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Upgraded Via Christi room service program expands focus on service

The room service program at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis and St. Joseph recently upgraded with new titles and uniforms for associates, designed to reflect a focus on service.

“Associates who deliver meals are now called ambassadors,” says Dorinda Perez, manager of Clinical Nutrition. “We felt the new title reflected our focus on customer service.”

Can you get the flu from the flu shot?

If you’ve ever gotten a flu shot and then a day or two later you feel sick, you might wonder if the symptoms were a result of getting the flu shot.

That’s largely a myth, according to Maggie Hagan, MD, an infectious disease specialist.

“When one gets the flu, what do they experience? They may experience muscle aches, low grade or high fever,” Dr. Hagan says. “You can have some muscle aches and fever from the flu vaccine. That doesn’t mean you have the flu.”

Is it safe for pregnant women to eat seafood?

Is it safe for pregnant women to eat seafood?

There has recently been some conflicting information in the media about whether or not it’s okay for pregnant women to eat seafood, especially tuna, while pregnant.

We asked Via Christi Clinic maternal-fetal specialist Michael Wolfe, MD, for some insight into the issue.

“The concern over eating seafood during pregnancy is the exposure to mercury,” said Dr. Wolfe. “If you eat seafood that has too much mercury in it, it could damage your unborn child’s brain and nervous system.”

Do you know if your child is overweight?

obesity in children

It's getting more difficult to tell if your child is overweight.

That's the conclusion of a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Parents of children ages 6 to 11 between 2005 and 2010 were 30 percent more likely to believe their obese child was at the right weight than parents interviewed during a previous time frame of 1988 to 2010.

Physician organizes yearly triathlon for family

One of our Via Christi Sports Medicine physicians has developed a unique way of keeping his six children, ages 4 months to 11 years, active.

Andrew Porter, DO, and his wife, Mandy, started the Porter Triathlon five years ago. The event includes swimming in their community pool, biking, and running around the track at Andover Central Middle School. 

ALS gets renewed attention thanks to Ice Bucket Challenge

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS

Have you been challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge™ yet?

If not, it's probably headed your way. It’s a social media craze that's sweeping the Internet. 

The Ice Bucket Challenge was created to raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. The premise of the challenge is dare nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. Those who are nominated to do the challenge have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship welcomes newest fellows

Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship

Earlier this month, the five fellows in this year’s class of the Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship program gathered in Wichita for the start of the year-long program.

For the first time, all five fellows are former Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program graduates.

The fellows are: 

Patrick Allen, MD, who received his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and his medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston.

Robin Williams' death sheds light on depression


In light of the tragic news about the death of comedian Robin Williams, we asked Cheryl Wehler, MD, medical director of the Via Christi Psychiatric Clinic and faculty member of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, about depression and suicide, and what to do if someone you love is struggling with these issues.

Vote for Via Christi in Eagle's Readers' Choice contest

Last year, Wichita Eagle readers chose Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita as the city’s best hospital for cardiac, cancer care as well as Via Christi Clinic for best physician/physician group.

Via Christi also was named a favorite for hospital, birth care, pediatrics, emergency room and among area gift shops.


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