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Ascension Via Christi to be well-represented at Sunday’s Prairie Fire races

More than 2,400 runners have registered so far for the 10th annual Fall Prairie Fire Marathon, Half Marathon, Mayor’s 5K and one-mile Fun Run/Walk that will take place on Sunday, Oct. 13, starting and finishing in front of WAVE, 650 E. 2nd.
Among those signed up are nearly two dozen Ascension Via Christi associates. They will be cheered on by several dozen or more of their teammates who have signed up to volunteer at the event, for which Ascension Via Christi is the presenting sponsor.

Ascension Via Christi’s Don King meets with community, shares vision for future

Ascension Via Christi CEO Don King moved to Kansas in April – a move that brought the Kansas City area native and his wife, Wendy, back to their roots.
Recently, the Via Christi Foundation hosted a  meet-and-greet with Don King, who continues to share his organizational vision for the future with physicians, staff and civic leaders and learn more about their needs and concerns.

Bone marrow transplant program to celebrate 30 year milestone with patient, family reunion

When the team at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis performed its first bone marrow transplant in July 1989, the treatment was still relatively new. But three decades later, BMT has long been the standard of care for many cancers as the technology, knowledge and outcomes continue to improve.

Teaming up to comfort patients in the ER

The patient scheduling team for Ascension Via Christi’s outpatient therapy centers heard that the ER and Forensic Nursing program at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph needed blankets and stuffed animals to give to patients needing a comforting touch.

So they got together and assembled fleece blankets to go along with stuffed animals they planned to donate to the unit.

Mary Ellen Louris Surgery Waiting Room dedicated at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph

Mary Ellen Louris loved directing traffic from the volunteer desk in Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph’s busy surgical waiting room — so much that she devoted 33 years of her life to doing so.
But her contribution went above and beyond the 10,832 hours she spent as an information conduit between caregivers and patient families.

Open house, blessing planned for newly renovated Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital

The $8.8 million renovation of Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital is now complete – featuring 30 private rooms, a modern décor and state-of-the-art gait and balance system designed to improve patient outcomes and safety.

Ascension Via Christi associate leading suicide prevention walk in memory of brother

Gayla Kelley

On March 10, 2016, Gayla Kelly lost her brother, singer/songwriter Daniel Diedrich, to suicide.

“Daniel lived and breathed music,” says Kelly. “He marched to his own beat, had a heart of gold and would give the shirt off his back for someone in need. He was a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend.”

Since his death, Kelly, who is the front desk coordinator at the Ascension Via Christi Specialty Clinic, has dedicated her time to educating others about suicide prevention and mental health.


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