Serving Kansas for more than 135 years, Ascension Via Christi is a faith-based healthcare organization that operates seven hospitals and 75 other sites of care and employs 6,000 associates. In fiscal year 2018, we provided $68.8 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty.
Kansas-born Don King joined Ascension Via Christi in April 2019 — bringing with him nearly 20 years of senior healthcare leadership experience. In his role as Ascension senior vice president and Kansas ministry market executive, he is the strategic and operational leader responsible for promoting alignment within Ascension Kansas and Ascension’s national ministry.
Ascension Via Christi serves as a healthcare safety net for thousands of Kansans who might otherwise go without healthcare – particularly those who are poor and uninsured. Through our community benefit programs, we work in collaboration with our community partners to provide access to medical care to individuals who need it most.
Pharmacists helping patients better manage diabetes, other chronic conditions in outpatient settingJune 10, 2019Ascension Medical Group Via Christi is pairing physicians and pharmacists to help patients with chronic get optimal benefit from their medications and better manage their health.
Car wreck leads test pilot to cancer discovery, recoveryJune 06, 2019After a car crash revealed an unknown malignant bone cancer in his upper right arm, Kelsey Veer was referred to orthopedic oncologist Christopher Halphen, DO, who surgically removed the cancer and replaced the bone.
Non-opioid treatment option allows Kansan to keep working pain-freeJune 05, 2019Kenny Giesbrecht lived with right knee pain for 10 years and thought he would have to go on disability to manage it. But interventional pain management specialist Brian Goentzel, MD, with Ascension Medical Group Via Christi, used a new system to eliminate his pain.
‘FAST’ thinking gets woman back on pickleball court weeks after a strokeMay 16, 2019When pickleball enthusiast Karen Fox suffered a stroke, the quick responses from her husband, Ascension Via Christi St. Francis’ Comprehensive Advanced Stroke Center and Kumar Reddy, MD, saved her life and got her back on the court in just weeks.
Minimally invasive device offers new hope for patients with lumbar spinal stenosisApril 12, 2019For 22 years, Pamela Campbell lived with constant back pain until a referral to interventional pain management specialist Brian Goentzel, MD, would vastly improve her life with spinal implants using an Indirect Decompression System.