Public Invited To WNH Surgery Center Celebration


Since the original ceremony was canceled in March of 2020 due to COVID-19, William Newton Hospital is commemorating its surgery center expansion with a grand opening celebration for the H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation Surgery Center 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to a press release from the hospital, the event will start on the north side of the hospital at 1300 E. Fifth Ave. in Winfield.

“We’re excited to finally let the community see firsthand all of the services offered in the surgery center and showcase the result of incredible philanthropic support throughout our service area,” William Newton Hospital Interim Chief Executive Officer Brian Barta stated in the press release.

The grand opening commemorates the completion of phase one of a six-phase master facilities plan and capital campaign coined the Second Century Campaign to coincide with the hospital’s approaching 100-year milestone, WNH said.

“The surgery center’s namesake symbolizes a dedication to healthcare excellence and gratitude for the generosity of the H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation,” the hospital stated.

The celebration will begin on the north side of the hospital. Parking is available in the north or south parking lots. Music will kick off the event followed by brief opening remarks. Walking tours of the expanded facilities will begin thereafter. Cake will be served, and tour participants will enjoy giveaways and family-friendly activities including a bounce house and games.

Finishing Phase One

The northeast corner of the hospital was the phase one focus and began with a groundbreaking in August of 2018.

The expansion included an orthopedic operating room, pre/post-operative care units, a cardiovascular catheterization laboratory (or ‘cath lab’), chapel, and two waiting areas. Materials management, central sterile, and pharmacy were also relocated and renovated to create space for the surgery center.

Prior to the expansion, WNH says, patients were transported back and forth between surgery and ambulatory care units located across the hospital and on separate floors. All surgery services are now centralized.

William Newton Hospital Operating Room Manager Lindsey King, RN, says the new space is working well.

“Patients have more privacy before and after surgery. Everything is connected and is more efficient for surgical staff, anesthesia providers, and surgeons,” King said.

The H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation Surgery Center began providing patient care in January 2020 with the cath lab treating its first patient that same month.

Chief Ancillary Officer Christopher Graham, MHA, RT(R), shared his excitement for the cath lab’s growth since 2020, according to the hospital.

“We were thrilled to bring this service to Winfield and the surrounding communities,” Graham said. “When you’re talking about the heart, or any vessels of the body, time is extremely important. The sooner those patients can be treated the better quality of life they can have.”

Graham says the cath lab is now projected to have over 250 procedures in 2022.

A Culture of Philanthropy

Improving the quality of life for area residents has been a theme throughout the project, the press release said.

William Newton Healthcare Foundation Executive Director Annika Morris says maintaining access to healthcare in Cowley County and its neighboring regions is closely connected to philanthropy.

“In talking to people about the campaign, they’re surprised to learn William Newton Hospital isn’t supported by local taxes,” Morris said. “Our community has stepped up to make quality healthcare sustainable.”

The Second Century Campaign raised a total of $4.6 million during phase one, which concluded on December 31, 2019. P

hase one of the campaign garnered $500,000 pledged by the H. L. Snyder Medical Foundation, $688,000 pledged by Winfield Economic Development and local businesses, $250,000 pledged by the William Newton Hospital Auxiliary, $133,000 pledged by hospital and foundation board members, and $227,943 pledged by physicians and hospital employees. Individual and family pledges made up the remainder of funds raised.

“William and Mary Virginia Newton set the example with the very first gift back in 1923,” Morris said. “Our supporters have adopted the ‘We are William Newton’ mindset, sharing a vision for a second century of quality care.”