Via Christi To Introduce New Look At Health Expo

By: News Release Email
By: News Release Email

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Via Christi Health has a new name and soon signs will be going up at our Wichita-area hospitals, outpatient centers and senior villages reflecting the new logo and look.

To help introduce its new identity to the community, Via Christi is hosting TransForum, a free health expo that will offer health screenings and activities for whole family from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Century II Expo Hall.

“People tell us that they want to come to Via Christi for their health care and for senior services,” said Peg Tichacek, vice president of strategic planning and marketing for Via Christi Health. “TransForum will provide an opportunity to interact with the experts who provide these services and to see some of the technological innovations being used to transform the delivery of the care today and in the future.”

Some of the many activities geared toward adults and seniors that will take place throughout the day include:

* Blood pressure checks
* Hearing and balance screenings
* Heart attack, fitness, nutrition and stress risk assessments and experts
* Cooking, Tai Chi and Wii Fit demonstrations
* $5 general and low-cost customized blood screens

Kids activities will include:

* A "teddy bear" Emergency Department that will provide treatment to kids' stuffed animals and dolls – be sure to bring your own
* Birth to 5 years developmental screening
* Safe Kids Worldwide's interactive display demonstrating child safety in and around cars
* Simulated home fire situations at Fire House, a display designed to teach fire safety to parents and kids alike
* 9-1-1 simulator that helps kids practice for a real-life emergency

Other activities will include a chance to walk through a mock labor and delivery room at the new Via Christi Hospital that will open at 14800 W. St. Teresa in August; tour a virtual minimally invasive surgical suite; climb inside a helicopter and other vehicles used for medical transport; visit with staff in a special careers section; and drawings for prizes throughout the day.

In addition, TransForum will provide a look at new technology that's helping older adults stay in their own homes longer — and interactive displays and demonstrations of the technology you can expect to find in the hospital of the future.

"There's some exciting work being done at Via Christi to use technology to help create the ideal patient experience," said Tichacek. "At TransForum, families will get the chance to see it first-hand."

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