2013-06-16T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK
June 16, 2013 12:00 am

Some hospitals turning to transfusions less often

The lazy days of summer bring extra pleas from blood centers, as regular donors go on vacation and school lets out. But some local hospitals are being more judicious in deciding when a patient needs a transfusion. Dr. Judy Lyzak, vice president of medical affairs with Alverno Clinical Laboratories in Hammond, said there's a push in Franciscan Alliance hospitals to use blood products more safely -- which can mean less often.

Long-term investment plans help acheive financial goals

Centrally located in northwest Indiana - in close proximity to heavy industry, mass transit and urban areas - the nonprofit Methodist Hospitals has been serving the populations of Lake and Porter counties.


When Michelle Vogt added to her family, she couldn't have known the event would lead to a burgeoning home-based business. Vogt wanted to give her new cherished family members the best possible food and treats. Deciding that ingredients in store-bought pet food were harmful, Vogt, a fifth-grade teacher at Clark Middle School in St. John, started making homemade dog food and treats in her spare time.

NIPSCO, NiSource interns learn about opportunities, hear success stories

More than 30 NiSource and NIPSCO interns learned about building a career at the utility during an all-day information and training session Tuesday. Chris Smith, NISPCO vice president of human resources, said of the things the company wanted to demonstrate its interns “is that NIPSCO/NiSource is a great place to work.”

Burns Harbor port tonnage down slightly from '12, but bright spots remain

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to May 31 were 8.1 million metric tons, down 12 percent over the same period in 2012.

Voice-operated dashboard technology still risky

Dashboard technology that lets drivers text and email with voice commands — marketed as a safer alternative — actually is more distracting than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.

Historic building tour on tap as part of brewery anniversary

Crown Brewing in downtown Crown Point, Ind. will celebrate its fifth anniversary Friday with a celebration that includes free tours of its new “Beer Vault,” live music and a tapping of a special anniversary brew.

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