Wesley Healthcare March 11, 2015

WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center continues to successfully recruit new specialty physicians for its planned $28 million children’s hospital with the addition of pediatric cardiologists Dr. Pooja Desai, MD, and Dr. Rishi Ram Adhikari, MD.

“We are excited to announce the addition of two new phenomenal pediatric cardiologists to our team,” said Tripp Owings, the children’s hospital chief operating officer. “Specially trained in the latest cutting-edge technology, each brings an array of expertise with compassion and a family-centered approach to care.”

Dr. Desai completed her medical school in Mumbai, India. She then completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Her special interests are fetal echocardiography, congenital heart disease in children and adults, and acquired heart disease in children including hypertension, Kawasaki disease, syncope, chest pain, rheumatic fever, hyperlipidemia and cardiac arrhythmias.

Dr. Desai said she’s very committed to her patients, always working to develop a personal connection to them and their families. She is eager to be working with her husband, a pediatric intensivist who will also be joining Wesley’s pediatric team this summer.

“I believe a team approach to patient care is best," Dr. Desai said. “Intensivists, radiologists, surgeons, anesthesiology, RNs – all gaining experience in working with children and with each other.”

Dr. Adhikari attended medical school at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Albany Medical Center in New York and his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He brings his expertise in management of patients with congenital heart disease from inception to adulthood, as well as acquired heart diseases in children. His special interests include perinatal and fetal cardiology, congenital heart diseases in children, non-invasive imaging, 3D echocardiography, electrophysiology, arrhythmias, syncope and sudden death. He brings diverse experiences in various fields of medicine including emergency medicine, anesthesiology and critical care, oncology and general practice.

Dr. Adhikari said hospitals can be scary for kids, and the creation of a dedicated children’s hospital will create the positive environment necessary for children and their families to heal.

“Imagine a world where everything is taller than you,” Dr. Adhikari said. “If you want to create a feeling of welcome, safety and security for a child and their family, the hospital environment needs to be viewed from a child’s eyes. Wesley is doing just that.”

The new children’s hospital will feature a new façade on the hospital’s Hillside exterior, with a renovated entrance, lobby and elevators. Additionally, it will include a complete renovation of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, creating a new, all-private 15-bed PICU. In addition, Wesley’s 30-bed pediatric unit will receive aesthetic and heating and cooling system upgrades.

Wesley is still in the process of finalizing plans and timelines, but construction is expected to take 12-18 months. The hospital will also be conducting focus groups in the coming months around the naming and branding of the hospital and will be seeking input from patients, staff, physicians and the community.

Both Dr. Adhikari and Dr. Desai will be caring for children at Wesley’s pediatric subspecialty clinic located on the fifth floor of Wesley’s Medical Arts Tower at 3243 E. Murdock. The clinic is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00am to 4:30pm For more information about the clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call (316) 962-2080.

For more information about Wesley’s pediatric services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

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 in national surveys, 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.