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Report shows health care's $31B impact on state 

Dec 15
2013
  Indiana hospitals and outpatient medical centers have a $31.3 billion economic impact, according to a report that examines the financial role of health care facilities in the state. Local hospital executives are not surprised by the finding, but some say the figure does not fully measure the role of a hospital in a community. Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region CEO Gene Diamond described the report as interesting and informative. "But, if anything, I think it... read more
 

EDITORIAL: Medical records should be easily accessible 

Dec 15
2013
  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 hospitals, physicians and... read more
 

Report shows health care's $31B impact on state 

Dec 14
2013
December 14, 2013 8:25 pm • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com Indiana hospitals and outpatient medical centers have a $31.3 billion economic impact, according to a report that examines the financial role of health care facilities in the state. Local hospital executives are not surprised by the finding, but some say the figure does not fully measure the role of a hospital in a community. Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region CEO Gene Diamond described the report ... read more
 

Woman honored for 50 years of continuous volunteer service 

Dec 09
2013
Courtesy of the Times Crown Point resident Margaret Detert was honored recently for achieving 50 years of continuous volunteer service at Methodist Hospitals. Detert's achievement helped make the annual Auxiliary Awards Luncheon special. Detert proudly wears her pink jacket as a member of the Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary, as well as being a dedicated and exceptional volunteer, according to hospital officials. She chairs the volunteer group as well as being the corresponding... read more
 

Universal patient record sharing still a goal in region 

Dec 07
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Northwest Indiana hospitals continue to embrace electronic record keeping, but sharing that information among different hospitals is more than just a keystroke away. Epic Systems is a commonly used electronic medical records software in the Region. Hospitals using that software and an application called EpicCare Everywhere have the ability to view patient records from other participating systems. "Currently, we can only share information electronically ... read more
 

Free Health Fair begins Saturday 

Dec 06
2013
Courtesy of the Times CALUMET TWP. | WLTH Radio AM 1370 and the Calumet Township Trustee's office are hosting a free health screening and Obamacare health insurance sign-up this weekend. Anthem Insurance, Community HealthNet, Methodist Hospitals and the Minority Health Coalition are also taking part in the inaugural AM 1370 Community Awareness Health Fair. It takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Calumet Township Multi-Purpose Center, 1900 W. 41st Ave., in... read more
 

Holiday spirits 'float' through Lowell 

Nov 29
2013
Courtesy of the Times   LOWELL | Jumping up and down in anticipation, 7-year-old Kendall Powers, of Lowell, called out "Merry Christmas" to those on brightly lit floats passing by, then broke into a dance as Christmas songs filled the air. It was all part of Friday's Lowell Parade of Lights and Holiday Magic presented by the Lowell Parks Department, town of Lowell and Lowell Chamber of Commerce. Joining Kendall in his "happy dance" and wishing "Merry Christmas" to the parade... read more
 

Hospitals strive to provide streamlined care 

Nov 27
2013
Courtesy of the Times   This year has been a year of change for the health care industry, as hospital officials strive to implement technology designed to streamline patient care and keep costs down while they build new brick-and-mortar outpatient facilities closer to where their patients live. Hospitals are opening outpatient facilities across Northwest Indiana and in the South Chicago suburbs to better meet the needs of their patients. Community Healthcare System opened two ... read more
 

Health summit urges education, collaboration 

Nov 22
2013
Courtesy of the Times One year after the health of region residents was diagnosed as bad and getting worse, the One Region initiative has made a start to finding the cure. More than 150 community leaders convened Friday at a One Region health summit at Avalon Manor to discuss why the region lags in so many health indicators and how those can be improved. "It can be done, it will be done, and it starts here today," said state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, at the beginning of the... read more
 

Region's character showcased in Bead Town exhibit 

Nov 21
2013
Courtesy of the Times GARY │A New Orleans self-taught artist who uses recycled Mardi Gras beads in artwork that has made him renown in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina is bringing his interactive exhibit Bead Town to Northwest Indiana. Stephan Wanger, whose visit is being hosted by the Methodist Hospitals Foundation, will bring more than 60 art pieces to three host communities — Crown Point, Gary and Valparaiso. Additionally, Wanger, with the help of school children, will create ... read more
 

Intro: An artist creator of gigantic mosaics brings Bead Town to NWI in winter 

Nov 17
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Stephan Wanger was lately in Natchitoches, Louisiana discussing a Bead Town promotion in honor of the city’s status as the oldest city in the Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, who diplomatically named the town after a local Indian tribe. But before he gets to that project, he’s back in New Orleans, where his home and gallery (Galeria Alegria) are located in the French Quarter, talking with me and Robert... read more
 

New Endoscopy Center in Merrillville opens its doors 

Nov 06
2013

Courtesy of the Times

People tour the newly renovated and and expanded Endoscopy Center at Internal Medicine Associates during an open house Wednesday at the center on Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville.

Methodist CEO announces resignation 

Nov 05
2013
Courtesy of the Times GARY | Methodist Hospitals announced Tuesday that President/CEO Ian McFadden will resign, effective Nov. 30. McFadden served as the system's top executive for five years. The health care system includes hospital campuses in Gary and Merrillville. Dr. Michael Davenport, vice president of medical affairs, has assumed the role of interim president and CEO of the hospital system. "I am very proud of what we have accomplished here at Methodist during the... read more
 

Annual Shades of Pink lunch benefits Methodist Hospitals 

Nov 04
2013

Courtesy of the Times

MERRILLVILLE | The second annual Shades of Pink luncheon/wine tasting is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Innsbrook Country Club, 6701 Taft St.

The theme is "wines, women and shoes."

Money raised goes to the foundation to support Methodist Hospitals' strategic plan. Tickets are $45.

For more information, contact Donna Ovanek, (219) 793-9109, dovan1@sbcglobal.net.
 

Rep. Brown: Pence playing politics with Obamacare stance 

Nov 04
2013
Courtesy of the Times   GARY | Gov. Mike Pence is playing politics with the Affordable Care Act, state Rep. Charlie Brown told a crowd Monday at the Genesis Convention Center, focusing on the Republican's decision not to expand Medicaid as recommended by the act. “We have roughly 400,000 people who are eligible for Medicaid but the governor in his wisdom said we won’t expand Medicaid,” he said. “Instead he asked the federal government (to) allow us to use the Healthy Indiana Plan ... read more
 

Lowering your BMI and improving your health have many benefits 

Nov 03
2013
Courtesy of the Times   With the cold weather and the holidays approaching, local health experts suggest now is the time to start lowering your body mass index and improving your health. Doing so will not only make you healthier, it might also affect the insurance premiums you pay. Edward G. Klein, director of compensation and benefits for the Human Resources Department at Methodist Hospitals, says many employers are introducing wellness programs, or population health... read more
 

Methodist's total joint replacement program improves quality of life 

Nov 03
2013
Methodist Hospitals has established a center of excellence for joint replacement in Northwest Indiana. For patients like Mike Scamihorn, who suffers from a severe form of osteoarthritis affecting all of his joints, that translates to improved quality of life. Over a period of about five years, Mike’s knees worsened to the point where climbing stairs was painful and he was unable to walk very far. Then, his hip pain worsened so quickly that he was unable to walk or even lie on an MRI... read more
 
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