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Community benefit at Via Christi Health

Caring for the communities we serve

In fiscal year 2012, Via Christi Health provided $90.5 million in community benefit to the communities it serves. This includes $46.8 million in charity care and $21.7 million in unpaid costs of Medicaid services. Via Christi Health provided another $22 million worth of community benefit through initiatives including:

  • More than $2.5 million in subsidized health services provided by our specialty and family practice clinics, our behavioral health services facilities and other subsidized health services
  • Nearly $15.4 million to train physicians, nurses and other health professionals
  • More than $4 million in other services such as support of community clinics, health screenings, research, community building activities and donations of space to community organizations

Via Christi's community benefit is based on community health assessments conducted in Manhattan/Wamego, Pittsburg and Wichita to guide our work in addressing gaps in services, barriers to care and educating the public on better ways to protect themselves and families from diseases.

Additional community benefit: Via Christi Village in Ponca City — $260,836

*Numbers are rounded and, hence, do not add up to $90.5 million.


Total community benefit: $6.1 million including $2.4 million in charity care and $2.3 million in unpaid costs of Medicaid services

Mercy Regional Health Center also provided another $1.3 million worth of community benefit through initiatives, including $756,504 in financial and in-kind contributions and $371,552 for community health improvement services, part of which covers Mercy Regional’s commitment to the Flint Hills Community Clinic and the partnership between Wamego Health Center and the in-kind support it gives to the Community Health Ministries, a medical and dental clinic for low-income or uninsured, prescription assistance, family counseling and other needed services.

The Flint Hills Community Clinic opened in 2005 to serve the growing number of uninsured in Riley County. Since 2005, the clinic has had more than 10,204 visits from area residents.

  • Mercy Regional Health Center’s Preprofessional program provided educational shadowing experiences to 116 students to help them narrow their field of study in health care.
  • Mercy provided clinical rotations to 511 regional college students in nursing, radiology, EMS, dietetics, spiritual/pastoral care and social work.
  • Mercy professional staff led 4-H Discovery Days health care career education sessions for 95 Kansas youth during May 2012 at Kansas State.


Total community benefit: $8.3 million; over $7.1 million in charity care*

  • Since 1992, Via Christi Hospital’s CareVan has traveled nearly 3.5 million miles and transported 268,000 passengers. The primary source of medical transportation for the elderly and those with disabilities, the van also serves those who lack transportation or are unable to drive.
  • Via Christi Hospital prepares the meals for Pittsburg Meals on Wheels, Inc., which has served elderly and homebound residents over age 60 for more than 25 years.
  • Via Christi Hospital provides Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) free of charge to Crawford County high school athletes to promote full recovery from head injuries before returning to the playing field. The purchase was funded by a grant from Mount Carmel Foundation.
  • In response to a 2011 Community Health Needs Assessment, Via Christi Hospital took the lead in creating the communitywide Mental Health Task Force of Crawford County, which helps local health care providers process assessments and manage referrals for behavioral health patients. Via Christi also is an active part of a broad community partnership that is developing the county’s health needs assessment and health improvement plan.


Total community benefit: $75.8 million including $37.3 million in charity care

  • Via Christi Health provided more than $100,000 in funding for Wichita State University’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program, where new dentists provide dental care at reduced rates for low-income or uninsured clients.
  • Gerard House provides a safe, caring, supportive home for young women choosing to give birth as they decide whether to keep and raise their children or place them with adoptive couples. In the last four years, Gerard House has provided a safe environment for 69 pregnant young women who delivered 25 babies while residents of the program. Before a resident leaves, Gerard House staff connects them with community resources to ensure they have a support system in place to care for themselves and the baby once it is delivered.