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Another chance at life deserves a 'thank-you'

Around 11 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2017, Judy Gronniger awoke to what she thought was her husband’s snoring.

When Jeff wouldn’t awaken, she quickly recognized that he was going into cardiac arrest and began performing CPR until the ambulance arrived. It took 14 shocks with a defibrillator to restart his heart before he could be transported to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

On Oct. 19, 2018, Jeff walked back into the CICU with his family to thank and recognize the nursing staff who saved his life and fill in the gaps in his memory.

St. Teresa food drive honoring Strunks a huge success

Ruth and John Strunk were known by many Ascension Via Christi associates as the west-Wichita couple who sold all but 40 acres of their third-generation family farm to Via Christi to make close-to-home medical care available to their friends and neighbors. This land is now the site of Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa, west Wichita’s only full-service hospital. 

Via Christi receives gifts of gratitude from patients, family members

In April 2018, Jana Harms had just returned to the United States after nine months of mission work in Ecuador when she needed surgery to remove a tumor on her thyroid.

“Through the generosity of Via Christi financial assistance, I was able to have surgery,” wrote Harms in a recent thank-you letter to the Via Christi Philanthropy team.

A colorful season with colorful reasons - about our Ascension logo

Red and green carry special meaning at Christmas. The red represents the blood of Jesus when he was crucified and green represents eternal life.

Like Christmas’ red and green, the Ascension colors we are adopting – blue, purple and green – carry their own special meaning, too.

The green represents growth, blue is for health and purple is for compassion.

Our Ascension emblem represents the Christian trinity. The inward-facing logo represents the reflection of our name, our purpose and our culture.

Keeping kids' routine over holidays

As children look forward to the Christmas holidays – including a break from school – keeping to a schedule is important to preventing behavior issues and maintaining healthy habits.

Experts at Ascension Via Christi say children are better able to practice self-control when the environment around them is structured.

Nurse's post going viral in a good way

Missi King, RN, who serves in Ascension Via Christi Hospital St. Francis’ Cardiology Intensive Care Unit, is not much of a social media guru. However, this week she is.

King’s cardiology-themed Christmas garland, which CICU teammate Jessica Price helped hang, was shared more than 100,000 times (and counting) on social media virtually overnight.

Kohl's safe teen hopes to reduce teen vehicle injuries and deaths

For every mile driven, drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers 20 and older to be in a fatal crash, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

“They also are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations, such as cell phone calling and texting while driving,” says Ronda Lusk, RN, who leads Trauma outreach and education for Via Christi’s Wichita hospitals.

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