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Porter Regional Hospital Hosts Christmas Celebration for NICU Graduates

Porter-Regional-Hospital-Hosts-Christmas-Celebration-for-NICU-Graduates-01More than 200 parents and children filled the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital for the annual NICU Graduate Christmas Party held this past Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. An annual tradition since the opening of the NICU in 1977, the gathering provides an opportunity for former NICU patients and their families to reunite with Porter nurses and staff and celebrate healthy lives.

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I Just Don’t Feel Right: Graves’ Disease

Feel-Right-Graves-DiseaseCould a Thyroid Problem be Responsible?

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Porter Health Care System Celebrates National Patient Transport Week, December 12, 2014

Porter-Health-Care-System-Celebrates-National-Patient-Transport-Week-12-12-14Porter Health Care System recently celebrated National Patient Transport Week by recognizing the hard work of hospital-based transporters as they keep the facility in motion, transferring patients to where they need to be. “Porter’s Transport Department is constantly on the move, transporting patients from the nursing units to the various ancillary departments and back again,” shared Transport Manager Chris Tavaras. “We move patients who are admitted, discharged, or need tests and procedures in other departments. We will also move equipment when there is a need, such a surgery beds.”

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‘Baby Bottle Ministry’ Brings Cheer to St. Monica Home

Baby-Bottle-Ministry-Brings-Cheer-to-St-Monica-HomeSandy Lewis (center), a member of Holy Name of Jesus Christ Catholic Church parish in Cedar Lake, presents a $1,650 check on Dec. 12 to Liz Guzman-Arredondo (left), manager of St. Monica Home, located on the campus of Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer; and Laura Mannion, Franciscan Alliance Foundation director of development. The donation came from funds collected during the church’s annual Baby Bottle Ministry campaign, in which parishioners fill numerous bottles with money. The observance takes place during October, which is Respect Life month.

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Indiana Hospital Association Recognizes Franciscan Alliance Hospitals for Work to Improve Quality and Patient Safety

fillerThe Indiana Hospital Association recently recognized Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond and Franciscan Healthcare-Munster for their efforts to reduce instances of patient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent during the past three years.

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Community Healthcare System Upcoming Events

chs-stockSt. Mary Medical Center Support Groups

Alzheimer's Support Group
Tue, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19
6-7:30 p.m.
St. Mary Medical Center
West Entrance, Auditorium
For those dealing with Alzheimer's.
Register: 219-836-3477 or 1-866-836-3477.

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First Midwest Bank Donation Helps Underprivileged McAuley Clinic Clients

First-Midwest-Bank-Gift-11-20-2014First Midwest Bank’s Highland branch recently awarded a $5,000 grant to Catherine McAuley Clinic in Hammond, a nurse practitioner-managed facility that offers free services to the working poor in the area and is one of the many mission programs of Franciscan St. Margaret Health. The bank has been a longtime partner of the clinic, providing funds to help those without insurance or a government safety net program receive health care, preventative education and ongoing treatment. Shown, from left, are nurse practitioner Lynn Miskovich, Monica Rubio, vice president and community investment relationship specialist for First Midwest; and nurse practitioner Donna Zemen.

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