Wesley Medical Center February 17, 2016

Foundation established to enhance quality of life for pediatric patients and their families in Kansas

WICHITA – Wesley Healthcare has expanded its efforts to care for Kansas’ kids and their families with the Wesley Children’s Foundation (WCF). Led by executive director, Jill Bosley, the non-profit foundation was established to help provide financial assistance to families in need and to provide tools and services to patients and their families to make their hospital stay more comfortable.

“When a child is ill, it affects the whole family,” Bosley said. “Wesley Children’s Hospital patients and families are often overwhelmed and scared, and we want to help support them during these challenging times.”

The foundation will serve to help children who are currently being seen or who have been seen at Wesley Children’s Hospital by providing direct assistance to meet their most fundamental needs beyond the scope of a hospital or medical insurance coverage. The foundation will implement programs within the hospital and the community that contribute to their overall well-being.

“We will work with our social workers and child-life specialists to identify needs and provide support to families,” Bosley said. “Through the various programs and services we offer, families will receive assistance to meet their needs, whether is a medical device, specialized therapy or a fundamental item.”

A Wichita native, Bosley graduated with a business administration degree from Friends University and has seen first-hand how this kind of support benefits our Kansas families. Prior to joining the WCF, she served as the director of development for Children’s Miracle Network and previously held several philanthropic leadership positions with non-profit organizations, including March of Dimes and the National MS Society.

“It is so important to support our caregivers,” Bosley said. “Whether it’s helping to find additional resources to help care for an injured child, supporting a teen through cancer treatment or helping a family get a wheelchair for their child to get around, we can be that support system they need.”

Wesley shared details about the opportunity to develop a children’s foundation last year when it unveiled plans to build the region’s first and only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital.

WCF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that will host fundraising events throughout the year to meet the needs of Wesley Children’s hospital patients and families. The goals are simple: provide high quality assistance to families and their children, ensure on-going quality education and training for staff, utilize preventative medical programs and best practice research, and engage those around us with meaningful community partnerships.

“Through efforts of the foundation, Wesley will be able to enhance the care and services provided to our families,” said Tripp Owings, Wesley Children’s Hospital COO. “Caregivers will better be able to support these children, making Kansas and local communities healthier and stronger.”

For more information about Wesley Children’s Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.wesleychildrensfoundation.org. And for an updates and 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.