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Methodist to break ground for new emergency department tomorrow 

Feb 27
2012
Courtesy of the Times MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of its new Emergency Department at 11:30 a.m. on February 28 at the Southlake Campus, 8701 Broadway in Merrillville, Indiana. Community leaders, medical staff, hospital leadership and employees will be in attendance including Methodist President and CEO Ian E. McFadden, Medical Director and Methodist Hospitals Emergency Services Michael McGee, M.D. and BSA... read more
 

Ratings agency upgrades Methodist Hospitals bonds 

Feb 21
2012
Courtesy of the Times GARY | Fitch Ratings, one of the three major credit rating agencies, has upgraded Methodist Hospitals bond issues to BBB– from BB+, the hospital announced Monday. The ratings agency cited Methodist's consecutive years of improving profitability, consistent and healthy liquidity, effective expense control and improving medical staff stability, according to a news release. Bond ratings at BBB- or higher are considered investment grade. In 2010, Methodist... read more
 

Many health care options in Northwest Indiana 

Feb 19
2012
Courtesy of the Times A component of health care reform is ensuring people have information regarding health care providers. Services, quality and care are tracked, scored to comparable data locally, regionally and nationally. The importance of access to such information has pushed hospitals to spend millions to re-engineer technology. This infrastructure enhances the exchange of information and fosters new computerized equipment directly affecting patient care. Northwest Indiana... read more
 

M'ville wrestler, born 3 months premature, says drive to survive, succeed is ingrained 

Feb 16
2012
Courtesy of The Times When Ursula Peppers watches son Darryl wrestle, she can't help but think back a little more than 18 years ago, shake her head and be thankful. A 5-foot-5 block of chiseled granite, the Merrillville High School senior wrestler entered the world Dec. 18, 1993. Born three months premature, he was a frail 2 pounds, 14 ounces, no bigger than his dad's hand. "It's a blessing that he's here, what he's been through," Ursula Peppers said at Saturday's Merrillville... read more
 

Methodist announces "GPS" surgery technology 

Feb 01
2012
Courtesy of the Times MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals unveiled on Tuesday a new technology to help physicians perform more effective spinal, neuro and orthopedic surgeries. Announcing it as the only one of its kind in Northwest Indiana, the about $1.5 million multispecialty computer assisted surgery suite is comparable to having a global positioning system in the operating room, allowing for greater visualization and information, better instrument placement and better outcomes for... read more
 

Surgical technology provides 'GPS' in Methodist operating room 

Aug 30
2011
MERRILLVILLE | After her surgeon broke her spine in four places as part of an eight-hour surgery to fix her scoliosis, Kayla Akujobi gained 2 inches in height. Since the Aug. 5 surgery, Kayla's mother, Karen Akujobi, said her daughter, 14, of Merrillville, is nervous to move too much but has been making herself do so, taking trips to the mall and the tennis court, working toward her goal of playing softball with her now-straightened spine. While Dr. Elian Shepherd, medical director... read more
 

Methodist Hosptials Donate Supplies Rehab Center 

Aug 29
2011
Courtesy of the NWI Times GARY | Methodist Hospitals, with locations in Gary and Merrillville, donated 44 boxes of supplies to support The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center in Gary. The 44 boxes contained daily necessities many people take for granted, such as razors, shaving gel, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, slippers, combs, soap and shampoo. "We are proud to be able to support the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center in Gary, as this... read more
 

Heart screening help save lives, find unknown illness  

Aug 28
2011
Courtesy of NWI Times A man stopped at Porter hospital for a heart screening shortly before he left for an out-of-state golf tournament. The screening revealed an abdominal aortic aneurysm that had ruptured and the man was rushed to surgery. Once recovered, the man thanked everyone at the hospital from housekeepers to the surgeons. "It was a great catch and it was easily fixed," said Mark Kime, director of cardiology at Porter hospital. He said there have been at least three similar... read more
 

Innovative cancer treatment in Northwest Indiana 

Aug 28
2011
Courtesy of the NWI Times Methodist Hospital is one of the leading hospitals in Northwest Indiana for treating brain tumors. Its multi-disciplinary brain tumor team joins together to talk about the best way to treat the tumor, so there isn't just one doctor making treatment decisions — neurologists, neurosurgeons and cancer specialists all bring their opinions. Methodist uses the Gamma Knife on brain tumors at the Center for Advanced Clinical Studies at the Southlake campus in... read more
 

Health systems keep the focus on making patients' lives easier 

Aug 28
2011
Courtesy of the NWI Times During one workday, Julie Prieboy and her colleagues were discussing how beneficial it would be for everyone who had a loved one in a hospital to have a nurse in their family to watch out for that patient. Prieboy, cancer program coordinator at Methodist Hospitals, Kathy Plesac, a nurse at Methodist who specializes in infection control, and Jodi Boling, a former Methodist employee who now teaches at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, decided to write a... read more
 

NWI Physicians use the latest tools to keep patient healthy 

Aug 28
2011
Courtesy of the NWI Times With robot-assisted surgeries and machines that use 3-D images to diagnose illness, it's clear the future of medicine already has arrived in Northwest Indiana. This month, Methodist Hospitals began offering 3-D tomosynthesis for breast cancer screenings using a Selenia Dimensions digital mammography system. Methodist is one of fewer than 100 breast cancer screening sites in the country to install the new equipment. "We wanted something that was the... read more
 

Region continues to adjust to health care reform, growing demand 

Aug 28
2011
Courtesy of the NWI Times The health care industry and the country was divided with passage in March 2010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and 17 months later many questions remain for health care systems and patients. Since Jan. 1, the Franciscan Alliance has been expanding its health system and working toward understanding all implementations of the federal legislation. In February, the Franciscan Alliance announced it would buy the Hammond Clinic, now known as... read more
 

Longtime Methodist Employee trains IUN students 

Aug 25
2011
Mary Ann Hansen, of Griffith, holds a technical and supervisory position at Methodist Hospital. Hansen is supervisor of the ultrasound departments at the South Lake, North Lake and its outpatient centers. She holds credentials as registered diagnostic medical sonographer with specialty registries in OB/GYN, which is for obstetrical and gynecological exams; abdomen, for abdominal exams and all small parts such as thyroid; breast, for breast ultrasound and breast biopsy procedures; neuoro, ... read more
 

Methodist dontes supplies to Salvation Army Gary's Adult Rehab Center 

Aug 25
2011
Courtesy of NWI Times GARY | Methodist Hospitals, with locations in Gary and Merrillville, donated 44 boxes of supplies to support the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Gary. The 44 boxes contained supplies of daily necessities many of us take for granted such as razors, shaving gel, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, slippers, combs, soap and shampoo. "We are proud to be able to support the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center in Gary as this... read more
 

Dunkin Donuts holds community days to benefit Methodist Hospitals' Foundation 

Aug 15
2011
Courtesy of NWI Times MERRILLVILLE | The Merrillville Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins held a Community Day Fundraiser to benefit the Methodist Hospitals Foundation. Luis Marquez, Director of Imaging Services, and Teri McCormick, Manager of Physician Services, accept a check for $500.00 from Sunjay Patel, Manager of the Merrillville Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins. Luis Marquez and Teri McCormick are the current Mardi Gras King and Queen of the Methodist Foundation's first Employee... read more
 

Methodist nurse, husband sprang into action as stage collapsed 

Aug 15
2011
Courtesy of NWI Times GARY | From her seat in the grandstand, Doreen Norris-Stojak watched in horror Saturday night as the main stage at the Indiana State Fair crashed to the ground. But after a moment of initial shock, she sprang into action. "I was amazed that there were only five people killed. I thought there'd be hundreds." -- Doreen Norris-Stojak, of Beecher, Ill., who assisted the injured Saturday at the Indiana State Fair "I said, 'I'm a nurse. I need to help... read more
 

Nurse goes beyond the call of duty 

Aug 12
2011
Courtesy of NWI Times Methodist Hospital employee Cathy Dufresne, of Crown Point, won a Spirit Award for going beyond the call of duty to help patients in need of clothing. Dufresne is an emergency room nurse at Methodist Hospitals' Northlake Campus in Gary. Emergency room manager Diane Schultz, of DeMotte, said she was surprised when Dufresne said the department needed a washer and dryer. It was only then, Schultz said, that she found out that Dufresne had been routinely... read more
 

Area hospitals ranked by U.S. News & World Report 

Jul 20
2011
Courtesy of NWI Times Region hospital systems were ranked among U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals in the Chicago metro area for 2011-12. The magazine's website states 44 of 121 Chicago metro area hospitals received top ranking. Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Ill., ranked 23rd and earned high marks for cancer care, neurology care and neurosurgery, and orthopedics. Two hospitals in the Community Healthcare System -- The Community Hospital in Munster and St.... read more
 

Methodist receives American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines Bronze 

Jul 19
2011
GARY | Methodist Hospitals, with locations in Gary and Merrillville, has received the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Methodist Hospitals has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients for at least 90 days with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals ranks 35 in Chicago Metro Area according to U.S. News 

Jul 19
2011
GARY | Methodist Hospitals, with campuses in Gary and Merrillville, has been ranked #35 in the Chicago Metro Area in U.S. News Media & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. Methodist Hospitals was also ranked among the top 25% of hospitals in Neurology and Neurosurgery. The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country's top hospitals in at least one medical... read more
 
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