MUNSTER | Dr. Richard Zhu has joined Franciscan Hammond Clinic in the Department of General Surgery.
He is board certified, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery.
Zhu has office hours at the Franciscan Hammond Clinic Family Wellness Center, 9800 Valparaiso Drive, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information, visit www.FranciscanHammondClinic.org.
Learn about knee replacement
FLOSSMOOR | Dr. Mark R. Nikkel, orthopedic surgeon on staff at the Advanced Orthopedic Institute at Ingalls, will host an hourlong seminar about the causes and treatment of knee pain and benefits of custom-fit knee replacement.
The free presentation is set for 6 to 7 p.m. April 16 at Ingalls Family Care Center, 19550 Governors Highway.
Nikkel uses the Visionaire knee replacement system that uses a patient's MRI and X-ray images to design and build surgical instruments customized for his or her knee anatomy.
Nikkel is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is fellowship trained in sports medicine and knee and shoulder surgery.
He has offices in Oak Lawn, Orland Park and Calumet City.
Reservations are required to attend the free seminar. Call (708) 915-7246 to reserve a seat.
Doctor to lead gout discussion
MUNSTER | Board certified rheumatologist Dr. Kevin Joyce will lead a class called Gout in 2014: New and Advanced Treatment Options.
Attendees will learn about gout — a type of arthritis — including symptoms, the role genetics plays, medications and symptom management.
The class is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 22 at Franciscan Medical Specialists Administration Building, 757 45th St.
Call (800) 931-3322 to register.
Hospitals earn certification
CROWN POINT | Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospitals in Crown Point and Michigan City have been awarded primary stroke certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.
Certification means hospitals have the capacity to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients, provide acute care and administer acute therapies safely and efficiently.
To achieve Primary Stroke Certification, hospitals have to meet certain standards, including the following: the program director must have extensive experience in acute stroke; stroke code team arrival at bedside must be within 15 minutes; lab testing and advanced imaging capabilities must be available 24/7; and the hospital must have neurosurgical expertise available or able to transfer patients within two hours.
Hospitals that have established stroke centers have demonstrated improved treatment, better patient outcomes and reduced costs, according to HFAP CEO Josh Prober.
HFAP provides a three-year certification award with a mid-cycle review at 18 months. In addition, for reimbursement eligibility, hospitals must submit quarterly clinical performance measures to the HFAP office and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.