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Don’t fall for caller ID scams; hang up and report them

Recently, Wichitans have been getting calls that caller ID indicates are coming from Ascension Via Christi, but they are not.

Instead, they are robocalls from telemarketers who have “spoofed” in Ascension Via Christi’s name to get you to take their calls selling back braces and other products.

Why Ascension Via Christi?

According to the Federal Trade Commission, fake caller ID scammers try to trick you into thinking they are someone local and someone you trust – like a government agency or police department, or a company with which you do business.

Join Ascension Via Christi at the Women’s Fair

Ascension Via Christi once again will be a major sponsor of the Women’s Fair, Friday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 17—an annual event you won’t want to miss!

The first 250 adult attendees through the doors when they open at noon on Friday will receive a handy ‘keeping it fresh' salad shaker as Via Christi joins the American Heart Association in Going Red for Women.

Plan now to manage holiday emotions

holding hands thanksgiving

The month of November marks the kickoff of several weeks of holiday festivities. The season ignites the spirit of giving and kindles perpetual cheer, right? Unfortunately, for many people, the holidays are a source of anxiety, stress and even sadness. 

Holidays can be costly, frantic and full of unmet expectations. For some, holidays may be a reminder of losses — of a loved one, of a relationship, of physical abilities. Even normal transitions, such as children growing up, can seem like losses during times when families dream of being together. 

How to use an EpiPen


For many allergy sufferers, exposure to a known allergen can not only be harmful, in some cases, it can be deadly.

That’s why many allergists like myself prescribe an epinephrine autoinjector. They can go by the brand name EpiPen and Auvi-Q.

An autoinjector is used to deliver a dose of epinephrine, a hormone and neurotransmitter, that is used to treat a serious allergic reaction.

It can be scary if you or a loved one suddenly experiences a severe allergic reaction, so it’s important to be prepared and have immediate access to an autoinjector.

Preventive health checklist for men

man at doctor's office

Regular checkups can be potential lifesavers, especially when they catch potentially life-threatening conditions early. This Father’s Day, show your dad – or any other important man in your life – some love by making sure he knows when and what preventative screenings he should be having.

Simply print out the following list of screenings and tests recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ascension’s Via Christi for men and slip it in his Father’s Day card or tape it to the bathroom mirror. It could be a life-saver!

National Women’s Health Week: Are you taking care of you?

3 generations women

May 13–19 is National Women's Health Week — established to remind women to make their health a lifelong priority. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health spearheaded this national effort to raise awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health and the importance of incorporating simple preventive and positive health behaviors into everyday life. 

Are you prepared for severe weather?

tornado photo

Severe weather season is upon us. Now is a great time to prepare for Kansas’ severe weather season, says Carolyn Koehn, director of Safety and Emergency Management for Ascension 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:

Eating on the run with diabetes

healthy fruits and veggies

While some people living with diabetes require insulin injections, oral medications or both, everyone with diabetes needs to focus on healthy eating and activity levels that keep blood sugar in a normal range. Eating too much or too little at the wrong time can cause spikes or dips in blood sugar, which can cause immediate problems and long-term health complications.


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