HEALTH BRIEFS: Gynecology program certified

2013-05-14T00:05:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Gynecology program certifiedBy Times Staff
May 14, 2013 12:05 am  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City and three of its surgeons have been certified by the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology program.

The designation followed a rigorous site evaluation process, done at the hospital’s request, and conducted by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, through the Surgical Review Corp. 

The hospital met the 10 center of excellence site requirements, while obstetrics and gynecology specialists, including Dr. Lisa Hendricks, who is the center program director, Dr. Michael Messina and Dr. Al R. Pamintuan met the six physician stipulations.

Trish Weber, hospital vice president of operations and chief nursing officer, said the designation demonstrates Franciscan St. Anthony Health’s commitment to providing the finest care.

Hendricks, who also is Franciscan St. Anthony Health’s robotics medical director, said the evaluation essentially confirmed the hospital was following the best quality standards; adding the certification henceforth will be a tool in providing evidence-based care and affirming the value and safety of minimally invasive surgery, which reduces patients’ hospital stays, is less painful and offers fewer side effects.

Salon cutathon slated June 2

SCHERERVILLE | Riah Salon will host a cutathon supporting the National Children's Cancer Society.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 2 at Riah, 8025 Wicker Ave.

The salon will offer free haircuts with no styling services – to accommodate as many people as possible – to every person who donates a minimum of $25. All of the donations will go to the cancer society, to support its cancer research and family outreach programs.

Stroke symposium at hospital

HOBART | St. Mary Medical Center is holding its fourth annual Stroke Symposium to raise awareness and provide educational information during National Stroke Awareness Month.

The free event is from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the hospital, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave.

Informative lectures from physicians and staff will be presented to the public concerning stroke and other neurological and cardiovascular events, stroke-related topics, including emergency medicine, intensive care, cardiology and acute rehabilitation.

The fair will include free screenings and a vendor fair highlighting various health care resources available to residents.

Registration is necessary. Call (219) 836-3477 or (866) 836-3477.


Flower sale to benefit hospital

MICHIGAN CITY | The Franciscan St. Anthony Health Michigan City Guild of Volunteers is planning a Memorial Day flower sale from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 22 (rain date May 23) at the front entrance to the hospital parking lot, 301 W. Homer St.

Arrangements, including terra cotta hanging baskets, potted plants, tomato plants and herbs from Beachside Garden Center, will be available.

For more information, call the Guild of Volunteers office at (219) 879-8511.

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