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Portage Doctor Dedicated to Helping Others 

Nov 02
2012
  Dr. Melissa Mahoney was an outgoing woman who would do anything to help her family or her patients, said her mother, Susan Taylor. “She would do anything to help anybody, that’s the way she was,” Taylor said. “What mattered was what she could do for other people.” Dr. Melissa Mahoney, 35, of Portage, died Sept. 2. She earned her doctorate from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a 1995 graduate of Portage High School. She had been in private practice for three... read more
 

Region leadrs gather to talk redevelopment, health care and more 

Nov 01
2012
  GARY | Northwest Indiana’s economic development depends on building partnerships and engaging the area’s residents in creating solutions. That was the message from panelists Thursday at the Indiana University Northwest Chancellor’s Commission for Community Engagement meeting. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson’s keynote address focused on the important role the university continues to play in the city’s and region’s renewed economic development. “We are very gratified for a... read more
 

Bringing home the best health care 

Oct 25
2012
Methodist Hospitals Ian E. McFadden, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Hospitals, says his hospitals are differentiated by the vision to change how the facilities are able to care for patients in the communities they serve. “Our entire focus is to ensure that Northwest Indiana residents do not need to go elsewhere to seek care,” McFadden says. “That’s why Methodist Hospitals is determined to offer top-flight medical care right here, in the Region. We anticipate new... read more
 

Barden Gary Foundation and partners salute breast cancer survivors 

Oct 25
2012
  MERRILLVILLE | It was a Jubilation Joy Celebration awash in pink Thursday evening as The Barden Gary Foundation and its partners honored breast cancer survivors and those who have lost their battle with the disease that affects one in eight women worldwide. Sharing stories of the diagnosis, battle and victory over breast cancer was a central part of the event that drew more than 160 women to the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza. After a reception at the hotel, groups of 10 women... read more
 

Society of Innovators selects new members, fellows 

Oct 18
2012
  GARY | Ivy Tech Community College Northwest and The Society of Innovators announced the 2012-13 Class of Fellows, Chanute Prize recipients and Members to be inducted at the eighth annual Innovators Induction Ceremony tonight at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. At the induction ceremony, the region’s Gerald I. Lamkin Fellow for Innovation and Service will also be announced. “The 8th Innovators Induction Ceremony will induct some of the most innovative ‘thinkers, dreamers and... read more
 

New breast care center unveiled 

Oct 09
2012
  MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals on Tuesday unveiled its latest facility expansion, a breast care center designed with a spa-like feel that offers modern technology. The Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals opened to patients two weeks ago, one floor above its previous location. The center, which sits on the second floor of Pavilion A at Methodist Hospitals Southlake campus, 101 E. 87th Ave., includes mammography and ultrasound suites, education... read more
 

Area hospitals offer clinical trials in cancer, providing cutting edge treatment close to home 

Oct 03
2012
  In the past fighting cancer often seemed to take a nuclear bomb approach—high doses of radiation or chemotherapy that killed not only the malignant cells but healthy ones, too. But that is quickly changing, and in Northwest Indiana many local hospitals are collaborating with larger institutions, allowing patients access to state-of-the-art clinical trials. Though the word "trial" may sound like a hit or miss proposition when it comes to cancer care, there are well structured... read more
 

Methodist Hospital Float wins grand prize in Popcorn Festival 

Sep 21
2012
  VALPARAISO | The Orville Redenbacher Parade kicked off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 as part of the 34rd Annual Popcorn Festival in downtown Valparaiso. The two-hour parade included over 80 parade entries and featured amazing floats made mostly of popcorn. Each float was built by an area business or organization that dedicated numerous hours to construction. The judges selected the float created by Methodist Hospital as the Grand Prize Winner. The complete list of awards... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals achieves new status as Accredited Chest Pain Center 

Sep 18
2012
  GARY/MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals announces it has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals Introduces New Integrated Urology Suite at Northlake Campus 

Sep 18
2012
MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals will hold a VIP Reception to introduce the New Integrated Urology Suite. This new system offers surgeons and staff precise surgical images that can be seen from almost anywhere in the operating room. Better visualization during surgery increases the chance for a successful outcome. State-of-the-art imaging capabilities allow for superb images during surgery with improved radiation dose control, dependability, and versatility. The Low Dose setting reduces... read more
 

American Heart Association Porter County Health Walk set for Sept. 29 

Sep 18
2012
  CHESTERTON | The American Heart Association will host a heart Walk in Porter County on Saturday, September 29 from 9-11 a.m. at Coffee Creek Center. Over 1,000 Northwest Indiana residents are expected to take part in the two Heart Walks, with the goal of raising over a half a million dollars for the American Heart Association’s research, educational and awareness programs in the region and across the country. The non-competitive walks feature one-, two- and three-mile routes... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals becomes accredited Chest Pain Center 

Aug 28
2012
Methodist Hospitals has received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international, Ohio-based nonprofit organization. Hospitals that have received accreditation from the society have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. The accreditation ensures that patients who arrive at the hospital complaining of chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack are treated during the... read more
 

Technology advances contniue to bring modern care to Northwest Indiana 

Aug 26
2012
  From robotic surgical arms slicing cuts so precise, they can peel the skin off a grape to mammography equipment that provides three-dimensional breast screenings to 64-slice CT scanners, hospitals in the region continue to invest millions of dollars into technology as they compete to offer the most cutting edge services. The new Porter Regional Hospital features 78 percent new equipment. Aside from providing the latest care, the technology in the hospital offers convenience and... read more
 

Women's health needs a priority for Northwest Indiana Hospitals 

Aug 26
2012
  “Mammography has made a tremendous difference as far as breast cancer treatment goes,” said Dr. B.H. Barai, medical director, Oncology Institute at Methodist Hospitals. “Eighty to 85 percent of Americans diagnosed with breast cancer live five years and beyond. And now we have the latest three-dimensional mammography equipment which was approved by the FDA in 2011. It’s like an HDV TV with a resolution of 700 and then you get one with 1100.” Because they’re less accurate, women... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals Multi-Specialty Computer-Assisted Surgery Suite offers precision treatment 

Aug 26
2012
Some of us couldn’t fathom driving far without taking advantage of our vehicle’s GPS system. It points us in the right direction no matter the circumstances, and leads us to our destination both safer and easily than ever before. There's comfort in having a GPS at our side. These days, this sort of essential technology is not only used on the roads, but also in the operating rooms of Northwest Indiana. Led in part by the efforts of spine medical director Dr. Elian Shepherd, Methodist ... read more
 

Gamma Knife continues to do the impossible at NeuroScience Institute 

Aug 26
2012
  It was a headache William Muirhead could not escape. For years it would plague him from the early morning hours into the darkness of the night. He would find himself blaming the headache on everything from stress to his hectic schedule, until the day he and a team of doctors finally discovered what was causing the unrelenting pain. It was an undetected brain tumor. Once the diagnosis was made, the skilled surgeons at Methodist Hospitals removed the largest part of Muirhead’s... read more
 

Partnership brings to Gary high caliber talent with a passion for helping the people 

Aug 26
2012
  Over the last three years, some of the nation’s top medical residents have had the unique opportunity to gain emergency medical experience at Methodist Hospitals’ Northlake Campus in Gary as part of a five-year agreement with Northwestern University. “Methodist Hospitals have a long history of medical education for all sorts of healthcare workers,” Dr. Geoffrey Bauer, Medical Director of Northwestern Residency Program and attending physician who coordinates the program for... read more
 

Sickness in the fmaily tree: when cancer strikes generation after generation 

Aug 17
2012
  Statistics show one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. That number hits much too close to home for Judy Rathjen. Rathjen, a supervisor in the business office at Methodist Hospitals, had breast cancer. Her mother has ovarian cancer, her paternal grandmother had breast cancer and a sister had uterine cancer. “I didn't know ovarian and breast cancer are linked,” she says. Rathjen, 54, was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast... read more
 

New Cub Master has strong ties to Boy Scouts 

Aug 09
2012
Matthew Sorrell, 33, is the new Boy Scouts of America Cub Master of Pack 406 in Winfield. Sorrell took the reins this spring, supervising more than 65 boys in grades 1 through 5. “I’ve been involved with Scouts pretty much my whole life. I started Scouting when I was 6, became an adult leader once I turned 18, took a few years off to start a family and job, and got back in once my kids wanted to join,” he said. Sorrell earned Eagle Scout rank in 1996, and was assisting the... read more
 

Students participate in Methodist's Spring Spa day 

Aug 02
2012
MERRILLVILLE | Students in Crown Point, Merrillville and Andrean High School’s art classes participated in the Spring Spa Day for cancer survivors hosted by the Oncology Institute at Methodist Hospitals. “This is the second year we have worked with local high schools art classes to inspire art students to submit entries for a student-based contest”, said Jennifer Sanders, Mammography Manager at Methodist. “This idea came from wanting to get our younger female students involved in their... read more
 
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