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NAMI recognizes Via Christi Behavioral Health leader and nurse

Robyn Chadwick, executive leader for adult, adolescent and pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Via Christi, was recently honored by the Wichita chapter of the National Association for the Mentally Ill as its Service Provider of the Year. Additionally, Kara Liss, RN, who serves at Via Christi Behavioral Health, was one of two recipients of NAMI’s Mental Health Professional of the Year awards.

Via Christi Hospital St. Teresa food drive to honor Ruth and John Strunk

Ruth Strunk

Ruth Strunk died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 23 — 17 months after the death of her husband, John.

Via Christi associates know the Strunks as the west-Wichita couple who sold all but 40 acres of their third-generation family farm to Via Christi to give friends and neighbors access to close-to-home care. Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa staff, patients and families also may remember watching John from their hospital windows as he mowed the pasture on their homestead. 

St. Teresa growth continues with blessing of newest facility


Ascension’s Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa is poised to serve thousands of west-Wichita patients with the recent relocation of its larger Ascension Medical Group on west 21st to the medical office building on the hospital’s campus. The move, done in phases over the past year, was celebrated with a blessing and open house this week.

Via Christi introduces high-tech system for reducing prostate cancer side effects

The Cancer Center at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis now offers SpaceOAR®, a system designed to reduce radiation therapy side effects in men undergoing prostate cancer treatment.

SpaceOAR provides a layer of protection between the prostate and the rectum, helping eliminate or reduce rectal complications or side effects.

Via Christi Oncology in Top 100, NCORP in Top 10

Becker’s Hospital Review recently released its list of 100 hospitals and health systems with great oncology programs and Ascension Via Christi once again was chosen for inclusion in this elite group for a third year in a row.
According to Becker’s, the list includes hospitals and health systems at the forefront of cancer treatment and research—ones “that have invested in growing oncology departments and regional cancer centers, providing an important service to patients locally and nationally.”

Faith, hope and medical advances keep brain cancer patient going

When news broke in July 2017 that Sen. John McCain had been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM, Ken Evans already had been battling the same aggressive form of brain cancer for two months.
In May 2018, Evans began round two of his fight, as the tumor in the left frontal lobe of his brain had returned in the same spot, along with a new one over his right eye.
Evans continues that fight today – having already surpassed the 14-month average life expectancy for patients with GBM.

Tips to keep you out of the ER over the holidays

Emergency room

With the holidays fast approaching, there's often an increased risk of injury opportunities on the road, in the kitchen and in the yard.

Experts at Ascension’s Via Christi hospitals say some of the most common injuries treated in the emergency room are from car accidents, cooking, playing outdoor sports like football and putting up holiday decorations.

West Wichita Via Christi Clinic has moved to St. Teresa campus

Via Christi Clinic on West St. Teresa

When Ascension’s Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa opened in west Wichita eight years ago, an adjoining medical office building was built to accommodate the future growth of an integrated healthcare system where outpatient and inpatient operations collaborated seamlessly.

Research into one of heart failure’s causes could lead to new treatments

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia have published new findings about “stiff heart syndrome” that could one day help prevent future cases of congestive heart failure.

Stiff heart syndrome, or cardiac amyloidosis, is one of the multiple causes of heart failure. It occurs when abnormal protein is deposited in the heart tissue, making it difficult for the heart to work properly. Stiff heart syndrome also can lead to abnormal heartbeats and bad heart signals.

Among the study’s findings:


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