HEALTH BRIEFS: Program to highlight concussion, sports link

2012-12-03T00:00:00Z 2012-12-03T19:50:04Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Program to highlight concussion, sports linkBy Times Staff
December 03, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Concussion care discussed

CROWN POINT | A free program about sports-related concussions, with a focus on high school athletes, is offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Franciscan Point Sports Medicine Institute, 12800 Mississippi Parkway, about one-half mile east of Interstate 65 and along U.S. 231. 

Dr. Keith Pitchford, the institute's medical director, and Dr. Timothy Mullally, its program director, will discuss evaluation methods for concussions, acute treatment and return-to-play management of concussions.

Other speakers include physical therapists Jennifer Bradsky and Jennifer Guillen and licensed athletic trainers Stephanie Smith and Trent Trump.

Registration is required and can be made by calling (800) 931-3322. 

Lights honor cancer patients

MUNSTER | Community Hospital will continue its tree-lighting tradition in honor of cancer patients in a ceremony this week.

The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Community Hospital outpatient entrance, off Columbia and Fisher avenues. 

Anyone may participate and “purchase” a light for the Lights of Life trees to honor a person. Each light represents a $5 donation, which may be made to the Community Cancer Research Foundation.

For a $15 donation, a pink breast cancer awareness pin, a lavender cancer awareness pin or a Hope lapel cancer awareness pin also can be sent to honorees, along with a gift card in addition to reserving a light. 

Each pink and lavender light represents a donation to the Community Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. The pink trees represent those with breast cancer and the lavender trees symbolize all types of cancer.

The Lights of Life program has raised more than $120,000 to bring cancer research programs to Northwest Indiana residents. For more information on the program, call (219) 836-6875. Donations are also accepted online at:

Speeding health messages

The Indiana State Department of Health has teamed with Medscape from WebMD to communicate urgent public health messages to its health care providers in Indiana.

“As demonstrated by the several public health emergencies this year, such as measles, salmonella and more recently fungal meningitis, the ability to instantly communicate with providers is critical,” said Dr. Gregory Larkin, state health commissioner. “We believe this new partnership with Medscape will enhance existing channels of communication and offer yet another way to reach health care providers with urgent health information when needed.”

The Indiana State Department of Health is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national Health Alert Network system.

The infrastructure supports the immediate dissemination of vital health information at the state and local levels. The messaging system directly transmits health alerts, advisories and updates to local health departments, hospitals and public health partners, distributing health information to its network of registered clinical members in Indiana.

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