Caring for the communities we serve
Via Christi Health provided $82.5 million in community benefit in the 2015 fiscal year, providing free medical care to those in need, educating healthcare professionals and supporting community health efforts in Wichita, Pittsburg, Manhattan and Wamego.
Via Christi’s contributions to the overall benefit of the communities it serves included $46.2 million in charity care and $15.5 million in unpaid costs of Medicaid services. Via Christi provided another $20.8 million worth of community benefit through such initiatives as:
- Subsidizing health services provided by our specialty and family medicine clinics, and behavioral health facilities
- Training physicians, nurses and other health professionals
- Supporting community health clinics, health screenings, research, community building activities and donations of space to community organizations
- Training more than 500 physicians, nurses and other clinicians to identify and help patients who are victims of human trafficking
Via Christi’s community benefit is based on community health assessments conducted in Manhattan and 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 their families from diseases.
Community benefit in Wichita
In Wichita, Via Christi provided community benefit of $72.1 million, including $39.8 million in charity care.
Dispensary of Hope: The outpatient pharmacies at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis and Via Christi Clinic on Murdock both serve as a Dispensary of Hope, providing surplus medications from manufacturers, distributors and physicians to uninsured patients as part of a national safety net.
Community volunteerism: Via Christi leaders and staff members volunteer in the communities where they live and work, helping to provide hands-on service to the poor, vulnerable and those who are struggling. In 2015, Via Christi associates volunteered their time to help build two homes in a project sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations. Via Christi also contributed funds to this Pope Francis Build community project.
Community benefit in Manhattan and Wamego
Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan and Wamego Health Center, which is majority owned and managed by Via Christi, provided $5.1 million in community benefit in 2015, including $2.4 million in charity care.
Via Christi and Wamego provided another $1.1 million in community benefit through a variety of collaborative partnerships including Delivering Change, a program created in response to the growing need for prenatal and postnatal education and care. Via Christi works closely with Geary Community Hospital and the Riley and Geary County health departments to help women who would otherwise have challenges with access to care.
Via Christi provided financial and in-kind contributions and community health improvement services as par of its commitment to the Flint Hills Community Clinic, which opened in 2005 to serve the growing number of uninsured in Riley County.
Wamego gave in-kind support to Community Health Ministries, a medical and dental clinic for low-income or uninsured residents. The clinic also provides prescription assistance, family counseling and other needed services.
Community benefit in Pittsburg
Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg provided community benefit of $5.3 million in 2015, including $4 million in charity care.
As part of its community benefit, the hospital operates a diabete self-management program that is certified by the American Diabetes Association.
Via Christi Outreach also provides immediate post-concussion assessment and cognitive testing at no cost to Crawford County high school students, conducting more than 950 tests over the past four years.
The Pittsburg hospital also prepared more than 18,500 meals for delivery by Pittsburg Meals on Wheels to elderly and homebound residents over the age of 60.