction plans in the next month with an estimated start date in September. For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its emergency services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

Wesley Medical Center 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 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, Galichia ER and the region’s only pediatric ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

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