Wesley Healthcare November 10, 2014

WICHITA – Responding to a community need for kidney transplant services, Wesley Medical Center is partnering with Research Medical Center in Kansas City to open a new kidney transplant clinic on the Wesley campus.

The new Wichita Transplant Institute will offer referring physicians and their patients access to high-quality, specialized kidney transplant services close to home. Patients who need to be evaluated by a transplant surgeon and transplant nephrologist for the consideration of a kidney transplant will be seen by Research Medical Center physicians at the clinic, which will also provide pre- and post-transplant care. Surgical kidney transplant procedures will be performed at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

“We are excited about the opportunity to provide this service to our patients and help limit the times they have to travel out of the area for care,” said Hugh Tappan, Wesley president and CEO. “The physicians and staff at Research Medical Center have a sterling reputation, and we know we’re putting our patients in excellent hands when we partner with them.”

The new clinic is located at 551 North Hillside, Suite 520, and is scheduling patients now in anticipation of its opening in December. Marilee Clites, Research Medical Center transplant director, will oversee the clinic’s operations, with support staff coordinating each patient’s care through the clinical, compliance, financial and emotional aspects of kidney transplantation.

“Research Medical Center has a long-standing partnership with the communities we serve,” said Jackie DeSouza, president and CEO of Research Medical Center. “We are thrilled to add the Wichita region, and even areas in Oklahoma, to the regions we serve. It’s important to offer medical care as close as possible to a patient’s referring physician and home.”

Research Medical Center’s Transplant Institute in Kansas City has an active and growing Living Donor Program and Kidney Paired Exchange Program, and both programs will be extended to the new Wichita location to increase the availability of services for living donors who choose to make a life-saving kidney donation.

Board-certified transplant surgeon Daniel Murillo, MD, medical director of Research Medical Center’s Transplant Institute since 2003, and double board-certified transplant nephrologist Pranav Dalal, MD, will provide medical services at the clinic. Both Dr. Murillo and Dr. Dalal have earned a reputation for being premier physicians in the field of kidney transplantation, having performed more than 1,000 transplants at Research Medical Center’s Transplant Institute.

“Research Medical Center is known for quality care and excellent outcomes,” Dr. Murillo said. “I’m pleased be a part of this expansion of our kidney transplant services for referring physicians and patients throughout Kansas and Oklahoma.”

Known for the quality of its program, Research Medical Center’s kidney transplant patient survival rates exceed the national average.

The new Wichita Transplant Institute accepts most health plans and Medicare. Research Medical Center also offers an apartment at a reasonable cost on the hospital campus for family members of transplant patients.

To schedule an appointment at the clinic, patients or physicians can call 316.962.6350. For more information, visit researchmedicalcenter.com or 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 rankings, 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.

Research Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider — serving patients by providing an abundance of services and access to advanced technology. The hospital is one of the region’s leading acute care facilities. The 490-bed facility features a broad range of highly specialized, state-of-the-art services including a Level I Trauma Center, Cycle IV Chest Pain Center, Neuroscience Institute, TIA Clinic, Grossman Burn Center, Liver and Pancreas Institute of Kansas City, Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, Obstetrics, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Transplant Institute, Orthopedics and much more. In addition, the 25-acre Research Brookside Campus, located at 6601 Rockhill Road in Kansas City, includes outpatient facilities, medical office buildings and a comprehensive health and fitness center. Between RMC and the Brookside Campus, 24-hour access to Emergency Services and a variety of Primary Care Physicians who provide preventive and wellness services are available. Research Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease- Gold; the Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure-Target Honor Roll Gold Plus; and the Get With the Guidelines Stroke-Gold Plus Performance Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.