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Robert J Franko: Trust is the Cornerstone of Care at VNA of Northwest Indiana

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It’s my privilege to serve as the new President/CEO of the VNA of Northwest Indiana. I’m humbled and honored beyond words to lead this organization and know that I’m standing on the shoulders of giants of past board members, supporters, and especially founder Laura Harting. To be given the trust of our board and staff, of our patients and community is an awesome thing. Trust.

It’s a big word. It means a lot of things in different contexts; bankers think about it one way, investors have a different take, but for most of us it is the foundation of our relationships. Trust is the conglomeration of a lot of different components such as integrity, faith, loyalty, and commitment. It is not to be taken lightly, nor is it a commodity whose value fluctuates with whatever conditions exist. I take it very seriously.


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Methodist Hospitals Celebrates 15 Years With Heart Walk Team

Methodist-Hospitals-Celebrates-15-Years-With-Heart-Walk-TeamThe American Heart Association and Methodist Hospitals have been teaming up for the last 15 years in the fight against heart disease and stroke through support of various programs and events. One of the ways they do so is through the Methodist Hospitals Heart Walk Team.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point Welcomes First Baby of the New Year

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-Welcomes-First-Baby-of-the-New-YearA Crown Point couple welcomed a baby boy Tuesday, the first child born at Franciscan Health Crown Point in the new year.

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St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary Hosts 23rd Annual Wings of Healing Tree Lighting Ceremony

St-Catherine-Hospital-Auxiliary-Hosts-23rd-Annual-Wings-of-Healing-Tree-Lighting-Ceremony_01 St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary hosted the 23rd annual Wings of Healing tree lighting program on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to bring hope to others and serve as a way to give back to the community through the auxiliary’s scholarship program. The scholarship program provides educational assistance to area students pursuing careers in healthcare.

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Leadless Pacemaker Implant Provides Advance for Local Patients

Leadless-Pacemaker-Implant-Provides-Advance-for-Local-PatientsAn advance in pacemaker implants is now available at Franciscan Health Michigan City after Dr. William Espar performed the hospital’s first procedure using the Medtronic Micra leadless pacemaker.

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Franciscan Health Michigan City Prepares for Move to New Hospital

Franciscan-Health-Michigan-City-Prepares-for-Move-to-New-Hospital_01 A focus on safety is the underlying message as officials at Franciscan Health Michigan City lay the groundwork for the move to a new hospital at Interstate 94 and U.S. 421.

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Porter Opens New PET/CT Service in Valparaiso, Only Wide Bore Technology in Area

Porter-Opens-New-PET-CT-Service-in-Valparaiso-Only-Wide-Bore-Technology-in-AreaPatients in Northwest Indiana now have access to a new service in Valparaiso that can assist physicians with diagnosing cancer and formulating treatment plans. The PET/CT Scan opened in December in the Porter Regional Hospital Cancer Care Center, located in the Medical Plaza at the hospital’s main campus, 85 E. U.S. Highway 6, Valparaiso. It is Porter County’s only wide-bore CT scanner for those who are larger or have difficulty with smaller spaces.

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Cancer Resource Centre in Munster Offers Support for Pink, Gray, a Rainbow of Ribbons

Cancer-Resource-Centre-in-Munster-Offers-Support-for-Pink-Gray-a-Rainbow-of-RibbonsCedar Lake resident Sylvia Huerta is still dancing despite being in the fight of her life against stage 3 lung cancer.

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Community Healthcare System Offers Laboratory Career Education Program for High School Graduates

Community-Healthcare-System-Offers-Laboratory-Career-Education-Program-for-High-School-GraduatesThe Central Laboratory at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System is offering a new program, called the Clinical Assistant program, designed to help prepare students interested in the healthcare field for a career in Laboratory Services. The goal of the curriculum is to graduate well-qualified, well-educated individuals to meet the present and future demand in the clinical laboratory industry.

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How Driving Takes a Toll on the Body and How Porterfield Chiropractic Can Help


Professional drivers—especially truckers with their long hauls and bevy of different responsibilities, thanks to their cargo—have a very physically demanding job. The wear and tear of countless hours on the road puts stress on the body that can lead to pain, loss of mobility, and decreased flexibility. One of the simplest and most effective ways to treat these issues is regular chiropractic care.

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Porter Regional Hospital Unveils New Installment of PET/CT Scan Technology


When facing a cancer diagnosis, all of the moving parts can be overwhelming. Having all the services you need in one place can help. In part, that is why Porter Regional Hospital opened a new PET/CT scanner in the hospital’s Cancer Care Center in Valparaiso.

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