From Wesley’s first patient, admitted Oct. 16, 1912, to the hundreds of thousands of patients since, the hospital’s commitment to meet the needs of the Wichita community has remained a constant, guiding force.
“The hallmark of Wesley for the last 100 years and, I think, for the next 100 years, is that we are really attuned to the needs of our community and the needs of our physician population,” says Hugh Tappan, President and CEO of Wesley Medical Center.
“When we needed air life transport, we focused on that. When we needed to upgrade our neo-natal intensive care unit and expand it to 84 beds, we did that. When we needed to create a birth care center so that moms could have a slightly different experience, we did that. We’ve moved with the community as it has needed it.”
It is with this sense of commitment to community and progress that Wesley celebrates its 100th year, upholding a tradition that started in a large, Victorian-style home at the corner of St. Francis and 11th Street. On Oct. 15, 1912, the Southwest Kansas Conference Methodist Episcopal Church opened the doors of its new hospital, Wesley Hospital and Nursing School, with 30 beds, 11 physicians, three “professional” nurses and four nursing students.