Last year, Via Christi Health announced plans to add Ascension to its name as part of a national effort to make it clearer and easier for patients to access the care they need and to navigate their health.
Late last month, exterior signs began coming down in preparation for installation of new signs reflecting the new brand and colors as Via Christi Health becomes Ascension Via Christi and Via Christi Clinic becomes Ascension Medical Group Via Christi.
“We are now at a point where all our work over the past year to transition to the unified brand in support of One Ascension is becoming visible,” said Michael Mullins, senior vice president for Ascension Healthcare and chief executive officer and ministry market executive for Via Christi. “This is an important step for us as we begin a new chapter in our history and as we continue to serve throughout Kansas.”
Via Christi has completed the legal requirements for the name changes that will begin being used as of Jan. 9, according to Todd Conklin, Via Christi’s chief operating officer, who is leading the transition.
Official roll-out brand roll-out celebrations will take place in Wichita, Manhattan and Pittsburg in February.
Creating more consistent names for Ascension facilities and services across the country makes it easier for the ministries and the patients and families they serve to connect every aspect of care and innovation across its hospitals and other sites of care.
“Via Christi continuously works to improve the care we provide and to share the knowledge, resources and best practices our physicians and caregivers are developing with the thousands of Ascension medical professionals across the country. At the same time, we continue to benefit from those being developed in our other markets,” Mullins said. “Adding the Ascension name to our own reflects our strength as well as that of our national network.”
Since 2013, Via Christi has been fully part of Ascension, the nation’s leading nonprofit health system, with 2,600 sites of care and 40,000 aligned providers in 22 states and Washington, D.C.
Ascension health systems in six other states either have or will be moving to a unified name. Last September, Ascension’s ministries in Michigan and Wisconsin became the first to do so.