Physicians at Community Hospital in Munster are among the first in Northwest Indiana to use advanced implantable technology, called WATCHMAN™, in patients to help reduce their risk of stroke. Structural/Interventional Cardiologist, Hussam Suradi, MD, Interventional Cardiologist Samer Abbas, MD, and Electrophysiologist William Spear, MD, recently successfully implanted the WATCHMAN left atrial appendage closure device in three patients. The device offers an alternative to long-term blood-thinning warfarin therapy to reduce stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) not caused by a heart valve issue.
The Rev. Henry Sequeira, a chaplain in the Franciscan Health Dyer Spiritual Services Department, blesses with holy water the location on a new, 3 Tesla, state-of-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit, during a recent celebration.
St. Mary Medical Center recently welcomed several new physicians to their Community Care Network, Inc. – the physician and health professional group affiliated with St. Mary Medical Center and Community Healthcare System hospitals.
Vaccinations can prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Family Medicine physician Kajal Patel, M.D., suggests now is the perfect time to remind family, friends and co-workers to get caught up on these important immunizations.
Porter Regional Hospital is proud to announce it recently opened an Interventional Pain Clinic at Valparaiso Medical Center staffed by two board-certified pain management specialists – Benjamin H. Soeter, M.D., and Yuli Soeter, M.D.
Knowing when to take young children to the doctor for well-baby and well-child checkups is easy, because the schedule for immunizations and development checks is fairly standard. However, beyond age 5, things are less clear because children do not need any immunizations until they are around 11 years old and fewer development milestones occur, according to Louis Miceli, D.O., a Family Physician with Porter Physician Group Primary Care.
Methodist Hospitals will open an Immediate Care facility on July 5, 2016, Methodist CareFirst, at 1275 East North Avenue in Crown Point, on the campus of the Crown Point Sportsplex. This new facility is the first of three planned immediate care centers that will bring a new source for convenient and cost-effective care to our communities. This new facility is the first of three planned immediate care centers that will bring a new source for convenient and cost-effective care to our communities. Additional CareFirst locations will open in Merrillville and Gary in the near future.
Patients at risk for blood clots and prescribed anticoagulation (blood thinning) therapy by their physician can benefit from services provided through St. Mary Medical Center’s Anticoagulation Clinic. Located on the hospital’s main floor, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave., West Entrance, the clinical pharmacy staff of the St. Mary Medical Center Anticoagulation Clinic will assist physicians in managing their patients’ anticoagulation therapy through education, consultation, medication monitoring and other services.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana has designated Porter Regional Hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Medicine as a Blue Distinction® Center+ in the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.