WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Ascension has provided an update regarding a ransomware attack that has caused disruptions to patient care in their network.

An Ascension spokesperson said that the company has made progress on restoring their systems that were affected, though it will take time to return to normal operations. In addition, a dedicated website has been established that will provide updates on restoration.

All Ascension Via Christi hospitals, physician offices, and care sites across Kansas remain open and operational. In addition, doctor's officers and care sites are operating with normal business hours, and all scheduled appointments are proceeding as planned. 

Because of the transition to manual systems for documentation, patients may encounter longer than usual wait times and some delays. To help expedite processes, patients should bring notes on symptoms and a list of current medications, including prescription numbers or bottles. In the event that appointments need to be rescheduled, an Ascension associate will contact patients directly.

For those that need prescriptions filled, Ascension Rx pharmacies can't currently fill prescriptions. If a prescription was filled prior to May 8, and is awaiting pickup, that is available for the patient. If a patient needs a refill, they need to contact their prescriber and get a new prescription sent to a pharmacy outside of Ascension Rx.

In addition, the Via Christi Immediate Care on Murdock is fully operating, and all emergency rooms remain open.

Patients with upcoming scheduled elective surgeries should plan to arrive as planned unless otherwise notified. Should any rescheduling be necessary, a member of our care team will contact the patient directly.

Imaging, testing, and treatment are also being offered at this time. Should any rescheduling be necessary, a member of our care team will contact the patient directly.