HEALTH BRIEFS: HealthLinc earns recognition

2014-03-18T00:05:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: HealthLinc earns recognitionTimes Staff
March 18, 2014 12:05 am  • 

VALPARAISO | The National Committee for Quality Assurance has endorsed the federally qualified health center HealthLinc as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home provider.

The standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

HealthLinc CEO Beth Wrobel said the distinction exemplifies the vision of HealthLinc to be known for its compassion and quality of care.

The clinic staffs physicians, nurses, behavioral health consultants, dentists and other medical staff.

Health fair scheduled Sunday

HOMEWOOD | Homewood Rotary Club and Ingalls Health System will host the 31st annual family health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at James Hart School, 18220 Morgan St., near 183rd and Aberdeen streets.

More than 30 free health screenings will be available at the fair, including total cholesterol, 12-lead EKGs for those older than 30, cancer screenings and hearing and vision screenings.

A $10 lipid profile (which requires a 12-hour fast) will be offered, along with other discounted blood tests, including prostate, thyroid and glucose screenings.

Register ahead at for a shorter wait time.

Appointments are not needed. For more information, call Ingalls Care Connection at (708) 915-2273.

Cancer screening kits offered

LAPORTE | Indiana University Health is offering free colorectal cancer screening kits for men and women ages 50 and older in LaPorte, Marshall and Starke counties.

Kits can be picked up at multiple locations, including IU Health Wellness Services at LifeWorks, 3777 N. Frontage Road, Michigan City, and at the following LaPorte locations: IU Health Wellness Services at The Crossing, 1203 Washington St.; IU Health Wellness Services at Sagamore Center, 600 Legacy Plaza, Monroe Street; and at IU Health La Porte Physician offices for internal medicine at 7002 W. Johnson Road.

Call (219) 326-2048 or (800) 235-6204, ext. 2048, for information.

Screenings are funded by the IU Health La Porte Hospital Foundation and IU Health Starke Health Fund.

Hospital offers diabetes classes

CROWN POINT | Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital will offer a series of diabetes courses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in April, May and June.

Classes help provide 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 in the Burrell classrooms on the hospital’s lower level.

Individual appointments are available if classes are not convenient.

Registration and a physician’s referral are required. Program fees are covered by most insurance companies, but those who are interested should check before calling. Medicare A and B cover a series of classes one time and individual appointments yearly, if needed, after classes, for nutrition and medical management.

For more information, call (219) 757-6268.

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