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Society selects October Innovators of the Month 

Oct 27
2013
Courtesy of the Times As part of its effort to highlight its 2012-13 class, the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana has selected Dr. Elian Shepherd and Speros Batistatos as its October Innovators of the Month. Shepherd is a spine surgeon and the medical director of the Spine Care Center of Methodist Hospitals. He is part of a team that made history when Methodist became the only hospital in Northwest Indiana to host this GPS surgery technology. “It is comparable to... read more
 

Deep brain stimulation: Cutting edge treatment for Parkinson's 

Oct 23
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Before his deep brain stimulation procedure, Parkinson’s disease patient Frank Maver could not drive his car or get out of a chair without assistance. After the procedure he says, “my life has improved so much it’s unbelievable.” The deep brain stimulation, commonly compared to a pacemaker for the brain, and DaTscan, an imaging technique used to track dopamine in the brain, are two technologies local hospitals are using to benefit Parkinson’s... read more
 

Focused on Health 

Oct 22
2013

Methodist Turnaround: CEO Ian McFadden on leadership and transformation 

Oct 20
2013
Courtesy of the Times When Ian McFadden came to Methodist Hospitals as the new President and CEO in September of 2008, the organization had been through a tough period of decline with a series of chief executives after the retirement of John Betjemann Jr. in 2003. The biggest challenge was changing the culture of the organization. “Morale was low in the employee population,” McFadden explained. “Many of our doctors were referring their patients to other hospitals and many of our... read more
 

Gary to host first ever marathon 

Oct 17
2013
Courtesy of the Times   GARY | Gary’s first female Mayor announced the city’s first ever marathon. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined other city officials, event organizers and sponsors at a press conference to share details about the “Dawn of the Dunes” Marathon at Marquette Park. The event is the first of its kind for the steel city and will also include a half marathon, 5K and fun run for children. “We believe this marathon is another opportunity to show that the City of Gary... read more
 

Living with cancer: new treatments make it possible 

Oct 16
2013
Couresty of the Times Patient A with cancer goes to a chemotherapy appointment, where a nurse gets an IV running with drugs that will kill cancer cells but also make the patient feel sick for awhile. Patient B with cancer goes to the kitchen at home, takes a pill with some water, and goes about the business of the day. What makes their treatment routines so different from each other? Patient A has an acute and likely curable kind of cancer. Patient B has a cancer... read more
 

MS affects entire family 

Oct 16
2013
Courtesy of the Times   For the Halpern family, multiple sclerosis is a disease that has affected the entire family, not just its matriarch, Donna. Donna Halpern was diagnosed with MS while she was in her late 20s, when it began as problems with her vision and her knees, says her husband, Fred Halpern. Fred Halpern, who owns Albert’s Jewelers, says after his wife was first diagnosed, she was able to lead a fairly normal life, and could golf, do housework, and keep up with the ... read more
 

Ask the Expert: Urologist Manoj Rao 

Oct 16
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Dr. Manoj Rao, a leading physician at Urologic Specialists of Northwest Indiana, believes being informed about urologic health can save lives. His main office is in Merrillville at 400 West 84th drive. He also has an office in Gary at the Methodist Northlake campus. He provides care and performs surgery at the following hospitals: St. Anthony's in Crown Point, St. Mary's in Hobart, Community Hospital in Munster, Pinnacle Hospital in Crown Point, and Methodist... read more
 

The art of robotics: Technology advancements help surgeons to be more precise and patients to heal quicker 

Oct 16
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Is it a science fiction movie? It looks like the future, a robot operating on a human being with movements so precise they rival a surgeon’s. The future is now, it’s not science fiction, and the robot has a name. But despite appearances, a robot isn’t actually doing the surgery. “There’s a misconception about that," says Dr. John Taylor, obstetrician and gynecologist at IU Health La Porte. “The da Vinci robot is not doing the surgery -- it’s just a... read more
 

Methodist’s evolution and expansion raises the bar to change the way healthcare is delivered in Northwest Indiana 

Oct 16
2013
  Methodist Hospitals strives to respond to the unique needs of our community. Through the addition of new programs and services, Methodist continues to change the way healthcare is delivered in Northwest Indiana. Endoscopy Center at IMA Methodist Hospitals has acquired the IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter, located at 8895 Broadway in Merrillville. This will increase the number of endoscopic procedures the hospital performs by more than 2,500 each year. “We are happy to have this... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals opens medical stabilization unit in Gary 

Oct 16
2013

Courtesy of the Times

Methodist Hospitals President and CEO Ian McFadden spoke during a grand opening ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the launch of its new Medical Stabilization Unit at the Northlake Campus in Gary. In the 14-bed unit, medical stabilization provides patients with a safe withdrawal from alcohol or opiates and related health issues in a medically monitored setting, along with referrals and treatment recommendation for continued care after discharge.

New rule addresses hospital stays 

Oct 12
2013
Courtesy of the Times A new rule about outpatient observation care for Medicare patients could mean more hurdles for hospitals and affect admissions. On Oct. 1, a "two-midnight rule" established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services took effect, although a 90-day delay on enforcement will give health care providers time to get used to the changes. Under the rule, Medicare patients have to spend at least two midnights in a row in a hospital to be classified as... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals’ community health fair focuses on healthy living 

Oct 12
2013
Courtesy of the Times GARY | Free health screenings and information about topics ranging from from having a healthy baby to caring for an elderly relative drew hundreds of area residents to the RailCats’ stadium Saturday for one of the largest community health fairs in the region. Sponsored by Methodist Hospitals, the Community Fall Health Fair included 50 community partners as well as Methodist Hospitals services providing information, testing and one-on-one consultations. A ... read more
 

USF Crown Point offering nursing conference through NWINRC 

Oct 09
2013
Courtesy of the Times CROWN POINT | The 21st annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Conference will be offered by the Northwest Indiana Nursing Research Consortium, of which the University of Saint Francis Crown Point is a member, on Nov. 8 from 7:45 a.m.-noon at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. Highway 30, Merrillville. The session, entitled “Healthy Work Environments in Nursing,” will feature keynote speaker Cynthia Clark, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN, a professor in the School of... read more
 

Popcorn Festival awards grand prize to Methodist float 

Oct 07
2013
Courtesy of the Times VALPARAISO | The Orville Redenbacher Parade kicked off Sept. 7 at the 35th annual Popcorn Festival in downtown Valparaiso. The festival, sponsored by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events, included the two-hour parade with more than 80 entries. This year’s parade featured floats made mostly of popcorn that were created by area organizations and businesses. The judges selected Methodist Hospital Foundation’s “Methodist Belle” as the grand prize... read more
 

Medicine takes a look inside 

Oct 04
2013
Courtesy of the Times The Region’s hospitals and healthcare centers are tapping into new imaging technology that aids diagnostic procedures for the health and comfort of the patient. 3-D Mammography A leap in mammography technology is making diagnostic breast examinations easier and much less painful at Methodist Hospital. Dr. Anastasia Siatras, radiologist and fellowship breast imager, uses 3-D mammography, a procedure that detects cancers earlier and can eliminate the... read more
 

New Family Surgery Waiting Area Unveiled 

Sep 30
2013

Methodist Hospitals recently unveiled its newly renovated Surgery Waiting Area on its Southlake Campus. Its design is modeled after a fine hotel lobby. The comfortable furniture, soft lighting and warm tones blend together to create a gentle, relaxing environment for patient families.

Specialized innovation: Methodist Hospitals expands individualized treatment programs 

Sep 26
2013
Courtesy of the Times Methodist Hospitals offers a variety of specialized treatment programs ranging from a diabetes management course to a Parkinson’s disease individualized program to a specialty clinic for digestive disorders and a medical stabilization service. Diabetes Self-Management Course Methodist Hospitals’ Diabetes Self-Management Course is designed to help diabetes patients successfully manage the disease. The course, awarded continuous recognition from... read more
 
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