|Patients and families living in and around west Wichita soon won’t have to go far to access inpatient rehabilitation services from Via Christi Health.
They’ll be able to receive that care at Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa starting Aug. 1 — just as west Wichita’s only full service hospital prepares to celebrate its second birthday.
“From the time we opened our hospital, we heard from physicians, patients and their families requesting that we expand our services to include close-to-home rehabilitation care,” said Kevin Strecker, the hospital’s president.
“In response to that call, we’ve dedicated space originally intended for a medical surgical unit for our soon-to-open 18-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit, allowing us to provide patients a seamless experience as they move from acute care to rehab and then on to independent or assisted living,” Strecker said.
For patients living in and around east Wichita or with high-acuity brain injuries, care continues to be available at Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, 1151 N. Rock Road, which offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to toddlers to adults from throughout the Midwest.
“Our goal is to provide exceptional care in a patient- and family-centered environment,” said Cindy LaFleur, president of Post-acute Services for Via Christi in Wichita. “Offering close-to-home rehabilitation care on both sides of town is another move in that direction.”
A blessing, dedication and public open house for the new unit at Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa will be held from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.
“We’d love to have patients and their families stop by and pick up a free piece of birthday cake at our first-floor cafeteria when they do,” Strecker said.
To learn more about Via Christi Rehabilitation’s expertise in maximizing patients’ ability to function at home and in the community, go to viachristi.org/rehab.