Wesley Healthcare July 21, 2015

WICHITA – The Wesley EmergencyCare Network is expanding its service area to the south with the construction of a $10 million freestanding emergency department – Wesley Derby ER.

The 11,000-sqare-foot facility, which will be located in Derby at the corner of 63rd Street South and Rock Road, will include 11 emergency room beds, imaging capabilities and an on-site laboratory.

“Wesley Derby ER will allow us to deliver emergency care right where our Derby patients and families live,” said Bill Voloch, Wesley’s president and CEO. “It’s the same expert care we deliver throughout the region, but in a more convenient setting for many.”

The Wesley EmergencyCare Network will now have five emergency room locations across the Wichita metro area, including Wesley Medical Center’s main ER and pediatric ER, Galichia Heart Hospital’s ER and Wesley West ER & Diagnostic Center.

“We’re excited we can respond like this to the increased community demand for emergency care in Derby,” said Jeremy Pauly, Wesley’s director of emergency services. “This new facility will be fully equipped to provide high-quality, efficient emergency medical care for day-to-day needs as well as for more significant, emergent health events.”

The new emergency room will also provide average wait times and offer online ER check-in. Wesley continues to be the only hospital in south-central Kansas to provide up-to-the-minute average wait times for its emergency rooms.

“If your child has a high fever or a broken limb, you want care as soon as you can get it,” said Dr. Francie Ekengren, MD, Wesley’s chief medical officer and an emergency medicine physician. “We know that quicker care improves outcomes, so we’re proud we can let our patients know where they can receive quick, expert care, no matter where they live.”

Emergency room wait times are updated every 30 minutes and are based on a rolling four-hour average provided by Wesley’s patient information management systems. The average wait times are available on Wesley’s ER check-in mobile phone app, which also allows patients to start their check-in process prior to arrival. Patients can also check-in and access wait times by visiting www.wesleyercheckin.com.

“No one likes to visit an ER, so making the experience faster and easier is important,” Voloch said. “Studies show that medical outcomes improve and healthcare costs are lower when crowding is reduced in emergency departments. Providing wait times, early check-in, Ready Care areas and more emergency room locations are several ways we’re doing just that.”

The Wesley EmergencyCare Network commits to achieving an average wait time of less than 30 minutes for adults and less than 20 minutes for children. The “average ER wait time” represents the approximate time it takes for a patient to see an ER provider (physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner) after arrival to begin treatment. Last year, Wesley cared for nearly 120,000 patients in its emergency rooms.

Wesley will be hiring 10-12 new staff members to operate the new facility. Construction will begin this fall with services available in the summer of 2016.

For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its emergency 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, Galichia ER and the region’s only pediatric ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.wesleymc.com.