Final Phase of Via Christi NewLife Center Renovation Has Begun

Maria Loving
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Construction of a new Perinatal Support Unit at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph is underway — marking the final phase of the renovation of the hospital’s fourth-floor NewLife Center.


Once the project is complete, the unit, which is where expectant moms coming in to deliver are evaluated, will go from six rooms to five. This will provide the space needed to increase the number of restrooms from one to three, including one that is handicap accessible.


“We’ll also be updating the furnishings and décor to reflect the nature-themed look of the rest of the NewLife Center, which was completely refurbished in 2014,” said Dawn Walker, Via Christi project manager.


During the renovation, some of the large Mom and Baby Suites in the NewLife Center’s postpartum area will serve as the temporary Perinatal Support Unit.


"We're excited about the renovation as it will complement the personalized care that our NewLife team delivers to each and every delivering mom and her family," said Julianna Rieschick, assistant chief nursing officer for Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita.


Most of the funding for the more than $300,000 project was raised by local Walmart stores, which since 1988 have raised nearly $4.2 million in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health.


“Walmart associates’ passionate support for the vulnerable children and their families who come to Via Christi for care is simply amazing,” said Kara White, who leads CMN Hospitals as part of the Philanthropy team at Via Christi.


The project is expected to be complete this spring.