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Five mumps cases detected in Pittsburg

Area health professionals are investigating five cases of mumps in Pittsburg. Onsets of illness occurred in early February. Information is subject to change as investigations continue.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4,000 mumps cases were reported in the 2016, and mumps outbreaks are ongoing in the nearby states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Via Christi's community benefit tops $77.8 million in fiscal year 2016

Via Christi community benefit

Via Christi Health, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system, provided $77.8 million in community benefit in the 2016 fiscal year, providing free medical care to those in need, educating healthcare professionals and supporting community health efforts in Wichita, Pittsburg, Manhattan and Wamego.

[Video] Silent Night: Merry Christmas from Via Christi

Merry Christmas

As we approach Christmas and the end of the year, we at Via Christi want to send our best wishes for holiday blessings. We are honored to serve our patients and our community and look forward to partnering with you for a healthy, happy 2017!

Please enjoy this Christmas video, which features "Silent Night" and the precious babies of the NICU at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph.



It's flu season: What you need to know


With the arrival of colder weather also comes the influenza virus, otherwise known as the flu. The flu is a common viral respiratory illness we see year after year in the emergency department. 

“We are entering flu season,” says Howard Chang, MD, director of the ER at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis. “Traditionally starting in November, the number of flu cases we see in the ER starts to climb.” 

Understanding the long-term health effects of domestic violence

Domestic violence awareness

Julie O'Neill is community advocacy coordinator for Catholic Charities Harbor House in Wichita. She offers this guest blog post for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which one relationship partner tries to control the other through violence, intimidation or threats. This experience is spirit crushing and has profound effects on the victim’s health.

Nine with connections to Via Christi named Health Care Heroes

Sister Marie Veronica Janousek

Nine clinicians and others with connections to Via Christi will be honored Thursday as Health Care Heroes by the Wichita Business Journal.

The annual awards recognize “companies, individuals, and organizations for their contributions to improving health care in Wichita and the surrounding area.

Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Tangy Vinaigrette

Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Tangy Vinaigrette

Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber and significantly more beta-carotene than white or red potatoes, making them a great side dish for your summer grilling

This sweet potato recipe adds an extra level of flavor with a tangy vinaigrette. 

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Tangy Vinaigrette

Makes 5 cups
1 1/2 cups = 1 vegetable serving
200 calories per cup

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil

Recipe: Sweet Onion and Tomato Salad with Grilled Fish

Sweet onion and tomato salad with fish

Break out the grill and enjoy this tasty salad made with vitamin-rich seasonal vegetables and heart-healthy grilled fish.

You can make this with fresh tuna or salmon, both of which contain omega-3 fatty acids that, according to the American Heart Association, help decrease the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), decrease blood triglyceride (fat) levels, slow the growth of artery-clogging plaque, and help lower blood pressure.


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