Exciting things are happening at Mercy Regional Health Center as it transitions to become Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.
Mercy announced in February 2014 that it would fully join Via Christi Health, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in Kansas. Previously, Via Christi and the Memorial Hospital Association (MHA) had a joint 50-50 ownership of Mercy, with Via Christi providing management services.
After a year of preparation, signs are beginning to be changed at the hospital, among other visible changes. A public celebration of the newly renamed hospital, as well as a groundbreaking for a $15.5 million construction project on the north tower of its campus, is scheduled for April 24.
The transition to Via Christi solidifies the Manhattan hospital as a healthcare leader in northcentral Kansas, and enhances care for the poor and vulnerable in the region. The transition of Mercy’s Sunset campus to Kansas State University will create a foundation to help improve healthcare services in the area.
Hospital associates recently gathered for a Mass and pinning ceremony to celebrate their newly christened hospital.
“Becoming a full member of Via Christi strengthens Mercy and the healthcare services we provide in Manhattan and the region,” says John Broberg, the hospital’s senior administrator. “Together, we are sharing best practices to continue improving the quality and safety of the care and services we provide to our patients and their families.
Via Christi is a member of Ascension, the largest Catholic and nonprofit healthcare system in the country. As a Catholic healthcare system, Via Christi operates in alignment with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
Naming changes also are coming to other healthcare entities in Manhattan. Those include:
- Women’s Imaging Center and Mercy Imagine Center, 1133 College Ave., Bldg. G, will become Via Christi Imaging
- Sunset Campus, 1105 Sunset Ave., will become Via Christi Clinic
- Mercy East, 451 Poyntz Ave., will become Via Christi Therapy Center
- Mercy West, 315 S. Seth Child Road, will become Via Christi Clinic and Via Christi Therapy Center
- Mercy Regional Home Medical Services, 2439 Claflin Road, will become Via Christi Home Medical
- Physician Specialists, 3901 Vanesta Drive, Suite E, will become Via Christi Clinic
The transition of all signs and printed materials is expected to take one to two years.
Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is an acute care facility licensed to operate 150 beds in two facilities, this private, not-for-profit organization was created in 1996 by combining The Saint Mary Hospital and Memorial Hospital. The primary mission of Mercy Regional is to promote community health by providing quality, compassionate healthcare services that embrace our values of quality, human dignity and community. In other words, our purpose is caring for, and about, our patients.
On a day-to-day basis, that means approximately 150 physicians, more than 800 employees, and about 350 volunteers serving the people of Manhattan and the surrounding areas with a wide range of quality health and wellness services.