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Cardiology services update: Manhattan hospital outlines optimized cardiology program

Recently, there have been articles and letters to the editor regarding the change in cardiology services available at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. One of the primary goals in this recent decision was to provide more consistent local cardiology care to patients at Via Christi Hospital. We would like to address some of the concerns we’ve heard and hopefully, provide some clarification to the recent changes that were put into effect this month. 

Ascension partners with Kansas City to support behavioral health center

Thanks to financial support from Ascension, residents of Kansas City, Mo., soon will have greater access to behavioral health services.

Ascension is partnering with the city to help fund a new mental-health assessment and triage center being developed in downtown Kansas City. Ascension will contribute $20 million over 10 years to the effort, continuing the national health ministry’s more than 100-year legacy of serving the Kansas City community.

In-home therapy helps knee replacement patient get back on her feet

Nine days after Patsy Hurst had a total knee replacement in her right knee, Via Christi Home Health physical therapist Elly Wilber is at Patsy’s home just southwest of Pittsburg. Wilber is about halfway through her post-surgery two-week therapy regimen with Patsy.

This is Patsy’s second total knee replacement this year — she had her left knee replaced in March. 

When Patsy, 84, started exploring her options with her knees, she says they asked her which knee was the bad one. 

Kohl's Department Stores donates more than $53,000 to Via Christi's Kohl's Safety Town

Nationwide, pedestrian injury is one of the leading causes of injury-related death for children ages 5 to 14 — leading Via Christi Health and Kohl's Cares to develop Kohl's Safety Town, a community-based interactive pedestrian a

Update on listeria and Blue Bell ice cream

Via Christi was not aware of any listeria contamination in Blue Bell Creameries ice cream products until March 9. Upon learning of a possible connection to five patients who became ill with listeriosis during their hospitalizations for unrelated causes between December 2013 and January 2015, Via Christi immediately removed from distribution all Blue Bell Creameries products from all its care sites.

Information regarding local listeriosis cases

Via Christi Hospital St. Francis identified five patients who became ill with listeriosis during their hospitalizations for unrelated causes between December 2013 and January 2015. Via Christi worked closely with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) to investigate the cause of the listeriosis cases in these five patients, which has now been linked to pre-packaged ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries believed to have been consumed by these patients.

Are you prepared for severe weather?

Severe Weather Week

Severe weather season is upon us. 

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 2-6, which is a great time to prepare for Kansas’ severe weather season, says Carolyn Koehn, director of Safety, Environmental Services and Emergency Management for Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita.

“It’s critically important to prepare emergency plans, and to know what to do — at work and at home — before severe weather strikes,” says Koehn.

Is your family prepared should severe weather develop?

Consider the following for your emergency plan:


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