WICHITA — CEOs often have to be the bearer of bad news, but Jeff Korsmo had an especially good time announcing a change at Via Christi Health this week.
The president and CEO personally went to see the sisters at the Congregation of St. Joseph, one of Via Christi’s founding congregations, to announce a name change that is making a lot of people happy.
“It was time to do a relook at the brand,” Korsmo says.
Several years ago, each of Via Christi’s three hospitals were renamed for the streets they are on. The names for Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis and Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa didn’t change much, but the hospital that traditionally was known as St. Joseph became Via Christi Hospital on Harry.
It will now be known as Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph. The others will be Via Christi Hospital St. Francis and Via Christi Hospital St. Teresa.
“This change was really there to reflect the founding congregation’s name and heritage in the name of the hospital,” Korsmo says.
“It was a very joyful celebration,” he says of getting to share the news.
Korsmo says one sister said, “I didn’t know if I would live long enough to see this day.”