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August 18, 2020
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Wellington, Mulvane family care clinics to join Ascension Medical Group Via Christi Ascension Medical Group Via Christi will add Sumner County Family Care Center’s Wellington and Mulvane practices to its list of primary care and specialty clinics — a purchase that will be finalized in September.
“By joining Ascension, we are helping ensure that the communities we serve will continue to have access to the family medicine specialists they need now and for years to come,” said Steve Hawks, DO, one of the primary care clinics’ six physician owners. Claudio Ferraro and Philip Newlin, MD, AMG Via Christi’s chief operating officer and chief medical officer, say the change will be seamless for the patients and families being cared for by the busy practices.
“Being part of an integrated healthcare ministry allows our primary care providers and other specialists to work together toward achieving better patient outcomes and experiences because they can all quickly access the same electronic medical record,” said Ferraro. “That leads to better coordination, less duplication of services and ultimately a lower cost and higher value of the care provided.”
Last month, Ascension Via Christi announced plans to lease space in the Sumner Community Hospital, which closed on March 11. It will use that space to open an ER as a department of Ascension Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc., the legal entity for Ascension Via Christi St. Francis and Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph. Once renovations of the space have been completed early next year, the ER will reopen with four exam rooms, a triage area and a trauma room just inside the EMS entrance. It also will have limited on-site imaging, laboratory and a hospital pharmacy.
“We are committed to providing Kansans access to care by collaborating with others to develop sustainable models of care,” said Don King, Ascension Via Christi’s chief executive officer and
Ascension Kansas ministry market executive, in announcing the plan to operate an ER and related basic services in Wellington.
About Ascension Via Christi
In Kansas, Ascension Via Christi operates seven hospitals and 75 other sites of care and employs more than 6,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension Via Christi provided more than $33.6 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2019. Serving Kansas for more than 135 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org .