Wesley Medical Center maintains a robust array of pediatric services, physicians and technologies, including the pediatric unit within Wesley’s main building. In that department, families will find a pediatric intensive care unit staffed with specialists in pediatric intensive care, a pediatric ER and a neonatal intensive care unit for sick and premature newborns.
Wesley’s 31-bed pediatric unit provides care for sick and injured children up to age 18. The entire unit, staffed by five board-certified pediatric hospitalists, is geared toward the needs of children and their families. All rooms are private and several rooms in the unit are designed for the comfort of teenage patients.
Among our staff are child-life specialists who focus on helping children feel comfortable while in the hospital. They provide age-appropriate explanations of procedures, therapeutic play and stress-reduction activities.
If a child has a chronic illness or needs special care after going home, we offer education programs to provide parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills to help meet the child’s needs.
Pediatric intensive care unit
Wesley's 12-bed pediatric intensive care unit provides the highest level of care to critically ill or injured children of all ages. Directed by a pediatrician who specializes in pediatric intensive care, the unit's staff includes specially trained and experienced pediatric nurses, technologists and respiratory therapists. State-of-the-art technology and design contribute to quality care. Private rooms are available for patients with contagious diseases.
Parents are not considered visitors and are welcome any time.
Visitors should be limited to two people at the bedside at a time. In special circumstances, additional visitors may be allowed. We ask that visitation by other people be restricted during shift changes (7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.) so that nurses may exchange information and reassess patients.
Pediatric trauma center
Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability in children older than one year of age. Children with critical injuries should be treated at a trauma center that has expertise in pediatric trauma. Wesley is a Level ll Pediatric Trauma Center with services including highly trained and experienced board-certified pediatric trauma surgeons and pediatric critical care intensivists.
Pediatric injury prevention program
Trauma or injury is the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. And for each death from trauma, there are at least two cases of permanent disability.
Wesley’s pediatric injury prevention program is dedicated to helping children and their families prevent injuries. The program offers a variety of injury prevention programs for children, youth and parents. The pediatric trauma team also works with area schools to provide safety education.
Educational programs available:
- Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (teen driving and healthy decision-making)
- Be Aware: Safety Awareness 101 (grade school program on bicycle, pedestrian, sports and passenger safety)
- Bicycle Helmet Education
- Other topics available on request
For more information, contact
Mollie Triplett, RN, BSN
Pediatric care away from the main campus
Facilities away from the main campus include Wesley’s Pediatric Surgery Clinic; the Pediatric Center of Kansas (a collaboration with the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, KU Wichita Pediatrics, and independent physicians with outpatient clinics staffed by pediatric subspecialists); and a Ronald McDonald House where parents of hospitalized children can stay overnight. These locations are conveniently located next to the main Wesley Medical Center campus.
No matter what location you visit, care is provided by pediatricians, many of whom have subspecialties in neonatology, surgery, intensive care, infectious diseases, allergy/immunology, radiology, endocrinology, neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, urology, orthopedics, anesthesia and child development. Other experienced staff includes child development therapists, pediatric respiratory therapists, pediatric nurses, child-life specialists, dietitians, care coordinators, pharmacists and chaplains.
Our staff is specially trained to meet the emotional as well as physical needs of young patients and their families. Child-life specialists focus on helping children of all ages feel more comfortable during their hospital stay.
Wesley’s pediatricians and medical staff know you want to be involved in your child’s healthcare. Parents are encouraged to ask our staff any questions they may have concerning their child's hospitalization. We provide education programs to help parents understand and provide for their child's healthcare needs.