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Via Christi Health

Via Christi Health, Wichita Clinic close transaction
WICHITA, Kan. (Dec. 9, 2010) – Via Christi Health and Wichita Clinic announced today that they have formally closed on the transaction making Wichita Clinic part of Via Christi Health.

“We are pleased to move forward with a new model of care delivery that we believe will benefit patients, employers and payers by coordinating services to improve access to and quality of care and to help control the cost of care,” says Kevin Conlin, president and CEO, Via Christi Health.

While Wichita Clinic locations will change their name to Via Christi Clinic over a yet-to-be determined period of time, no change is expected to office locations or employee status at this time.

“This new model represents an evolution in health care that will seek to improve value, quality and the overall patient and family experience,” says Robert Kenagy, MD, MMM, who has served as chief medical officer for Wichita Clinic.

Effective immediately, Kenagy becomes senior vice president of Via Christi Physician Services. Jack Shellito, MD, FACS, is chief medical officer and Kim Shank is vice president of operations for what will become known as Via Christi Clinic.

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Via Christi Health (viachristi.org) is a Catholic-sponsored health ministry affiliated with the Marian Health System and Ascension Health. The largest provider of health care services in Kansas, Via Christi Health serves the region through hospitals, senior villages, physician services and health services. Via Christi Health employs more than 9,000 in Kansas and northeast Oklahoma. In fiscal year 2009, Via Christi Health provided more than $78.1 million in community benefit, including care of persons who are poor, to the communities it serves.

With more than 160 doctors practicing in more than 40 specialties, Wichita Clinic, PA (www.wichitaclinic.com) brings to Via Christi Health one of the state’s largest outpatient multi-specialty group practices. It is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care. Wichita Clinic presently has 13 locations in Kansas and the Wichita metropolitan area. More than a half million patient visits were made to Wichita Clinic in 2009. Wichita Clinic currently operates in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties.