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Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita to begin Phase 1 of change to all-private beds
A master facility plan for converting Via Christi Health’s Wichita hospitals to all private beds and provide a more patient-centered and efficient care environment continues to move forward, with major renovation starting this month at Via Christi Hospital on Harry.

The plan, which was 18 months in development, calls for all private rooms at Via Christi Hospital on Harry by early 2014 and at Via Christi Hospital by the middle of 2016 — all within a budgeted $20 million per year for the campus improvements.

“We’re striving to be more focused on the needs of our patients and their families,” said Carl Rider, interim senior vice president of Via Christi Health hospitals. “Having all private beds is a major step in that direction.”

To support the future conversion on Harry, the first phase of construction will include:

  • Moving the seventh floor Ambulatory Care Unit to the lower level near Surgery, to space now used for an intensive care unit, and renovating and expanding the surgery waiting area to provide a more comfortable setting for families.
  • Transitioning the intensive care unit to an intermediate care unit, located adjacent to the current critical care unit on 5E to ensure patients are placed in the right setting with the right level of care by creating a complete continuum of advanced care services on one floor.
  • Moving Endoscopy from the seventh floor to the first floor. To accomplish this, the Volunteers/mail room will be relocated and the first-floor Laboratory will be renovated to make more efficient use of its space.

“We’re excited to be moving forward with our plans so that we can be better positioned to serve our patients,” said Claudio Ferraro, the hospital’s president.

On St. Francis, plans call for the entire southeast and southwest wings to be renovated into an inpatient tower with all private rooms. First-phase construction there, which also is to begin this month, will include:

  • Renovating 5NE and 5E space so the acute dialysis unit on 6E, which was in need of updating, and the Transplant Institute now on 6NW can move to 2NW and in doing so fully clear the north end of the sixth floor.
  • Having the nephrology unit on 6SE switch locations with the medical/surgical unit on 5SE so that it will continue to be adjacent to the dialysis unit, and both units will be renovated and converted to private rooms.
  • Identifying and renovating space so departments on 6NE and 6NW can move to make room for the Select Specialty LTACH on 5SW to move there.

“Private rooms will support the work of our staff as they strive to provide exceptional patient care and the best possible patient and family experience,” said Sherry Hausmann, president of Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, which added 40 private rooms with the opening of its seventh-floor Cancer Institute in June 2011.