2012-11-13T00:00:00Z HEALTH BRIEFSTimes Staff
November 13, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Franciscan employee earns chamber's volunteer award

Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness employee Marci Crozier, who shares her wellness journey and her work on behalf of the Wellness Council of Indiana, earned the Indiana Chamber of Commerce 2012 Volunteer of the Year award. 

When the Wellness Council of Indiana was established in the 1980s, she was an early contributor and volunteer. She’s spent nearly 30 years working at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness in Schererville, currently as regional director of marketing and sales.

After chronicling her nearly 80-pound weight loss on the NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser," she did speaking engagements and shared her story with Wellness Council audiences. 


Cancer society marks 37th year of anti-smoking initiative

The American Cancer Society on Thursday will host its 37th Great American Smokeout, encouraging smokers to quit smoking or make a plan to quit.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, according to the American Cancer Society.

The society can provide steps to quit smoking and provide anti-smoking programs, resources and support that can increase chances of quitting successfully. For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit


'Freshman to Physician' info session scheduled at IUN

GARY | Indiana University Northwest faculty members, medical students and admissions representatives will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for an on-campus event to highlight the university's "Freshman to Physician" experience. 

Expansion of IU School of Medicine-Northwest from a two-year to a four-year program in 2010 made it possible for local medical students to remain on campus for their third and fourth years of medical school.

Saturday's information session about pre-professional and medical school studies will take place in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium in the Savannah Center.

For more information or to RSVP for the information session, call (219) 981-4348.


Medics honored for helping storm victims in Jersey

CROWN POINT | Hospital officials hosted a brunch recognition program for a group of paramedics affiliated with Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point who traveled to New Jersey to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief operations.

Each received a certificate of appreciation and accolades from hospital leaders. 

The St. Anthony-affiliated team included Tom Bettenhausen, a Superior Ambulance Service member, who also serves with Crown Point Fire and Rescue and is Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 1 Emergency Medical Services Task Force leader; Eric Schmitt, Mark Baumgardner and John Sarver, Crown Point Fire and Rescue; Eric Eshelman, Lakes of the Four Seasons Fire Department; Brian Beach and Don Strom, St. John Fire Department; and Superior Ambulance medics Joseph O’Parka and Dale Waters.

More than 30 ambulances from Indiana were part of the overall team. The local group assisted in Brick Township, mostly with rescue and evacuation efforts. The medics also provided backup for 911 calls.

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