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WorkingWell, Franciscan Health Grows to Meet Health Needs in Portage

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There is and always will be a need for health services. These services come in all forms. From ambulance and emergency services, to simple doctor’s visits for a checkup and even urgent care, hospitals and clinics come in all kinds of sizes.

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Top 10 Health Articles on LaPorteCountyLife in 2017


We published hundreds of articles on the LaPorteCountyLife Health Section this past year. Saved lives, notable symposiums, and stories of people doing great things were all fair game for sharing. With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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Dee Ann Keehn Presented with Employee of the Year Award from La Porte Hospital


Each year, La Porte Hospital takes the time to recognize employees who have gone the extra mile during the course of their work. Each member of the organization serves a vital role in providing care and safety to anyone who comes through their doors, and recognizing them for this dedication and achievement is important.

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Franciscan Health Munster: First Portion of New Cancer Care Center Open for Business

Franciscan-Health-Munster-First-Portion-of-New-Cancer-Care-Center-Open-for-BusinessThe endoscopy unit portion of the new Cancer Care Center at Franciscan Health Munster was blessed by the Rev. Francis Tebbe, director of mission services, before standing-room-only crowd of officials, staff members and guests, Nov. 15. The unit opened to patients the next day. The remainder of the multi-million-dollar comprehensive cancer care facility is scheduled to open in late summer 2018. The endoscopy unit offers four procedure rooms and 14 holding-preparation-recovery rooms, along with the latest, high-definition diagnostic equipment.

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Grant Funding Still Available For Free Mammograms For Women in La Porte And Starke Counties

Healthcare-Foundation-of-Laporte-License-PlateVouchers are still available to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms to women in La Porte and Starke County who do not have the resources to pay for these services. The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) awarded an $18,000 grant for 2017 to continue The Foundation Breast Cancer Project.

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La Porte Hospital Offering Physicals to La Porte High School Student Athletes for 2017-18 Season

laporte-slicersLa Porte High School will not be able to provide physicals at the high school as has been done in previous years. Athletes and their parents are reminded that physicals will still be required for summer participation including weight training and conditioning. The 2017-18 physical form may be picked up in the LPHS athletic office or by going to the Slicer athletic website at Athletes are strongly encouraged to get their physical done before the end of this school year so that they are allowed to participate in summer activities. Physicals may be obtained at the following locations:

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St. Mary Medical Center Receives Indiana Cancer Consortium Award for Outstanding Cancer Control


St. Mary Medical Center has received the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Organizational Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Control 2017. Manager of Cancer Care Services Roxanne Karnes accepted the award on behalf of St. Mary Medical Center’s entire Cancer Care Support Services Team, Wednesday, April 26, at the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.

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La Porte Hospital: Let’s One Up Cancer

Igolnikov-AlexanderIf you could cure cancer, would you? Let’s do one better. Let’s prevent it. Here’s the thing: Almost every patient I’ve diagnosed with colorectal cancer has missed their recommended colonoscopy screening date.

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Community Hospital Cardiologists Among First in Northwest Indiana to Implant Watchman Device, Reducing Risk of Stroke

CH-WATCHMAN-Team-Spear-Abbas-Suradi-17Physicians at Community Hospital in Munster are among the first in Northwest Indiana to use advanced implantable technology, called WATCHMAN™, in patients to help reduce their risk of stroke. Structural/Interventional Cardiologist, Hussam Suradi, MD, Interventional Cardiologist Samer Abbas, MD, and Electrophysiologist William Spear, MD, recently successfully implanted the WATCHMAN left atrial appendage closure device in three patients. The device offers an alternative to long-term blood-thinning warfarin therapy to reduce stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) not caused by a heart valve issue.

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Franciscan Health Dyer: Hospital Offers 'New Standard' in MRI Scans

Franciscan-Health-Dyer-Hospital-Offers-New-Standard-in-MRI-ScansThe Rev. Henry Sequeira, a chaplain in the Franciscan Health Dyer Spiritual Services Department, blesses with holy water the location on a new, 3 Tesla, state-of-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit, during a recent celebration.

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St. Mary Medical Center Welcomes New General Practitioners in 2016

St-Mary-Medical-Center-Welcomes-New-General-Practitioners-2016_01 St. Mary Medical Center recently welcomed several new physicians to their Community Care Network, Inc. – the physician and health professional group affiliated with St. Mary Medical Center and Community Healthcare System hospitals.

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