Wesley Healthcare January 06, 2015

WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center has completed its $36 million women’s hospital renovation project, providing new moms and moms-to-be with upgraded facilities featuring the latest in comfort and technology. The 65,000-square-foot construction project includes floor and patient room upgrades, including renovation of 65 existing rooms and the addition of 16 new rooms.

“The whole project looks phenomenal,” said Brian Leabo, who, as Wesley’s director of plant operations, has helped oversee the women’s hospital project since planning began several years ago. “It gives moms and families a whole new feel up there – more inviting and calming. I’m really proud of it.”

The final phase of the 18-month construction project included renovations of half of the fourth and fifth floors, plus the entire third floor of the hospital’s women’s tower. This phase renovated more postpartum rooms, as well as outpatient surgery rooms. Like all Wesley patient areas, the new and updated floors contain all private rooms. Unit additions also include new “fan cave” areas decorated in local college décor for waiting families.

The first phase of this project was completed early last year.

“It looks fantastic,” said Janet Watt, an assistant nurse manager in the postpartum unit on the fifth floor. “My first impression is that it’s spacious, warm and inviting. Everything is up to date with top-notch technology.”

Women who stay in Wesley’s newly renovated patient rooms enjoy Lincor communication systems, which give patients access to their clinical information, medical records and test results. Besides watching television programs, patients can also use the internet, receive health education, listen to the radio, play video games and Skype, all from their bedside.

“The integration of our hospital, clinical and administrative systems will cut costs and create better efficiencies throughout the hospital, all while providing a great patient experience,” said Bill Voloch, Wesley’s interim CEO. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Watt agrees, saying the entire project underscores Wesley’s commitment to the care and comfort of mothers and babies.

“This says we are really focused on the care and the education of moms and babies,” she said. “It feels like a family atmosphere. They not only thought of the moms, but the rest of the family, too.”

For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its women’s 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 www.wesleymc.com.