Wesley Medical Center staked its presence on the west side when it opened the $14.5 million Wesley West Emergency & Diagnostic Center last November at 13th and Tyler Road. That facility also offers medical office space.
Focus on service
Via Christi officials, who once considered building a specialized surgical hospital out west, said the new full-service hospital will stand out by offering high-quality, patient-centered services that are convenient and comfortable.
Patient rooms will be private amid a rich customer service environment, Schumacher, Via Christi's president, said.
"This is a hospital for the future," he said. "It will be very different from what is currently available in this market."
Howard & Helmer Architecture in Wichita and Leo A. Daly of Omaha were hired as the architectural team. A general contractor has not yet been finalized, Via Christi officials said.
Lead architect David Riffel of Howard & Helmer said the challenge is merging the complexities of an acute-care hospital with the demand for customer service.
"It's like a city within a city," Riffel said. "We have to merge the concepts of hospitality with all the infrastructure and communication of a complex health care facility."
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