WICHITA –Wesley Medical Center has named Tripp Owings its new chief operating officer for its planned $28 million children’s hospital.
“The children’s hospital is a very important project for families in Wichita and throughout Kansas, and we knew we needed a chief executive to lead the building and operation of the facility,” said Bill Voloch, Wesley’s interim president and CEO. “With Tripp’s background in operations, project management, strategic planning and finance, we knew he would be a great fit for the position.”
Owings previous served as Wesley’s vice president of pediatric operations and Wichita business development, and he has been instrumental in the initial planning of the new hospital, Voloch said.
The children’s hospital will feature a new façade on the Wesley’s Hillside exterior, with a renovated entrance, lobby and elevators. Additionally, it will include a complete renovation of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, creating a new, all-private 15-bed PICU. Wesley’s 30-bed pediatric unit will receive aesthetic and heating and cooling system upgrades.
“I’m honored to be overseeing the improvements to our facility that will make the patient experience for children a much more pleasant and comforting one,” Owings said. “These facility enhancements and the recruitment of new physicians will offer the specialized care that many pediatric patients currently have to leave Wichita to receive.”
Wesley offers care in 20 different pediatric subspecialties – from its pediatric surgery clinic to pediatric oncology services and more – but is actively recruiting additional specialists to enhance and add additional services to the new hospital.
Owings began his career with HCA, Wesley Medical Center’s parent company, as a financial analyst with HCA’s Southeast Division office and then as a director of operations project management in its North Florida Division. Prior to joining HCA, Owings held financial positions with WellStar Health Systems in Marietta, Georgia, and Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Tripp graduated from the University of Georgia and received his master’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University.
Wesley is still in the process of finalizing plans and timelines for the children’s hospital, and construction is expected to take 12-18 months. The hospital will also be conducting focus groups in the coming months around the naming and branding of the hospital and will be seeking input from patients, staff, physicians and the community.
Owings began his new position with Wesley on March 2.
For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its pediatric 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.