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Ascension Via Christi Manhattan COVID-19 Response
How to donate to Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan during COVID-19 outbreak
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.
"The outpouring of support from our community is incredibly encouraging during this time of uncertainty,” said Tina Rockhold, Mercy Community Health Foundation development director. “Many heroes are emerging as we work together to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus. Our generous benefactors, community members, and business owners are helping provide the much needed support to our hospital and healthcare workers. Thank you!”
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.
How to donate supplies: The hospital is accepting the following supplies in preparation for an influx of COVID-19 patients:
Surgical masks, earloop and tie masks*
Powered and controlled air purifying respirators (PAPRs and CAPRs)*
Hand-sewn masks are now being accepted
*Donations need to be in unopened containers/boxes or individually wrapped. Expired items are unacceptable. To donate, please email or call 785-587-5462. Arrangements will be made for pick-up.
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 https://www.mercyfdn.org/contact.
Thank you to all our front-line caregivers
Kansas Territory Brewing Co.
KSU Physician Assistance Program
KSU Vet School
Legacy at Herington
Liquid Art Winery
Manhattan Area Technical College
Manhattan Chinese Christian Fellowship
Manhattan First Assembly of God and Chi Alpha
Manny Corona, Jr.
Mary Kay Cosmetics - Jana Strunk
Midwest Concrete Materials
Morgan Lewis-Smith, DDS
Paul and Jan Barkey
Dr. Casey Poell
Rock Hills Church
Rufus Bandy, DDS
Ryan and Ashley Benteman
Select Specialty Hospital
Sherwin Williams, Manhattan
Sodexo at KSU
St. George Elementary
Taco Bell of Manhattan
The Craig Family
The Dough Bro
The Fridge Wholesale Liquor
The Pointe on College Ave.
Wabaunsee School District
Wine Dive and Kitchen
World's Finest Chocolate
Xiuzhi Susan Sun
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:
Alpha of Clovia 4 H Group
Angel Care Home Health
Bockers II Catering
Bourbon and Baker
Colbert Hills Restaurant
Community First National Bank
Deb and Patrick Schaub
Design X Salon
Dr. Charlie Gillham
Dr. Eric Purdom
Edward Swan, DDS
First United Methodist Church
Flint Hills Christian School
Flint Hills Community Clinic
Girl Scout Troop 467
Heart to Heart International
Highland Community College
We appreciate you. Thank you for thinking of us as we care for our community’s health and wellness.
Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Radiology Lab
The board is pleased to announce the completion of the $500,000 fundraising campaign to update equipment in one of Ascension Via Christi Hospital Manhattan’s cath labs following a pledge by The Mercy Auxiliary Board to fund the remaining balance of the goal.
The Mercy Crystal Gala held in February netted $68,397 which paired with earlier campaign contributions brought the fundraising total to $435,665. The $64,335 donation by The Mercy Auxiliary will finalize the half-million dollar campaign.
The cath lab is used for life-saving procedures such as pacemakers, angioplasty, heart catheterization, dialysis catheter placement, balloon and stenting intervention, interventional radiology procedures, fistula care and more.
In March 2019, Mercy Community Health Foundation Board announced the fundraising campaign to purchase new equipment for a second cath lab that had been out of service since January 2018. A lead gift of $25,000 from the Bernie Butler family launched the campaign. The fundraising goal was approximately one-fourth the total cost of the $1.9 million project.
“In today’s healthcare climate, we are very grateful for philanthropic support so our local hospital can offer vital healthcare services to our community,” said Tina Rockhold, senior development director. “On behalf of the foundation board members, I offer sincere thanks to our donors who believe in the foundation’s mission of providing exceptional healthcare at the local level.”
What happens in a cath lab? Life-saving procedures like:
treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease
balloon & stenting intervention
and many more
Both interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists use the system to diagnosis and treat conditions.
highly detailed image quality
lowest possible doses of radiation to the patient
more comfortable and quicker exams
the possibility to combine diagnosis and treatment in a single procedure, as in patient who undergo surgery, angioplasty, or stent placement
ability to meet the increasing demand for diagnostic and treatment of procedures performed in the lab
Projects of this magnitude are only possible with support from donors who believe in the mission of providing exceptional healthcare at the local level. Philanthropic support from our donors help our patients access services and programs which enable our community to be healthier, more active, and live longer, fuller lives.
Ways to Give:
Gifts of Securities, Life Insurance, Annuities
Gifts of Real Property
Barry’s Drug Center
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 2019, Mercy Community Health Foundation funded over $4,000 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.