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What Good Will It Do Me to Quit Smoking Now?

Franciscan-Quitting-SmokingOver the past few months we have talked about different topics related to heart disease. Smoking cessation may not come to everyone's mind. We always relate smoking to lung problems, but in this month's blog post you may start to think otherwise. You can reduce your risks.

Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis - the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries - which can lead to coronary heart disease, heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke.

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World Blood Donor Day is June 14

RedCrossLogoEvery blood donor is a hero

Focusing on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood will be the focus of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

The need for blood is universal, just like air or water,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “World Blood Donor Day provides the chance for all of us to recognize that blood is essential to health care across the globe.”

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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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