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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
 

Three-day cadaver prosection program starts today at IUN 

Jul 30
2012
  GARY | A three-day hands-on anatomy workshop involving 44 participants from around the world begins today at the IU School of Medicine Northwest, on the campus of Indiana University Northwest in Gary. The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program gives people who are not doctors or medical students a chance to be active volunteers in the gross anatomy lab on campus. The participants prepare human body donors for the incoming fall gross anatomy class by removing the donors’ ... read more
 

da Vinci Surgical Technology Allows Smaller Incisions, Shorter Recovery 

Jul 19
2012
  MERRILLVILLE | In a surgical suite Thursday at the Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, Dr. Tyler Emley peeled the skin off a grape. He was sitting a few feet away, with his back to the cluster of fruit. Emley, a urologist, was at the controls of the hospital's new da Vinci Si Surgical System, an advanced robotic surgical technology, to separate the grape skin from its fruity flesh. The system, which costs between $1.5 million and $2 million, allows surgeons to perform... read more
 

IUN Cadaver Program Offers 'First Patients' 

Jul 14
2012
The program is the only one of its kind, inviting non-physician and non-medical student participants the opportunity to become active volunteers and work with cadavers and imaging technology. Some are medical students, and have traveled far to participate: third-year medical students from Universidad Europea de Madrid — Roberto Sanchez Sanz, 19, and Fernando Garcia Prieto, 21 — are participating in the program and also job-shadowing doctors at St. Mary’s Medical Center in... read more
 

Cadaver Imaging Shines Light on Anatomy 

Jul 13
2012
  GARY | Clusters of students in blue scrubs and red scrubs gathered around the glow of shadow boxes Friday morning, studying backlit X-rays they had just taken. It was the first of two days of creating medical images of cadavers in preparation for the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the end of the month at the School of Medicine at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. The annual prosection program allows nonphysician and nonmedical student volunteers to... read more
 

Gary Literacy Coalition Holds First Open House 

Jul 10
2012

On Wednesday, July 27th, 2012, the Gary Literacy Coalition held its first-ever public Open House to introduce community members to the Coalition and its mission, activities and accomplishments.

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Around the clock emergency care continues during major upgrade at Methodist Hospitals' Southlake Campus 

Jul 08
2012

In recent years, Methodist Hospital has seen an uptick in ER visits on its Southlake Campus in Merrillville.

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