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Wesley Medical Center Completes Acquisition of Galichia Heart Hospital

Wesley Medical Center held a press conference today announcing completion of its acquisition of Galichia Heart Hospital. A signed letter of intent to purchase the 82-bed acute-care hospital was made in December of 2010 with the deal expected to finalize the first quarter of 2011. The sale closed last Wednesday, February 1.

“We welcome Galichia Heart Hospital to the healthcare family of Wesley Medical Center,” said Hugh Tappan, President and CEO of Wesley Medical Center. “This important addition to Wesley’s network of medical facilities illustrates that expert care is now available everywhere for everyone.”

The Galichia acquisition offers expanded cardiovascular care with a total of nine cath labs in three surgical services locations – Wesley Medical Center, Surgicare and now Galichia Heart Hospital. The addition also provides three emergency departments located throughout Wichita to better serve the community and those patients who travel to Wichita for medical care.

“Galichia’s mission is much the same as Wesley’s, with a focus on the responsiveness to needs, dignity of person and a commitment to excellence in care. The combination of these two entities offers our patients, families and the communities we serve the highest quality of medical care,” said Dr. Francie Ekengren, Chief Medical Officer, Wesley Medical Center.

When cardiologist Dr. Joseph Galichia opened Galichia Heart Hospital in 2001 the visionary founder had a long-term goal to eventually affiliate with a larger health care organization such as Wesley Medical Center.

“I’ve had a long and successful relationship with Wesley over the years and I couldn’t be more excited to see Galichia Heart Hospital joining Wesley’s network of quality medical facilities,” shared Dr. Galichia.

Current CEO of Galichia Heart Hospital, Steve Harris will retain his position under this new transition. His sentiments on the continuation of quality patient care echoed statements made earlier in the press conference by Tappan, Ekengren and Galichia.

"I feel privileged to be able to continue working with the great team of physicians and staff at Galichia Heart Hospital,” stated Harris.

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Galichia Heart Hospital was opened in 2001 by cardiologist Joseph Galichia, MD. A 14-bed emergency department that accepts patients with all types of emergencies was added in 2006. The award-winning full-service, acute-care hospital has 82 beds, more than 350 employees, and 150 physicians on its medical staff. The hospital provides world-class medical care while promoting wellness, healthy lifestyles, and community health education programs and screenings. To learn more about Galichia Heart Hospital, please visit

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