Northwest Indiana health briefs: Program on heroin addiction Tuesday in St. John - October 5, 2017

Courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana

Heroin event Tuesday

The public is invited to an event called “Stairway to Heroin” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Lake Central High School, 8400 Wicker Ave. in St. John.

This is the second presentation of a three-part series, presented by the school corporation in collaboration with Your Choice to Live Inc. and Rosecrance, about the growing addiction problem in many counties in Indiana and across the country. A resource fair starts at 6 p.m.

Speakers include a parent of an overdose victim, an emergency room doctor, a sheriff’s detective, a drug treatment expert and the family of an addict.

Register for this free event at Registration is appreciated but not required. For more information, contact Al Gandolfi at (219) 558-2718 or or Sandi Lybert at (262) 367-9901.

Methodist Hospitals gets Magnet recognition

Methodist Hospitals achieved Magnet recognition in September as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, Methodist Hospitals joins the only 8 percent of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals that have achieved Magnet recognition. Only 22 Indiana hospitals have earned Magnet status.

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication; availability of help and receipt of discharge information; lower risk of 30-day mortality; lower failure to rescue rates; higher job satisfaction among nurses; and lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

UChicago Medicine adopts new logo, rebrand Ingalls facilities

The University of Chicago Medicine is rolling out a new logo and rebranding Ingalls Memorial Hospital and its ambulatory facilities as part of a major initiative to reflect the academic medical center’s growing geographic reach and expanded services.

The new brand logo signals the organization’s transformation into a health system with multiple care locations, shortening “University of Chicago Medicine” to “UChicago Medicine.”

The unveiling of the new logo coincides with progress made to integrate UChicago Medicine and Ingalls. Since completion of their merger in October 2016, the two organizations have been working to improve patient flow and experience, and create unified service lines in heart care, cancer care and orthopedics.

The Ingalls logo will transition to a combined presentation with UChicago Medicine. Under the new architecture, UChicago Medicine will be the umbrella brand and Ingalls will be the supporting entity. Both organizations continue to retain their names and operating licensure, and Ingalls maintains a local board of directors and has representation on the UCMC Board.

HealthLinc to expand substance abuse, mental health services

HealthLinc has been awarded the 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services supplemental funding from the Health Resources and Service Administration. The $175,700 grant will be used to expand access to mental health services and substance abuse services with a focus on the treatment prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse within the communities HealthLinc serves, which include Valparaiso, East Chicago and Michigan City.

The funds awarded will be used to retain an experienced individual to guide HealthLinc’s strategic development into providing mental health and substance abuse services to those with opioid addictions and co-occurring mental health and chronic illness diagnoses.

For more information about the initiative, contact Jodie Wexelberg at 888-580-1060, ext. 2627 or

C.P. podiatrist collaborates with Indian researchers

A local podiatrist’s scientific collaboration with Indian researchers has led to the publication of their findings recently in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

Dr. Michael Nirenberg, a podiatrist at Friendly Foot Care in Crown Point, teamed with Dr. Kewal Krishan of Panjab University and Dr. Tanuj Kanchan of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Jodhpur.

Nirenberg developed the idea for the study after he assisted law enforcement with linking a shoe left at the scene of a homicide to the murderer. Nirenberg performed what he calls a “shoe autopsy” and was able to testify about the similarity of the insole impression of the shoe to the footprint impressions of the suspect. Based on Nirenberg’s testimony and additional evidence, the suspect was convicted.

The task of identification based on the analysis of footprints can be challenging when the footprints belong to one of two identical twins. The study looked at the quantitative measures of the foot impressions in the footwear of adult identical twins. The observations derived from the study are likely to assist forensic investigations in cases involving the foot impressions of twins.