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American Red Cross to Host Fallen Officer Blood Drives

RedCrossLogoCampaign honors fallen officers, raises awareness of need for blood

Throughout the month of June, the American Red Cross will participate in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign. This is the sixth year the Red Cross will host blood drives across Indiana to honor fallen officers and raise awareness of the need for blood.

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Joyce Alexa Receives Home Health Award

VNA-Joyce-AlexaJoyce Alexa, Vice President of Mission Integration and Governmental Affairs for the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care’s Norah J. McFarland Award. The award is presented annually to "an individual who exhibits those qualities and standards which best represent the home health and hospice care industry, including leadership, integrity, community involvement, sensitivity and action related to home health issues and patient needs".

Joyce has demonstrated outstanding leadership in home health and hospice care that well reflects the intent and spirit of the award. We’re proud of Joyce and are grateful that IAHHC chose to recognize her passionate advocacy for patients with the Norah J. McFarland Award," says Kathleen Holycross, President and CEO of the VNA.

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School Is Out, Blood Donation Is In

RedCrossLogoPublic encouraged to reconnect and give throughout summer

Summer means sun, fun and sometimes, a drop in blood donations. That’s because school’s out, and some donors who regularly give throughout the academic year might wait until fall before donating blood again.

High school and college students donate about 20 percent of the blood collected through the American Red Cross. Many give at scheduled drives at their high schools and colleges, typically held two to three times during the traditional school year. And when those drives stop, most students probably won’t think about going to a summer drive, or hosting a blood drive of their own.

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Visclosky Announces Two Grants to HealthLinc

Pete-ViscloskyCongressman Pete Visclosky announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded two grants to HealthLinc, of Valparaiso. Both awards were granted under the Affordable Care Act for Capital Development in Health Centers program, one for Immediate Facility Improvement, the other for Building Capacity.

According to HealthLinc CEO Beth Wrobel, the Immediate Facility Improvement grant will be used to upgrade existing locations. The Building Capacity grant will be used to purchase a new facility in Valparaiso, allowing HealthLinc to assist an estimated additional 5,500 patients each year. The new facility will offer expanded services for older adults and greatly enhanced dental care. It will also allow HealthLinc to increase medical and behavioral services, as well as optometric care.

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Blood Donations Carry Special Meaning for Memorial Day

RedCrossLogoWhile Memorial Day may signal the unofficial start of summer, the holiday’s true meaning is inescapable for those wishing to honor members of the United States Armed Forces.

Making a blood donation through your American Red Cross is one way to pay homage to the service men and women who protect and defend our nation. Coming to donate blood before, during or after the long weekend can also help strengthen and maintain America’s blood supply for the summer season.

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Giving So Others May Keep Living

Franciscan-Donate-Life-1Heartfelt and heartwarming stories of organ donors and recipients were told during the fourth annual National Donate Life Month observance at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, April 27, 2012. Linda Ramos, of the New Beginnings Organ Transplant Support Group, who also is an organ recipient, tells her experiences to attendees at the hospital’s Corpus Christi Chapel.

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Volunteers Celebrated at Porter During Volunteer Week

Porter-Volunteers-2012National Volunteer Week 2012 is April 15-21

Volunteers do more than help. They inspire by example.

Our volunteers inspire us by their example. They've donated thousands of hours to helping others. For their caring, dedication and devotion to our patients and staff, we thank them. Our hospital wouldn't be the same without their talents.

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