WICHITA – Wesley Children’s Hospital has hired pediatric surgeon Dr. Kimberly Molik, MD, to join its pediatric surgery services team. She joins fellowship-trained pediatric surgeon Dr. Mark Saxton, who was hired earlier this year after Wesley Healthcare announced plans to build the $28 million children’s hospital.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. Molik back to Wesley,” said Tripp Owings, Wesley Children’s Hospital chief operating officer. “She took great care of our families for eight years, and Wesley – along with the rest of the Wichita community – has missed her greatly.”
Having previously served as Wesley’s pediatric trauma services director, Dr. Molik was recruited away from Wichita in 2013 by Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. It was a new opportunity to provide surgical care for children in a dedicated children’s hospital, something she hoped Wesley would soon build for the Wichita community, she said.
“While I loved living in Wichita and was blessed to have so many children entrusted to my care, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to work for a children’s hospital,” Dr. Molik said. “After seeing the exciting developments around Wesley Children’s Hospital, I knew had to come back and be part of the region’s first and only hospital just for kids.”
Dr. Molik will again serve as the medical director of the state’s only verified pediatric trauma center, as well as medical director of Wesley Children’s Hospital’s pediatric surgery services.
Wesley announced the building of Wesley Children’s Hospital earlier this year, sharing renderings of soon-to-be bright colored lobbies, hallways and patient rooms, as well as promising to recruit additional pediatric specialty physicians for the new hospital in an effort to keep as many pediatric patients as close to home as possible for medical care.
Wesley currently offers care in more than 20 different pediatric subspecialties – from its pediatric surgery clinic to pediatric oncology services and more.
Since the announcement, Wesley has recruited five new pediatric specialists and four new pediatric hospitalists, with many more in various stages of recruitment. Construction has already begun on the new pediatrics and pediatric intensive care units, as well as the building façade on the hospital’s Hillside exterior. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016.
Dr. Molik is board certified in general and pediatric surgery by the American Board of Surgery, and she is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago and completed her pediatric surgery fellowship at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. She will begin her new position with Wesley within the next several weeks.
Wesley is actively recruiting a third pediatric surgeon and will continue to use temporary physician staffing to ensure 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week coverage.
For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its pediatric services, please visit www.wesleymc.com. And for updates about progress on the Wesley Children’s Hospital project, please visit www.facebook.com/wesleychildrenshospital.
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 www.wesleymc.com.