February is American Heart Month, and this time of year is dedicated to raising awareness on heart disease and stroke all across the country. The American Heart Association (AHA), the oldest and largest voluntary health organization, champions this effort. Heart disease and stroke are the number 1 and number 4 causes of death among Americans. The AHA is an avid advocate of good lifestyle and eating habits, positive behavior, and funds the latest research and educational programs that are dedicated to heart health.
During the last 12 years, members of the Society of Nurses in Advanced Practice (SNAP) have supported the free clinics of Franciscan Alliance with gifts donations more than $12,000. The latest was a $1,000 gift. The group, whose members hail from Northwest Indiana and Illinois, supports the Catherine McAuley Clinic in Hammond and the St. Clare Health Clinic in Crown Point, not only because they treat the uninsured of Lake County, but because the clinics are managed by nurse practitioners.
Community Healthcare System announces that it signed today a multi-year contract keeping its three Northwest Indiana hospitals in the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance network. The new three-year agreement also makes provisions to extend in-network coverage for patients who sought care after the contract termination on December 31, 2015.
Methodist Hospitals announced today they have renewed their agreement with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. As a result Methodist Hospitals will continue to provide in network services to members of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The term of the renewal is for a multi-year period.
There are times that the solution to a problem is not one that you would expect. Our bodies speak to us, but unfortunately they don’t use words. They use physical cues like pain, tingling, fatigue, etc. It’s our job to watch for these cues and do our best to deduce what our bodies are trying to tell us, and then reply with a viable solution to the proposed problem.
Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. This evidence-based designation is the only patient safety award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.
The prospect of having brain or spinal surgery can be daunting, but patients of George DePhillips, MD, can be assured they will be as prepared and comfortable as possible and receive the best care the 25-year health care veteran can provide.
Franciscan Health-Munster recently received a Beautification Award from the town's Chamber of Commerce, following the opening in January of a new Emergency Department, which is the highlight of a massive hospital renovation project, other components of which will be completed soon. Shown with the award plaque are, from left, Sean Leahy, hospital director of ancillary and support services; Sister Maria Kolbe Elsto, chaplain; Sister Aline Shultz, chief operations officer; Sister Cecilia Clare Stoffel, patient advocate; and Laura Mannion, a member of the chamber's Board of Directors and Franciscan Alliance Foundation director of development. Not pictured is Wendy Mis, chamber executive director, who earlier presented the...
Sam Thomasson describes the day his daughter Kate was born as the happiest of his life. When Kate was a toddler she lost most of her hearing due to a sudden illness. Extensive testing revealed that Kate’s severe hearing loss was permanent and could not be corrected. Kate was fitted for conventional hearing aids in an effort to improve her quality of life.