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Ascension Via Christi St. Francis provides highly specialized care for patients from across the region with conditions of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles, including stroke, cerebral aneurysms, blood vessel malformations, multiple seizures and infections, such as meningitis or encephalitis.

Some patients receive care before and after neurosurgery including highly specialized procedures such as surgery for epilepsy, aneurysms, brain tumors or endovascular procedures (using catheters to access the brain through the arterial system).

Video EEG monitoring capabilities are available for evaluation of epilepsy surgery patients. Four negative-pressure ventilation rooms protect patients, clinical staff and the public from the spread of contagious or dangerous diseases.

Care teams include specially trained physicians, neuroscience nurse practitioners and bedside nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, respiratory therapists and dietitians.

Stroke Center

As the region's only 24/7 neuro-interventional center, Via Christi Stroke Center is a life-saving resource for patients and hospitals throughout Kansas.

Via Christi has worked to meet rigorous standards established by The Joint Commission for certification as a Primary Stroke Center, a designation it has held since December 2005.

Epilepsy Center

The Ascension Via Christi Epilepsy Center includes an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit designed to detect and understand patients’ seizures, a multidisciplinary care team and the latest research trials to help those suffering from epilepsy.


Ascension Via Christi St. Francis was recently named one of Becker's Hospital Review's 100 Hospitals & Health Systems with Great Neurosurgery and Spine programs. It also has earned the Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award and the Neurosciences Excellence Award.