HEALTH BRIEFS : Hospital to host COPD event

2013-11-12T00:05:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS : Hospital to host COPD eventTimes Staff
November 12, 2013 12:05 am  • 

HOBART | In recognition of world COPD Awareness Day, St. Mary Medical Center will host a free health fair and seminar Nov. 20.

The event is from 1-4 p.m. It will focus on the signs and symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

COPD affects millions of people worldwide each year and includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma.

Dr. Gaurav Kumar, a pulmonologist, will give a presentation at 1 p.m. Attendees also will have access to free screenings and demonstrations on exercise and breathing techniques. Other support and resource personnel will provide information about respiratory medications, oxygen therapy and smoking cessation.

The event is in the auditorium and conference rooms at the hospital, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave., accessible through the west entrance.

To register, call (866) 836-3477 or (219) 836-3477. For more information, visit

Porter hospital heart unit OK'd

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association, recently recognized Porter Regional Hospital with advanced certification in heart failure.

It signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients in its heart failure program.

It means their services have met critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for patients diagnosed with and being treated for heart failure.

A Joint Commission expert evaluated the hospital's compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as heart failure-specific requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

Joint replacement class slated

SCHERERVILLE | Dr. John Pomponi and physical therapist Bob Giordano will host a free class on joint replacement this week.

The seminar will last from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Schererville office of Franciscan Medical Specialists, 2001 U.S. 41. It will focus on multiple topics, including which type of patients are good candidates for joint replacement procedures, how the surgery is done and rehabilitation.

Register by calling (219) 934-2417. 

Path walker health screening

GARY | As part of the Healthy Path program, local residents who walk the path at the Gleason Golf Center, west of Indiana University Northwest, will have an opportunity for free health screenings between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday. 

Weather permitting, students from the College of Health and Human Services will be stationed along the course to give walkers free health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose screenings, visual screenings, body mass index and education on heart health.

Also, workers from the AIDS awareness group The Aliveness Project will provide free HIV testing and information. 

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