WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center’s Ortho/Spine Unit will get a $10 million renovation and expansion this fall. The project includes a completely updated physical therapy space, brand new equipment, new monitors and an expansion from 31 beds to 34.
“We’re very excited about this project,” said Kimberly Gibbs, Wesley Ortho/Spine Unit manager. “We’re pulling no stops. We’re expecting to have a full-service coffee and soda bar in the waiting room, upgraded floors with updated materials, new equipment. It will be warm and inviting.”
Renovations and expansions have been necessary for Wesley Healthcare over the past few years as the health system works to meet the demands of consistent growth, new technology and service expansion.
The Ortho/Spine project underscores Wesley’s commitment to an already robust orthopedic surgery program. Wesley is recognized nationwide for providing exceptional services in this area, including designation as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee & Hip Replacement as part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Specialty Care Program. Wesley was one of only nine Kansas facilitates to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for its program expertise and cost-efficiency.
Additional planned components, such as pre-op education classes and a spine nurse navigator, serve to move Wesley toward a Center of Excellence designation for spine and other orthopedic surgery services.
“Our Orthopedic and Spine Center of Excellence floor construction is going to be an exceptional project,” said Casey Guber, chief operating officer for Wesley Healthcare. “We realize people have a choice with where they go for surgery and where they receive care. We want people leaving not only with an exceptional care experience, but a feeling that the amenities were that of a luxury hotel.”
Wesley leaders partnered with physicians, nursing, physical therapy, IT, plant-operations, environmental services, food services, pharmacy, case management and other hospital leaders to ensure the ortho/spine renovations fit the goal of a luxury environment for healing, Guber said.
The new floor will allow for better physician and patient flow while expanding bed capacity. Ortho/Spine unit beds are almost always at capacity, with an average of 80 percent in use on any given day, Gibbs said. Despite the luxury look and feel, however, the end-game is all about exceptional patient care.
“At the end of the day my goal is to really exceed the level of care and quality we provide our patients,” said Joey Dean, director or risk management and who also took on the role of director of spine services in January. “It’s always wrapped up in quality.”
For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
(Wesley Medical Center Plans $10 Million Expansion of Ortho/Spine Unit, page 2)
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 Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, Wesley Children’s Hospital and multiple WesleyCare clinics. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.