HEALTH BRIEFS: Diabetes tips offered Sept. 25

2013-09-17T00:05:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Diabetes tips offered Sept. 25Times Staff
September 17, 2013 12:05 am  • 

MUNSTER | A free class will be offered to those who want to learn how to manage diabetes during illness.

The class will provide attendees with sick-day management tips, including blood sugar management, how to prevent diabetic ketoacidosis and how to prepare a sick day management kit.

The class is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Franciscan Medical Specialists Administration Building, 757 45th St., Suite 202.

The class will be led by Lucy Cole, a certified diabetes educator.

To register, visit or call (219) 934-2417.


Sinus solutions outlined today

HAMMOND | A free program on relieving sinus problems will be offered at 6 p.m. today at Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond, on the eighth-floor conference room, 5454 Hohman Ave.

Dr. Shridhar Ventrapragada, who is board certified in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat conditions), will discuss how the latest minimally invasive procedures, including balloon sinuplasty, can offer relief from recurring sinus infections, pain and pressure.

For more information or to register, call (800) 931-3322.


Working mothers counseled

VALPARAISO | Porter Regional Hospital’s Healthy Woman Program will present Surviving and Thriving as a Working Mom at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6.

Dana Samardzich, a life coach, will advise women on how to better balance their work expectations and family obligations. She will teach how to strengthen internal resources while regaining energy to benefit themselves and their families.

To register, learn more about Porter’s Healthy Woman program or become a member, call (800) 541-1861 or visit


EMS medical director honored

CROWN POINT | Dr. Stevan Vuckovic, Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point EMS medical director, was honored as the state's EMS medical director of the year.

He received the award during an annual Indiana Fire Chiefs Association-Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Emergency Response Conference in Indianapolis.

Besides serving for 18 years as an emergency department physician at the Crown Point hospital, Vuckovic has served for 15 years as medical director of the hospital’s Emergency Medical Services Training Academy.


Nurse certified for stroke care

Sherry Mosier, stroke coordinator at Methodist Hospitals, has earned Stroke Certified Registered Nurse certification through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing.

Stroke nursing practice includes clinical practice, consultation, research, administration and/or education in the neuroscience field.

Certification attests to the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation. It is evidence of clinical expertise and leadership in neuroscience nursing practice.

SCRN status is granted for five years and is renewed through validation of continuing education or re-examination.

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