HEALTH BRIEFS: Hospitals adopt service pledge

2014-02-24T12:00:00Z 2014-02-24T22:51:09Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Hospitals adopt service pledgeTimes Staff
February 24, 2014 12:00 pm  • 

Porter Regional Hospital and Portage Hospital have launched a 30-minute ER service pledge.

It is part of an ongoing quality improvement process to monitor how efficiently Porter triages patients and gets them to a clinical professional — defined as physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner — for initial evaluation and treatment.

When a patient enters the emergency room, the arrival time is noted, and the pledge takes effect, with the goal that a clinical professional will begin to evaluate each patient within a half hour of arrival.  

The most critical health emergencies will receive top priority. 

Symposium to focus on heart

MUNSTER | The Community Healthcare System Cardiovascular Research symposium scheduled for next week will teach people how to cook heart healthy dishes.

Dietitian Terri Sakelaris, cardiac rehabilitation nurse Sarah Colias and executive chef Joe Trama will present Heart Smart Cooking from 6 to 8 p.m. March 5 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road.

The symposium, sponsored by the cardiovascular research program of Community Healthcare System, is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is necessary and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at (219) 836-3477 or (866) 836-3477.

Bake sale to benefit clients

CROWN POINT | St. Clare Health Clinic will sponsor a Fat Tuesday bake sale from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4 in the Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital cafeteria, 1201 S. Main St.

Proceeds will be used to buy diabetic test strips and assist with diabetic programs offered to clinic clients.

Since 1996, the clinic has provided free primary health care and other assistance to underprivileged Northwest Indiana residents.

“The contributions from the bake sale are utilized to support diabetic supplies needed for patients of St. Clare Health Clinic,” said Julie Mallers, clinic nurse practitioner-manager.

Bakers are needed. Goods can be delivered from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3 to the Doctors Dining Room in the hospital cafeteria.

For more information, call (219) 663-2160, ext. 2.

Scholarships offered

LAPORTE | Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital, the LaPorte Hospital Foundation and the LaPorte Hospital Auxiliary again are sponsoring scholarships, awards and loans to provide financial assistance to students pursuing health care careers.

Through their efforts, more than $100,000 was distributed to 42 students in 2013.

Applications are available at

Completed applications and required documents must be returned or postmarked by March 15.

Interviews may be required, and semifinalists will be notified of their status. Final selections will be announced in June.

For more information, call (219) 326-2471 or (877) 265-4539, email or visit

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