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Wesley Medical Center NICU Designated a Center of Excellence

Wesley Medical Center, an acute care hospital providing full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma, announces its NICU’s designation as a Center for Excellence. Wesley NICU is one of only fifty-three (53) in the nation to receive the designation by the Clinic Sciences Institute of United’s OptumHealth network for 2011. The selection is based on stringent clinical standards including superior outcomes, expertise and care.

“We are excited that United’s OptumHealth network has recognized the great work of our nurses and neonatologists. Caring for the smallest of babies in the most family-centered, nurturing environment possible,” stated Hugh Tappan, Wesley Medical Center President/CEO.

Wesley’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides specialized care that is critical to sustaining and nurturing new life. Infants who have complications due to premature birth, infections or other health challenges are admitted to the unit. Patient care comes from neonatologists, nurses and neonatal respiratory therapists who have an average tenure of more than ten years. Pediatric subspecialists in cardiology, neurology and orthopedics join pediatric residents and neonatal nurse practitioners in meeting the challenge of these newborns.

“We believe that measurement of outcomes adds significantly to our management strategy and clinical success,” said Paula Delmore, Wesley Neonatology Manager. “We appreciate the increased interest in these measures as they could offer insight to public health issues such as infant mortality.”

Wesley's strikingly low adjusted mortality rate for tiny babies is the result of many years of multidisciplinary improvement work. Maternal Fetal and OB professionals have been actively working with the NICU to bring us the best possible babies to start their NICU care.

“We appreciate the hard work of our Labor and Delivery teams and Drs O'Hara and Farley. The fact the state of Kansas is having an increasing problem with infant mortality would suggest other units should consider dedication to measurement and improvement work,” said Delmore.

Dr. Bloom, the medical director of the NICU, has proposed a state collaborative for optimal NICU care.