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Spring Spa Day support 

May 11
2010

Janet Ward truly believes that a person should "listen" to her body if something doesn't feel normal.

Her journey from bewilderment to an ensuing lumpectomy proved this to be true, Ward told a crowd at the recent Spring Spa Day at Methodist Hospitals' Southlake campus in Merrillville.

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Community tries to steer teens from life of crime 

May 09
2010

GARY -- When Michael McGee, head of trauma for The Methodist Hospitals, showed the 100 teens in his charge the picture of what a man looks like with a sexually transmitted infection, they were naturally horrified.

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Meet a true survivor 

May 07
2010

MERRILLVILLE | Donna Hartley's story is one of survival.

Hartley shared that story Thursday as keynote speaker at the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women luncheon held at the Radisson Star Plaza.

"As I take you on my journey, let it be your journey," Hartley said.

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Take care of yourself 

May 07
2010

MERRILLVILLE -- Heather Sienkiewicz, of Alsip, Ill., doesn't invite people over for pizza anymore because she is certain they would find her own homemade version gross.

 After living through congestive heart failure at 24, however, the fact that her version consists of no more than crescent roll dough, no-sodium spaghetti sauce and the smallest amount of no-fat cheese suits her just fine. It doesn't even taste remotely like the original, but she'll sacrifice taste for her life any day of the week.

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Weight loss gives Gary man a second chance at life 

May 02
2010

Life was passing by Jonathan Moore.

He was happy, was surrounded by friends and family and had dreams of making it to Hollywood as a performer. But looking in the mirror, the Gary resident knew there was one obstacle that stood in his way -- his weight.

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When to Go Surgical for Weight Loss 

Apr 26
2010

For many very overweight people, there just doesn’t seem to be a future in cutting calories or upping their exercise. They’ve tried and failed with that conservative route, and they may have also failed with drugs such as appetite suppressants and metabolism boosters. But they still have a sincere desire to take off the pounds.

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Facing life and death 

Apr 26
2010

Working with little resources in a Haitian hospital, a team of medical personnel from Northwest Indiana often had to use creative means to treat patients.

Moved by the lack of health care in the impoverished island nation, the region volunteers spent a week in Saint-Marc, a coastal town north of the capital of Port-au-Prince, which was ravaged by a Jan. 12 earthquake.

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Beware of fast food 

Apr 24
2010

Weight gain and all that goes with it—sluggishness, too-tight clothes, and frustration—may be sneaking up on you in ways it never did for your Grandma Mary or your Great-Uncle Gene.

So says Jerry Sabo, certified nutritionist for Methodist Hospitals in Northwest Indiana, where he works in cardiac rehabilitation services. In this revealing Q & A he unwraps some nuggets of information about how food is served, and how to foil trends that can sabotage your weight-loss efforts.

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Taking care of women's health 

Apr 22
2010

Community Hospital in Munster, Methodist Hospitals in both Gary and Merrillville and St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond received the Women's Health Excellence Award from HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization based in Golden, Colo.

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Nursing supervisor honored for decades of leadership 

Apr 15
2010

Ron Harris, of Valparaiso, truly makes a difference in people's lives on a daily basis working at The Methodist Hospitals, Southlake Campus in Merrillville.

A registered nurse and crossover supervisor for the midnight shift in the neuro intensive care unit and intermediate care unit, Harris was recently honored for his dedication and hard work by the Northwest Indiana Neuroscience Nurses Association. He was presented with an award celebrating his 20 years of outstanding service to the neuroscience community; May 18 will mark his 26-year anniversary at the hospital.

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Doctor, physician assistant head back to Haiti 

Apr 14
2010

April 14, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- An emergency room doctor and a physician assistant from northwest Indiana are again answering the call for help in Haiti.

Dr. Nick Johnson and a physician's assistant from Methodist Hospital in Gary are making their second trip to the country to provide medical assistance to victims of a devastating earthquake.

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Trauma center need in North Indiana remains strong 

Apr 10
2010

By Carmen McCollum - carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337

GARY | The need for a trauma center in Northwest Indiana remains high, the chief medical director of emergency medicine at Methodist Hospitals said Friday.

"I remain optimistic that it will come. Funding remains an issue," Dr. Michael McGee said.

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Obesity drags down health for Americans 

Apr 10
2010

By Ian McFadden

As work, family, and social obligations compete for our time, our days get busier and our stress levels get higher. It is often difficult to juggle work and family demands, resulting in using "fast food" options for eating and a reduction in our physical activity and exercise. Hours spent watching TV, playing video games and exploring the world via computers also lead to a more sedentary lifestyle for children and adults. All of this has made many of us obese and unhealthy.

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Alumnae lead tours at nursing museum 

Mar 28
2010

Special to The Times by Amber Raza, Methodist Hospitals spokeswoman

The nursing profession has greatly evolved since Gary's Methodist Hospitals School of Nursing first opened its doors in 1923. The school graduated its last class in 1967. The 44 year history of the Methodist Hospitals School of Nursing is on display at the Methodist Hospitals School of Nursing Museum, housed on the first floor of the Methodist Hospitals Administration Building, at 600 Grant St, next to the main hospital. This building once served as the dormitories for the nursing students.

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Methodist receives award for stroke care 

Mar 17
2010

Methodist Hospitals has received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM–Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Methodist Hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

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Nurses celebrate museum's one-year mark  

Mar 08
2010

By Jeanette Lach - jeanette.lach@nwi.com, (219) 933-3267

GARY | Alumnae from the former Methodist Hospitals School of Nursing celebrated a milestone Wednesday when they gathered for a luncheon at the hospital's Northlake Campus to mark the one-year anniversary of the Nurses Museum housed there.

The Methodist Hospitals School of Nursing operated between 1923 and 1967, graduating 772 nurses with diplomas, said Amber Raza, Methodist spokeswoman.

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Colon cancer detection touted Wednesday at local hospital 

Mar 01
2010

MERRILLVILLE | Dr. Kumar Venkat will speak on how a colonoscopy for the early detection of colon cancer can save your life. The program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus Center for Advance Clinical Studies, 200 E. 89th Ave.

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Professionals on the move 

Feb 28
2010

Three field surgical associates have joined the medical staff at Methodist Hospitals, offering a full range of surgical care in their Gary practice. Dr. Timothy Field is a board certified general surgeon specializing in general, vascular and thoracic surgery.

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New in the ICU 

Feb 25
2010

Nickolas Mileos, BSN, RN, graduated from Purdue University Calumet, Hammond Campus, this past December. After starting off as a nurse extern at the Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville, IN, in December 2008, he accepted a full-time position at Methodist as a graduate nurse.

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Region recovery is on the horizon 

Feb 14
2010

The beginning of a new decade brings great promise to Northwest Indiana.

I am more encouraged today than I have been in years.

The signposts all point in a positive direction. New jobs. New facilities. New leadership.

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