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Mercy Community Health Foundation COVID-19 Response 

Our nation’s healthcare system was challenged at unprecedented levels during the pandemic. Our doctors, nurses and other frontline healthcare workers are performing heroic feats. More than ever before, it became obvious the importance of our local full-service hospital being well-equipped and staffed to save lives. Caring for Covid-19 patients required a huge allocation of personnel and financial resources. In response, Mercy Community Health Foundation designated more than $300,000 in pandemic relief funds for new equipment, PPE, training and community outreach. Funds were used to purchase masks for hospital staff and community members plus vital equipment including ventilators, Airvo High Flow Nasal Cannulas devices and BiPAP machines for Ascension Via Christi Hospital Manhattan. 

"The outpouring of philanthropic support from our community was incredibly encouraging during this time of uncertainty,” said Tina Rockhold, Mercy Community Health Foundation development director. “Our generous benefactors, community members, and business owners helped provide the much needed support to our hospital and healthcare workers so they were able to provide more care to more people. Thank you!”

How to donate to Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan during the pandemic


We are thankful for the community's outreach asking how to support our healthcare ministry during this unprecedented time. Right now, your gifts are more important than ever. 


Monetary Donations: Our healthcare team continuously strives to provide the most skilled and compassionate care possible. We are extremely grateful for their expertise and sacrifices during the COVID-19 crisis. Our bedside caregivers are caring for patients in increasingly difficult situations. Today, more than ever, this means taking on stressful medical challenges, working long days and hours, sacrificing personal time with friends and family, and keeping patients, patient family members and coworkers their top priority. Now is the time you can choose to give back to the incredible caregivers at Ascension Via Christi Manhattan.

Monetary Donations will be used to support: 

  • Our new Associate Hardship Support Benefit program designed especially to aid our associates who have incurred COVID-19 related expenses. 

  • Meals for essential associates working onsite at the hospital. The intent is to continue the program during the pandemic.


Make a difference today. Donate online using “Area of Greatest Need” in the drop down tab.

Other Ways to Give:

  • Cash Gifts

  • Pledges

  • Annual Giving

  • Planned Gifts

  • Gifts of Securities, Life Insurance, Annuities

  • Gifts of Real Property

  • Matching Gifts

  • Memorial Gifts

  • Tribute Gifts

Please contact Tina Rockhold at 785-587-5462 for more information.

Meal Donations: If you are a food business or vendor and want to donate meals, please consider a donation to the Feeding our Healthcare Heroes program. It is important all meal donations be scheduled and coordinated. Your business will be recognized for the generous contribution. Contact the foundation office to make arrangements by email or call 785-587-5462.

Messages of Support to our Healthcare Heroes: Thank you to members of the community who continue to reach out in a show of support for our healthcare heroes at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. Send messages of support to our caregivers at

A Message of Thanks

John Zhang

Juan Du

Judy Duryee

Jun Li

Kansas Territory Brewing Co.

Kathy Meziere

Keleigh Schettler


KSU Physician Assistance Program

KSU Vet School

Lacinda Heller

Larry Klecan

Leilei Shen

Legacy at Herington

Libin Yao

Liquid Art Winery

Lishan Shen

Longhorn Steakhouse

LuAnn Hoover

Lynn Kinney

Manhattan Area Technical College

Manhattan Chinese Christian Fellowship

Manhattan First Assembly of God and Chi Alpha

Manny Corona, Jr.

Marilyn Blevins

Martha Seaton

Mary Kay Cosmetics - Jana Strunk

McCormick's Distillery

Melinda Wilson

Meng Zhang

Michelle McNulty

Midwest Concrete Materials

Missy Wilson

Morgan Lewis-Smith, DDS

Mr. K's 

Nancy Riemann

Ning Zhang

Nu Image

Panda Express

Panera Catering

Paramour Coffee

Paul and Jan Barkey

Pediatric Associates

Dr. Casey Poell


Richard Chen

Rock Hills Church

Ruth Gurgel

Rufus Bandy, DDS

Ryan and Ashley Benteman

Sajatha Prakash

Sandy Stevenson

Sanzhen Liu

Select Specialty Hospital 

Sherwin Williams, Manhattan

Shing-I Chang

Smoothie King

Sodexo at KSU 

St. George Elementary

Staci Smock

Steve Land

Steve's Floral

Sue Harding

Susan Rustrum

Taco Bell of Manhattan

Tallgrass Taphouse

Tammy Lierz

Texas Roadhouse

The Craig Family

The Dough Bro

The Fridge Wholesale Liquor

The Pointe on College Ave.

Thrivent Financial

Tian Xia

Tiffany Wehmeyer

Traci Brimhall

Trey Springer

Velma Osborn

Vera Gear

Vivian Ruckert

Wabaunsee School District

Wei Geng

Weixing Song

Wine Dive and Kitchen

World's Finest Chocolate

Xiaolong Guo

Xianghong Li

Xiangrong Shi

Xianxu Song

Xiaojie Tian

Xiuqin Bai

Xiuzhi Susan Sun

Xuming Liu

Yi Zheng

Yifen Li

Yingying Wu

Yonghui Li

Yulan Xiong

Yushi He

Zhilong Yang

Zhiwei Zhang

Zhongzhu Lin

During the coronavirus crisis, a community of heroes has surfaced. These heroes are people who want to share their time, talent, resources and energy to reduce the impact of the pandemic.


Through the kindness and generosity of individuals, businesses, churches, the medical community, and civic and social organization, Ascension Via Christi Manhattan and our healthcare workers have received loads and loads of essential PPE and cleaning supplies, encouraging notes, hand-sewn masks, meals to sustain our teams during long shifts, and clothing for patients recovered from COVID-19 to wear home after discharge.


Although our healthcare team members are highly skilled and trained to care for these patients, it's our community's willingness to help that encourages us as we tackle new challenges.

We want to offer special thanks to the following businesses or individuals for their exceptional contributions to the foundation, and therefore ultimately the hospital:

Accord Hospice

Alpha of Clovia 4 H Group

Angel Care Home Health

Angela Weixelman

Anne Eberhardt

April Swartz

Aquam Vinos


Betty Frank

Bockers II Catering

Bourbon and Baker

Carl Reed

Chelsea Sharack

Chih-Ching Ma

Colbert Hills Restaurant

Community First National Bank


Crown Distributors

Deb and Patrick Schaub

Debbie Ackerman

Della Voce

Denise Boggs

Design X Salon

Dong Lin

Donghai Wang

Donna Goehring

Dr. Charlie Gillham

Dr. Eric Purdom

Edward Swan, DDS

El Patron

Evan Ruder

Feng Pan

First United Methodist Church

Flint Hills Christian School

Flint Hills Community Clinic

Gary Blaski

George Busch

Gigi Cohen

Girl Scout Troop 467

Guhua Bai

Guixiang Lu

Hanes Brand

Harbor Freight

Heart to Heart International

Highland Community College

Hongyu Wu

Hy Vee

Insomnia Cookies

Janet Seemattie

Jianfa Bai

Jianzhong Yu

Joan Pierce

John Howe

We appreciate you. Thank you for thinking of us as we care for our community’s health and wellness.

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.

Patient Prescription Assistance

Medicine Prescription

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