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Galichia Heart Hospital to be Renamed Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER

Wesley Medical Center September 01, 2015

Hospital’s service expansion beyond only cardiovascular care prompts name change and development of new Wesley system brand – Wesley Healthcare

WICHITA – Galichia Heart Hospital, a campus of Wesley Medical Center, is being renamed Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER to better illustrate both its diverse service line offerings and its importance to the Wesley system of care.

And as that system of care has experienced significant growth over the past year, Wesley is also introducing a new system brand – Wesley Healthcare.

“We’ve experienced unprecedented growth, with new services at Wesley Woodlawn, the announcement of Wesley Children’s Hospital and now plans to build a new emergency department in Derby,” said Bill Voloch, president and CEO of Wesley Healthcare. “It was time to address that growth with a naming and branding strategy that better described who we are and what we do.”

Known for expert cardiovascular and emergency care, Galichia has recently expanded its service lines to include orthopedics, robotic and general surgery, advanced imaging and bariatrics, among others. It also has become the first hospital in Kansas to earn NICHE – Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders – senior-friendly certification.

“For a while, we’ve known that we’re more than a heart hospital,” said Steve Edgar, Wesley Woodlawn CEO. “We needed a name to reflect that.”

Wesley acquired Galichia, a 99-bed, acute-care hospital, in 2012 from cardiologist Dr. Joseph Galichia, MD. The acquisition allowed Wesley to expand its cardiovascular care with a total of nine cath labs in three surgical services locations – Wesley, Galichia and Surgicare of Wichita. Wesley was also able to extend its emergency services footprint with an additional emergency department, ultimately leading to development of Wesley’s EmergencyCare Network.

“The hospital built by Dr. Galichia – and the people whose lives have been saved there – will be a legacy that lives on forever, both in Wichita and throughout the state of Kansas,” Edgar said. “We are now building on the legacy of quality, compassionate care for which he, his practice, and this hospital are known.”

Wesley Woodlawn isn’t the only Wesley campus that is growing. This year alone, Wesley completed renovation of its women’s hospital just in time to announce the creation of the new Wesley Children’s Hospital.

“The Wesley family of providers has grown into a true system of care. And it, too, needs a new name to reflect that,” Voloch said. “Wesley Healthcare is a new system brand to describe all we do in Wichita and beyond.

“It encompasses our hospitals, our free-standing emergency rooms, our WesleyCare Clinics and our physician practices. But more importantly, it speaks to the exemplary service, compassion and quality of care every patient deserves and expects from a Wesley facility.”

Wesley will be implementing both of these new brands over the next several months, with an effective date of Jan. 1 for the transition. For more information about Wesley Healthcare or Wesley Woodlawn and its services, please visit

Wesley Healthcare 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 in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center 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, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit

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