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Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer: Staff, Physicians Receive Preview of New Da Vinci Robot Surgical Suite

franciscan-da-vinci-robot-surgical-suite-01Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer staff and physicians received a construction update and preview May 14 of a new, 720-square-foot advanced surgical suite that will house the hospital’s existing da Vinci Si Surgical System, which consists of a sophisticated robotic platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The suite is one of many advances the hospital is receiving this year as part of a multi-million-dollar renovation project that is expanding the capabilities of the emergency, surgical and laboratory departments, to meet growing community needs.

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Employees Honored for Longtime Service, Community Commitment

franciscan-employees-honored-01Kevin Elkins and Virginia Dobrzeniecki are special to Franciscan St. Margaret Health in similar and varying ways.

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St. Mary Medical Center Breaks Ground on Addition to Surgical Pavilion

st-mary-groundbreak-2014-oneWednesday marked the groundbreaking launch of the new surgical pavilion addition to St. Mary Medical Center. This Surgical Pavilion/ICU addition will add more than 113,000 square feet to the Medical Center. Staff and guests gathered in a canopy, despite the rain, to celebrate this exciting addition.

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Porter Regional Hospital First in Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland to Implant New ICD for Use in MRIs in FDA-Approved Clinical Trial

Porter-New-Hospital-Coming-SoonPorter Regional Hospital announced that it is the first hospital in northwest Indiana/Chicagoland to complete an implant of the new Iforia implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) as part of the ProMRI® trial. The trial, which is sponsored by BIOTRONIK, is currently the only FDA approved trial for investigational use of an ICD in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner.

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Mental Health America of Porter County Invites You to “Think About Stigmas”

2014-mental-health-porter-county-stigmasMental Health America of Porter County is acknowledging Mental Health Awareness this month by addressing the issue of stigma. Growing up we are taught the facetious phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” However, I disagree with this idea. Some of the things that stick with and affect individuals the most are the hurtful words rendered by family members, friends and even strangers. Consequently, it’s important that the community take time to see how their words can have a major impact on self-esteem and quality of life of individuals with mental illness.

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Porter Regional Hospital to Present EMS Symposium Featuring National Speaker

Porter-New-Hospital-Coming-SoonIn recognition of National EMS Week, which runs from May 18 – 24, Porter Regional Hospital will host an EMS Symposium from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21 at Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Dr. in Valparaiso. The event is free and complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Community Healthcare System Briefs, May 13, 2014

Beat-Goes-On-at-Porter-3Community Hospital Offers
A Free Class for Women
Join Physical Therapist Maria Liberio & Sarah Collins, M.D. from the University of Chicago Urogynecology Department, to learn about why vaginal prolapse and incontinence is more common than you might think. “Break Free Today” will be held on May 28 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Community Hospital located at 901 MacArthur Blvd., Munster, Ind.

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