Via Christi Hospital Mourns the Loss of a Overland Park Shooting Victim

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 04/14 2014 08:08PM

Updated 04/14 2014 10:17PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- One of the victims of the Overland Park shooting in Kansas City has ties to Southeast Kansas. Today, nurses and doctors at Via Christi Hospital are mourning the loss of Dr. Corporon. A representative at the hospital says he will be remembered as a great physician and a great family man.

"We will not tolerate this in the State of Kansas. We are going to see that justice in served," said Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor. 

Governor Sam Brownback was at Pittsburg State University today, where he briefly spoke about the shootings in Overland Park, that killed three people yesterday. 

"Thoughts and prayers go out to those family members involved in this terrible tragedy in Kansas City," said Governor Brownback. 

One of the victims of the shootings was Doctor William Lewis Corporon. Dr. Corporon worked in the emergency department as a physician at Via Christi Hospital from 2003 to 2006 and then returned in 2008 with the Midwest Emergency Physician Group based out of Overland Park.

"Our medical staff and nurses who had the privilege of working alongside Dr. Corporon, shocked and saddened over the weekend events," said Michael Hayslip, Via Christi Public Relations Director. 

Via Christi Hospital Director of Public Relations Michael Hayslip says the nurses reminisced about stories dr. Corporon would tell them whenever he visited the hospital. 
"Dr. Corporon was not only an extremely well respected physician, but also remembered very fondly by many our our nurses today as a family oriented man," said Hayslip.

Hayslip says the Via Christi family is proud to have been able to work alongside Dr. Corporon and everything he did for the area.

"The role of an emergency physician who is in that emergency department, that ensures a community has care 24/7. So when you look at the fact Dr. Corporon took on a role like that, it shows how dedicated he was to a community," said Hayslip. 

One of the other victims in the shootings was Dr. Corporon's 14 year old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood. Mr. Hayslip says nurses told him Doctor Corporon was from Oklahoma, and the reason why he moved to Overland Park was because that's where his family lived.   

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