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Wesley Investing More Than $19 Million in Infrastructure Upgrades

Wesley Medical Center June 03, 2015

New NaviCare® Nurse Call System Will Provide State-of-the-Art Technology for Nurses, Patients


WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center is investing approximately $19 million in infrastructure improvements that include $12 million in electrical and WiFi upgrades, installation of a new $7 million nurse call system and the development of a new $500,000 fluoroscopy room.

These facility enhancements demonstrate Wesley’s commitment to provide the best patient care in the region, as well as to ensure a first-class working environment for its healthcare professionals, said Bill Voloch, Wesley president and CEO.

“While these types of facility upgrades are not always as exciting as, say, announcing our new children’s hospital, we want our patients to know that we are always planning for the future,” Voloch said. “These infrastructure investments ensure we have technology to support advancements in care and equipment for years to come.”

The new Hill-Rom NaviCare Nurse Call System offers technology capabilities that include wireless Smart Patient Stations, which use touch screen technology that allows nurses to reach staff, make dietary requests, manage bed placement, chart patient information and more, all from their fingertips. The technology provides the opportunity for nurses and other caregivers to interact with their patients from anywhere in the facility, as well as provide real-time information instantly from the patient’s “smart bed” to any networked PC or nurse station status board.

“The new nurse call system includes technology solutions that improve patient safety and efficiency by reducing the risk of errors and eliminating redundant work. Ultimately, that means more time for nurses to care for patients at the bedside,” Voloch said.

The nurse call system has a patient pillow speaker that offers the traditional nurse call features for bathroom and pain requirements, but also includes special features such as room lighting and television controls.

“Our hospitals’ No. 1 priority is the safety and comfort of our patients,” said Voloch. “The new nurse call system helps ensure that we are not just meeting the needs of our patients, but exceeding their care expectations.”

These facility investments follow Wesley’s recent announcement of plans to build a $28 million children’s hospital. Wesley completed a $36 million renovation of its women’s care units earlier this year.

The new infrastructure upgrades will be occurring over the next 18 months and will include every patient care area. For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its 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 and multiple WESLEYCare clinics, and it recently announced plans to build a dedicated children’s hospital. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

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