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Methodist Hospitals To Host VIP Reception and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Southlake Campus Emergency Department 

Mar 05
What: Methodist Hospitals will hold a VIP Reception and Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Emergency Department at the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, Indiana. Who: Community leaders, medical staff, hospital leadership and employees will be in attendance. The following individuals will be attending and will be available for interviews and photos: • Ian E. McFadden, President & CEO, Methodist Hospitals • Michael McGee, M.D., Medical Director, Methodist ... read more

Methodist Hospital's Neuroscience Institute Recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 

Feb 19
Providing Leadership in MS Care MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Methodist Hospitals Neuroscience Institute, a leading care provider for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in northwest Indiana has been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National MS Society’s Partners in MS Care program. This formal recognition honors Methodist Neuroscience Institute’s commitment to exceptional patient care; providing coordinated, comprehensive MS care; and a continuing... read more

Methodist Hospitals Recognized as Health Care Organization of the Month by Studer Group  

Feb 05
Gary, IN – Methodist Hospitals was recognized as Health Care Organization of the Month in January 2013 by the Studer Group, one of the nation’s most respected health care consultancies, for the hospitals’ accomplishments and improvements in patient experience. “The strides made by Methodist Hospitals in creating positive patient experience over the past three years have been truly remarkable, and we wanted to recognize them for the hard work and commitment it takes to achieve this kind of... read more

March of Dimes Issues Grant to Methodist Hospitals 

Feb 04
The March of Dimes issued a $400 grant and a rocking chair to Methodist Hospitals’ Neonatal Intensive Care Units. “We’re very excited to award Methodist Hospitals with this grant,” said Victor Garcia, Division Director for the March of Dimes. “These funds are going to be used to purchase educational materials for expecting and new moms. Methodist Hospitals has been very committed to the March of Dimes mission of reducing preterm birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. The staff at... read more

Methodist Hospitals Offers HIV Screenings 

Jan 30
Methodist Hospitals’ emergency department offers HIV screenings through a partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health. Methodist is the only site that offers these screenings 24/7 to all emergency patients aged 13 to 70. Screenings are offered during the triage process to patients that live in Indiana and have a legitimate emergency room complaint. The OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV Antibody test produces results in 20 minutes. The program has led to earlier detection of... read more

Methodist Hospitals Expands into St. John Indiana 

Jan 28
Methodist Hospitals celebrated their expansion of their Methodist Physician Group into St. John Indiana by celebrating a ribbon cutting and grand opening. Anemarie Lutas, M.D, Internal Medicine, was introduced along with her medical Assistant Davina Felton. "We are proud to be opening this facility and bringing Methodist Physician Group to the St. John community. We welcome Dr. Lutas into the Methodist Physician Group practice and we are proud to give the members of the St. John... read more

Methodist Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program Merits American Diabetes Association Recognition 

Jan 23
Methodist Hospitals’ diabetes self-management education program has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA Education Recognition effort, begun in the fall of 1986, and is based on the National Standards for Diabetes Education that were developed by the National Advisory Board and endorsed by the diabetes community. It is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes... read more

Ratings Agency Upgrades Methodist Hospitals Bonds 

Jan 11
Second upgrade in 12 months Underscores Continuing Track Record of Financial Health and Stability Gary, Indiana – January 11, 2013 Fitch Ratings, one of the three major credit rating agencies, has upgraded Methodist Hospitals bond issues to BBB from BBB-. This upgrade is the second such move by the ratings agency in the past 12 months. The ratings agency cited Methodist’s sustained operating performance in making this latest upgrade, including strong profit margin, improved expense... read more

Methodist Hospitals Foundation Mardi Gras Court Coronation 

Dec 07
Methodist Hospitals Foundation’s 2012 reigning King and Queen of Mardi Gras, King Peter Melcher and Queen Fran Taylor, will crown the 2013 Prince and Princess, at this year’s Mardi Gras King and Queens Christmas Dinner. This Foundation’s Annual Mardi Gras event launches Methodist Hospitals’ employee-driven fundraising efforts at Methodist Hospitals. Although Mardi Gras Season begins at the Twelfth Night Party on January 6, 2013; the coronation is the official presentation of the court to the ... read more

IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter Announces Partnership with Methodist Hospitals 

Nov 29
Merrillville, IN – IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter, P.C. announced they have signed a letter of intent to partner up with Methodist Hospitals in a co-management relationship. Under this agreement, Methodist Hospitals would also acquire the IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter. The co-management arrangement will enable Methodist Hospitals to increase the number of endoscopic procedures it conducts by more than 2,500 annually. The agreement involves the group of six board certified gastroenterologist... read more

Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary Honors Volunteers and Awards Nursing Scholarships at Annual Luncheon 

Nov 06
Methodist Hospitals’ Auxiliary recognized 137 volunteers for their service of over 38,000 hours to the healthcare system. Three LPNs were honored and awarded LPN to RN scholarships to complete their Registered Nursing degrees. The LPN to RN Scholarship program was started by the Auxiliary in 2011, and the three Methodist LPNs were the first recipients of this scholarship fund. Pictured left to right are Fredricka Davidson, Auxiliary Board President, Takesha Buchanan, Candance Kapranos,... read more

Methodist Hospitals Presents a Clinical Conference on Best Practices for Concussion, Sports Medicine, and Trauma 

Nov 05
The purpose of this clinical conference is to provide Sports Medicine/Trauma education to Sports Personnel and Health Care Professionals. Physicians and clinical experts in their respective fields will conduct presentations. Who: Physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapist, emergency medical services, athletic trainers, and any students studying in these fields. The following continuing medical education credits will be offered: • 6.25 continuing nursing education... read more

Methodist Hospitals to Hold Fall Community Health Fair and Breast Care Center Community Open House 

Oct 24
Methodist Hospitals will hold its annual Fall Community Health Fair this year in conjunction with the Community Open House for its brand new State-of-the Art Breast Care Center. Who: Community members are invited to attend both events. Although the Breast Care Center Open House is a women’s event. The following free health screenings will be offered at the Health Fair: • Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, PSA, Body Mass Index, Bone Density and Heart Attack and Stroke... read more

Tim Diamond joins Methodist Hospitals as Chief Information Officer 

Oct 22
Tim Diamond has joined Methodist Hospitals as Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Methodist, Tim was the Chief Information Officer at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois where he was responsible for all aspects of Information Services, Health Information Management and Telecommunications Services. Tim developed and executed IS Strategy focusing on patient safety, quality of patient care and technology advances. Previously he also served as the Director of Information... read more


Sep 24
New systems from OEC Medical Systems, Inc., a GE Healthcare business, offer the surgeon and staff precise surgical images that can be seen from almost anywhere in the OR. Better visualization during surgery increases the chance for a successful outcome. GE Healthcare is committed to providing quality products that help deliver better care to more people at lower cost. Gary, Indiana- September 24, 2012 – Surgeons and the OR staff at Methodist Hospitals now have the opportunity to... read more

Wright Alcorn joins Methodist Hospitals as Vice President of Operations 

Sep 12
Wright Alcorn has joined Methodist Hospitals as Vice President of Operations. Wright has vast experience in hospital and health system administration and operations. He has held the role of interim-Vice President Operations since February 27th, 2012 and has been effective and well received throughout the Methodist Hospitals organization over this time. Wright will have responsibilities for Centers of Excellence, clinical ancillary departments including Laboratory Radiology/Imaging... read more

Methodist Hospitals Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center 

Aug 27
Gary and Merrillville, Indiana (August 27, 2012) – Methodist Hospitals announces it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual... read more

Methodist Hospitals Launches da Vinci Robotic Surgery System with New Applications for Minimally Invasive Surgery 

Jul 18
What: Methodist Hospitals will hold a VIP Open House Reception to launch the daVinci introduce the latest, most advanced diagnostic technology for lung cancer and other pulmonary diseases. ENB uses GPS-like minimally-invasive technology to locate, enable biopsy and plan treatment for a lesion (spot) deep in the lung. EBUS is an emerging technique which offers a more precise, minimally invasive way of assessing a patient’s lymph nodes and determining if lung cancer has spread to other parts... read more

Leelarani Chigurupati achieves Board Certification as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition 

Jul 17
Leelarani Chigurupati has achieved Board Certification as a specialist in Oncology Nutrition and may now use the designation, RD, CSO. She is one of only 13 in the State of Indiana with this designation. In order to become board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic (formerly the American Dietetic Association), a registered dietitian must successfully meet rigorous specialty practice requirements and ... read more

Gary Literacy Coalition Holds First Open House 

Jul 09
On Wednesday, June 26 , 2012, the Gary Literacy Coalition held its first-ever public Open House to introduce community members to the Coalition and its mission, activities and accomplishments. Nearly 200 people turned out to enjoy refreshments, receive a free book and hear Executive Director Era Twyman and her staff talk about the many programs supported by the coalition. Said Twyman, “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the story of the Gary Literacy Coalition to so many... read more
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