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Gary sponsors health care enrollment fair today 

Mar 08
2014

GARY | The city of Gary hosts an Affordable Health Care Enrollment Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Genesis Convention Center.

Partnering organizations include the Methodist Hospitals, Community HealthNet, Cover Kids and Families Indiana, Gary Health Department and the Lake County Minority Health Coalition.
 

Courtesy of NWI Times.

Pressure cooker: M'ville chef tapped for Food Network game show 

Mar 06
2014
MERRILLVILLE | For Pamela Ward, auditioning for a spot on a food-themed reality television show was like throwing cooked noodles against a wall. One finally stuck. The Gary-raised and Le Cordon Bleu-trained sous chef was tapped as a contestant for "Guy's Grocery Games." The Food Network game show, hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, challenges contestants in a grocery store setting. Games in past episodes include preparing meals solely out of canned foods, preparing a taco... read more
 

Mardi Gras King and Queen crowned at annual ball 

Feb 24
2014
  MERRILLVILLE | Crowned at the annual Methodist Hospitals Foundation Mardi Gras Ball held Feb. 15 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, King Mario Minotti and Queen Randalynn McColly-Fleener will preside over the foundation’s 11 philanthropic Krewes’ fundraising efforts for the next year. Patterned after their counterparts in Mobile, Ala. and New Orleans, the Methodist Hospitals Foundation Krewes have raised $107,000 to date in support of health care in Northwest Indiana. That is... read more
 

Families seek health at YMCA, Methodist event 

Feb 22
2014
VALPARAISO | Like many mothers, Leah Bromley has been trying to get her children to eat healthier and exercise more. So when the second annual Family Health Day at the Valparaiso Family YMCA took place Sunday, she wanted to be there. Sponsored by Methodist Hospitals and the YMCA, the event featured health screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index. There also were classes in Zumba, yoga, Pilates, boot camp and healthy cooking demonstrations by... read more
 

Bead Town artist unveils plans for works inspired by local landmarks 

Feb 17
2014
  CROWN POINT | The Methodist Hospitals Foundation did not let a little snow get in the way of the unveiling of a new, regional community art project. Foundation and city officials joined New Orleans-based artist Stephan Wanger in unveiling three canvases that will become part of a traveling exhibit to be known as Bead Town Northwest Indiana. The canvases will spend the next few weeks in the former Crown Point library and at the Marshall Gardner Arts Center in Gary's Miller... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals Foundation to unveil community artwork 

Feb 17
2014
CROWN POINT | The Methodist Hospitals Foundation will unveil the vision for the three Bead Town community art pieces during a reception with community leaders at 6 p.m. Monday at the former Crown Point library, 214 S. Court St. The stunning beaded mosaics will depict iconic images of Crown Point, Gary and Valparaiso – the historic Lake Court House, Orville Redenbacher and the dunes along Lake Michigan. Beginning Tuesday the community is invited to participate in the project, working... read more
 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Philanthropy builds hospitals' foundation 

Feb 11
2014
  The generosity of individuals and business owners who donate to the Methodist Hospitals Foundation is making a difference in the lives of thousands of families in Northwest Indiana every day. We live and work in a region blessed with this great spirit and treasure. The philanthropic spirit Northwest Indiana residents display each and every day supports Methodist Hospitals’ commitment to its mission of providing quality care to those in need. In the last year, donations from ... read more
 

Innovations in cardiac care 

Feb 02
2014
  The year 2013 saw some promising advances in cardiovascular drugs and treatments — good news for doctors and their patients. According to northwest Indiana-area cardiologists, this year should offer patients more comfort and hope and doctors a bigger arsenal to combat the threats of heart disease and stroke. New medicines to prevent dangerous blood clots are “A big deal,” said Dr. Sabrina Akrami, cardiologist and cardiovascular physician at Ingalls Health System in Harvey, Ill.,... read more
 

Improve your health, improve your life 

Jan 29
2014
  Zest for life—it’s what everyone wants. If it seems there’s always something getting in the way of fully optimizing your energy, read on. Local experts in health and well-being offer tips for a new you in the new year. Breathe. Because we’re headed straight for the S word. Stress. “I’m so stressed out!” Is it an inevitable part of a busy life? Felicity Houston, a licensed counselor at Ingalls Orthopedic Institute in Harvery, Ill., doesn’t think so. “Maybe you think... read more
 

Auxiliary presents nursing scholarships 

Jan 19
2014
Two Methodist Hospitals licensed practical nurses were awarded LPN to RN scholarships to complete their registered nursing degrees during Methodist Hospitals' annual Auxiliary Awards Luncheon at Innsbrook Country Club. The LPN to RN Scholarship program was started by the Auxiliary in 2011. This year’s scholarship recipients are Keith Leigh, left, of Cedar Lake, and Latoya Haggard, right, of Merrillville, joined by Chief Nursing Officer Shelly Major, second from left, and Methodist... read more
 

Paper cutting: Methodist takes next step in e-records 

Jan 15
2014
  MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals is at the front of the pack for transitioning into electronic medical record keeping. It recently achieved Stage 6 of seven stages in the EMR Adoption Model SM. HIMSS Analytics, an organization focused on better health through information technology, developed the model to evaluate the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in its database. Hospitals have to answer a survey about their electronic record keeping, ... read more
 

Trauma center efforts advance 

Jan 15
2014
  At least three local hospitals are playing a role in the state's effort to make trauma care accessible for all Hoosiers. Hospitals with Franciscan Alliance and Methodist Hospitals are seeking trauma designation. There are no trauma centers in Northwest Indiana. Those suffering traumatic injury, such as a gunshot or stab wound or blunt force trauma, usually are transported to hospitals in Oak Lawn, Fort Wayne or Indianapolis, all of which have trauma centers. The American... read more
 

Methodist staffer named Nurse of the Year by state MS Society 

Jan 13
2014
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Indiana State Chapter recently honored Billie Childress, RN, BSN, CNRN, MSCN, with its MS Superstar Nurse of the Year award at its Moving Forward event, held in Indianapolis. Childress, a nurse with Methodist Hospitals Neuroscience Center in Merrillville, was nominated for the award by a fellow Hoosier living with MS for Childress' dedication to the National MS Society and her unwavering desi re to realize a world free of MS. “Billie... read more
 

Methodist Hospitals host free Affordable Care Act information sessions 

Jan 09
2014
Methodist Hospital’s Affordable Care Act Navigators and Certified Application Counselors are hosting free Affordable Care Act Information Sessions beginning today. Sessions are as follows: 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Northlake Campus, Seyl Auditorium, 600 Grant St., Gary 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at the Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Midlake Campus, Room 164, 2269 W. 25th Ave., Gary 3 to 6 p.m. March 13 at the Southlake... read more
 

Bead Town exhibits roll into Northwest Indiana 

Dec 30
2013
Colorful beads from Mardi Gras necklaces have been reworked into dazzling pieces of art to go on display next week in Crown Point and Gary and soon in Valparaiso. The exhibits by New Orleans self-taught artist Stephan Wanger are part of an ongoing effort by the Methodist Hospitals Foundation to raise funds for improving health care in Northwest Indiana. Wanger's Bead Town exhibits will feature dozens his works of art and opportunities for residents to design their own pieces in... read more
 

Employees share the warmth of the season 

Dec 30
2013
Methodist Hospitals’ employees from both campuses, Gary and Merrillville, teamed up in the spirit of the holiday season to hold a holiday food drive and provide gifts to children in need. Perishable food items were donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Employees once again partnered with The Salvation Army to donate Angel Tree gifts. This program distributes donated gifts to needy families with children who would otherwise not receive presents on Christmas morning. Hospital... read more
 

Surgeon-led team approach distinguishes Methodist Hospitals Bariatric Surgery Center 

Dec 29
2013
Weight loss surgery is not merely a medical procedure; it’s an element in a lifelong journey to better health. From the beginning and beyond the point in which the desired goal weight is achieved, the weight loss surgery experience is a long-term process with a wide range of challenges. Each weight loss surgery patient is a unique individual with his or her own distinct needs. That’s why Dr. James Siatras, who was fellowship trained in bariatric surgery at Indiana University,... read more
 
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