January 24, 2011
Wichita, KS - Wesley Medical Center is presenting a check to Wichita Public Schools for $23,000 on Monday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. in the College Hill Elementary library, 211 North Clifton Ave. The donation will fund health education facilitated by The Kansas Learning Center for Health (KLCH) in Halstead, KS. The amount covers the entire cost of admission and the majority cost of the travel to ensure every fifth-grade student is offered the opportunity to take the field trip.
The dramatic school budget cuts led KLCH to approach Wesley about the lack of funding for initiatives such as the Puberty Program. They were concerned about the programs future which encourages early health education.
“Wesley puts kids first in our community,” said Hugh Tappan, Wesley President & CEO. “We understand that this time in a child’s life can be exciting and challenging so we stepped in to be sure that children have every opportunity to set a good standard of health at an early age.”
Although this is not a human sexuality class, the program educates students on the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty. The presentation ensures every fifth-grade student receives the same factual information from a reliable source.
“We appreciate this partnership to allow fifth-grade students to learn about the changes they go through as they are growing up,” said Wichita Public Schools Superintendent John Allison. “We are thankful for businesses in the community that offer their support to the children of Wichita.”
The Kansas Learning Center and pediatricians from Wesley Medical Center’s Teen Clinic also hosted parent overviews of the program throughout January.
Wesley Medical Center is an acute care hospital providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Every year, more than 25,000 adults and children are inpatients and more than 6,000 babies are born at Wesley. Wesley is especially also noted for its emergency care, Children’s Center, cardiovascular services, and pediatric care. It features the area’s only Pediatric ER and Gamma Knife Center. Wesley was founded in 1912 by the Southwestern Conference of the Medical Methodist Church and became an HCA facility in 1985. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.wesleymc.com.