HEALTH BRIEFS: Pinnacle nurse wins award

2013-08-20T00:00:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Pinnacle nurse wins awardTimes Staff
August 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CROWN POINT | Nurse Sue Heflin received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Pinnacle Hospital.

The award was established by the Daisy Foundation, which supports the elimination of diseases attacking the immune system.

The Daisy Award is given quarterly to outstanding nurses nominated by patients, families and professional colleagues in more than 315 hospitals throughout the nation.

Urgent care opens in Portage

PORTAGE | Porter Regional Hospital has opened its third CareEXPRESS Urgent Care Center. It is in Portage Hospital, 3630 Willowcreek Road.

Patients can receive walk-in care for illnesses, injuries, sports physicals and more by Porter physicians.

“We understand that people get sick beyond normal business hours and don’t want to go to the emergency room for a minor medical problem,” Porter CEO Jonathan Nalli said. “With CareEXPRESS, we're providing patients in the Portage community with even more access to quality Porter medical treatment with physicians on duty at all times. Now patients can be seen in a timely manner and in a convenient setting.”

CareEXPRESS in Portage Hospital will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week and offers on-site lab and X-ray services.

For more information, visit or call (219) 364-3900.

Donation incentives offered

With summer winding down, the American Red Cross is offering an incentive to encourage eligible donors to give blood or platelets to ensure sufficient supplies over Labor Day weekend.

People who present to donate between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.

“The summer may be coming to an end, but the work of the Red Cross is far from over,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “As you make plans for this Labor Day holiday, please also make time to give blood and help patients who depend on your lifesaving donation.”

Summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelet donations to keep pace with patient needs.

All presenting blood and platelet donors between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2 also will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt.

Call (800) 733-2767 or visit for more information and to make an appointment.

Interim hospital CFO tabbed

LAPORTE | Robert Petrina has been appointed interim chief financial officer of Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital.

Petrina was selected after Mark Rafalski resigned recently. In his new role, Petrina’s primary responsibility will be to assure the hospital’s current practices are continuing to reflect the changing marketplace in health care.

Petrina joins the organization with nearly 30 years of experience in the financial field. Most recently, he worked with Insight Health Partners in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he provided strategic and financial consulting services for a hospital.

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