Our Ascension brand colors — teal green for growth, blue for health and purple for compassion — were chosen as a reflection of how we serve our communities.
However, teal also is the color used to raise awareness about sexual assault, blue about child abuse and purple about domestic violence — types of community violence that lead to its victims requiring the specialized care offered by Ascension Via Christi Forensic Nursing.
“Our program began as Kansas’ first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team, or SANE/SART, and one of the earlier programs nationwide 25 years ago,” says Tina Peck, RN, the program’s coordinator. “Our team subsequently has helped launch SANE/SART programs around the state, including ones at our Ascension hospitals in Manhattan and Pittsburg.”
Four years ago, an Ascension Via Christi radiation technician led the development of a protocol for identifying and reaching out to victims of human trafficking brought to the hospital for care; that protocol now is being used at Ascension hospitals across the United States.
“Today, we continue to build upon the work begun by two bedside caregivers who recognized the need, the hospital leaders who listened to their ideas and the Sisters of our founding congregations who continue to support this work,” says Peg Tichacek, mission integration officer for Ascension Via Christi. “Supporting people when they are at the most vulnerable times of their lives speaks to the heart of our mission and who we are, down to the colors the Sisters chose to represent us.”
To learn more, go to viachristi.org/forensic-nursing.