Northwest Indiana health briefs - May 26, 2017

Courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana • May 26, 2017

By Times Staff


East Chicago ICU wins award

St. Catherine Hospital’s newly redesigned intensive care unit has earned the Commercial Construction Project of the Year Award from NWI Construction Advancement Foundation. The award was presented May 11 at a gathering of business and construction industry leaders at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.

The new 9,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art ICU reopened in December after a multimillion-dollar, floor-to-ceiling renovation by the Pangere Corp. of Gary.

The ICU, which previously functioned with two eight-room modules, was reshaped to create an open unit filled with natural light. It features an oval, glasswork station for panoramic, 360-degree view of all patient rooms. All fabric and materials in the unit are made of an antimicrobial substance to help reinforce infection control and a sterile environment. Visitor comforts were enhanced with added noise reduction design materials, recliners and sleeper couches for 24-hour, bedside visitation.


Neurological disorder walk to be held in C.P.

A local unite@night fundraising walk will be held at 7 p.m. June 17 at the Lake County Fairgrounds 889 S. Court St. in Crown Point.

This walk is one of many around the country that will provide awareness, support and important funding for education and research programs that benefit families affected by Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hydrocephalus, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and dysautonomia, to name just a few.

Register to walk at Walkers who raise at least $50 will automatically receive a unite@night T-shirt. For more information, contact walk chairwoman Debra Kelly at 219-775-8879 or


Donate blood in Chesterton

The community is invited to “Be Instrumental in Helping Save Lives” at an American Red Cross blood drive cosponsored by the Symphony of Chesterton, Gary SouthShore RailCats and RCS Home Healthcare on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Symphony, 2775 Village Point. Those who come to donate will receive two flex tickets to a RailCats baseball game, while supplies last.

Donna Brandy of RCS Home Healthcare, who is helping coordinate the event, understands the need for blood personally. “It’s important to help our community and giving blood is an easy way to support patients,” she said. “I had a blood transfusion after an accident so I know how important it is to give.”


Leon’s Triathlon set for June 4

Hundreds of triathletes will descent upon Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2324 Calumet Ave. in Hammond, for the annual Leon’s Triathlon on June 4. Leon’s Triathlon, known as “America’s Race,” is a nationally broadcast race. The race steps off at 8 a.m.

Athletes have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic-distance race with a 1,500 meter swim, 23.2 mile bike and 10K run. The Sprint course includes a 750 meter swim, 11.6 mile bike and 5K run.

Packet pickup will be held at Wolf Lake Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3. A Vendor Expo and Demo Day will be held in conjunction with packet pickup.

For more information or to register, visit


Methodist performs well on infection control

Methodist Hospitals is the only in Northwest Indiana to make a list of the 53 hospitals with the lowest percentage of serious medical complications per hospital discharge.

This list used the Patient Safety and Adverse Events Composite, which weighs the chances of complications like ulcers, sepsis, in-hospital falls and postoperative respiratory failure.

From July 2013 through June 2015, Methodist Hospitals had a rate of serious complications per discharge of 0.56. The national average is 0.9.


Ground breaks on senior living community

Residences at Coffee Creek will soon be the Duneland area’s newest senior living community. Tucked in the shadow of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the community is located in the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve.

The unpredictable May weather held out earlier this month as the developers of Residences at Coffee Creek celebrated the construction of the new community with a groundbreaking ceremony. More than 70 local supporters participated in the on-site event.

Residences at Coffee Creek will offer chef-prepared meals in a restaurant in addition to a family-style dining room, casual bistro, specialized media and activity rooms with spaces for therapeutic sensory stimulation, two salons/spas, a solarium and outdoor terraces.

For more information about the new community, call 800-557-9176.