(WICHITA, Kan.) — Thousands got a first look at a new west Wichita hospital over the weekend, and some visitors say having emergency care closer to where they live is comforting.
Via Christi's new hospital just off west 21st Street is expected to begin accepting patients next month. During a two-day open house this weekend, more than 4,000 people came out for tours of the 68-bed facility.
Virginia Breitenbach and her husband, Victor, say the new building makes them feel safer. Virginia has fallen twice before requiring hospitalization. The Colwich couple has been waiting for closer emergency room access, worried about even more serious injuries.
"I mean, it's happened already," says Victor Breitenbach. "We drove like a son of a gun to get there, and this way, we've only got five miles to go. So that's a relief there."