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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:

Via Christi distributing free kits to test for colon cancer during March

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Colon cancer is largely preventable and treatable when caught early. Unfortunately, one in three adults age 50 to 75 years have not been screened for colon cancer as recommended.

To help raise colon cancer awareness and promote early detection, Via Christi Health will be distributing free fecal occult blood test kits to anyone 50 and older throughout the month of March.

Diet-free habits for healthy living

Zonya Foco

Want to ditch dieting forever?

Nutritionist Zonya Foco says it's possible. Foco, who will be speaking at this year's Women's Fair, suggests these year-round tips for keeping the pounds off.

1. Drink water and think before you drink anything else.

2. Include breakfast and stop eating two or three hours before bedtime.

3. Eat often and include a fruit or vegetable each time.

4. Tame your sweet tooth and naturally eat as little sugar as possible.

HMR program stands among the nation's best for weight loss

HMR, a program offered for the past 18 years by Via Christi Weight Management, recently was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best.

It ranked second on the magazine's annual list of best diets--marking the first time that the HMR program, which integrates diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching, has been included.

Via Christi, Kansas Imaging Consultants partner to integrate radiology

Via Christi Health, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit health care system, has announced plans to become the sole owner of Anatomi Imaging, a joint venture it has operated since 2000 with its physician partners at Kansas Imaging Consultants. 

As part of this transition, radiologists from Via Christi Clinic, which had provided outpatient radiology services to clinic patients, will join Kansas Imaging Consultants, which already provides the majority of radiology services for patients at Via Christi’s Wichita hospitals.

Via Christi Health’s community benefit tops $91 million in fiscal year 2014

Via Christi Health, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system, provided $91.4 million in community benefit in the 2014 fiscal year, providing free medical care to those in need, educating healthcare professionals and supporting community health efforts in Wichita, Pittsburg, Manhattan and Wamego. 

Sisters reflect on history, future of health care

A town hall meeting, looking back at 125 years of history – and ahead to the future – continued a “great day of celebration” of the anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in Wichita.

Thirteen Sisters of one of Via Christi's founding congregations are in Wichita this week to celebrate the anniversary. They came from Rome, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Trinidad.

What we're seeing at Via Christi Clinic (Week of Sept. 29, 2014)

Each week, we'll share some insight into what our physicians and care providers at Via Christi Clinic locations are seeing.

Via Christi Clinic physicians on West 21st St. are seeing patients with ear aches, sore throats and allergies. Some of those with sore throats have tested positive for strep but most sore throats are related to allergies.

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