Health briefs

2012-11-20T00:00:00Z Health briefsTimes Staff
November 20, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Turkey safety tops list as Thanksgiving approaches

With Thanksgiving two days away, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a reminder about the importance of food safety.

"Two of the most important things to remember to avoid food borne illnesses are to make sure to fully thaw and cook the turkey and properly wash your hands, utensils and anything else that comes in contact with raw meats or juices," said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.

Fresh turkeys should be purchased within two days of the meal and stored in the refrigerator. Frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator, never on the kitchen counter.

To thaw in the fridge, allow 24 hours per 5 pounds of turkey. A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator safely for one to two days.


Hospital president talks to Bass Lake property owners

KNOX | Guest speaker David Hyatt, president of Indiana University Health Starke Hospital, spoke to the membership of the Bass Lake Property Owners Association at its most recent meeting Nov. 10.

Hyatt gave an overview of the progress made in medical care since IU Health LaPorte Hospital leased the facility more than three years ago.

He spoke of the $5 million in upgrades in services and equipment by IU Health LaPorte Hospital and how the hospital partnered with the county in bringing advanced life support ambulance service to Starke County residents. 

Hyatt said negotiations are ongoing for IU Health LaPorte Hospital to purchase the IU Health Starke Hospital facility from the county. He said that no firm decision has been made on a new hospital if an agreement is reached. The building, which was built in the 1950s, is not configured to the needs of a 21st century hospital, he said.


C.P. home health company earns national distinction

CROWN POINT | Family Home Health Services announced it has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

The HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and financial performance. 

Family Home Health Services Administrator Peter Carlson and Director of Nursing Barb Ingram credit the success to quality patient care and excellent teamwork with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. 

The Crown Point company has provided home health care services in Northwest Indiana since 2010. It offers a range of services, including skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies.

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