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Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph Psychiatric Observation Unit to open Monday

On Monday, Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph will launch a new level of behavioral health care services with the launch of its Psychiatric Observation Unit.

The unit, located on the lower-level of the hospital, will be staffed and equipped to provide care for up to 16 patients needing immediate behavioral health care services – providing a new level of care that has proved successful elsewhere around the country.

Ascension Via Christi receives environmental award from KDHE

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recognized Ascension Via Christi with an Environmental Stewardship with Distinction Award.
The Environmental Stewardship awards are given annually to businesses, industries, and organizations that have made a significant improvement in protecting our environment by preventing pollution. This year, Ascension Via Christi was the only organization to be recognized for going above and beyond and meeting additional criteria.

‘Sacred space’ giving Ascension leaders time to listen, respond to patients, associates

Research has shown that associates who feel cared about tend to do a better job of caring for others—and of the best ways to convey that is through actual face time. So throughout Ascension, a two-hour window of time has been designated as “sacred space,” meaning that no meetings are to be held during this time to promote associate and patient rounding. 

Mierau retires after 30 years of caring for critically ill babies at Ascension Via Christi

On Aug. 7, Evelyn Mierau celebrated her 30th anniversary as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph.
The following day, she celebrated her retirement with a pot luck meal with her NICU teammates, followed by a reception with dozens of current and former hospital colleagues.

Ascension Via Christi CyberKnife Center launches major expansion

Most patients diagnosed with cancer aren’t eager to spend months getting treatment or recovering from surgery.
But patients referred for treatment at Ascension Via Christi CyberKnife Center in Wichita don’t have to because CyberKnife can hone in on lethal cancerous or unhealthy tissue with pinpoint precision in just one to five treatments and requires no incisions or sedation.

90-year-old total hip replacement patient’s goal: To be back on his Harley

Elward Altvater, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on July 28, bought his first motorcycle in 1947 and has been enjoying short jaunts and long road trips on one of the many Harley Davidsons he has owned ever since.

That is, up until about six months ago when the retired Hutchinson, Kansas, building contractor’s  son and frequent traveling companion, Kim Altvater, had surgery. 

The other factor that has kept the two Screaming Eagle bikes sitting idle in Elward’s garage was the pain he’d been experiencing every time he would swing his leg over the seat.

This year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to include lunch, fun Old Town stroll

Last year, the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event raised more than $60,000 for breast cancer research and local programs and services. 

This year’s walk promises to be bigger and better than ever as it has moved to a new time, day and venue.

In response to participant feedback, the family-friendly event will be held on Sept. 15 – a Sunday afternoon rather than a Saturday morning – and move from its former northeast Wichita location to a more central location in Old Town.


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