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New mobile hospital to take off at air show 

Jun 20
2014
Northwest Indiana has expanded its emergency response capabilities by bringing on a fully equipped trailer dubbed a mobile hospital. The District 1 Hospital Emergency Planning Committee received the trailer last week. It made its first appearance Friday outside a meeting of the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission, a 13-member entity appointed by the governor, at Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus. "Last week, we took delivery on a mobile surge trailer, which allows us to... read more
 

A good night's sleep is important for healthy minds 

Jun 16
2014
“I get four to five hours of sleep.” So say some high-profile high achievers. It can make some people wonder if they’re just not being as productive as they could be. Not so, say sleep experts. The amount and quality of sleep can affect every area of your life. “There are a lot of side effects associated with too little sleep,” says Jake Messing, director of behavioral health services at St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago. For one, “Poor sleep affects the ability to work... read more
 

Early testing can get the jump on prostate cancer 

Jun 16
2014
When Charles McDowell was diagnosed with prostate cancer almost two decades ago, he and his doctor, Dr. P.R. Unni, a board certified urologist at Methodist Hospitals, discussed what to do next. “He gave me a prostate exam because I was having some symptoms,” says McDowell who lives in Gary. “We talked about it after we got the results and I decided to have the operation. I didn’t want to take any chances.” McDowell still returns for his regular prostate exam and later had to undergo... read more
 

Healthy Night Out offers cooking pointers 

Jun 08
2014

MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals Southlake campus offers a free cooking demonstration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the campus, 101 E. 87th Ave., Merrillville.

A board-certified oncology nutritionist will show how to cook easier, healthier meals.

Space is limited; for more information, contact Evelyn Morrison, (219) 886-4412, emorrison@methodisthospitals.org. http://www.methodisthospitals.org.
 

Practicing what they preach: hospitals stock healthier vending options 

Jun 01
2014
Marci Crozier noticed something out of place at workplace meetings: doughnuts. Crozier, Francisan Omni Health & Fitness regional director of marketing and sales, suggested to other company leaders that if they really wanted to promote wellness among employees, the breakfast pastries had to go. In that same vein, vending machines at the Franciscan Alliance hospitals are getting a makeover, offering more healthy options and fitted with an interactive screen that displays the... read more
 

Annual Go Red event shines light on cardiovascular disease 

May 29
2014
  MERRILLVILLE | With a little help, Bella Bahus climbed the three steps to the stage and claimed her tiara and title of "princess of the day." It was the second time this month the LaPorte 6-year-old born with a congenital heart defect, in a red dress with gold shimmer and a red bow at the waist, was dubbed princess at a heart-healthy event. "The American Heart Association was Bella's knight in shining armor," said her mother, Angie Bahus, in a video presentation about her... read more
 

Live to 100 Mom!: Zumba and Tabata offer fun ways to keep moving and keep in shape 

May 11
2014
“Our bodies are designed to move and our lifestyles have disabled that – leading us to becoming more and more sedentary,” said Sharon Sporman, Regional Executive Director Wellness/NIR at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness noting that as we age, we lose muscle and bone mass along with flexibility and range of motion. “Movement is the medicine for that.” And for moms, one of two good workout programs—Tabata and Zumba—provide the movements needed depending on age, size, and fitness level... read more
 

Methodist lays out plans for renovation 

May 02
2014
  GARY | With an interim leader at the helm, Methodist Hospitals is guiding the company along a path of expansion, renovation and investment. The hospital on Friday hosted its annual state of the organization address, with Dr. Michael Davenport, president and interim CEO, making key comments about the company's future. He described a three-phase, 10-year upgrade plan to the hospital campuses. The plan includes renovation of the emergency department at the Northlake campus in... read more
 

Four Merrillville High School students complete internships at Methodist Hospitals 

May 01
2014
MERRILLVILLE | The idea of pursuing an internship probably doesn’t cross most high school student’s minds, but it’s a great way to sample potential careers or college majors. Such was the case for Adam Tapper, Jasmin McGee, Megan Austin and Shawnay Lardydell, all seniors at Merrillville High School. Students for the Methodist Hospitals internship program were pre-selected by Sharon Row, teacher and facilitator of the Merrillville High School Internship, based on their academic standing... read more
 

NWI Parkinsons Inc. hosts educational forum and fundraiser 

Apr 20
2014
HOBART | NWI Parkinsons Inc. is presenting its sixth annual Northwest Indiana Parkinson Educational Symposium next weekend, and right on its heels will come the gala fundraising event that funds the symposium. “Living Your Best Life with Parkinson Disease - How YOU Can Help Yourself” is open to patients, caregivers, family members, health care professionals and the general community from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Avalon Manor, 3550 U.S. 30. Tickets are $35 per couple (attendee... read more
 

Groups spread word of organ donation 

Apr 15
2014
  MERRILLVILLE | Javier Nunez was a big man with a big heart. He was thoughtful and generous, even helping fund his sister's college education without wanting recognition. A cirrhosis diagnosis at 37 put him on an organ donor waiting list. On his 39th birthday, he lay in a bed in an intensive care unit, where doctors told him a liver was ready. But, four days later, he died of a brain hemorrhage. His corneas were transplanted. His bone tissue was used in 46... read more
 

New medical director appointed to physician group 

Mar 31
2014
GARY | Dr. Michael Linton has been appointed medical director of the Methodist Physicians Group. Linton has been part of Methodist Hospitals more than 30 years, serving in various leadership roles, including chair and vice chair of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology and on a variety of medical staff committees. Linton will continue part time in his medical practice while taking on the responsibilities as medical director of the group. In his new role, Linton will... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals: How to choose a physical therapist 

Mar 27
2014
  As the captain of your own health care team, you are free to select the appropriate professionals to help you meet your goals. While your physician must refer you for therapy in Indiana, you are free to choose your own physical therapist, and you are not obligated to receive physical therapy in any specific facility. However, your therapy should always be provided by a licensed physical therapist. Health insurance companies often endorse the benefits of physical therapy. Most... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals: How to choose a back specialist 

Mar 27
2014
  Chronic back pain is among the most common medical problems in America. Most people have experienced back pain at some point in their lives. It impacts people in different ways. Different back conditions require different methods of treatment. So how can you best address back pain? FIRST STEP: PREVENTION Prevention is a strong defense against back pain. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising on a regular basis and building muscle strength in your core muscles will help... read more
 

Gary sponsors health care enrollment fair today 

Mar 08
2014

GARY | The city of Gary hosts an Affordable Health Care Enrollment Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Genesis Convention Center.

Partnering organizations include the Methodist Hospitals, Community HealthNet, Cover Kids and Families Indiana, Gary Health Department and the Lake County Minority Health Coalition.
 

Courtesy of NWI Times.

Pressure cooker: M'ville chef tapped for Food Network game show 

Mar 06
2014
MERRILLVILLE | For Pamela Ward, auditioning for a spot on a food-themed reality television show was like throwing cooked noodles against a wall. One finally stuck. The Gary-raised and Le Cordon Bleu-trained sous chef was tapped as a contestant for "Guy's Grocery Games." The Food Network game show, hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, challenges contestants in a grocery store setting. Games in past episodes include preparing meals solely out of canned foods, preparing a taco... read more
 

Mardi Gras King and Queen crowned at annual ball 

Feb 24
2014
  MERRILLVILLE | Crowned at the annual Methodist Hospitals Foundation Mardi Gras Ball held Feb. 15 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, King Mario Minotti and Queen Randalynn McColly-Fleener will preside over the foundation’s 11 philanthropic Krewes’ fundraising efforts for the next year. Patterned after their counterparts in Mobile, Ala. and New Orleans, the Methodist Hospitals Foundation Krewes have raised $107,000 to date in support of health care in Northwest Indiana. That is... read more
 

Families seek health at YMCA, Methodist event 

Feb 22
2014
VALPARAISO | Like many mothers, Leah Bromley has been trying to get her children to eat healthier and exercise more. So when the second annual Family Health Day at the Valparaiso Family YMCA took place Sunday, she wanted to be there. Sponsored by Methodist Hospitals and the YMCA, the event featured health screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index. There also were classes in Zumba, yoga, Pilates, boot camp and healthy cooking demonstrations by... read more
 

Bead Town artist unveils plans for works inspired by local landmarks 

Feb 17
2014
  CROWN POINT | The Methodist Hospitals Foundation did not let a little snow get in the way of the unveiling of a new, regional community art project. Foundation and city officials joined New Orleans-based artist Stephan Wanger in unveiling three canvases that will become part of a traveling exhibit to be known as Bead Town Northwest Indiana. The canvases will spend the next few weeks in the former Crown Point library and at the Marshall Gardner Arts Center in Gary's Miller... read more
 
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