A graduate of University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Eddy moved to Hays in 1962 and joined his father’s surgical practice at the Eddy Clinic. He retired in 2009, after 47 years of practice. Eddy also served as a member of Hays Medical Center Board of Directors and the Hadley Foundation Board of Directors.
“After Vic passed away, the Hadley Foundation suggested establishing a permanent memorial in his name,” stated Dr. John Jeter, president and CEO of HaysMed. “We thought dedicating the outpatient surgical unit to him would be a fitting tribute to a surgeon who gave nearly 47 years of service to the people of our region. The Hadley Foundation made a contribution of $300,000 towards the unit’s renovation.”
Located on the first floor of the Miller Medical Pavilion, the Dr. Vic Eddy Outpatient Surgical Unit provides for the patient requiring same-day surgery but not impatient hospitalization. The unit gives constant observation and nursing care to the patient preoperatively and postoperatively until the patient is discharged. The recent renovation of the unit included increasing the size of several treatment rooms, adding a nursing station, and other changes to enhance patient privacy.
“As our services expand in the region, HaysMed is seeing the number of our surgical patients increase. More than 5,500 outpatient surgical procedures were performed last year and we continue to see growth in this area,” stated Jeter. “Our goal for the renovation was to create a more effective design to improve the patient experience and to make the space more efficient for our staff.”
A plaque dedicated to Dr. Eddy was unveiled by his wife, Carol and will be hung at the entrance of the Dr. Vic Eddy Outpatient Surgical Unit.