As one of the Region’s leaders of providing comprehensive and affordable healthcare, NorthShore Health Center has expanded its optometry services with an addition to their team. Dr. Audrey Dawson is the latest to join the NorthShore team, and has extensive background matched with her passion for helping people.
The Detroit native attended Michigan State University before attending InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry.
“A lot of people take their vision for granted,” Dawson said. “I wanted to be able to help patients in their daily lives.”
The board-certified optometrist joined the team in January and is excited about the move to NorthShore. She specializes in primary and urgent eye care, pre- and post-operative care, and specialized contact lens fits including scleral and...
Mildridge Lipscomb has been brought on board at Addison Pointe as the new Director of Dining and Nutrition Services. Mildridge has been in food services for 39 years. “Mildridge brings a lot of leadership experience to our facility. Our residents feel like they are eating at a 5-star restaurant. Every meal, there are many options, and the meals taste and smell amazing,” said Kelly DeYoung, Administrator of Addison Pointe.
Porter-Starke Services is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for those in the community, in hopes to inspire, balance, and advance the health of those within. Since becoming CEO last year, Matt Burden is committed to making a meaningful difference by focusing on mental health and addiction treatment.
John Ricketts has been an ironmaker for 42 years, and loves the metal so much that he’s made it as much of a hobby as a career. The steel engineer and process specialist for ArcelorMittal’s Global Research and Development Center has traveled the world sharing the best of ironmaking practices globally. In the process, he has amassed a collection of iron artifacts and memorabilia that deserves a museum.
The VNA of Northwest Indiana’s Annual Meeting is always a special night, as their team gets the chance to unite with the community and recognize the achievements of the previous year. This year’s meeting also offered something a little different.
Juan Urbina Diaz always prided himself on his with work ethic, something he got from his mother. Whether he was training as a junior sous chef, working at an oil refinery, or stacking crates, he gave it his all. After exploring a career in many trades, he stumbled on a job ad from Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana.
He was working on doors at a dairy farm at the time, and the fact that he had welding and mechanical experience landed him the job at Overhead Door.
Now, Urbina is a technician who travels all across the Region installing new garage doors, making repairs, and meeting good people.
“I’ve been here for about a year and everybody that I’ve met has been really nice,” he said. “I’ve worked for chefs who are just constantly yelling at you, maybe because they saw Gordon Ramsay doing it on TV, but I’ve never been yelled...
With more than 20 years of experience in journalism, media extraordinaire Dave Wellman leads Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority’s (RDA) communications department, spearheading the organization’s visuals like social media, presentation material, and video projects. He’s good at it, but Wellman didn’t always know what he wanted to do.
Whitney Berry can’t believe she once told her mom she’d never be a nurse. Now, she and her mother Kelly DeYoung - who both have nursing degrees - serve as the two main leaders at Addison Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center in Chesterton: DeYoung, Administrator, and Berry, Director of Nursing. This certainly was not in their game plan.
In 1997, DeYoung graduated from nursing school after serving as a phlebotomist at St. Anthony Medical Centers. She remembers being mesmerized by the nurses' passion for caregiving.
“As a phlebotomist, you didn’t want to leave the room,” DeYoung said. “I would think, What’s going on with them? Why are they here? I just wanted to do more.”
This thought forged her path to becoming a nurse and soon enough, her 7-year-old daughter...
Melissa Osika has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Residential Real Estate Council, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS.
Just recently Tom Malone has been nominated December employee of the month at Addison Pointe Health and Rehabilitation. Tom has been an Activities Assistant at Addison Pointe since 2014. What Tom enjoys the most about his job is being able to show his love for the residents through activities daily. Tom know he can go home daily with a smile on his face because he was able to make one or many of his residents happy through his work experience. Tom has been retired 4 times. Being at Addison has been his best retirement job yet.
“Tom sets a gold standard in kindness. Tom always works hard and with a loving smile all the time. He even brings me and the other employee’s ice cream on a weekly basis from the ice parlor,” Kelly DeYoung Administrator at Addison Pointe said.
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