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Via Christi Medical Associates to merge with Via Christi Clinic

By Jerry Siebenmark
The Wichita Eagle

Via Christi Health will merge its Via Christi Medical Associates practice with Via Christi Clinic on Oct. 1.

The merger affects 30 physicians in VCMA, who approved the merger on June 30, Via Christi Health said in an employee newsletter on Monday.

VCMA was the Catholic health system’s medical practice group prior to Via Christi’s 2010 acquisition of Wichita Clinic, which was renamed Via Christi Clinic.

Via Christi Health said no other changes are currently expected to VCMA clinic locations, operations, services or staffing. Signs at VCMA locations will be changed to Via Christi Clinic.

VCMA operates out of seven clinics in Wichita and one in Andover.

Via Christi Clinic has more than 170 physicians at 15 locations in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

Officials said when the merger is complete, Via Christi Clinic will have more than 200 physicians.

Jack Shellito, a physician and interim president and CEO of Via Christi Clinic, said in an email that combining the two organizations will improve the quality of care Via Christi physicians can provide to their patients. It also will offer those patients more locations to access services.

In September both groups will be using the same electronic medical record software, and in the next six months, both groups will begin using the same appointment scheduling system, he said in the email.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com.

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