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What we're seeing at Via Christi Clinic (Week of Sept. 15, 2014)

Each week, we'll share some insight into what our physicians and care providers at Via Christi Clinic locations are seeing.

Via Christi Clinic on West 21st physicians are seeing patients with a form of stomach bug characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  They are also seeing patients with coughs, earaches and sore throats, as well as sports injuries.

CMN Hospitals grant provides therapy garden for young Behavioral Health patients

Behavioral Health garden for teens

Adolescents served by Via Christi Behavioral Health Center now can enjoy a peaceful therapeutic garden thanks to a grant from the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi. The Center received the $5,000 grant in December, and staff worked all spring to create an inviting outdoor living space.

The once bland, cement patio is now brimming with colorful plants, two small greenhouses, a fountain and rocker gliders. It allows the patients – 11- to 17-year-olds in need of crisis stabilization and short-term hospitalization – to get out and unwind.

Faithful support sees cancer patients through their difficult journey

He heals mission

In her career as a health care leader, Peg Tichacek is used to planning ahead, preparing long-term initiatives and laying the groundwork for projects. But when she was sunbathing at a Fourth of July barbecue and noticed a mass in her lower abdomen, nothing could have prepared her for what came next.

Ovarian cancer.

Laborists provide round-the-clock care for OB patients

Via Christi laborists

When Brooke Grizzell, MD, pictured at left, and Leah Brantley, MD, right, finished their residencies a year apart, both were eager to begin caring for expectant mothers.

But at the time, Grizzell and her husband had two young sons and Brantley and her husband were planning on starting a family of their own. Plus, both women were married to surgeons getting ready to start fellowship training in St. Louis.

Patient invited to help design new primary care patterned on prevention

Patient-centered care

Tina Williams loves to design quilts, creating beautiful works of art as a hobby and business.

So it seems natural that Tina also would be passionate about volunteering to help Via Christi Clinic design a better model of primary care to keep patients healthy — and out of the hospital.

Via Christi and Pittsburg State University share legacy of teaching tomorrow's nurses

Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg nursing students

“My mom died of breast cancer three years ago,” says Emily Mika, who just finished her junior year in the nursing program at Pittsburg State University. “I was nervous the first day I had clinical rotation with cancer patients at Via Christi.”

That anxiety was eased when she met her nurse preceptor at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kathy McGowen.

“Kathy explained things so well and was easy to talk to,” says Emily. “I don’t think cancer was as hard as I thought it would be. I knew what the families were going through.”

Kohl's Department Stores donates more than $82,000 to Via Christi Health pedestrian and bicycle safety education program

Nationwide, pedestrian injury is one of the leading causes of injury-related death for children ages 5 to 14 — leading Via Christi Health and Kohl's Cares to develop Kohl's Safety Town, a community-based interactive pedestrian and bicycle safety education program.

Established in 2013, Kohl's Safety Town is being made possible again this year thanks to a $82,115 grant from Kohl's Cares® grant and a host of volunteers, including many Kohl's Associates in Action volunteer program participants.

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