New micro-hospital coming to west Topeka


Some people in Topeka will soon have a new place to go if they have a medical emergency. The new facility called Topeka ER will be next to Topeka’s West Ridge Mall. 

The facility will be a micro-hospital. That means it will have an emergency room, a six bed inpatient wing and CT, X-ray and MRI machines. The hospital will also include a pharmacy.

The company building the hospital is Nutex Health. Its CEO Dr. Tom Vo said the ER trained nursing staff will be able to take care of all emergencies that walk through their door.

However, Topeka ER won’t have a trauma center.

Dr. Vo said they will send patients who need more intensive treatment to the other hospitals in the city. 

The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus CEO, Steve Anderson, said they have reached out to Nutex Health and are interested in working with them.

“We are always willing to provide care for patients who need to be transferred or referred to us from other facilities,” he said.

Topeka ER will cost $15 million. Dr. Vo said it will bring 40 to 50 new jobs to Topeka. That includes positions like nursing, technicians and pharmasists positions. 

Dr. Vo said the prices will be the same as the other emergency rooms in Topeka. They’re planning to start construction in late May.

The hospital should be open in December. It will be open 24/7 year round.

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