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Methodist Hospitals Foundation to unveil community artwork 

Feb 17
2014
CROWN POINT | The Methodist Hospitals Foundation will unveil the vision for the three Bead Town community art pieces during a reception with community leaders at 6 p.m. Monday at the former Crown Point library, 214 S. Court St. The stunning beaded mosaics will depict iconic images of Crown Point, Gary and Valparaiso – the historic Lake Court House, Orville Redenbacher and the dunes along Lake Michigan. Beginning Tuesday the community is invited to participate in the project, working... read more
 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Philanthropy builds hospitals' foundation 

Feb 11
2014
  The generosity of individuals and business owners who donate to the Methodist Hospitals Foundation is making a difference in the lives of thousands of families in Northwest Indiana every day. We live and work in a region blessed with this great spirit and treasure. The philanthropic spirit Northwest Indiana residents display each and every day supports Methodist Hospitals’ commitment to its mission of providing quality care to those in need. In the last year, donations from ... read more
 

Innovations in cardiac care 

Feb 02
2014
  The year 2013 saw some promising advances in cardiovascular drugs and treatments — good news for doctors and their patients. According to northwest Indiana-area cardiologists, this year should offer patients more comfort and hope and doctors a bigger arsenal to combat the threats of heart disease and stroke. New medicines to prevent dangerous blood clots are “A big deal,” said Dr. Sabrina Akrami, cardiologist and cardiovascular physician at Ingalls Health System in Harvey, Ill.,... read more
 

Improve your health, improve your life 

Jan 29
2014
  Zest for life—it’s what everyone wants. If it seems there’s always something getting in the way of fully optimizing your energy, read on. Local experts in health and well-being offer tips for a new you in the new year. Breathe. Because we’re headed straight for the S word. Stress. “I’m so stressed out!” Is it an inevitable part of a busy life? Felicity Houston, a licensed counselor at Ingalls Orthopedic Institute in Harvery, Ill., doesn’t think so. “Maybe you think... read more
 

Auxiliary presents nursing scholarships 

Jan 19
2014
Two Methodist Hospitals licensed practical nurses were awarded LPN to RN scholarships to complete their registered nursing degrees during Methodist Hospitals' annual Auxiliary Awards Luncheon at Innsbrook Country Club. The LPN to RN Scholarship program was started by the Auxiliary in 2011. This year’s scholarship recipients are Keith Leigh, left, of Cedar Lake, and Latoya Haggard, right, of Merrillville, joined by Chief Nursing Officer Shelly Major, second from left, and Methodist... read more
 

Paper cutting: Methodist takes next step in e-records 

Jan 15
2014
  MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals is at the front of the pack for transitioning into electronic medical record keeping. It recently achieved Stage 6 of seven stages in the EMR Adoption Model SM. HIMSS Analytics, an organization focused on better health through information technology, developed the model to evaluate the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in its database. Hospitals have to answer a survey about their electronic record keeping, ... read more
 

Trauma center efforts advance 

Jan 15
2014
  At least three local hospitals are playing a role in the state's effort to make trauma care accessible for all Hoosiers. Hospitals with Franciscan Alliance and Methodist Hospitals are seeking trauma designation. There are no trauma centers in Northwest Indiana. Those suffering traumatic injury, such as a gunshot or stab wound or blunt force trauma, usually are transported to hospitals in Oak Lawn, Fort Wayne or Indianapolis, all of which have trauma centers. The American... read more
 

Methodist staffer named Nurse of the Year by state MS Society 

Jan 13
2014
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Indiana State Chapter recently honored Billie Childress, RN, BSN, CNRN, MSCN, with its MS Superstar Nurse of the Year award at its Moving Forward event, held in Indianapolis. Childress, a nurse with Methodist Hospitals Neuroscience Center in Merrillville, was nominated for the award by a fellow Hoosier living with MS for Childress' dedication to the National MS Society and her unwavering desi re to realize a world free of MS. “Billie... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals host free Affordable Care Act information sessions 

Jan 09
2014
Methodist Hospital’s Affordable Care Act Navigators and Certified Application Counselors are hosting free Affordable Care Act Information Sessions beginning today. Sessions are as follows: 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Northlake Campus, Seyl Auditorium, 600 Grant St., Gary 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at the Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Midlake Campus, Room 164, 2269 W. 25th Ave., Gary 3 to 6 p.m. March 13 at the Southlake... read more
 

Bead Town exhibits roll into Northwest Indiana 

Dec 30
2013
Colorful beads from Mardi Gras necklaces have been reworked into dazzling pieces of art to go on display next week in Crown Point and Gary and soon in Valparaiso. The exhibits by New Orleans self-taught artist Stephan Wanger are part of an ongoing effort by the Methodist Hospitals Foundation to raise funds for improving health care in Northwest Indiana. Wanger's Bead Town exhibits will feature dozens his works of art and opportunities for residents to design their own pieces in... read more
 

Employees share the warmth of the season 

Dec 30
2013
Methodist Hospitals’ employees from both campuses, Gary and Merrillville, teamed up in the spirit of the holiday season to hold a holiday food drive and provide gifts to children in need. Perishable food items were donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Employees once again partnered with The Salvation Army to donate Angel Tree gifts. This program distributes donated gifts to needy families with children who would otherwise not receive presents on Christmas morning. Hospital... read more
 

Surgeon-led team approach distinguishes Methodist Hospitals Bariatric Surgery Center 

Dec 29
2013
Weight loss surgery is not merely a medical procedure; it’s an element in a lifelong journey to better health. From the beginning and beyond the point in which the desired goal weight is achieved, the weight loss surgery experience is a long-term process with a wide range of challenges. Each weight loss surgery patient is a unique individual with his or her own distinct needs. That’s why Dr. James Siatras, who was fellowship trained in bariatric surgery at Indiana University,... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals donates supplies to adult rehab center 

Dec 26
2013
GARY | Methodist Hospitals donated a one year’s supply of daily living necessities to support The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. The supplies included razors, shaving gel, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, slippers, combs, soap and shampoo – many items people take for granted. “We are proud to be able to support The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Gary, as this program is essential to the community,” said Dr. Michael Davenport, president and... read more
 

Professionals on the Move 

Dec 22
2013
Ear, nose and throat specialist Austin Bancroft, DO, recently joined the Indiana University Health La Porte Physicians network and welcomes new patients at his La Porte office. Raymond Martinez has joined Methodist Hospitals as director of security and Rayfeael Gullatt has joined Methodist as director of food and nutritional services. Allen Babiarz, coordinator of client solutions at South Suburban College, was installed as President of the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce 2014 Board ... read more
 

Healthcare.gov glitches start to subside 

Dec 22
2013
With the first deadline for signing up to health insurance approaching on Dec. 23, Northwest Indiana hospitals trying to encourage enrollment into health care insurance plans are seeing improved performance for the federal marketplace website, Healthcare.gov. While open enrollment will continue through March 31, customers who want coverage to begin on Jan. 1 must enroll by Dec. 23. If customers sign up after the Dec. 23 deadline, the date their coverage takes effect will depend on... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary awards nursing scholarships at annual luncheon 

Dec 18
2013

MERRILLVILLE | Two Methodist Hospitals LPNs were honored and awarded LPN to RN scholarships to complete their Registered Nursing degrees at Methodist Hospital’s Annual Auxiliary Awards Luncheon.

The LPN to RN Scholarship program was started by the Auxiliary in 2011. This year’s scholarship recipients were Keith Leigh and Latoya Haggard.
 

EDITORIAL: Medical records should be easily accessible 

Dec 16
2013
Courtesy of the Times   The point of requiring electronic medical records is to make patient information easily accessible. But in Northwest Indiana, that hasn't happened yet. More than eight years ago, the Northwest Indiana Health Information Exchange was pitched to hospitals, physician groups, medical organizations and chronic care centers. Already, by 2005, a database like this had been set up in the South Bend area. Since then, the federal government began requiring... read more
 

Free Stuffed Animals distributed to Tots 

Dec 16
2013

Courtesy of the Times

GARY | CRworks Inc. has received a number of stuffed animals from Pet Smart in Schererville and will provide these holiday gifts free to the public. The public can pick up a free stuffed animal at CRworks' office, 4950 Broadway, today through Friday. CRworks also distributed some of the stuffed animals to Methodist Hospitals, Northlake and Southlake campuses, on the pediatric and nursery floors.
 

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