Press Releases

Methodist Hospitals completes $76 million financial turnaround in one year 

Feb 15
2010

In just one year, Methodist Hospitals has reversed 6 years of operating losses and posted a surplus of approximately $3.4 million in 2009. While an operating surplus is always good news, it is a remarkable achievement after experiencing approximately $73 million in losses in 2008.

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Healthcare Workers Head to Haiti 

Jan 18
2010

Methodist Hospitals Paramedic Program Medical Director and Mobile Intensive Care System Associate Medical Director, Nicholas Johnson, MD, is heading to Haiti with a team of volunteers to try and aleviate some of the suffering after the devastating earthquake. The Red Cross estimates nearly a third of the population of Haiti is in need of medical attention.

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395th Combat Hospital Recognize Methodist Hospitals Partnership 

Jan 14
2010

Judy Strycek, RN, had no idea she would be spearheading an army training program when she joined the 395th combat support hospital as a major in 1976. “When I joined the unit, I soon learned that one of biggest concerns was how to provide medical training for these individuals that one day may have to treat patients in a combat zone. Basic skills like dressing a wound, taking vitals and how to interact with patients needed to be practiced and mastered.” Judy had been working as a House Supervisor at Methodist Hospitals since 1975. She approached the hospital administration about starting a relationship with the army and allowing the members of the 395th combat hospital unit to train at the hospital.

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Methodist Hospitals Welcome Field Surgical Associates 

Jan 13
2010

We are pleased to welcome Field Surgical Associates to our Medical Staff. Field Surgical Associates offer a full range of surgical care to our Northlake patients including the latest minimally invasive and advanced laparoscopic procedures, cancer surgery, general surgery, thoracic and vascular surgical procedures.Their practice is located at 650 Grant Street, Suite# 4, Gary, IN 46402 phone: 219.886.4356 fax: 219.881.2836.

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Methodist Hospital Employees Fulfil Holiday Wishes 

Dec 30
2009

Methodist Hospitals employees made Christmas morning a little brighter for nearly 200 children. A parade of bicycles, dolls, trucks, games, bedding and clothes were loaded into five trucks to be delivered to the Salvation Army as part of the Angel Tree Program. The Angel Tree program provides underprivileged children with holiday gifts and proof that someone cares. Methodist Hospitals has participated in the program for several years and employees are enthusiastic to take part in it every year! "It is a blessing to be fortunate enough to give back to others. The angel tree program gives us the opportunity to make sure these kids wake up on Christmas day a little happier and with something to look forward to. We are a community, we take care of each other. That is what Christmas is all about," stated Shirley Roberson, Human Resources, Methodist Hospitals.

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Bundles of Joy 

Dec 30
2009

Mothers who delivered at Methodist Hospitals during this holiday season were surprised to see their new born baby wrapped in a special red holiday stocking! "Right after the babies are born we bring them to the nursery to bathe them and dress them before bringing them out to their mothers. During the holidays we bring them out in a red stocking. The reaction is always great; lots and lots of photographs," exclaimed Jill Biggs, RN, Nursery, Methodist Hospitals. The program started several years ago when the hospital volunteers would donate stockings for all the babies born on Christmas day. This year the program was expanded to all babies born in the month of December.

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Emergency Medical Technician Training Programs 

Dec 09
2009

The Methodist Hospitals, REGIONAL COORDINATION CENTER has begun accepting applications for enrollment in the next Emergency Medical Technician Training Programs to be held at our hospital in Gary (Midlake Campus), Portage Fire Department, and Prompt Ambulance in Highland beginning on Feb 8 and 9.

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395th Combat Hospital Unit Recognition and Reunion at Methodist Hospitals - December 14th 

Dec 07
2009

Judy Strycek, RN, had no idea she would be spearheading an army training program when she joined the 395th combat hospital unit in 1976. “When I joined the unit, I soon learned that one of biggest concerns was how to provide medical training for these individuals that one day may have to treat patients in a combat zone. Basic skills like dressing a wound, taking vitals and how to interact with patients needed to be practiced and mastered.” Judy had been working as a House Supervisor at Methodist Hospitals since 1975. She approached the hospital administration about starting a relationship with the army and allowing the members of the 395th combat hospital unit to train at the hospital.

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Making a Difference 

Nov 20
2009

Dr. Mridula Prasad, a Neurologist at Methodist Hospitals is an extraordinary physician. There is no limit to what she is willing to give for her patients; whether it is time, money or heart. Dr. Prasad was honored recently at the Annual Meeting for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Indiana with the award for Superstar Physician of the Year.

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A Celebration of Heart!  

Nov 18
2009

Methodist Hospitals was named the Top Fundraising Hospital for the Heart Walk for the 6th year in a row! This feat would not have been accomplished without the creativity and hard work of the Methodist Hospitals Employees!

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Methodist Hospitals Free Fall Community Health Fair 

Nov 18
2009

Methodist Hospitals held its Free Fall Community Health Fair on Saturday, November 7 at the Helenic Cultural Center in Merrillville, IN. Participants had the opportunity to take advantage of free health screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body fat analysis, bone density, oximetry and PSA screening. The event held from 9 am to 12 pm attracted over 400 Northwest Indiana residents. In addition to the free screenings, many of the hospital services were represented by healthcare professionals with free literature and giveaways for everyone that attended. Max, the Methodist Mascot was on hand to greet the particpants, staff and physicians!

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Annual Auxiliary Fundraiser 

Nov 14
2009

Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary will celebrate its annual fundraiser luncheon on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Avalon Manor. The event, "Jazzing the Blues Away", will feature the GIII Jazz Trio.

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New Executive Director Business Development 

Nov 06
2009

Methodist Hospitals is pleased to announce Beth Sullivan as the new Executive Director Business Development, a newly created position that will ensure the development and achievement of the organizational mission and strategy through the effectiveness of all new business project plans and start-up. Ms. Sullivan will be responsible for coordinating the strategic planning process, translate strategic plan into new business opportunities, create program plans with stakeholder input, develop feasibility analysis and strategies for implementation.

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March of Dimes event honors Ambassador Family 

Oct 30
2009

On November 2nd at the Avalon Manor, Nicole Greene will have the opportunity to thank the March of Dimes and Methodist Hospitals for her miracle, her son Johnny, at the 8th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Tasting and Auction. Johnny Greene III was born 3 months early at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus on September 20, 2008. The tiny infant spent two and a half months in the neonatal intensive care unit where he was monitored and cared for around the clock. “I am so thankful and grateful to the nurses and physicians at Methodist Hospitals’ neonatal intensive care unit. I know that Johnny would not be the happy, healthy boy he is today without their constant care and attention,” stated Nicole. Nicole Greene, her husband and Johnny will attend the event as March of Dimes Ambassador Family.

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Methodist Hospitals Free Fall Community Health Fair 

Oct 29
2009

Methodist Hospitals is offering the community an opportunity to take advantage of free health screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body fat analysis, bone density, oximetry and PSA screening on Saturday, November 7. The event held from 9 am to 12 pm at the Helenic Cultural Center is expected to attract hundreds of Northwest Indiana residents. In addition to the free screenings, many of the hospital services will be represented by healthcare professionals with free literature and giveaways for everyone that attends.

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Jubilation Joy Celebration! 

Oct 22
2009

Methodist Hospitals is proud to be an exclusive dinner sponsor of the Jubilation Joy Celebration honoring Breast Cancer Survivors. This event is presented by the Barden Gary Foundation and Friends of the Barden Gary Foundation.

This event invites women across the region to enjoy an exquisite networking reception followed by dinner with a Breast Cancer Survivor at a location provided by one of the event sponsors.

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Scoliosis, Diabetes, Stress and H1N1! 

Oct 20
2009

Methodist Hospitals hosts its 22nd annual Teachers Institute Day Luncheon for the Gary and Merrillville Public School nurses, counselors and social workers on October 22, 2009. We are expecting close to 50 education professionals to attend!

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Regional Coordination Center Continues History of Excellence! 

Oct 16
2009

The Methodist Hospitals Paramedic Education Program has received accreditation through The Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Accreditation represents a method to ensure the students and the community that an educational program meets uniform, nationally accepted standards. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded Accreditation to the Emergency Medical Services Programs in 2004. Methodist Hospitals is currently the only hospital in Northwest Indiana that has maintained national accreditation following the guidelines established by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation.This accreditation is a result of the professionalism and high standards held by our RCC.

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New Ratings Just Released! 

Oct 12
2009

A study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that Methodist Hospitals is among the top 10 percent in the nation for Stroke care for 6 years in a row. The nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007 and 2008.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Story for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Oct 07
2009

“Hearing the word Cancer is a scary experience, but Shellie made me feel like I was never alone,” stated Teddi Ferda, a Chesterton resident, as she spoke to a room full of women at Methodist Hospitals’ Healthy Night Out with the Girls Event. There were tears throughout the room as Teddi recalled her experience of being told by her physician that she had an infiltrating ductile carcinoma in the right breast. “Hearing this diagnosis would never be good; however, having Shellie Rowe here to discuss the issue with was a blessing. She is knowledgeable, personable and compassionate. I realize that she does this everyday and sees many patients, however, she made me feel like no one else existed but me.”

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