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Ascension Via Christi now home to state's only accredited Epilepsy Center west of Kansas City

The Epilepsy Center at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis has achieved two-year accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center for adults—making it home to the only accredited epilepsy center in the state west of Kansas City.

Minimally invasive device offers new hope for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis

Pamela Campbell


Pamela Campbell injured her back 22 years ago and has lived with constant pain ever since.

“There has never been a day that I didn’t hurt,” says the 69-year-old retiree, even after an initial back surgery and multiple rounds of physical therapy. Her only option, she says, was to have a rod inserted in her back.

But at the time, her disabled husband and three children depended on her income and, she says, “I couldn’t live or work with a rod in my back. So I took pain pills and just kept on moving.”

Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa: ER quality that’s among the nation’s best

Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa’s  Emergency Department recently was recognized with a PRC Five Star Excellence Award for being in the Top 10 percent in the nation for overall quality of care.

Professional Research Consultants, or PRC, is one of the nation’s leading healthcare research firms. 

Ascension Via Christi to take part in upcoming Habitat for Humanity veteran build

On Friday, April 26, Habitat for Humanity will be taking part in a veteran build in the 1100 block of North Green with the help of the Ascension Via Christi St. Francis 4SE nursing team and their colleagues.

“We’ll be there from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,” says Johnathon Clark, RN, who brought the idea forward through his unit’s practice council. “You don’t need any experience – just the willingness to help out.”

Forensic Nursing represents true colors of Ascension Via Christi mission

Our Ascension brand colors — teal green for growth, blue for health and purple for compassion —  were chosen as a reflection of how we serve our communities.

However, teal also is the color used to raise awareness about sexual assault, blue about child abuse and purple about domestic violence — types of community violence that lead to its victims requiring the specialized care offered by Ascension Via Christi Forensic Nursing.

Ascension Via Christi Research a top enroller in esketamine studies that lead to FDA approval

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Spravato, an esketamine nasal spray, for treating depression in adults with treatment-resistant depression in conjunction with an oral antidepressant.

This is exciting news for patients with major depressive disorder who, despite having been given adequate doses of at least two antidepressant treatments for an adequate duration, have not responded to treatment.

Colorectal cancer screenings continue to save lives, increasingly in younger adults

When it comes to cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Cancer Society’s latest guidelines recommend that colorectal cancer screening begin at age 45 for patients at "average risk."


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