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111 pounds lighter, Donna Bergeson is embracing a new lifestyle

Donna Bergeson

For Donna Bergeson, losing weight meant being there for her 12 grandchildren.

A retired special education and family and consumer sciences teacher and active volunteer, Donna found herself in a cath lab a few years ago after failing a treadmill stress test. She didn’t have any blockages, but was told that the only way she would be able to lengthen her life was to lose weight.

“I was up to 261 pounds and knew that if I wanted to be around for my grandkids I had to lose the weight,” Donna says.

Costumes turn therapy sessions into dress-up play time

Pediatric therapy costumes

To watch the group of preschoolers get dressed up in their princess dresses and super hero costumes, you might assume they're playing — and not in the middle of a therapy session.

That's the scene for an hour each Monday afternoon, during a pediatric group therapy session in the Rehabilitation department at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.

Via Christi to blanket veterans with support on Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Like in years past, Via Christi Health will join Americans nationwide in celebrating Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, with flag-raising ceremonies in Wichita, Manhattan and Pittsburg — all of which are open to veterans, their friends and family and anyone else who would like to show their support.

The Wichita ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. at the main entrance of Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, 929 N. St. Francis, in Wichita, and feature the Heart of America Men’s Chorus and the 184th Intelligence Wing Honor Guard.

CMN, McConnell team to make Tyson Gray 'Pilot for a Day'

Tyson Gray

The young pilot put on his flight suit around 8 a.m., ready to fly missions around North America.

But unlike many of the pilots at McConnell Air Force Base Tuesday morning, Tyson Gray could barely see over the cockpit console. He’s 10, and was honored by the 344th Air Refueling Squadron as Pilot for a Day.

“Tyson is a great kid who is deserving of such a wonderful thing and we’re glad we were able to make it happen,” said Lt. Col. Jerry Bennett, the squadron’s commander.

Via Christi navigators available to help with health insurance marketplace enrollment

Insurance navigator

The annual open enrollment period has begun for the health insurance marketplace, which is a resource for those who don’t have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid or another source of qualifying coverage. Enrollment begins Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31, 2017.

Via Christi has a team of five insurance navigators who can help people understand how to enroll in the marketplace through one-on-one appointments.

Via Christi’s Kris Hill named EMS Support Person of the Year

Kris Hill

Kris Hill, RN, recently was recognized by the Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association as its Support Person of the Year.

“I have been involved with the care of emergency and trauma patients my entire 32-year nursing career,” said Hill, who has served at Via Christi Health since 1989.

Longtime nurse leading new program to screen smokers for lung cancer

Lyn Pitman

Lyn Pitman has always had a passion for working with oncology patients.

A registered nurse at Via Christi for almost 40 years, Pitman has spent much of her career working in Oncology Services, first serving as a staff nurse with hospitalized cancer patients.

She later became a radiation therapy nurse at the Via Christi Cancer Center, and also worked with patients at the Via Christi CyberKnife Center.

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