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Via Christi Health’s community benefit tops $91 million in fiscal year 2014

Via Christi Health, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system, provided $91.4 million in community benefit in the 2014 fiscal year, providing free medical care to those in need, educating healthcare professionals and supporting community health efforts in Wichita, Pittsburg, Manhattan and Wamego. 

Sisters reflect on history, future of health care

A town hall meeting, looking back at 125 years of history – and ahead to the future – continued a “great day of celebration” of the anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in Wichita.

Thirteen Sisters of one of Via Christi's founding congregations are in Wichita this week to celebrate the anniversary. They came from Rome, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Trinidad.

What we're seeing at Via Christi Clinic (Week of Sept. 29, 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 physicians on West 21st St. are seeing patients with ear aches, sore throats and allergies. Some of those with sore throats have tested positive for strep but most sore throats are related to allergies.

Riverside Health Foundation continues support for Via Christi’s Family Medicine Residency, International Fellowship

Riverside Health Foundation recently donated $500,000 in support of graduate medical education at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita. The gift brings its total contribution to Via Christi programs to more than $7.5 million over the past 13 years.
    

What we're seeing at Via Christi Clinic (Week of Sept. 22, 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 physicians on West 21st St. are seeing patients with the stomach bug, fevers and ear aches. They are also seeing patients with sore throats, some of which have been diagnosed as strep. 

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.

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