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Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa increases ICU beds

A blessing of Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa’s newly expanded intensive care unit, which went from having four beds to eight, was to have taken place in early March.

But with the COVID-19 outbreak, that celebration and most elective procedures were put on pause until early June.

Now that west Wichita's only full-service hospital has resumed elective procedures, the expansion is expected to reduce the number of patients that need to be transferred from St. Teresa for lack of an available ICU bed. It also allows one of the ICU beds to be reserved for surgical patients, allowing patients who live in and around west Wichita to have more complex procedures performed at St. Teresa, which earlier this year earned accreditation as a Hernia Surgery Center of Excellence from the Surgical Review Corporation.

“An ICU typically is not needed for patients undergoing hernia repair, but an expansion like this is necessary in a rapidly growing surgical facility of choice for complex hernia surgical repairs and abdominal wall reconstructions,” says Ragnar Peterson, MD, who was recognized as a Hernia Surgeon of Excellence.

Martin K. Eby Construction was the general contractor and Alloy was the architect for the project. 

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.