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Laborists provide round-the-clock care for OB patients

Via Christi laborists

When Brooke Grizzell, MD, pictured at left, and Leah Brantley, MD, right, finished their residencies a year apart, both were eager to begin caring for expectant mothers.

But at the time, Grizzell and her husband had two young sons and Brantley and her husband were planning on starting a family of their own. Plus, both women were married to surgeons getting ready to start fellowship training in St. Louis.

Patient invited to help design new primary care patterned on prevention

Patient-centered care

Tina Williams loves to design quilts, creating beautiful works of art as a hobby and business.

So it seems natural that Tina also would be passionate about volunteering to help Ascension Medical Group design a better model of primary care to keep patients healthy — and out of the hospital.

Adjust sleep patterns now for smooth adjustment to school schedule

How to get kids on a bedtime schedule

With school starting in just a few weeks, sleep may quickly become the first casualty of a busy, demanding schedule. After a summer of relaxed bedtimes and sleeping in, it can be a tough adjustment to suddenly go to bed and wake up as much as three hours earlier. And it’s equally tough on the parent who has to get everyone out the door in the morning.

Via Christi and Pittsburg State University share legacy of teaching tomorrow's nurses

Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg nursing students

“My mom died of breast cancer three years ago,” says Emily Mika, who just finished her junior year in the nursing program at Pittsburg State University. “I was nervous the first day I had clinical rotation with cancer patients at Via Christi.”

That anxiety was eased when she met her nurse preceptor at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kathy McGowen.

“Kathy explained things so well and was easy to talk to,” says Emily. “I don’t think cancer was as hard as I thought it would be. I knew what the families were going through.”

Kohl's Department Stores donates more than $82,000 to Via Christi Health pedestrian and bicycle safety education program

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

Established in 2013, Kohl's Safety Town is being made possible again this year thanks to a $82,115 grant from Kohl's Cares® grant and a host of volunteers, including many Kohl's Associates in Action volunteer program participants.

Residents bask in the charm of Via Christi Village on McLean

Via Christi Village on McLean

Situated along the Arkansas River west of downtown Wichita, Via Christi Village on McLean offers the best of both worlds — the natural beauty and serenity of country living plus metropolitan convenience. In fact, some refer to the intimate retirement village as “the bed and breakfast along the river.”

Chef loses 150 pounds and offers expertise to other weight-loss patients

Weight loss

Food is Curtis Isley's life.

As a professional chef at Wichita's Hyatt Hotel, he loves cooking it. As a friend, he loves sharing it with others. As a person, he's carried the weight it caused through some unhealthy habits.

By early 2012, Curtis — who had initially learned to cook from watching Julia Childs' cooking show as a teenager — had reached a peak weight of 350 pounds.

Volunteers donate time, talent and treasure


Rita Hynes-Bahm joined the cadre of blue-smocked volunteers at Ascension Via Christi's Wichita hospitals last year when the concierge program she'd advocated for as a member of the Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council was launched.

The Cancer Institute at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis needed such a program so that patients might fully use the services available in the expansive unit.


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