WICHITA –Wesley Medical Center has named Suzanne Richards its new director of critical care services. Richards will focus on quality and patient safety initiatives as well as on recruitment and retention efforts in the intensive care units.
“I have such a wonderful opportunity to work with the entire team at Wesley,” said Richards. “I was blown away by the positive attitudes and teamwork that exudes from everyone. It’s an environment that is supportive and caring to staff, patients and families. I knew that I wanted to be part of this culture and I’m proud to say that I am part of the Wesley team again.”
Critical care services are the direct delivery of medical care for a critically injured or critically ill patient. A collaborative team of doctors, nurses and other allied professionals use high complexity decision-making to assess and treat patients in order to prevent further deterioration of the patient’s condition. Treatment in the intensive care unit involves patients who are experiencing life-threatening conditions or who have experienced trauma or disease complications.
Richards began her career at Wesley as a nurse tech in labor and delivery in 2006. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wichita State University in 2008 and transitioned to a registered nurse for special procedures. She earned a master’s degree in nursing leadership and administration from Wichita State last year and most recently served as the director of Via Christi’s surgical intensive care unit.
For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
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 Medical Center, 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.