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Your Allergy Questions, Answered


your-allergy-questions-answered Your nose is running, your eyes are itchy and you have a pounding headache. You may be suffering from allergies, along with more than 50 million other Americans. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States and can be caused by things like pollen, dust, food, insect stings, animal dander, mold, drugs and latex.

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Eyewear Designer, Warby Paker Accepts UnitedHealthcare Vision Plans


eyewear-designer-warby-paker-accepts-unitedhealthcare-vision-plans At our core, UnitedHealthcare’s mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. That is why we were thrilled last year when eyewear designer Warby Parker began to accept UnitedHealthcare vision plans, marking the first time ever Warby Parker accepted any insurance. This enabled millions of UnitedHealthcare vision plan participants to purchase prescription eyewear for only the price of their copay at Warby Parker online or at their retail locations.

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St. Catherine Hospital Celebrates 90 Years of Patient Care

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St. Catherine Hospital will celebrate 90 years of advanced technology, patient satisfaction and quality care in Northwest Indiana with a health fair from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19.

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New Cardiologist Inspired by Family, Early Medical Work


Porter-Regional-Hospital-New-Cardiologist-Inspired-by-Family-Early-Medical-Work When Jessica D. Williams, M.D., was 8 years old, her parents bought her a toy doctor’s kit, and it was the most exciting gift she had ever received. The seed was planted, and now this highly-trained non-invasive cardiologist has returned to her home state of Indiana to help patients with heart disease live happier, healthier lives.

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Franicscan Health: Cancer Survivors Celebrate

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Spirits were high and the weather was clear as a National Cancer Survivors Day event, sponsored by Franciscan Health, was celebrated at a Gary SouthShore Railcats baseball game recently. More than 500 survivors, who were treated at Franciscan Health’s Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond, Munster and Michigan City campuses, were on hand and had a premium view of the game, which the Railcats won, 2-0; in sections 101 and 102 along the third-base line.

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Franciscan Health: Hammond FD wins Battle of the Medics


Franciscan-Health-Hammond-FD-wins-Battle-of-the-MedicsTo celebrate Emergency Medical Services Week recently, Franciscan Health Dyer, Hammond and Munster hosted a picnic and the third-annual Battle of the Medics competition on separate days at the campuses. The five-station competition offers three categories: best individual paramedic time, best individual EMT time and best average agency time.

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Community Hospital Fitness Pointe Members Row, Row, Row Their Way Into First Place in World Challenge, 10th Consecutive Win

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For a 10th consecutive year, members of the Community Hospital Fitness Pointe team have been named champions of the World Rowing competition. Overall the team placed first, this time rowing a whopping 23,102,423 meters, beating out 79 other international teams entered in the Health/Fitness division.

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American College of Health Care Administrators Honors Hartsfield Rehabilitation Administrator Seydel

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Hartsfield Village Rehabilitation Administrator Susan Seydel is a recipient of the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award, an honor from the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). Nationally, 351 administrators in 45 states received the facility leadership award this year.

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Community Hospital, Munster, Awarded Perinatal Care Certification From the Joint Commission

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Community Hospital’s Family Birthing Center is among a handful of facilities in Indiana to earn Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission. The voluntary certification program recognizes Joint Commission accredited hospitals for their commitment to achieving integrated coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

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A Cottage for Carol

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When I met with Carol Riddle, she was crocheting blankets on her sunporch. It was a good spot to view the intermittent lake effect snow that was mercilessly still coming down, even in spring. For the past five years, Carol has been a part of a small group from Southlawn United Methodist Church that makes 30 to 40 blankets every few months to gift to St. Margaret’s House and Hannah’s House. “They take them with our blessings,” she explained. “We have everything prayed for before it goes out of the church.” And she’s been a blessing through her crafting to many more as well. She shared that she was a part of making teddy bears and dolls for the police to take to families in crisis. Prayer shawls have been shipped to Hungary. Carol still contributes to the community in this way. But if you spend just a few moments more with her, you will...

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Meet Dr. Aran of NWI Nephrology!

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NWI Nephrology recently welcomed a new face to their Valparaiso practice. Dr. Aravindhan Arumugarajah, or Dr. Aran, found his way to Northwest Indiana just recently, making the move from his home state of Pennsylvania.

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