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Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa celebrates re-accreditation with staff thank-you

Following a third-consecutive re-accreditation by The Joint Commission, Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa held an evening and daytime picnic to honor and thank staff for their ongoing commitment to quality, which led to a near-perfect survey. 

The on-site picnics included burgers and hot dogs cooked by hospital leaders, outdoor water play for kids and great music to unwind and have fun. 

“The accreditation is all due to our staff’s dedication to good practices,” says Brenda Larson, St. Teresa’s chief nursing officer. “We owe our success to those who serve with us in any occupation here.”

This accreditation, the third since St. Teresa opened nine years ago, is particularly special since out of the nearly 2,000 elements of performance, the final report only included 15 recommendations for improvement, which translates to a high passing grade of over 99%. 
“I had a feeling our hospital would receive the re-accreditation, but to do this well shows the level of teamwork and dedication we have here,” says Robyn Chadwick, St. Teresa’s senior executive. 

In addition to the hospital’s overall fantastic performance, the dietary and radiology departments had zero deficiencies.

“We practice what we need to do and know until everything just becomes habit,” says Amber Gorges-Landers, Radiology manager. “My team is like a family and worked closely together to knock this out of the park.”

The Operating Room, and many other departments, prepared for the survey by continually identifying and addressing risk points and safety concerns – all vital to safe patient care and re-accreditation. “My 15-person team is a ridiculously well-oiled machine when it comes to communicating and adapting to challenges,” says Mark Sandoval, OR manager. 

St. Teresa, the only full-service hospital in west Wichita, is located on a 120-acre campus west of 135th and 21st. It features 68 private patient suites, including four dedicated to intensive care and 18 to inpatient rehab; a pediatric-friendly full-service emergency room; four state-of-the-art operating rooms and a heart catheterization lab; an ambulatory infusion center; diagnostic imaging and laboratory services; an on-site pharmacy; and outpatient rehabilitation care.


"Thank-you" is dotted all over the walls of St. Teresa in different languages to show appreciation for everyone's hard work

A staff member and his family enjoys the free picnic food and activities

Sprinklers kept kids entertained throughout the celebration

St. Teresa's hospital leadership and event organizers (from left to right): Amber Gorges-Landers, Radiology manager; Robyn Chadwick, senior executive; Brenda Larson, St. Teresa's chief nursing officer; Mark Sandoval, OR manager

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