HEALTH BRIEFS: Porter Regional Hospital has concierge services available

2013-12-23T12:00:00Z 2013-12-23T19:10:20Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Porter Regional Hospital has concierge services availableTimes Staff
December 23, 2013 12:00 pm  • 

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Porter Regional Hospital offers concierge services to its patients and guests.

The service is available between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week. The concierge is located at the front reception desk in the main hospital lobby.

There, people can receive information about the hospital and its adjacent medical plaza, as well as maps and directions, local lodging, transportation, restaurants, flower delivery to patients, Internet searches, banks, post offices, religious institutions and pharmacies, among other information.

The desk also offers public notary services, a phone for local calls, a printer and a fax machine.

The concierge desk can be reached at (219) 983-8900 or by email at

Franciscan hospitals operate accredited chest pain centers

Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospitals in Crown Point and Michigan City recently received Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, while Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospitals in Dyer and Hammond received re-accreditation.

Accredited hospitals have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with heart attack symptoms.

Hospitals undergo an on-site evaluation by review specialists, which ensures they meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

They must demonstrate expertise in a number of areas, including having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care, integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system and assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly.

Porter-Starke Services earns healthy workplace award

Porter-Starke Services last month received Indiana’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association.

The award honors organizations that promote employee involvement, work-life balance, employee growth and development, health and safety, and employee recognition.

According to the Indiana Psychological Association, Porter-Starke Services was recognized for its approach to employee engagement and health through the company’s policies and procedures, including the establishment of a Wellness@Work rewards program, development of a leadership academy with Purdue University North Central and establishment of Fitness Fridays.

To receive the award, employee surveys were administered to staff, and a two-pronged site visit was conducted by a representative from the American Psychological Association.

Doctor taking new patients after joining LaPorte practice

LAPORTE | Indiana University Health LaPorte Physicians announced Dr. Austin Bancroft recently joined the network and welcomes new patients.

Bancroft joined the practice of Dr. Neil Wangstrom, nurse practitioner Christine Maddox and audiologists Jessica Barr and Jessie Grskovic.

All are located at 304 Detroit St., LaPorte. For more information, call (219) 325-3770.

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