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Methodist Hospitals donates supplies to adult rehab center 

Dec 26
2013
GARY | Methodist Hospitals donated a one year’s supply of daily living necessities to support The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. The supplies included razors, shaving gel, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, slippers, combs, soap and shampoo – many items people take for granted. “We are proud to be able to support The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Gary, as this program is essential to the community,” said Dr. Michael Davenport, president and... read more
 

Professionals on the Move 

Dec 22
2013
Ear, nose and throat specialist Austin Bancroft, DO, recently joined the Indiana University Health La Porte Physicians network and welcomes new patients at his La Porte office. Raymond Martinez has joined Methodist Hospitals as director of security and Rayfeael Gullatt has joined Methodist as director of food and nutritional services. Allen Babiarz, coordinator of client solutions at South Suburban College, was installed as President of the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce 2014 Board ... read more
 

Healthcare.gov glitches start to subside 

Dec 22
2013
With the first deadline for signing up to health insurance approaching on Dec. 23, Northwest Indiana hospitals trying to encourage enrollment into health care insurance plans are seeing improved performance for the federal marketplace website, Healthcare.gov. While open enrollment will continue through March 31, customers who want coverage to begin on Jan. 1 must enroll by Dec. 23. If customers sign up after the Dec. 23 deadline, the date their coverage takes effect will depend on... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary awards nursing scholarships at annual luncheon 

Dec 18
2013

MERRILLVILLE | Two Methodist Hospitals LPNs were honored and awarded LPN to RN scholarships to complete their Registered Nursing degrees at Methodist Hospital’s Annual Auxiliary Awards Luncheon.

The LPN to RN Scholarship program was started by the Auxiliary in 2011. This year’s scholarship recipients were Keith Leigh and Latoya Haggard.
 

EDITORIAL: Medical records should be easily accessible 

Dec 16
2013
Courtesy of the Times   The point of requiring electronic medical records is to make patient information easily accessible. But in Northwest Indiana, that hasn't happened yet. More than eight years ago, the Northwest Indiana Health Information Exchange was pitched to hospitals, physician groups, medical organizations and chronic care centers. Already, by 2005, a database like this had been set up in the South Bend area. Since then, the federal government began requiring... read more
 

Free Stuffed Animals distributed to Tots 

Dec 16
2013

Courtesy of the Times

GARY | CRworks Inc. has received a number of stuffed animals from Pet Smart in Schererville and will provide these holiday gifts free to the public. The public can pick up a free stuffed animal at CRworks' office, 4950 Broadway, today through Friday. CRworks also distributed some of the stuffed animals to Methodist Hospitals, Northlake and Southlake campuses, on the pediatric and nursery floors.
 

Report shows health care's $31B impact on state 

Dec 15
2013
  Indiana hospitals and outpatient medical centers have a $31.3 billion economic impact, according to a report that examines the financial role of health care facilities in the state. Local hospital executives are not surprised by the finding, but some say the figure does not fully measure the role of a hospital in a community. Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region CEO Gene Diamond described the report as interesting and informative. "But, if anything, I think it... read more
 

EDITORIAL: Medical records should be easily accessible 

Dec 15
2013
  The point of requiring electronic medical records is to make patient information easily accessible. But in Northwest Indiana, that hasn't happened yet. More than eight years ago, the Northwest Indiana Health Information Exchange was pitched to hospitals, physician groups, medical organizations and chronic care centers. Already, by 2005, a database like this had been set up in the South Bend area. Since then, the federal government began requiring hospitals, physicians and... read more
 

Report shows health care's $31B impact on state 

Dec 14
2013
December 14, 2013 8:25 pm • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com Indiana hospitals and outpatient medical centers have a $31.3 billion economic impact, according to a report that examines the financial role of health care facilities in the state. Local hospital executives are not surprised by the finding, but some say the figure does not fully measure the role of a hospital in a community. Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region CEO Gene Diamond described the report ... read more
 

Woman honored for 50 years of continuous volunteer service 

Dec 09
2013
Courtesy of the Times Crown Point resident Margaret Detert was honored recently for achieving 50 years of continuous volunteer service at Methodist Hospitals. Detert's achievement helped make the annual Auxiliary Awards Luncheon special. Detert proudly wears her pink jacket as a member of the Methodist Hospitals Auxiliary, as well as being a dedicated and exceptional volunteer, according to hospital officials. She chairs the volunteer group as well as being the corresponding... read more
 

Universal patient record sharing still a goal in region 

Dec 07
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Northwest Indiana hospitals continue to embrace electronic record keeping, but sharing that information among different hospitals is more than just a keystroke away. Epic Systems is a commonly used electronic medical records software in the Region. Hospitals using that software and an application called EpicCare Everywhere have the ability to view patient records from other participating systems. "Currently, we can only share information electronically ... read more
 

Free Health Fair begins Saturday 

Dec 06
2013
Courtesy of the Times CALUMET TWP. | WLTH Radio AM 1370 and the Calumet Township Trustee's office are hosting a free health screening and Obamacare health insurance sign-up this weekend. Anthem Insurance, Community HealthNet, Methodist Hospitals and the Minority Health Coalition are also taking part in the inaugural AM 1370 Community Awareness Health Fair. It takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Calumet Township Multi-Purpose Center, 1900 W. 41st Ave., in... read more
 

Holiday spirits 'float' through Lowell 

Nov 29
2013
Courtesy of the Times   LOWELL | Jumping up and down in anticipation, 7-year-old Kendall Powers, of Lowell, called out "Merry Christmas" to those on brightly lit floats passing by, then broke into a dance as Christmas songs filled the air. It was all part of Friday's Lowell Parade of Lights and Holiday Magic presented by the Lowell Parks Department, town of Lowell and Lowell Chamber of Commerce. Joining Kendall in his "happy dance" and wishing "Merry Christmas" to the parade... read more
 

Hospitals strive to provide streamlined care 

Nov 27
2013
Courtesy of the Times   This year has been a year of change for the health care industry, as hospital officials strive to implement technology designed to streamline patient care and keep costs down while they build new brick-and-mortar outpatient facilities closer to where their patients live. Hospitals are opening outpatient facilities across Northwest Indiana and in the South Chicago suburbs to better meet the needs of their patients. Community Healthcare System opened two ... read more
 

Health summit urges education, collaboration 

Nov 22
2013
Courtesy of the Times One year after the health of region residents was diagnosed as bad and getting worse, the One Region initiative has made a start to finding the cure. More than 150 community leaders convened Friday at a One Region health summit at Avalon Manor to discuss why the region lags in so many health indicators and how those can be improved. "It can be done, it will be done, and it starts here today," said state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, at the beginning of the... read more
 

Region's character showcased in Bead Town exhibit 

Nov 21
2013
Courtesy of the Times GARY │A New Orleans self-taught artist who uses recycled Mardi Gras beads in artwork that has made him renown in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina is bringing his interactive exhibit Bead Town to Northwest Indiana. Stephan Wanger, whose visit is being hosted by the Methodist Hospitals Foundation, will bring more than 60 art pieces to three host communities — Crown Point, Gary and Valparaiso. Additionally, Wanger, with the help of school children, will create ... read more
 

Intro: An artist creator of gigantic mosaics brings Bead Town to NWI in winter 

Nov 17
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Stephan Wanger was lately in Natchitoches, Louisiana discussing a Bead Town promotion in honor of the city’s status as the oldest city in the Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, who diplomatically named the town after a local Indian tribe. But before he gets to that project, he’s back in New Orleans, where his home and gallery (Galeria Alegria) are located in the French Quarter, talking with me and Robert... read more
 

New Endoscopy Center in Merrillville opens its doors 

Nov 06
2013

Courtesy of the Times

People tour the newly renovated and and expanded Endoscopy Center at Internal Medicine Associates during an open house Wednesday at the center on Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville.

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