We’ve been told that it’s important to get an annual physical, our teeth cleaned every six months and to have our eyes checked once a year. But what about our ears? How often should we get our hearing checked?
Franciscan Alliance’s five Northern Indiana hospital campuses were among those statewide that participated in an anthrax emergency preparedness drill on June 16. Besides hospitals, emergency management agencies and health departments combined efforts to take care of the most patients as quickly as possible, said Lori Postma, emergency preparedness coordinator at Franciscan Health Munster, who is shown coordinating the drill there.
A team from Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City recently received an annual Patient Safety Innovation Award from the Indiana Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Center, which recognized the hospital’s efforts for sepsis identification and treatment. Through the team’s efforts, evidence-based guidelines were implemented in the Emergency Department and nurse-driven processes were developed for early sepsis identification and adoption of a hospital education initiative. It also led to establishment of a “Code Septic” alert. “Our successes have been early identification of sepsis patients to 96 percent; lactic acid testing is now 100 percent compliant and we have noted a downward trend in mortality and length...
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Kerrie Panagiotidis, of Hebron, foreground, was among about 30 participants June 5 in a second annual Cancer Survivor’s Day Canvas Painting Party in the Marian Education Center of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point. The event was termed a “time to create and celebrate” for those who have faced the potentially deadly disease.
The FDA recently approved a new cardiac resynchronization defibrillator that allows patients to undergo full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. The new device is called BIOTRONIK’s Iperia ProMRI HF-T. Porter Regional Hospital is the first in the Greater Chicagoland Area to offer this device to patients; and according to BIOTRONIK, Scott Kaufman, D.O., Electrophysiologist at Porter Regional Hospital, was the first to implant the new device in the United States.
For many patients suffering from aches and pains throughout their neck, back, and lower body, finding the right chiropractor isn’t always easy. One of the best ways see how successful your next visit to the doctor will be is to see what patients have to say about their experiences.
During a program at the Lake County Public Library Merrillville branch on May 31, Barbara Anderson, president and CEO of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, inks an agreement signifying the cooperation of a coalition of Lake County health care providers, among other agencies, in an united effort to promote tobacco use cessation and encourage legislators to pass stricter laws in that regard. Also signing is Raymond Grady, Methodist Hospitals president and CEO. Waiting to sign is Matthew Teolis, DO, acting president and CEO of Franciscan St. Margaret Health and vice president of medical affairs.
Many folks think that if they don’t have chest pain, they’re heart healthy and truly that may not be the case. Read on to learn how undiagnosed heart conditions impacted the lives of three local individuals and how Porter helped them regain their quality of life.
Alexia Weglewski, a Superior Ambulance Service emergency medical technician, turned in an overall winning time of 3 minutes, 57 seconds, in a “Battle of the Medics,” five-station skills and knowledge contest offered during EMS Week May 16, 18 and 20 in conjunction with Franciscan Health Munster and the Hammond and Dyer campuses of Franciscan St. Margaret Health. She received a medal for her efforts. The competition tested contestants’ knowledge and skills and speed in various components of a patient rescue process. Bud’s Ambulance Service had the best average time of 5 minutes, 2 seconds, and was awarded a traveling trophy.