ER and name changes at Wichita hospitals

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WICHITA, Kansas – There are some big announcements coming from Wichita area hospitals. On Monday, both Wesley Medical Center and Via Christi launched new campaigns.

Wesley Medical Center is now promoting the average wait times at its emergency rooms at Wesley West ER and Galichia ER on electronic billboards across Wichita.

“This ‘Your Wait Time’ campaign is really about being able to make a decision as they deliver themselves to a campus,” said Steve Edgar Galichia Hospital CEO.

The average wait times will also be available on the free Wesley ER check-in mobile phone app for iPhone or Android smartphones. Mobile app users can also start their check-in process prior to arrival at any of the three Wesley emergency rooms across Wichita. The wait times are updated every 30 minutes and are based on a rolling four-hour average provided by Wesley’s patient information management systems.

Via Christi say its hospitals will return to their original brand at three locations in Wichita. The hospital changed the names in 2009 to fit one common theme that matched street names, but over the last five years they felt it was time to change a few things.

“I think it’s wonderful, I think it’s wonderful. This has been St. Joseph hospital for me for many, many years,” said Gerry Steiner a volunteer for 25 years.

Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis will become Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa will become Via Christi Hospital St. Teresa, and Via Christi Hospital on Harry will become Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph.

“I think most people in the community who are familiar with us have been here for years. They’ve probably always called it St. Joseph or St. Joe and this returns it , returns the hospital, to that name,” said Via Christi Ceo Jeff Korsmo.

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