HEALTH BRIEFS: Methodist Hospitals to host food fair, farmers market - July 15, 2014

Courtesy of NWI Times

July 15, 2014 12:05 am   •   Times Staff

GARY  |  In an effort to fight the obesity epidemic and educate residents about healthy eating and cooking, the Methodist Hospitals food services department will host a farmers market and food fair on four upcoming dates.

A variety of fresh fruit and vegetables will be available at wholesale prices. Chefs also will conduct cooking demonstrations.

The market will last from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, as well as Aug. 1, 15 and 29, in the parking lot across from the administration building, 600 Grant St.

Lamaze, labor basics outlined

HARVEY | Ingalls Memorial Hospital will offer a Lamaze and Delivery Express class for pregnant women seeking information about labor and delivery but have limited time or some uncertainty about taking a full Lamaze class.

The program will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 23 in Lower Level 3 and 4 of the professional office building, 71 W. 156th St.

The fee is $10.

Women who attend and decide to enroll in the full Lamaze program at Ingalls will receive a $5 off coupon for that program.

For more information or to register, call (708) 915-5334.

Health clinic earns distinction

EAST CHICAGO | The HealthLinc East Chicago Clinic, a federally qualified health center, and its medical providers recently received national distinction by the nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Through its Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program, the committee distinguishes health care organizations and providers that deliver high-quality care by increasing patient access, utilizing the latest in health information technology, and promoting partnerships between clinic staff and patients.

“This recognition shows that we have the tools, systems, and resources to put our patients first in every aspect of our operations,” HealthLinc CEO Beth Wrobel said.

The East Chicago clinic joins HealthLinc’s Mishawaka, Michigan City, Valparaiso, Knox and Porter-Starke clinics in receiving the distinction.

Lung cancer screening hailed

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Porter Regional Hospital has been named a Screening Center for Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance.

The hospital received the certification after Cancer Care Services launched its lung cancer screening program.

The program offers a low-dose CT lung cancer screening to patients who meet the National Comprehensive Cancer Network criteria. A low-dose CT scan can help detect lung cancer in its earliest stages.

The designation also recognizes Porter Regional Hospital’s Lung Multidisciplinary Team, comprised of thoracic surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, hospitalists, family physicians and clinical staff.

“For years, we had no lung cancer screening,” said Dr. Walid Khabbaz, cardiothoraic surgeon and chair of the lung cancer screening program. “Now, we have an effective tool for early detection to offer patients who are at high risk to develop lung cancer.”