Press Releases

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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HIV Epidemic 

Apr 04
2009

The care and treatment of patients infected with HIV continues to progress with numerous significant scientific advances each year. Despite these medical advances, the number of people newly infected with the HIV virus continues to rise both nationally and regionally. An understanding of the epidemic, pathophysiology and clinical presentations of the disease are necessary to care for those living with the virus. Special attention must also be paid to the unique challenges facing vulnerable populations. This day long program will address local epidemiology, treatment strategies, management of co-infections and special issues facing women and minorities.

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Methodist Hospitals Invests in New Technology 

Apr 02
2009

Since 1923, Methodist Hospitals has made a strong commitment to the people of Northwest Indiana and they continue to support the health of the community by investing in new technologies that give those in the region the best in preventative medicine and healthcare. Thanks to state funding, Methodist was able to invest a total of just over $36 million in patient care technology in 2008.

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Methodist Hospitals Welcomes New Executives 

Apr 01
2009

Michael Davenport, M.D. was appointed to Chief Medical Officer/Vice President of Medical Affairs on March 9, 2009. Dr. Davenport is a physician executive who has operated in the CMO/VP role for the past 12 years at Advocate Trinity Hospital, an urban safety-net community hospital located in Chicago. Dr. Davenport earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University with a pre-med concentration. He then went on to graduate from the University of Illinois Medical School as a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Davenport completed his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

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Daffodils can brighten your days and save lives 

Mar 31
2009

Daffodil Days, one of the American Cancer Society’s oldest fundraisers, is in full bloom at Methodist Hospitals. Oncology Services championed the Daffodil Days fundraiser and quickly shared their enthusiasm with the rest of the hospital. Elizabeth Sengupta, MD, Robert Woodburn, MD and Barat Barai, MD generously contributed to the fundraiser. Employees purchased five dollar stickers to wear blue jeans on February 13th; the money was donated to buy daffodils for all Oncology inpatients and outpatients.

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Doctors Day 

Mar 26
2009

In Celebration of “Doctors Day”, Methodist Hospitals will be hosting a luncheon for our Medical Staff members.

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Creative Fundraising Raises Money for the March of Dimes 

Mar 19
2009

"It was a team effort!" Stated Neonatal Intensive Care nurse Jill Biggs, when asked about the success of their cookbook fundraiser. The entire perinatal services including; Labor & Deliver, Post Partem, Nursery and Pediatrics contributed to the cookbook that was sold to raise funds for the March of Dimes. The idea, spearheaded by Marcia Ohalloran, nurse on the post parum unit, features over 600 recipes collected by the staff. The cookbook was so popular they quickly sold out of their first printing and ordered more. "We are hoping to sell the rest of the books by the day of the March for Babies Walk on April 26th." stated Jill Biggs.

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Honoring Certified Nurses 

Mar 17
2009

Methodist Hospitals has invited a select group of nurses to be honored at a special luncheon for achieving and maintaining board certification. Less than 20% of american nurses are board certified. This distinction recognizes their commitment to excellence and contribution to better patient outcomes and quality helathcare.

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