Via Christi Health is a member of Ascension Health. It is sponsored by Ascension Health Ministries, a Public Juridic Person recognized and authorized by the Holy See (Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life). A Public Juridic Person in Catholic Church law (canon law) is akin to a corporation in civil law -- both hold rights and responsibilities as entities recognized by the law.
As sponsor, Ascension Health Ministries holds Ascension Health and, thus, Via Christi Health, accountable for ensuring its sponsored works are carried out in a manner that is consistent with the teaching and values of the Catholic Church.
Via Christi Health was created in 1995 when the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita (now Congregation of St. Joseph) and Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother brought together their healing ministries.