July 18, 2018
The $13 million makeover includes world-class amenities and donated space for a
20-bedroom Ronald McDonald House Charities® Program
WICHITA – The former Health Strategies building across from Wesley Medical Center soon will be revamped into an upscale medical office that includes donated space for a 20-room Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) program – the largest in Kansas.
The $13 million project involves renovating the open air space on the first two levels be infilling the pool and track and creating two fully functioning floors. The nearly 82,000 square-foot redesign will create four coveted tenant space for physician practices with the potential for two more.
“This is going to be a beautiful physician office space with high-end luxury aesthetics,” said Casey Guber, Wesley Healthcare chief operating officer. “It also a commitment to our patients and families. We not only offer the highest quality of care, we want to make Wesley Medical Center the most convenient place for patient access.”
Perhaps one of the most excited future tenants is the local Ronald McDonald House Charities program, which is receiving roughly 20,000 square feet of donated space on the southeast corner of the building for rooms and offices. RMHC also will enjoy an additional 5,300 square feet outside for a landscaped backyard complete with a grill, a pergola and a play area for children.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita is the only non-profit in Wichita that provides families who have sick or injured children temporary lodging, amenities and support while their child receives medical care. Ronald McDonald House serves all families and children no matter where they receive care.
CEO and executive director Susan Smythe said Wesley’s dedication to children with the building of the Wesley Children’s Hospital as created a high demand for RMHC services.
“To meet this need, we are so grateful for Wesley Medical Center’s amazing and generous donation of space located directly across the street from Wesley Children’s Hospital,” Smythe said.
“The value of this partnership to us is measured in achieving the trip aim of enabling family-centered care, positively impacting the family experience and reducing the financial burden for families.”
The former Health Strategies building – soon to be renamed “Wesley Medical Plaza” – was built in 1988 and purchased by Wesley Medical Center in 1999, although Wesley has always owned the land it was built on.
The building has five floors and houses about 10 medical-related offices, including Wesley’s Cath Lab, Wichita Radiological Group, Wichita OB/GYN Associates, the University of Kansas Medical Center – Wichita OB/GYN residency offices, Maternal-Fetal Associates of Kansas and Heartland Cardiology.
Tenants will have the option of choosing new finishes to match the first two floors as they renew their leases, real estate manager, Yolanda White with CBRE said. The renovated space also will slightly expand the footprint of the building on the first floor near the front.
Besides new finishes, upgrades will include electronic signage, an additional cooling tower and upgraded common areas. The renovations will feature a neutral color palette with pops of color, White said.
“We are sparing no expense in making this grade A medical office space,” she said. “This will be a world class medical center.”
HFG Architecture designed the renovation and Key Construction will build it. Construction will begin this summer and is expected to take about six months to complete.
For more information about Wesley Healthcare and its services, please visit our home page.
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 our home page.