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Wesley’s Children’s Hospital Expands Pediatric Critical Care Specialist Team with Intensivist Dr. Priyank Yagnik

Wesley Medical Center April 15, 2015

WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center continues to recruit new specialty physicians for its planned $28 million children’s hospital with the addition of pediatric intensivist Priyank Yagnik, MD, to its pediatric services team. Wesley now has five critical care specialists on staff to care for seriously ill children.

A pediatric intensivist is a hospital-based pediatric physician that can be called on to provide special care that a child may need as a result of severe asthma, serious injuries from accidents, overwhelming infections or other significant health issues. Critical care services can include everything from close monitoring to advanced life support.

“Children can’t always say what is bothering them, and they are not always patient and cooperative,” Dr. Yagnik said. “You need critical care specialists on your pediatric team that know how to examine and treat children in ways that put them at ease.”

As a member of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Yagnik is comfortable working with children from neonates through young adulthood. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and then he fulfilled a three-year pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“I’m excited to join Wesley’s team,” Dr. Yagnik said. “I’m really encouraged by what I see there – it’s pediatric specialists, pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians and child-life specialists all working together to treat both the medical issue and the human spirit of these children and their families.”

Wesley was an easy choice, he said, because of the hospital’s commitment to take care of kids by providing a full range of specialty pediatric services and state-of-the art facilities and equipment.

“Wesley provides the most comprehensive pediatric care in this region,” he said. “We have a pediatric ER, pediatric trauma unit, pediatric surgery clinic, low-dose CT imaging and soon the only children’s hospital in south-central Kansas.”

Dr. Yagnik will begin his new position with Wesley this summer. He marks the fourth new pediatric subspecialist physician successfully recruited to Wesley since the announcement of the new children’s hospital.

For more information about Wesley’s pediatric services, please visit www.wesleymc.com and click on children’s care.

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, 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 and Galichia ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, WESLEYCare Clinics and the Pediatric Center of Kansas. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit wesleymc.com.

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