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HEALTH: Uninsured, underinsured patients still served 

Feb 14
2010

Local health care establishments reached out to help people get the medical treatment they needed last year, regardless of their ability to pay.

About 820,000 Hoosiers were uninsured last year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, making it difficult for many to afford health care.

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Methodist Hospitals makes profit for first time since '03 

Feb 13
2010

In just one year, Methodist Hospitals has reversed six years of operating losses and posted a surplus of approximately $3.4 million in 2009. Vigorous ongoing control of hospital expenses helped reverse approximately $73 million in losses in 2008, according to hospital officials.

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The Methodist Hospitals now back in the black 

Feb 13
2010

A six-year streak of financial losses has ended with The Methodist Hospitals posting a surplus of $3.4 million in 2009, according to a hospital news release.

The achievement is made more remarkable considering the hospital system lost about $73 million in 2008.

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Crown Point sees red 

Feb 06
2010

As children are taught not to judge a book by its cover, Deb Pillarella, a heart disease survivor, urged people not to judge their heart health by their outside appearance.

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Professionals on the move 

Jan 31
2010

Jeffrey Flagg, MD, DDS, has joined the medical staff at Methodist Hospitals. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Flagg has a practice located at Methodist Hospitals’ Center for Advanced Clinical Studies in Merrillville. Omar Shamsi, MD, has joined the medical staff at Methodist. Shamsi is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has joined the Methodist Hospitals ReStart Center and has a practice in Merrillville.

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Lending a helping hand 

Jan 22
2010

Methodist Hospitals volunteers gathered recently at Avalon Manor for the Annual Awards Luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year.

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2 Methodist Hospitals health workers off to Haiti to help 

Jan 19
2010

Two Methodist Hospitals health care workers are part of a team that leaves today for Haiti to give medical attention to those impacted by the earthquake.

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Gary resident committed to helping others 

Jan 11
2010

Linus Scott always has been dedicated to his family, work and to helping others.

"Whatever he was involved in, he gave his all," Scott's daughter Dr. Karen Jones said.

The 99-year-old Gary resident's devotion to others has helped him become a nominee for the annual Drum Major Award, which is presented by the Gary Frontiers Service Club.

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Professionals on the move 

Jan 10
2010

The Gary SouthShore RailCats have named Alan Bowman as director of group sales and Nikki Kimbrough as assistant manager of merchandise and community relations. Bowman was the Director of Ticket Sales for the Bowling Green Hot Rods and is a graduate of Valparaiso High School. Kimbrough, a Gary native, was part of the RailCats internship program in 2009 before being hired as full-time employee.

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Making it merry  

Jan 04
2010

Methodist Hospitals employees made Christmas morning a little brighter for nearly 200 children as a parade of bicycles, dolls, trucks, games, bedding and clothes were loaded into five trucks to be delivered to the Salvation Army as part of its Angel Tree Program.

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Patients select MS Clinic director as top doctor 

Dec 25
2009

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Indiana recently bestowed top honors on Dr. Mridula Prasad, a neurologist at Methodist Hospitals, for her compassion and commitment to MS patients.

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Rusty the RailCat spreads holiday cheer 

Dec 23
2009

GARY | Rusty the RailCat, the official ambassador of Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball, stopped by five Northwest Indiana health care facilities this week, passing out holiday cheer and some great presents to area kids just in time for the holidays.

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Methodist honored for training soldiers 

Dec 15
2009

A Gary-based Army Reserve unit that provided medical care for soldiers throughout the world took time Monday to honor the local hospital where it received its training.

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Land casino comes at a price 

Dec 13
2009

The recommendation by the Indiana Gaming Study Committee that Gary be permitted to have a land-based casino breaks new ground, so to speak, for casino gambling in Indiana.

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A Great Start 

Dec 02
2009

Mike Breitweiser, BSN, RN, charge nurse in the cath lab at the Merrillville, IN, campus of The Methodist Hospitals, enjoys the precise teamwork within the neurointerventional radiology suite that saves lives when minutes count.

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Methodist Hospitals program receives accreditation 

Nov 24
2009

The Methodist Hospitals Paramedic Education Program has received accreditation through The Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Professions

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NWI needs a trauma center 

Nov 15
2009

That could save area residents' lives.

Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary is attempting to become a Level 2 trauma center. Becoming certified by the American College of Surgeons for that level of care means having an operating room promptly available and an on-call staff response time of 15 minutes.

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Northwest Indiana may get its first trauma center 

Nov 08
2009

"Trauma alert, plus one," a muffled voice says over the intercom at 9:30 p.m. "Trauma alert, plus one."

Emergency room doctors, residents, nurses and other medical staff briskly pull on gloves and blue medical gowns and gather in the trauma bay at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary. EMS workers wheel in a young man who was shot in the abdomen.

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Region seeks new teaching hospital with trauma center 

Nov 08
2009

The first stages of planning have begun for building a new teaching hospital and trauma center in the region.

State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, secured about $3 million in the state budget last year to go toward architecture and engineering plans for the facility. He has been meeting with a local task force to talk about building a new hospital at Gary's South Gleason Park Golf Course, across the street from Indiana University Northwest's medical school.

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Pap smear for the breast? 

Oct 25
2009

Current statistics on breast cancer have women on edge. The fact that one in four cancers diagnosed in American women is breast cancer, that death rates are higher than any other cancer besides lung cancer, and that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, have researchers seeking ways to get in front of the disease.

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