The Wamego Hospital Board of Directors has announced that Wamego City Hospital, in which Via Christi Health has a minority interest, has changed its name to Wamego Health Center.
Wamego City Hospital first opened in 1915, known at that time as the Genn Hospital. The Genn Hospital belonged to both Wabaunsee and Pottawatomie Counties, being located centrally for the two counties, and the money to build and equip it was contributed by the people of both counties. New plans were made to build a larger, more modern hospital in 1960, and in 1969, Wamego City Hospital was dedicated and opened for service to the community.
Shannan Flach, CEO, said the strategy was to find, “a new look and brand of Wamego City Hospital to encompass all of what we have to offer which included a name change to Wamego Health Center.” Manhattan-based 502 Media Group used this strategy to create a new logo and tagline that would embody the values of the hospital while incorporating the city of Wamego. The logo uses colors to represent different features of the region like the Kansas River and the Flint Hills. The new logo draws inspiration from the Historic Dutch Mill, a key component of the hospital’s previous logo.
Brian Smith, director of risk management and safety, adds, “The colors in our new logo are vibrant, which represents the vibrancy we wish to restore in the lives of our patients. The new title better describes the wide range of health services we offer our patients. And the tagline, “Better Health, Better Community” states our primary goal of making our community a better place to live.”
Flach adds, “Only our name is changing. We will continue to offer all of the same services from emergency room, inpatient stay, primary care clinic services, and a wide variety of outpatient services. Our commitment to patient care remains unchanged, and we are proud of our local staff and the difference they make in the lives of our friends and neighbors. We are fortunate to have such a quality facility.”