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Vote now in the Wichita Eagle's Readers' Choice awards

Voting is now open for the Wichita Eagle's Readers' Choice contest, and Via Christi wants your support!

You can vote online – up to one time per day – or use the paper ballot that was in Friday's Eagle.

Last year, Wichita Eagle readers chose Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita as the city’s best hospital, best hospital for cancer care and best surgical and non-surgical weight loss program.  

Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day to benefit CMN Hospitals on July 30

A summer blizzard is forecast for Kansas — one that will help local kids in need. On Thursday, July 30, Dairy Queen will host its annual “Miracle Treat Day” to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health.

During Miracle Treat day, Dairy Queen stores will donate $1 or more from every Blizzard sold to customers throughout Wichita and CMN Hospitals’ 64-county region. 

Synthetic marijuana use on the rise among Wichita-area teens

Local law enforcement and healthcare professionals have become alarmed at the increasing number of young people using synthetic marijuana, or K2.

The danger in using the drug is that it's often made using unknown toxic chemicals which are spread on marijuana-type plants, then dried, rolled up, and given to people to smoke. The combinations of chemicals are constantly changing, so if someone smokes the drug once, it probably won't be the same drug the second time around.

Special delivery: Mom gives birth to baby in truck

Cristy and Joel Serrato were planning to deliver their child around her due date of May 23, but their newest son had other ideas. 

On the morning of Thursday, May 7, Cristy started having contractions at 4 a.m. Since her water hadn’t broken, she thought they were just Braxton Hicks contractions and tried taking a shower to make herself more comfortable. 

“I thought it was false labor,” she says. 

At 7 a.m., her water broke. Cristy told her husband, Joel, that it was probably time to go to the hospital. 

Mother's Day gift: After NICU stay, baby Dahlia preparing to head home

If everything goes as planned, Jenny Suazo will celebrate her first Mother's Day at home with her newborn daughter, Dahlia.

A few days ago, she wasn't so sure.

Jenny came to the Via Christi NewLife Center in labor Sunday, May 3, expecting to deliver her first child after a normal pregnancy.

During labor, the baby's heart rate began rapidly decreasing and even disappeared at one point. That prompted an emergency C-section.

Mercy Regional becomes Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan

Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, Kansas, officially became Via Christi Hospital on Friday, April 24 with a full day of activities celebrating the milestone.

The day began with a special Mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Church celebrated by Most Reverend Edward Weisenburger, Bishop of Salina.

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