HEALTH BRIEFS: Talk to focus on acupuncture

2013-04-02T00:00:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Talk to focus on acupunctureBy Times Staff
April 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SCHERERVILLE | An acupuncture, reiki and nutritional screenings workshop is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John Township Community Center, 1515 W. Lincoln Highway.

Dr. Leslie Smith will present "What is Acupuncture and How Can It Help Me?" After the lecture, attendees will have a chance for a one-on-one questions and a needle demonstration with Smith, a faculty member and educator at the University of Illinois and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Nutritional screenings and free mini reiki treatments will be available.

Reservations can be made at (219) 595-3369.


New medical director named

LAPORTE | Dr. Vickie Wipperman recently was named medical director of Indiana University Health Occupational Services of Northern Indiana.

She will provide further medical oversight to the program and will assist in business development and client management.

In January, IU Health Occupational Services acquired Wipperman Occupational Health, an independent occupational health clinic owned and operated by Wipperman. Wipperman, board certified in occupational and environmental medicine, has 30 years of experience in health care with more than 24 of those years in occupational medicine. 


Performance to benefit clinic

HAMMOND | The Rotary Club of Hammond will present An Evening to Benefit The Catherine McAuley Clinic on April 11 at the Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave.

The theater will present the comedy “Laughing Stock,” with a portion of the $50 ticket cost benefiting the clinic, 5514 Hohman Ave., whose volunteer staff members provide medical and referral services at minimal cost for needy Northwest Indiana residents.

The clinic is under the auspices of Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond, 5454 Hohman Ave.

Appetizers and refreshments are included. A cash bar and silent auction also will be offered.

A question-and-answer session with cast members will follow the show. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the show starts at 7 p.m.

For more information and reservations, call (219) 937-8780 or visit


Hospital seeks volunteers

Franciscan St. Margaret Health Volunteer Services is seeking helpers to assist with various duties at the Dyer and Hammond hospital campuses.

Volunteers are needed for the gift shop or gift cart — past retail or cashier experience preferred — as hospitality hosts, for the information desk and as nursing unit ambassadors.

Volunteers must be dependable, cheerful and willing to show an interest in patients, families and other visitors. They also must display communication and cooperation skills and be trustworthy with confidential patient information.

Shifts are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., noon to 4 p.m., and 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Marian Gralski in Dyer at (219) 864-2037 and Sharon Malecha in Hammond at (219) 933-2037.

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