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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.

American Heart Association recognizes Via Christi’s commitment to quality stroke care

Via Christi Comprehensive Stroke Center team

Stroke care at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis has received the highest recognition possible by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association — just weeks after having achieved Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center status.

AHA representatives presented Via Christi’s stroke care team with a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus.

Grateful patient donates artwork to Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph

Via Christi Philanthropy lead Maggie Butler and grateful patient Jack Powers

“It was like staying at a four-star resort.” 

This is how Jack Powers refers to his recent stay at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph

Jack had been dealing with shortness of breath for some time and had been diagnosed with bronchiectasis, a condition where damage to the airways causes them to widen and become flabby and scarred. 

On Feb. 23, Jack began having extreme shortness of breath and his wife, Pam, took him to the Emergency Room at St. Joseph. 

SHOCKERTHON event raises more than $100,000 for CMN Hospitals at Via Christi Health

2016 SHOCKERTHON event

The sixth annual SHOCKERTHON event, presented by Atlas Electric and Credit Union of America, held Saturday, April 16, at Wichita State University’s Charles Koch Arena, raised a record $100,236 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health

The 12-hour marathon is a non-stop event that combines dancing, music, games, food and interactive activities with the families and patients served by CMN Hospitals.

CMN Hospitals Radiothon raises more than $40,000 for Kansas kids

2016 CMN Hospitals Radiothon

The 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health radiothon held Friday, April 29, on 102.1 The Bull and B-98 FM, raised $48,819 to benefit Kansas kids.

Local families and children who have been helped by CMN Hospitals shared their stories with on-air talent throughout the broadcast.

The stations involved in the radiothon are committed to the mission of helping sick and injured children through this Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals effort. One hundred percent of the dollars raised will stay in Kansas to help children in need.

Safely discard expired medication on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Medication disposal

Saturday, April 30, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, as many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.


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