Wesley Healthcare and YMCA Partnership to Add Urgent Care Center on WSU’s Innovation Campus
As part of a new $3 million partnership between Wesley Healthcare and the Greater Wichita YMCA, a Wesley Healthcare Urgent Care Center (UCC) will be added to the planned YMCA on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. The opening of the UCC should coincide with the new YMCA opening, anticipated in early 2020.
The UCC will likely have 10 exam rooms and provide extended hours to serve faculty, staff, students, employees of Innovation Campus-based companies and residents of surrounding neighborhoods.
“We are very excited to partner with two outstanding organizations like the YMCA and Wichita State. All three organizations have similar missions – to care for and enrich the lives of people who live in Wichita,” said Wesley Healthcare President and CEO Bill Voloch. “Our goal for the urgent care center is to work alongside the medical providers on the WSU campus, not compete with those services all while bringing needed health services to the people who live in northern Wichita.
“When missions align like those of the Y and Wesley, the entire community benefits,” stated YMCA President and CEO Ronn McMahon. “Our goal is to create a holistic model for health with a full continuum of services, from preventive care to urgent care, and from nutrition to recreation and fitness. This $3 million partnership will make this possible.”
“Everyone wins with this partnership,” noted WSU Director of Student Health Services Camille Childers. “Students will continue to receive quality, affordable services through Student Health while the addition of the UCC will provide access to onsite x-ray when needed and an option for medical services on weekends. This facility will assist in creating a healthy WSU campus community and surrounding neighborhood.”
This new partnership will also increase the opportunities for Wesley and WSU Health Professions to work together to enhance hands-on learning experiences for students, and expand on-campus physician services available to students, especially after hours and weekends.
In addition, the urgent care center would meet needs for WSU faculty, Innovation Campus employees and the broader community. Although housed in the same facility, the entry to the urgent care center would be separate from the YMCA to ensure private access to patients.
Wichita State University and the Greater Wichita YMCA announced efforts last year to bring a YMCA to the University’s Innovation Campus. The new Y would provide for the creation of a Wellness Center that will house student health and counseling services.
Capital fundraising efforts for the university YMCA are still underway by the Greater Wichita YMCA. Once fundraising efforts are completed, the new facility is anticipated to open by January 2020. The university YMCA, will include comprehensive student health and counseling services. In addition, it is expected to serve more than 22,000 students, faculty, staff, Innovation Campus workers and surrounding neighborhoods with key programs to help strengthen students and the underserved surrounding neighborhoods.
About Wesley Medical Center: 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 the Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, Wesley Derby ER, and the region’s only pediatric ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.