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New Sensory Gym Meets Needs for Pediatric Patients

The new sensory room at the Eastside Ascension Via Christi Therapy Center not only helps kids with things like coordination, but it also makes things fun for them.

Nine-year-old Reagan Rice is on the autism spectrum so she comes to therapy to work on coordination skills, as well as learning skills to help interact with kids her own age.

"Hugging and hold hands with everybody is not okay with everyone, so she is really learning social boundaries,” said Reagan’s mom, Shannon Rice.

Although Reagan has been working with Ascension Via Christi therapists for about a year, she now gets to work in their new room designed to help kids like her.

Ascension Via Christi Manhattan pediatric specialists help their patients learn skills and tasks to help them overcome and work through their disability.  This includes many skills such as learning to walk, tying their own shoes, speaking and understanding their parents and teachers. 

The $52,000 in funding for the specialized equipment at the pediatric sensory gym was provided by Mercy Community Health Foundation, The Mercy Auxiliary, and a Children's Miracle Network fundraiser. 

“The positive impact this donation has made to the lives of the children in our area is immeasurable,” said Director of Rehabilitation Services Brian Howells. "It's the mission of the hospital to care for the vulnerable in our community. I cannot think of a more vulnerable and valuable collection of people than children with impairments and disabilities. Your donations and support for the Mercy Community Health Foundation will continue to benefit children in our community for many years to come."


Ascension Via Christi Manhattan Associates Give More Than $24,000 

During the internal One Community fundraising campaign held in October 2020, Ascension Via Christi Manhattan Associates pledged $24,202 through donation or payroll deduction for important causes at our hospital and in the greater Manhattan community.


Since October, your donations have funded:

$9,581 in Employee Assistance 

$3,748 in Patient Prescription Assistance

$4,686 in Pandemic-related equipment needs

$3,507 for Konza United Way and the organizations it supports



Thank you for your generosity and supporting the programs funded by Mercy Community Health Foundation. 


You are appreciated!

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Patient Prescription Assistance

Participating pharmacies:

Candlewood Pharmacy

Barry’s Drug Center

Dunne’s Pharmacy

Kellstrom Pharmacy

As a non-profit Catholic hospital founded on the principle to serve the poor and vulnerable,

Ascension Via Christi Manhattan cares for all patients regardless of their ability to pay.  

Occasionally patients are discharged from the hospital or emergency department who need prescriptions but have no prescription coverage. In this case, the hospital social workers work diligently with the patients to secure long-term prescriptions coverage and/or apply for Medicaid or receive follow-up visits at the Konza Clinic.

As a temporary solution while applications are being processed, the Mercy Community Health Foundation works with the hospital social work department to pay for drugs through a voucher program. The voucher is good for a one-time fill per drug (30-day max), per patient prescription for non-controlled drugs.

In 2020, Mercy Community Health Foundation funded more than $5,000 in prescription drug costs for Ascension Via Christi Manhattan hospital patients without prescription drug coverage. The funds are provided by the generosity of Ascension Via Christi Manhattan employees and partner organizations through the One Community campaign. 

Local pharmacies partner with the foundation to maximize the financial resources available to allow more patients to be served.

We are extremely grateful to the following participating pharmacies which participate in the patient prescription assistance program. With their partnership we are able to bring patients back to optimum health, reduce readmissions, provide a greater number of patients with prescription assistance, and be better stewards of funds for long-term sustainability of the program.

Medicine Prescription

1823 College Ave. Manhattan, KS | 785-587-4236 |

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