Health Care

Via Christi changes its name, logo

Via Christi Health System is now simply Via Christi Health.

The health system announced Thursday that it was updating its name and logo as part of a "positioning initiative that supports the health system's efforts to transform the delivery of health care."

The new name will be used beginning immediately by the health system; in early 2010 all its fully owned ministries will adopt the name and building signage changes.

Via Christi Health includes 10 owned or co-owned medical centers, senior services communities and programs, home-based and outpatient services, and Preferred Health Systems insurance company.

In Wichita, the holdings include Via Christi Regional Medical Center's St. Francis, St. Joseph and Good Shepherd campuses and Via Christi Rehabilitation Center, Our Lady of Lourdes campus. Via Christi also has a new hospital under construction at the far west edge of Wichita.

The name change comes on the anniversary of its founding: Via Christi was formed Oct. 1, 1995, when the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita brought together their healing ministries.

The new logo consists of three shapes that come together to form a cross.

Via Christi is Latin for "the way of Christ," and the three shapes represent the core values: human dignity, stewardship and excellence.