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Methodist CEO announces resignation 

Nov 05
2013
Courtesy of the Times GARY | Methodist Hospitals announced Tuesday that President/CEO Ian McFadden will resign, effective Nov. 30. McFadden served as the system's top executive for five years. The health care system includes hospital campuses in Gary and Merrillville. Dr. Michael Davenport, vice president of medical affairs, has assumed the role of interim president and CEO of the hospital system. "I am very proud of what we have accomplished here at Methodist during the... read more
 

Annual Shades of Pink lunch benefits Methodist Hospitals 

Nov 04
2013

Courtesy of the Times

MERRILLVILLE | The second annual Shades of Pink luncheon/wine tasting is from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Innsbrook Country Club, 6701 Taft St.

The theme is "wines, women and shoes."

Money raised goes to the foundation to support Methodist Hospitals' strategic plan. Tickets are $45.

For more information, contact Donna Ovanek, (219) 793-9109, dovan1@sbcglobal.net.
 

Rep. Brown: Pence playing politics with Obamacare stance 

Nov 04
2013
Courtesy of the Times   GARY | Gov. Mike Pence is playing politics with the Affordable Care Act, state Rep. Charlie Brown told a crowd Monday at the Genesis Convention Center, focusing on the Republican's decision not to expand Medicaid as recommended by the act. “We have roughly 400,000 people who are eligible for Medicaid but the governor in his wisdom said we won’t expand Medicaid,” he said. “Instead he asked the federal government (to) allow us to use the Healthy Indiana Plan ... read more
 

Lowering your BMI and improving your health have many benefits 

Nov 03
2013
Courtesy of the Times   With the cold weather and the holidays approaching, local health experts suggest now is the time to start lowering your body mass index and improving your health. Doing so will not only make you healthier, it might also affect the insurance premiums you pay. Edward G. Klein, director of compensation and benefits for the Human Resources Department at Methodist Hospitals, says many employers are introducing wellness programs, or population health... read more
 

Methodist's total joint replacement program improves quality of life 

Nov 03
2013
Methodist Hospitals has established a center of excellence for joint replacement in Northwest Indiana. For patients like Mike Scamihorn, who suffers from a severe form of osteoarthritis affecting all of his joints, that translates to improved quality of life. Over a period of about five years, Mike’s knees worsened to the point where climbing stairs was painful and he was unable to walk very far. Then, his hip pain worsened so quickly that he was unable to walk or even lie on an MRI... read more
 

Society selects October Innovators of the Month 

Oct 27
2013
Courtesy of the Times As part of its effort to highlight its 2012-13 class, the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana has selected Dr. Elian Shepherd and Speros Batistatos as its October Innovators of the Month. Shepherd is a spine surgeon and the medical director of the Spine Care Center of Methodist Hospitals. He is part of a team that made history when Methodist became the only hospital in Northwest Indiana to host this GPS surgery technology. “It is comparable to... read more
 

Deep brain stimulation: Cutting edge treatment for Parkinson's 

Oct 23
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Before his deep brain stimulation procedure, Parkinson’s disease patient Frank Maver could not drive his car or get out of a chair without assistance. After the procedure he says, “my life has improved so much it’s unbelievable.” The deep brain stimulation, commonly compared to a pacemaker for the brain, and DaTscan, an imaging technique used to track dopamine in the brain, are two technologies local hospitals are using to benefit Parkinson’s... read more
 

Focused on Health 

Oct 22
2013

Methodist Turnaround: CEO Ian McFadden on leadership and transformation 

Oct 20
2013
Courtesy of the Times When Ian McFadden came to Methodist Hospitals as the new President and CEO in September of 2008, the organization had been through a tough period of decline with a series of chief executives after the retirement of John Betjemann Jr. in 2003. The biggest challenge was changing the culture of the organization. “Morale was low in the employee population,” McFadden explained. “Many of our doctors were referring their patients to other hospitals and many of our... read more
 

Gary to host first ever marathon 

Oct 17
2013
Courtesy of the Times   GARY | Gary’s first female Mayor announced the city’s first ever marathon. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined other city officials, event organizers and sponsors at a press conference to share details about the “Dawn of the Dunes” Marathon at Marquette Park. The event is the first of its kind for the steel city and will also include a half marathon, 5K and fun run for children. “We believe this marathon is another opportunity to show that the City of Gary... read more
 

Living with cancer: new treatments make it possible 

Oct 16
2013
Couresty of the Times Patient A with cancer goes to a chemotherapy appointment, where a nurse gets an IV running with drugs that will kill cancer cells but also make the patient feel sick for awhile. Patient B with cancer goes to the kitchen at home, takes a pill with some water, and goes about the business of the day. What makes their treatment routines so different from each other? Patient A has an acute and likely curable kind of cancer. Patient B has a cancer... read more
 

MS affects entire family 

Oct 16
2013
Courtesy of the Times   For the Halpern family, multiple sclerosis is a disease that has affected the entire family, not just its matriarch, Donna. Donna Halpern was diagnosed with MS while she was in her late 20s, when it began as problems with her vision and her knees, says her husband, Fred Halpern. Fred Halpern, who owns Albert’s Jewelers, says after his wife was first diagnosed, she was able to lead a fairly normal life, and could golf, do housework, and keep up with the ... read more
 

Ask the Expert: Urologist Manoj Rao 

Oct 16
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Dr. Manoj Rao, a leading physician at Urologic Specialists of Northwest Indiana, believes being informed about urologic health can save lives. His main office is in Merrillville at 400 West 84th drive. He also has an office in Gary at the Methodist Northlake campus. He provides care and performs surgery at the following hospitals: St. Anthony's in Crown Point, St. Mary's in Hobart, Community Hospital in Munster, Pinnacle Hospital in Crown Point, and Methodist... read more
 

The art of robotics: Technology advancements help surgeons to be more precise and patients to heal quicker 

Oct 16
2013
Courtesy of the Times   Is it a science fiction movie? It looks like the future, a robot operating on a human being with movements so precise they rival a surgeon’s. The future is now, it’s not science fiction, and the robot has a name. But despite appearances, a robot isn’t actually doing the surgery. “There’s a misconception about that," says Dr. John Taylor, obstetrician and gynecologist at IU Health La Porte. “The da Vinci robot is not doing the surgery -- it’s just a... read more
 

Methodist’s evolution and expansion raises the bar to change the way healthcare is delivered in Northwest Indiana 

Oct 16
2013
  Methodist Hospitals strives to respond to the unique needs of our community. Through the addition of new programs and services, Methodist continues to change the way healthcare is delivered in Northwest Indiana. Endoscopy Center at IMA Methodist Hospitals has acquired the IMA Endoscopy SurgiCenter, located at 8895 Broadway in Merrillville. This will increase the number of endoscopic procedures the hospital performs by more than 2,500 each year. “We are happy to have this... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals opens medical stabilization unit in Gary 

Oct 16
2013

Courtesy of the Times

Methodist Hospitals President and CEO Ian McFadden spoke during a grand opening ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the launch of its new Medical Stabilization Unit at the Northlake Campus in Gary. In the 14-bed unit, medical stabilization provides patients with a safe withdrawal from alcohol or opiates and related health issues in a medically monitored setting, along with referrals and treatment recommendation for continued care after discharge.

New rule addresses hospital stays 

Oct 12
2013
Courtesy of the Times A new rule about outpatient observation care for Medicare patients could mean more hurdles for hospitals and affect admissions. On Oct. 1, a "two-midnight rule" established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services took effect, although a 90-day delay on enforcement will give health care providers time to get used to the changes. Under the rule, Medicare patients have to spend at least two midnights in a row in a hospital to be classified as... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals’ community health fair focuses on healthy living 

Oct 12
2013
Courtesy of the Times GARY | Free health screenings and information about topics ranging from from having a healthy baby to caring for an elderly relative drew hundreds of area residents to the RailCats’ stadium Saturday for one of the largest community health fairs in the region. Sponsored by Methodist Hospitals, the Community Fall Health Fair included 50 community partners as well as Methodist Hospitals services providing information, testing and one-on-one consultations. A ... read more
 
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