LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Porter Regional Hospital will present “Fad Diets: A Quick Fix or Diet Disaster?” at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6.
Mindy McConnell, a clinical registered dietitian, will discuss dieting trends, including gluten-free and dairy-free eating.
Porter Regional Hospital’s community wellness programs are free, and refreshments will be provided. Advanced registration is required. To register, call (800) 541-1861.
Hear about knee replacement
CALUMET CITY | Dr. Mark R. Nikkel, orthopedic surgeon on staff at the Advanced Orthopedic Institute at Ingalls, will host a seminar about the causes and treatment of knee pain, as well as the benefits of custom-fit knee replacement.
The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 22, in Suite 300 of the Ingalls Medical Office Building, 1600 167th St., just off the northwest corner of 170th Street and Torrence Avenue.
Nikkel is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is fellowship trained in sports medicine and knee and shoulder surgery. He has offices in Calumet City, Flossmoor, Orland Park and Oak Lawn. Reservations are required to attend the free seminar. Call (800) 221-2199 to reserve a seat.
Hospital greets new physicians
HOBART | St. Mary Medical Center recently welcomed to its staff Dr. Mia Kim, internal medicine, Dr. Bernadette Obmaces, family medicine, and Dr. Carrie Shaffer family medicine/immediate care.
All are members of the Community Care Network, the physician group affiliated with the hospitals of Community Healthcare System.
Kim is the newest member of Porter County Primary Care group, one of Valparaiso’s leading medical practices. Kim is accepting new patients, and appointments can be made by calling Porter County Primary Care at (219) 464-2123. The care center is within St. Mary Medical Center’s Valparaiso Health Center, 3800 St. Mary Drive.
Obmaces is establishing her new practice at the Valparaiso Health Center. She is accepting new patients, and appointments can be made by calling (219) 286-3765.
Shaffer has been named medical director of immediate care at the Valparaiso Health Center.
Diabetes education classes set
CROWN POINT | Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point will offer a series of diabetes courses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through March.
Classes will help provide participants with individual meal plans designed to meet specific needs along with information in accordance with the American Diabetes Association standards.
Sessions will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. There are four sessions for each class. They will take place weekly each month in the Burrell classrooms, which are on the hospital’s lower level.
Registration and a physician’s referral is required. Program fees are covered by most insurance companies, but interested persons should check before calling. Medicare A & B does cover a series of classes one time and individual appointments yearly, if needed, after classes.
For more information, including fees, and registration, call (219) 757-6268.