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Via Christi Health to provide management services to Memorial Hospital

McPherson, Kan. (Date Dec. 1, 2010) – Officials of Memorial Hospital, Inc. in McPherson and Via Christi Health announced today that the hospital has signed an agreement for Via Christi Health to provide management services to Memorial Hospital. The agreement is effective Jan. 1, 2011.

“Drawing upon Via Christi Health’s resources will help us provide additional health care services to McPherson and enhance our ability to retain patients here in our own community,” says Marsha Silver, Memorial Hospital Board chair. Via Christi Health, provides outreach services and helps recruit additional medical staff which will help retain both patients and revenue in McPherson, explains Jim Chromik, Memorial Hospital president and CEO. Via Christi also offers technology services to help Memorial Hospital meet the demands of health care reform, such as creating and managing electronic health records for patients.

“As we plan for our future, it is becoming increasingly difficult for hospitals our size to continue as stand-alone operations,” says Chromik. “Via Christi is an obvious choice to provide such services to us.”

Via Christi Health includes doctors, hospitals, senior villages and health services. Randy Peterson is senior vice president, Via Christi Health Hospitals.

“Our philosophy is that health care is best delivered in a patient’s own community where the patient has the support of family and friends,” says Peterson. “We are pleased to be able to lend our expertise and our resources to help Memorial Hospital enhance its ability to serve McPherson.”

Memorial Hospital’s local board of trustees will remain in place to lead the hospital in conjunction with Chromik. Via Christi Health will oversee the operations of the hospital. Chromik and Cindy Brown, Memorial Hospital vice president of finance, will become Via Christi Health employees.

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• Memorial Hospital (mcphersonmemorial.com) is a progressive, not-for-profit 49 bed acute care facility with an expanding range of services and a continuing tradition of quality health care for the families of McPherson and the surrounding area. With a network of dedicated medical professionals, Memorial Hospital provides high quality care to meet the primary, acute and emergency health care needs of area residents.

• Via Christi Health (viachristi.org), the largest provider of health care services in Kansas, is affiliated with the Marian Health System and Ascension Health. Via Christi employs nearly 9,000. In fiscal year 2009, Via Christi provided more than $78.1 million in community benefit, including care of persons who are poor, to the communities it serves in Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.