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Henry Helgerson Company donates tent for drive-up testing

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ascension Medical Group Via Christi Immediate Care launched a drive-up specimen collection for patients with symptoms consistent with viral infections last month.

The clinic, located at 3311 E. Murdock, offers drive-up testing for patients 8 and older who have a physician order from their AMG Via Christi primary or immediate care provider.

"Our team is providing a wonderful service by helping reduce patients' and our care team's risk of infection by keeping those needing testing from those needing other types of care," said Philip Newlin, chief medical officer for AMG Via Christi. However, providing the drive-up option meant having to rent a 20-foot-by-20-foot tent to protect staff from the elements.

“After seeing the weekly rental cost, I called Henry Helgerson to see if his company could offer a better rate,” says David Alexander, president of the Via Christi Foundation. 

Indeed he could, Helgerson responded. He would provide the tent at no cost for as long as it was needed.

“I was pleased, but not surprised by Henry’s generosity,” Alexander says, noting the Henry Helgerson Company's support the past two years for Ascension Via Christi’s Medical Mission at Home. 

Contributing to this cause also hits close to home as Helgerson's niece, Melanie Lewis, is a respiratory therapist at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis.

"Being able to help in any way is important because this impacts everyone in our community in some way," says Lewis' father, Shawn Helgerson, who works with his uncle in the family business.

Mollie Botts, director over the AMG Via Christi on Murdock, also was pleased to learn of the donation. "I am immeasurably proud of the selfless work being performed by this team and so grateful to the Helgerson Company for its support of their efforts.”

For information about what you can do to help, go to or call 316-281-5157.

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.