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After nearly 100 days in the Intensive Care Unit at Wesley Medical Center, a COVID-19 patient is finally home.

Antonio Santiago entered Wesley back in August. He says there were moments in the hospital where he wasn’t so hopeful.

"I thought I was going to die."

Ninety-eight days later, nurses and hospital staff lined up to send Santiago off.

While being escorted out of the hospital, he had a smile so big not even a mask could hide it.

"I’m so happy to be back in my home again," he said. "God allowed me to be back here with my family and friends."


A rare condition in children that doctors say stems from COVID-19 is now showing up in Wichita as doctors diagnosed a 12-year-old girl with a multisystem inflammatory syndrome, also known as MIS-C.

According to the CDC, only a little more than 1,000 children have been diagnosed with the condition in the United States. Less than 10 of those cases have been in Kansas.

"I was beginning to think, 'Oh my god, oh my god, I’m going to lose my daughter,'" Jessica Rains said, referring to her daughter, Adalyn.

Last week, doctors told Rains that her daughter has MIS-C.

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Wichita hospitals and dental offices are making plans to end their coronavirus pause and begin a return to full operations.

Wesley Healthcare CEO William Voloch says elective surgeries and imaging will resume Monday on a limited basis.

"We’re not going to go full-scale," he says. "We are not going to be doing everything that we were doing, but this is a way for us to start."

He says the hospital group has enough capacity and ventilator supply to serve a greater number of patients. Wesley also plans to reevaluate its restricted visitation policy.

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A Butler County man in his 70s is now the sixth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kansas.

That news came Friday morning, shortly before Sedgwick County announced it was banning gatherings larger than 250 people.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday it confirmed the latest COVID-19 case using its own lab, but has also sent samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for verification. KDHE said it is treating the case as positive unless testing finds otherwise.

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Testing for the coronavirus in Kansas has so far been done at the state level, but health leaders say that could change in a few weeks.

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Wesley Healthcare is opening a new urgent care center on the campus of Wichita State University in 2020.

Wichita State, the Greater Wichita YMCA and Wesley Healthcare announced their partnership on Thursday. Wesley Healthcare is investing $3 million in the new YMCA building being built on Wichita State's campus. The new building will house the Wesley Healthcare Urgent Care Center.

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Wesley’s Children’s Hospital is about to begin a year-long project to expand its emergency room.

The $2 million expansion will add four private beds, bringing the total to 14. The pediatric ER will also be remodeled to reflect the new look of the main Wesley Children’s Hospital, which unveiled its own renovation last year.

Ashley Lunkenheimer, associate director of the emergency department, says the pediatric ER has seen 30 percent growth 2013.

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People who live in Derby and the surrounding communities south of Wichita no longer have to drive to Wichita to receive emergency medical care. On Monday, Wesley Healthcare opened its new emergency department in Derby.

Wesley opened the city’s first freestanding ER department, a state-of-the-art facility that cost $10 million. Construction took about eight months.

Derby Mayor Randy White says the new Wesley ER will be an asset to the region.

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The new Wesley Children’s Hospital is officially open.

A grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for this afternoon at the hospital, located at Central and Hillside. Staff and community members gathered for a ceremony last night to turn on the facility’s exterior lights.

Wesley Medical Center announced plans to renovate its pediatric facility in February 2015. Ground broke on the $28 million project last June.

Wesley Begins Construction On Children's Hospital

Jun 10, 2015
Abigail Wilson

Wesley Medical Center kicked off construction of its $28 million children’s hospital in Wichita today. KMUW's Abigail Wilson has more.

The addition will be completed in the fall of 2016. Renderings of the facility include brightly colored lobbies, a play area and a new facade on the hospital's Hillside Street exterior. The current Pediatric Intensive Care Unit will also be completely renovated.