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Via Christi Regional Burn Center honors former medical director

James Yost and Janet Yost

A plaque honoring former Via Christi Regional Burn Center medical director Gary Jost, MD, was unveiled in the unit on Tuesday, Nov. 3, recognizing Jost’s many contributions to Via Christi's burn program.

Jost passed away in June of 2015. 

“The Burn Center wanted to honor Dr. Jost as he was a big part of bringing the burn center from its infancy to one of the frontrunners of burn care,” said Lynnette Spencer, burn program coordinator. 

Jost’s wife, Janet, and son, James, were on hand for the unveiling. 

Volunteer preserving memory of nurse whose career began a century ago

Gerry Steiner, a Via Christi volunteer and retired nurse, is planning to make a unique donation to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum — one that will give insight into the history of nursing in Kansas.

Steiner has become the guardian of the personal items of Mary Fry, a nurse who graduated from the Wichita Hospital and Training School for Nurses in 1913. The school later became the St. Joseph School of Nursing and then St. Mary of the Plains College School of Nursing.

Via Christi specialist: No alcohol is safe during pregnancy

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report that concluded that no amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe for the developing fetus
Most of us are aware that alcohol usage during pregnancy isn’t healthy to mom or baby, but this report is the first to suggest that no amount is safe.  

Riverside Health Foundation continues support for Via Christi’s Family Medicine Residency

Riverside Health Foundation check presentation to Via Christi Health

Riverside Health Foundation recently donated $200,000 in support of graduate medical education at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita — bringing its total contribution to Via Christi programs to more than $7.7 million over the past 14 years.
Riverside Health Foundation's board of directors directed that the funds be used to support the dually accredited Family Medicine Residency Program at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita and the third- and fourth-year osteopathic student clinical training program.

More children getting drunk on hand sanitizer

According to recent news reports, poison control centers have seen a nearly 400 percent increase in calls related to children age 12 and under ingesting hand sanitizer since 2010. 
Believe it or not, alcohol poisoning can occur if even small amounts of hand sanitizer is swallowed. Most sanitizers contain anywhere from 45 to 95 percent alcohol.

Via Christi providing donated milk to infants in its NICU

The Via Christi NewLife Center’s Milk Collection and Outreach program is now providing donated milk to the infants in its Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit who need it — thanks to a grant by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health. 

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.


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