Press Releases

Community Leaders Join Methodist Hospitals Board of Directors 

Sep 16
2009

Methodist Hospitals Board of Directors is pleased to welcome three new board members; Robert E. Johnson, III, Glenn S. Vician and Reverend Cynthia Reynolds. These individuals are leading figures in their respective fields of IT, Law and the Methodist Church and bring a wealth of experience and information to Methodist Hospitals as we continue to work towards becoming the regional leader in subspecialty care.

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Scoring Above the Rest 

Aug 27
2009

Each year, for the past 20 years, U.S. News & World Report releases its findings for the top hospitals in the United States. This year, Methodist Hospitals scored higher than all other NWI hospitals in 8 of the 12 categories that largely use care based data to establish score. The 8 categories are: Neurology & Neurosurgery; Diabetes & Endocrine disorders; Urology; Digestive disorders; Cancer; Ear, Nose & Throat; Kidney disorders; and Gynecology.

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Creating Goodwill 

Aug 27
2009

During these tough economic times, it seems that nearly everyone has had to make a new notch or two in their belts as they tighten them up. In the face of high rates of unemployment and numerous economic downturns, two individuals are doing all that they can to give people in the Northwest Indiana region a little bit more breathing room, and a little bit more slack in their belts. Owners of the Crown Point Ponderosa, Gerald and Jimmie Sue Farmer, are going above and beyond the call of duty to help make a difference in their community. For over a year the Farmers have been making donations in the form of free meals, baked goods and monetary gifts to numerous service organizations and schools in the Northwest Indiana region, and they are doing it at their own expense.

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Lifesaving Diagnosis 

Jul 31
2009

When Teresa Harris brought her young son to Methodist Hospitals’ Southlake, she had no idea how serious the situation was about to become. Andrew Garcia, 9, was admitted to the Methodist Hospitals’ Southlake emergency department on April 30th. The boy was suffering from a high fever, some loss of motor control, vomiting, a large rash, and incoherency. “Andrew was very pale, almost as pale as a dead person. His face was grey, his lips were white, and he had dark circles under his eyes and on his eyelids,” Teresa recalled.

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Methodist Hospitals Partnership with Northwestern University 

Jul 29
2009

Methodist Hospitals has partnered with Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center in new program that offers unique training to post-graduate emergency medical residents.

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New procedure treats back pain 

Jul 28
2009

Julia Steele knew she could no longer live with the pain. Everyday for three months she had been experiencing severe pain in her lower back and leg. “I had tried everything I could think of to try and alleviate it, I even visited a chiropractor to see if that would help. Nothing was working.” Julia had had surgery on her lower back four years ago when Hytham Rifai, MD, a neurologist at Methodist Hospitals had performed a lumbar disectomy. When this new pain persisted, Julia went back to Dr. Rifai.

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Methodist Hospitals' Auxiliary Establishes Reading Room 

Jul 22
2009

The pediatric unit at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus now has its very own “Reading Room,” thanks to Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary. Connie Hickman, President of Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary, wanted to establish the room in memory of her late husband, Robert Hickman. She donated the furnishings for the room. The books, which are distributed to the young patients, are donated through Project R.E.A.D. (Reading Early Accelerates Development) by the Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc. (GLC). Project R.E.A.D. is a Methodist Hospitals volunteer program that focuses primarily on reading to infants and young children. While serving as the literacy link for Project R.E.A.D., the Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc. supports the Methodist Hospitals pediatric literacy initiative, Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read is a national early literacy program, sanctioned by pediatricians, that makes books a routine part of pediatric care. During the last seven years, over 10,000 books have been distributed through the Methodist Hospitals’ Project R.E.A.D. program.

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Methodist Hospitals Among Top 5% of Hospitals for Women’s Health 

Jun 30
2009

Methodist Hospitals today announced that it has received the 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, based on a newly released study of patient outcomes.

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Methodist Hospitals Received RISE Award 

Jun 25
2009

Methodist Hospitals was honored to receive the Rural Indiana Smoke-Free Environment (RISE) Award. This award is a joint award presented annually by the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency and the Indiana Rural Hospital Association to healthcare facilities that had implemented a smoke free policy prohibiting any smoking by staff, patients and visitors in hospital buildings, on the grounds and in vehicles 24 hours a day. The award recognizes management and staff that have taken the necessary steps to lead Hoosiers toward a healthier Indiana. The term rural is loosely defined in order to recognize all healthcare facilities committed to a smoke free environment.

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Methodist Hospital patients share their success of a 1400 pound weight loss! 

Jun 19
2009

Obesity is a disease that affects approximately 60 million people in the United States. We are now beginning to recognize the effects that it has on overall health. With obesity, comes the increased risk of high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, heart disease, and breast, colon, and prostate cancer. In addition, obesity has been linked to mental health conditions such as depression or feelings of shame and low self-esteem.

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Honoring the Spirit of Cancer Survivors 

Jun 06
2009

Methodist Hospitals has invited 350 past and present cancer patients and their families to celebrate the spirit of these heroic individuals. This is also a great opportunity for the cancer survivors to meet and talk with fellow survivors. The party is made possible by a donation from former patient, Mark McDaniel. Eight years ago, Mark decided to host a HORSE basketball tournament as a fundraiser for Methodist Hospitals. Named Giddy Up Games, the tournament grew from just 12 participants playing in the driveway of the McDaniel’s Schererville home, to a full-blown block party that now attracts more than 200 participants. A cancer survivor who credits Methodist Hospitals with saving his life, Mark, through his Giddy Up Games program, recently donated $1,000 to the Hospital’s Oncology and Pediatric Units. He is also a DJ and will be providing his services for the event. There will be refreshments and raffle items.

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National Hospital Week 

May 27
2009

Methodist Hospitals recently celebrated National Hospital Week. This national commemoration is celebrated annually to recognize the numerous contributions hospitals and healthcare professionals make to their communities. Employees were treated to ice cream sundaes, raffles, and a Methodist Hospitals polo shirts during the week long celebration. A food drive for the Food Pantry of Northwest Indiana was also conducted and provided employees with an opportunity to give back to the community.

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Methodist Hospitals Honors Nurses 

May 26
2009

Methodist Hospitals recognized registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse assistants and surgical technicians during National Nurses Week. Nurses are at the core of quality patient care, they have an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for the patients. You cannot deliver quality health care without quality nurses. Methodist is fortunate to employ so many hard working and dedicated professionals. National Nurses Week was celebrated with refreshments, contests and awards.

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Bariatric Surgery Patients Showcase Amazing Transformation - Saturday, May 30th 

May 22
2009

Methodist Hospitals is hosting the 5th annual Weight Loss Surgery Style Showcase and Celebration featuring 7 bariatric surgery patients who are proud to show off their new physiques.

Join us to celebrate the men and women who have succeeded in creating a new healthy lifestyle as a result of our weight loss surgery program.

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Health Fair and Physician Seminars on Swine Flu and Genetic Testing 

May 15
2009

Methodist will provide the community with free screenings including bone density, body fat analysis, grip strength and blood draws for cholesterol and glucose. Representatives from hospital services and physicians will also be available to consult with attendees on a number of health topics including bariatric surgery, cancer treatment options and more.

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Rx for Indiana 'Help is Here Express' Bus Tour Comes to Gary 

May 15
2009

The “Help is Here Express” bus tour will be in Gary on May 18, stopping at Methodist Hospital (North Lake) to help uninsured and financially-struggling Hoosiers access information on programs that provide prescription medications for little or no cost.

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Press Conference and VIP Open House 

May 01
2009

Joins Us to Celebrate and Recognize the Accomplishments of Methodist Hospitals Stroke Care Program : Representatives from HeathGrades and the AHA will recognize the Stroke Program, Hospital Administration, and former patients will also be on hand to speak.

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Unique Art Exhibition Honoring Cancer Jouneys 

Apr 20
2009

Lilly Oncology on Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the journeys traveled by millions of people affected by cancer worldwide, will be on display at Methodist Hospitals Center for Advanced Clinical Studies located at 200 East 89th. Avenue in Merrillville starting today, Monday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Friday, April 24. There will be approximately 30 pieces of art on display. The art exhibit is open to the general public.

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Free Event for Breast Cancer Survivors 

Apr 17
2009

Spring Spa Day, an event made possible through the efforts of the oncology services department at Methodist Hospitals and support through the Pink Ribbon Society, provides breast cancer patients and survivors an opportunity to be educated and pampered. This year’s event will be held on April 25, 2009 at Methodist Hospitals’ Center for Advanced Clinical Studies from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. “We want this event to be a break from the stresses of being diagnosed or living with breast cancer. My goal is for these women to have a truly enjoyable experience, and understand that there is a network of people here that really care about them,” stated Marie Bates, Oncology Research Coordinator. The event focuses on physical & mental health, and gives attendees an opportunity to pamper themselves with services related to skin care, massage, fitness, and much more.

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Scope It Out - Early Detection Saves Lives 

Apr 07
2009

Dr. Kumar Venkat will be speaking on how a colonoscopy can save your life. Colorectal cancer is 90 percent preventable and successfully treated 90 percent of the time, when detected early, yet it remains a leading cause of cancer deaths.

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