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Franciscan's Direct Admit Program

Franciscan-Hammond-ClinicWhen you're in need of after-hours care, DON’T DELAY!

Franciscan Hammond Clinic and Franciscan Physicians Hospital provide our patients with convenient after-hours care. Patients all across the country find themselves in dire need of care during evenings or weekends when outpatient clinics and physician offices are closed. This leads to emergency room visits, which in turn may lead to delayed care or unnecessary discomfort.

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Thinking of Giving Blood? Find the Way That’s Right for You

RedCrossLogo“Maximize me” could be a new mantra for people giving the gift of life through the American Red Cross.

It’s human nature to want to make the most of things,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “At the American Red Cross, we want to help our blood donors maximize their donation by recommending donation options that best meet hospital and patient needs.

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Alzheimer's Association to Host Kickoff Event in Merrillville for 2012 Walk

AlzheimersAssociationThe Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host a kickoff event and open house for those interested in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ on Thursday, July 26 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Horizon Bank, 8590 Broadway in Merrillville. Attendees can register their teams and participate in a “fundraising fair” for fundraising tips and ideas, as well as chat with other successful team captains in the area.

The Merrillville Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Sunday, September 23 at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at 1:30 p.m.

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Blood Donors Needed to Meet Constant Blood Demands

RedCrossLogoMost every one at some point in their lives will meet someone who has received blood products.

Blood is needed more than you think,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “In fact, in the next two seconds, someone in America will need blood.”

Blood needs are constant, Red Cross officials say. Every day, hospital patients across the U.S. need an average of 40,000 units of blood. When calculated to 365 days a year, that number tops 16 million donations—or nearly 30 million blood products—that are transfused to 5 million patients a year.

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Help Be Prepared. Give Blood.

RedCrossLogoAmerican Red Cross urges donations during heart of summer

America’s blood supply is an important piece of our country’s ability to respond to disasters. By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed.

Any disaster, man-made or natural, can result in people being injured and needing blood,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “While people often join together to help after a disaster, it’s just as important to be organized and prepared today for when disaster strikes.”

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Color Codes Help Patients Better Identify Hospital Staff Roles

Franciscan-Color-CodesAs another step toward patient safety and satisfaction, clinical staff members of Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region hospitals are wearing designated colors to help visitors better know who’s-who.

Color codes are designed to make it easier for patients and other hospital personnel to identify nurses and to distinguish between aides, nurses and unit clerks.

Pat Halfman, patient representative for St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond, said the policy, which was effective in June, has been well received by patients.

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American Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors Now

RedCrossLogoBlood and platelet donors of all types needed

The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.

The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors – now more than ever – to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.

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