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New Franciscan ExpressCare location now open in St. John


ExpressCareStJohnThe newest Franciscan ExpressCare and WorkingWell location opened on Monday, June 17 in St. John. The new location at 8345 Wicker Ave., across the street from Lake Central High School, replaces the former St. John ExpressCare location on 97th Lane, which closed on April 12.

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Center for Hospice Care's "Journeys in Healing" Exhibit and Auction explores grief and art

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Grief is a complex process and no two people deal with it in the same way. Few understand that quite like Center for Hospice Care (CHC), the area's largest non-profit hospice provider that offers bereavement programs at no charge to anyone in their service area. One of those programs is the After Images Art Counseling Program, during which grieving participants create artwork with the support and guidance of an artist and professional counselor.

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DODGING THE DOCTOR: Real men get an annual check-up

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Research shows that men are four times less likely to consult a doctor when they experience medical problems. As a result, men are much more likely to need an emergency admission to a hospital with a serious or life-threatening condition that could have been prevented or dealt with at an earlier stage. Many of the health issues that affect men are preventable, which makes these tests and an annual checkup, even more important.

Here are a few of the recommended screenings for men:

BLOOD PRESSURE

Why:Keeping a close eye on blood pressure levels can help with early detection of hypertension or pre-hypertension. If left untreated, high blood pressure can increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, strokes and kidney disease.

When:Healthy men should have their blood pressure...

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Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute celebrates expanded facility

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Patients embarking on their weight loss journey will find more comfortable surroundings after an expansion of the Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute that has doubled its size.

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Franciscan Health Foundation partners with Purdue Extension and Duneland Health Council to bring healthy cooking to Michigan City

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Members of the media are invited to the first of a series of classes on preparing healthy meals being held in a new mobile kitchen facility that was made possible by a grant from the Duneland Health Council.

Weather permitting, Chef Erik Tannehill will present the 45- to 60-minute class at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the Walker Park Community Garden at 900 Walker Street. Chef Tannehill will be taking produce out of the garden and preparing a meal. Attendees will receive an Aldi gift card and shopping list to purchase the ingredients to prepare the meal at home. The first class of 10 participants has been filled.

The project is an outgrowth of the community garden project in Michigan City’s Eastport neighborhood. Franciscan Health Michigan City is a key sponsor of the effort to help limited-income families eat...

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Running the Region with Kellyn: Wheeler High School freshman Emma Hellwege qualifies for state

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Wheeler High School track athlete Emma Hellwege had always been told she had talent. From the time she started running as a 6th grader, her coaches noticed she had a gift, and couldn’t wait to coach her up into the high school level. This year, finally a freshman, she ran her first season at the high school level, a journey that ended with something young runners everywhere dream of: a trip to the State finals.

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St. Catherine Hostpital offers health classes


ST. CATHERINE HOSPITAL OFFERS
MOVING FORWARD-STROKE EDUCATION

St. Catherine Hospital offers classes for stroke survivors and caregivers to learn how to prevent future strokes through risk detection and management in a five-part series from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Catherine Hospital Rehabilitation Center, 4321 Fir St., East Chicago. This program is FREE. Call 219-392-7641 for more information. To learn about other programs offered by Community Healthcare System, visit our website COMHS.org.

ST. CATHERINE HOSPITAL OFFERS
BONE DENSITY SCREENING

St. Catherine Hospital offers bone density screening to determine your risk related to osteoporosis. The bone strength screening with same day results is performed using the heel of the foot. Screening is available from 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, at St....

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La Porte Health Sciences Students Recognized for Excellence

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Abbi Kroll, a registered nurse for the La Porte Hospital emergency room, loves her job. So much so that she’s working towards a Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Nursing degree at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Hammond Fire Department captures Battle of the Medics title

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Area first responders enjoyed camaraderie, food and friendly competition in the annual Battle of the Medics, held at Franciscan Health Hammond, Dyer and Munster in celebration of EMS week May 20-24.

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Senior Caregiver Open House Is June 27 at Franciscan Health Dyer


Those caring for an aging parent or spouse can learn more about services offered by Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness Dyer at a senior caregiver open house from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday, June 27 at the Franciscan Health Dyer South Pavilion.

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Volunteer advocates for needy adults in Lake County are sworn in


2019--fhThe Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) organization of Franciscan Health Hammond welcomed 11 new members during a swearing-in ceremony recently with Lake Superior Court Judge Bruce Parent and Probate Commissioner America McAlpin.

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