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Mount Carmel Foundation’s 34th gala raises big bucks for renovation project

The Mount Carmel Foundation hosted another successful gala on Jan. 27, raising more than $102,000.

“We sincerely thank our community for supporting the gala as proceeds come back to support you, our patients and our hospital,” said Johnna Norton, executive director of the Mount Carmel Foundation.

All funds raised during the gala help provide equipment, services and improvements to Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

Recently, the Foundation announced its plans to raise $250,000 to renovate the hospital’s Emergency Room, a department that has not seen changes in 15 years. Via Christi’s ER is a Level III Trauma Center. The ER team treats roughly 15,000 patients a year and 60 percent of hospital admissions originate from the ER.

Part of the money raised during the gala will go toward that project, Norton added.

“The upcoming project, which will total more than $400,000, will provide a facelift to the entire unit, adding three exam rooms for fast-track care, providing additional storage and staff space to improve patient flow and increasing efficiency of care while decreasing wait times,” she said. "We are here to treat and care for some of the most critical patients, so when you need the ER, you want it to be high quality and updated."

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About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.