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Another chance at life deserves a 'thank-you'

Around 11 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2017, Judy Gronniger awoke to what she thought was her husband’s snoring.

When Jeff wouldn’t awaken, she quickly recognized that he was going into cardiac arrest and began performing CPR until the ambulance arrived. It took 14 shocks with a defibrillator to restart his heart before he could be transported to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

On Oct. 19, 2018, Jeff walked back into the CICU with his family to thank and recognize the nursing staff who saved his life and fill in the gaps in his memory.

Ascension Via Christi volunteer sewing group provides soft touches to hard times

Ascension Via Christi, Partners in Caring volunteers are making small mats for hospitalized behavioral health patients.

But they are no ordinary placemats or lap mats, as each one is covered in pockets, with mystery items inside soft, touchable pouches.

The Sewing 101 group that crafts each one have nicknamed them “activity mats.”

Don’t like Mondays? Carol and Nancy may change your mind!

Every Monday morning, volunteers Carol Malashchuk and Nancy Youngers happily greet patients and associates at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph.

Carol and Nancy both have volunteered at the information desk St. Joseph for more than a decade and even take turns driving to the hospital for their shifts.

Ascension Via Christi Halloween celebrations a huge success

Despite the bitter cold and snowflakes in October, more than 650 people showed up to Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa’s first Trunk-or-Treat.

“The attendance was way beyond what we had expected,” says Steve Gillies, physician and community relations at Ascension Via Christi. “It was absolutely a home run.”

Ascension Via Christi reaches underserved at Cafe con Leche

Café Con Leche, an annual health and wellness fair designed to better meet the needs of native Spanish speakers, recently held its 20th event — drawing more than 750 people, including 150 children, in just five hours. 

Services included clinical breast exams, vision and dental screenings, flu shots, glucose checks, a safe sleep class for new and expectant parents, and more.

Ascension Via Christi’s Fort Scott ER bites back to copperhead snake bite

On a warm April afternoon, 3-year-old Tobias Flanner was helping his family clear brush near his Fort Scott home when he stumbled upon an angry copperhead snake.
“All of a sudden, Tobias was screaming and dancing away from something in the woods,” says his father Kevin Flanner, who has lived in Fort Scott all but eight years of his life.

Annual health fair designed for native Spanish speakers to take place Saturday

Café con Leche, an annual Hispanic-focused health and wellness fair, will take place from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Wichita’s North High School, 1437 N. Rochester.

Now in its 20th year, the event is expected to draw 800 – 1,000 participants.


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