Press Releases

395th Combat Hospital Unit Recognition and Reunion at Methodist Hospitals - December 14th 

Dec 07
2009

Judy Strycek, RN, had no idea she would be spearheading an army training program when she joined the 395th combat hospital unit in 1976. “When I joined the unit, I soon learned that one of biggest concerns was how to provide medical training for these individuals that one day may have to treat patients in a combat zone. Basic skills like dressing a wound, taking vitals and how to interact with patients needed to be practiced and mastered.” Judy had been working as a House Supervisor at Methodist Hospitals since 1975. She approached the hospital administration about starting a relationship with the army and allowing the members of the 395th combat hospital unit to train at the hospital.

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Making a Difference 

Nov 20
2009

Dr. Mridula Prasad, a Neurologist at Methodist Hospitals is an extraordinary physician. There is no limit to what she is willing to give for her patients; whether it is time, money or heart. Dr. Prasad was honored recently at the Annual Meeting for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Indiana with the award for Superstar Physician of the Year.

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A Celebration of Heart!  

Nov 18
2009

Methodist Hospitals was named the Top Fundraising Hospital for the Heart Walk for the 6th year in a row! This feat would not have been accomplished without the creativity and hard work of the Methodist Hospitals Employees!

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Methodist Hospitals Free Fall Community Health Fair 

Nov 18
2009

Methodist Hospitals held its Free Fall Community Health Fair on Saturday, November 7 at the Helenic Cultural Center in Merrillville, IN. Participants had the opportunity to take advantage of free health screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body fat analysis, bone density, oximetry and PSA screening. The event held from 9 am to 12 pm attracted over 400 Northwest Indiana residents. In addition to the free screenings, many of the hospital services were represented by healthcare professionals with free literature and giveaways for everyone that attended. Max, the Methodist Mascot was on hand to greet the particpants, staff and physicians!

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Annual Auxiliary Fundraiser 

Nov 14
2009

Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary will celebrate its annual fundraiser luncheon on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Avalon Manor. The event, "Jazzing the Blues Away", will feature the GIII Jazz Trio.

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New Executive Director Business Development 

Nov 06
2009

Methodist Hospitals is pleased to announce Beth Sullivan as the new Executive Director Business Development, a newly created position that will ensure the development and achievement of the organizational mission and strategy through the effectiveness of all new business project plans and start-up. Ms. Sullivan will be responsible for coordinating the strategic planning process, translate strategic plan into new business opportunities, create program plans with stakeholder input, develop feasibility analysis and strategies for implementation.

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March of Dimes event honors Ambassador Family 

Oct 30
2009

On November 2nd at the Avalon Manor, Nicole Greene will have the opportunity to thank the March of Dimes and Methodist Hospitals for her miracle, her son Johnny, at the 8th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Tasting and Auction. Johnny Greene III was born 3 months early at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus on September 20, 2008. The tiny infant spent two and a half months in the neonatal intensive care unit where he was monitored and cared for around the clock. “I am so thankful and grateful to the nurses and physicians at Methodist Hospitals’ neonatal intensive care unit. I know that Johnny would not be the happy, healthy boy he is today without their constant care and attention,” stated Nicole. Nicole Greene, her husband and Johnny will attend the event as March of Dimes Ambassador Family.

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Methodist Hospitals Free Fall Community Health Fair 

Oct 29
2009

Methodist Hospitals is offering the community an opportunity to take advantage of free health screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body fat analysis, bone density, oximetry and PSA screening on Saturday, November 7. The event held from 9 am to 12 pm at the Helenic Cultural Center is expected to attract hundreds of Northwest Indiana residents. In addition to the free screenings, many of the hospital services will be represented by healthcare professionals with free literature and giveaways for everyone that attends.

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Jubilation Joy Celebration! 

Oct 22
2009

Methodist Hospitals is proud to be an exclusive dinner sponsor of the Jubilation Joy Celebration honoring Breast Cancer Survivors. This event is presented by the Barden Gary Foundation and Friends of the Barden Gary Foundation.

This event invites women across the region to enjoy an exquisite networking reception followed by dinner with a Breast Cancer Survivor at a location provided by one of the event sponsors.

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Scoliosis, Diabetes, Stress and H1N1! 

Oct 20
2009

Methodist Hospitals hosts its 22nd annual Teachers Institute Day Luncheon for the Gary and Merrillville Public School nurses, counselors and social workers on October 22, 2009. We are expecting close to 50 education professionals to attend!

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Regional Coordination Center Continues History of Excellence! 

Oct 16
2009

The Methodist Hospitals Paramedic Education Program has received accreditation through The Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Accreditation represents a method to ensure the students and the community that an educational program meets uniform, nationally accepted standards. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded Accreditation to the Emergency Medical Services Programs in 2004. Methodist Hospitals is currently the only hospital in Northwest Indiana that has maintained national accreditation following the guidelines established by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation.This accreditation is a result of the professionalism and high standards held by our RCC.

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New Ratings Just Released! 

Oct 12
2009

A study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that Methodist Hospitals is among the top 10 percent in the nation for Stroke care for 6 years in a row. The nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007 and 2008.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Story for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Oct 07
2009

“Hearing the word Cancer is a scary experience, but Shellie made me feel like I was never alone,” stated Teddi Ferda, a Chesterton resident, as she spoke to a room full of women at Methodist Hospitals’ Healthy Night Out with the Girls Event. There were tears throughout the room as Teddi recalled her experience of being told by her physician that she had an infiltrating ductile carcinoma in the right breast. “Hearing this diagnosis would never be good; however, having Shellie Rowe here to discuss the issue with was a blessing. She is knowledgeable, personable and compassionate. I realize that she does this everyday and sees many patients, however, she made me feel like no one else existed but me.”

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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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