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Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita

Nuclear Enterprises gives $25,000 to Via Christi Stroke Center
Jan. 30, 2013

For release: Immediately

Contact: Maria Loving, 316.719.3343, maria.loving@viachristi.org

Nuclear Enterprises gives $25,000 to Via Christi Stroke Center

Nuclear Enterprises, a supplier of radiopharmaceuticals to area physicians and hospitals, has given $25,000 to Via Christi Stroke Center in Wichita. The gift will provide cutting-edge stroke care training to Via Christi nurses, physicians and other caregivers, and fund public awareness campaigns on stroke and its signs, symptoms and prevention. This is the second year that Steve Austin, Nuclear Enterprises’ president and chief executive officer, has made a gift to support stroke care at Via Christi.

“We are so grateful to Steve for his continuing support of the stroke program at Via Christi,” said Jim Barber, president of Via Christi Foundation. “Through his generosity, we are able to raise public awareness of this important health concern and enhance the skills of our clinicians who care for stroke patients.”

Austin’s interest in improving stroke education and care grew from his friendship with Bill Ramsey, a Wichita businessman who was 28 when he suffered the first of two strokes. After his recovery, Ramsey began partnering with Via Christi to share his story to help others learn more about strokes and the importance of prompt treatment.

“Having a friend go through a stroke at such a young age was a wake-up call for me,” said Austin. “It made me realize how important it is for people of all ages to know the signs and symptoms of stroke.”

Via Christi Stroke Center at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis has been certified by The Joint Commission since 2005. The center also is a recipient of the American Heart/American Stroke Association Silver Plus stroke achievement award, the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation for improving stroke care.