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Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan will host ribbon-cutting for new Cardiac Rehabilitation gym

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Ascension Via Christi Hospital, along with the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing at 4 p.m. July 19 in the new Cardiac Rehabilitation gym (first floor – inside Visitor Entrance). A reception with light refreshments will follow in the Community Room.

Keep kids safe in and around pools this summer

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According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. And, behind motor vehicle crashes, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children between the ages of 1 and 14. 

Keeping Summer Safe – Most Preventable Summer Injuries

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When summer arrives -  we’re all eager to get outside and get active. From summer sports to yardwork and charity run/walks – there’s plenty to keep us active during a Kansas summer.

Before you dive head first into the pool of summer activities, Dr. Terry Schwab from Ascension Via Christi Hospital's Orthopedic Clinic wants to help you understand the most common summer injuries and how to avoid them.

Skin Cancer: Q&A with Dr. Nicholas Cahoj

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports there were nearly 4 million skin cancer tumor removal procedures last year.  Here’s more information about skin cancer awareness and treatment.

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan awarded ‘gold standard’ accreditation

Q&A: Weight Management patient celebrates 50-pound weight loss

Elizabeth Birk, a patient at Manhattan's Ascension Via Christi Weight Management Clinic, saw great success with consistency, patience and getting out of her comfort zone. Elizabeth has seen a 50-pound weight loss and attributes some of her success to the Ascension Via Christi Weight Management team and a personal trainer.

1. What motivated you to join Ascension Via Christi Weight Management?

Pittsburg's Chief Nursing Officer thanks local nurses

Since 1993, the American Nurses Association has identified May 6-12 as National Nurses Week. These dates are significant because the week ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. These seven days allow healthcare organizations to celebrate nurses.

At Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg, we have more than 200 nurses who care for patients at the bedside, perform exams in our clinics and provide calming support in our operating rooms. These hard-working men and women provide compassionate care to our friends, families and neighbors in this region.

Vaccinations: Q&A with Dr. Nicholas Cahoj

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From the flu virus to hepatitis to measles, there’s a vaccination for many ailments. Many people born in the last 50 years have had their fair share of shots over the years – shots to protect them from contracting deadly or debilitating diseases.

Dr. Nicholas Cahoj, a family medicine physician at Manhattan’s Ascension Via Christi Clinic on 6th Street, answers a few questions about the importance of vaccinations.

Ascension Via Christi encourages community to be prepared, offers severe weather tips

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Tornado season is upon us. With that, Ascension Via Christi wants our community members to be safe and be ready for severe weather.

According to, tornadoes can occur anywhere without notice and can bring winds of up to 200 mph.

“These deadly conditions can result in flipped cars, flying debris, downed power lines and other deadly hazards,” according to Carolyn Koehn, Ascension Via Christi’s regional emergency management director.


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