Northwest Indiana health briefs - October 24, 2017

Methodist pharmacy technician honored

Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, a provider of pharmacy management services, has named Adriana Lyons, a pharmacy technician and buyer at Methodist Hospitals, the 2017 Buyer of the Year for outstanding pharmacy performance. The award was presented during Comprehensive Pharmacy Services’ Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, in September.

“As the leader in pharmacy management services, each year CPS recognizes the top hospitals and health systems in the country for extraordinary pharmacy performance that makes a difference for patients, hospitals and the U.S. health system overall,” said Calvin Johnson, CEO of CPS. “This year we are particularly pleased to acknowledge the hard work, talent, expertise and dedication of the team at Methodist Hospitals.”

The CPS Buyer of the Year award is given for embracing and using CPS tools to optimize drug purchasing practices, driving value through innovation, controlling inventory, effectively managing drug shortages and maintaining compliance.

Free yoga event in St. John

Northwest Indiana women are invited to a free yoga event from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at Ambiance Your Home, Your Story, 9490 Wicker Ave. in St. John. Yoga instructor Jessica Vega will lead 30 to 40 ladies in stretching and de-stressing from life’s demands. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. There will be light snacks, drinks and shopping from 5 to 6 p.m. with free smoothies provided by Baums Natural Foods stores. A photographer will be taking photos of the poses.

Make a reservation at 219-627-4777.

Indiana WIC launches mobile app

The Indiana Women, Infants and Children program has a new mobile application to make it easier for clients to access the nutritious food and other benefits they need to be healthy.

The app is a convenient way for WIC clients to find the nearest clinic, access appointment information, view current and future food benefit balances, receive notifications about expiring benefits and upcoming appointments, and scan UPC codes while shopping to see if the item is WIC-approved.

Anyone wishing to apply for WIC services should call 800-522-0874, email or visit the mobile website at

Franciscan ExpressCare and WorkingWell have new Valpo home

Franciscan ExpressCare and Franciscan WorkingWell moved to a new location at 2307 LaPorte Ave., Suite 8, at the Eastgate Plaza.

The former location was 2590 W. Morthland Drive.

ExpressCare provides health care services in a timely manner for patients with non-life-threatening cases and do not require emergency treatment. WorkingWell is an occupational health program that provides diagnostic and other work-related services to client companies.

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HealthLinc and Indiana Legal Services partner

Indiana Legal Services and Valparaiso-based HealthLinc have recently partnered to provide no-cost, civil legal aid to HealthLinc patients who are in need of legal services for issues related to their health. This medical-legal partnership, funded by grants from the Indiana Bar Foundation and Legacy Foundation, is the first of its kind in northern Indiana.

Indiana Legal Services will provide training to HealthLinc staff in all seven clinics on how to identify needs that qualify for civil legal aid. As a part of the program, qualifying patients also will receive annual screenings for potential health-harming circumstances that may reveal the need for civil legal services.

Patients meeting the criteria will work with attorney Emma Douglas to get their issue resolved at no cost. Qualifying legal issues could include insurance and benefits claims, substandard housing, and criminal record expungement.

Merrillville spine surgeon among to first implant new device

Dr. Zeshan Hyder, of Bone & Joint Specialists in Merrillville, was among the first surgeons to implant medical devices with Structural Encoding technology.

The Structural Encoding technology, first licensed by Nvision Biomedical Technologies, provides permanent marking embedded within the device that is accessible through an X-ray image.

“We are always looking for the best technologies available to improve the results for our patients and get them back to their productive and pain-free activity as quickly as possible,” Hyder said. “Having a clear knowledge of their history helps us create the best plan of care. Structural encoding provides transparency for surgeons and patients that creates a new level of knowledge from patient research to implant integrity, all of which equals better patient care.”

Community donates to hurricane victims

Community Healthcare System presented a check for $90,965 on Oct. 11 to the American Red Cross for those affected by recent hurricanes. The funding represents one of the largest contributions to the Red Cross made by a single corporation in Northwest Indiana.

The donation drive to help the victims of hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean was led by two Community Healthcare System employee groups, Community Connects and Christian Awareness Committee. The contribution was supported by a matching donation by Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana.

Alzheimer’s Association to host Caregiver Symposium

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host its 2017 Caregiver Symposium Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. The symposium offers an opportunity for caregivers and professionals to come together and learn from leading presenters, sponsors and discussions, and coincides with November’s National Family Caregivers Month. Today, more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Deborah Shouse and Ron Zoglin, dementia advocates and speakers from The Dementia Journey, will deliver two keynote presentations during the symposium that share their message of finding creativity and hope in the dementia journey.

The symposium will also include a presentation by Dr. Erik Mikaitis, regional ACO medical director of Franciscan Alliance, about palliative care options and approaches. Advance registration is required to attend the symposium, and will be accepted until Oct. 29. There is a $40 registration fee for family members and $70 for professionals seeking CEU credit. Registration includes entry, beverage service and lunch. To register, visit or call 800-272-3900.

Edgewater unveils new name, logo

Edgewater Behavioral Health Services/Edgewater Systems, known for more than 43 years for providing behavioral health services to the Northwest Indiana, recently announced it is changing its name to Edgewater Health. The name change reflects the organization’s broader health care commitment that now includes delivering a comprehensive set of primary care service in addition to its traditional services for mental health and addictions.

“Simple and straightforward, Edgewater Health will be the umbrella under which all of our services can thrive,” said Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, Edgewater’s executive director. “We are excited to expand to primary care services and this name will help us achieve this goal. Our scope of care has broadened, and we are pleased to have a name that complements this change. Edgewater Health signals an understanding that good healthcare takes both physical and mental health into account.”

The new name is effective immediately, and will be implemented across the organization’s products and services throughout the 2017 calendar year.