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Infection Prevention Week: Celebrating those who keep our hospitals, clinics safe

National Infection Prevention Week is Oct. 18-24, providing a great reminder of the year-round work our Ascension Via Christi Infection Prevention and Control teams do to ensure that our hospitals and clinics are a safe environment to give and receive care.
"Our experience in dealing with threats posed by other highly infectious diseases has helped prepare us for COVID-19, just as COVID-19 is helping us prepare for what may arise in the future," says Karen Bally, director of the five-member Infection Prevention and Control team in Wichita. "However, while our battle with the new coronavirus is ongoing, it is just one of the hundreds of germs that we work year-round to keep from harming patients, visitors and staff."
They work closely with their peers at the Ascension Via Christi hospitals in Pittsburg, Manhattan and Wamego to do so, collaborating on ways to prevent, track and use evidence-based best practices to stem the spread of communicable diseases and reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections.
"This has been a truly challenging year, but it isn't our first and likely won't be our last," says Vivian Nutsch, who leads Infection Control in Manhattan. 
Jamie Cravens, who leads Infection Control in Pittsburg and Fort Scott, agrees, and has this message for the community: "Please do your part and wear your mask whenever you are within six feet of anyone not a member of your immediate household, get your flu shot and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly."
Please join us in thanking each of them for all they do individually and collectively to make our hospitals and clinics safe.
  • The Infection Prevention and Control team serving Ascension Via Christi in Wichita. 
  • Jamie Cravens, Infection Control lead in Pittsburg and Fort Scott.
  • Maria Endress, Infection Control lead for Ascension Medical Group Via Christi clinics in Wichita.
  • Vivian Nutsch, Infection Control lead in Manhattan.
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.