2012-12-18T00:00:00Z HEALTH BRIEFSTimes Staff
December 18, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Open house will be today for new health center in Griffith

GRIFFITH | A ribbon-cutting and open house are scheduled today at the new Porter Trust Griffith Health and Wellness Center.

It will begin at 4 p.m. at 201 N. Griffith Blvd. 

Structured to serve nearly 1,400 school employees as well as their dependents, the center will offer a broad range of services, including acute and primary medical care services, generic medications and lab work, at no cost to clinic patients.


IU Health LaPorte, Starke to offer cancer rehab program

Indiana University Health LaPorte and Starke hospitals have announced they earned the STAR Program Certification.

The certification qualifies the hospitals to offer the STAR Program, a cancer rehabilitation program that will help survivors recover from the side effects and after-effects of treatments.

STAR Program Certification is an offering of the Massachusetts-based health care company Oncology Rehab Partners, and it provides hospitals and cancer centers with the tools to implement evidence-based cancer rehabilitation services for survivors suffering from post-treatment symptoms such as pain, fatigue, weakness and emotional distress. 

The program uses a multidisciplinary clinical approach, whereby a team of experts — rehabilitation medicine physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, medical social workers and nurse practitioners — works with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain and improve daily function and well-being.


Town Council is still advancing

Rittenhouse Senior Living earns high marks from state

VALPARAISO | Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso received a deficiency-free survey from the Indiana State Department of Health.

The survey is conducted annually by the state to evaluate the overall quality of life and quality of care of the assisted living to ensure it is operating by the Department of Health’s standards. 

“Our high standards of care and treatment promotes the health, safety and well-being, rights and dignity of all our residents and the survey is a reflection of the work that is done every day of the year by Rittenhouse staff,” said Debby Atsas, administrator of Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso. 


USF Crown Point plans info session about admissions

CROWN POINT | The University of Saint Francis Crown Point Admission Department will host question-and-answer sessions for candidates seeking information about the admission process and program requirements.

The sessions are set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Feb. 27 and March 20.

An admissions counselor will explain entry requirements for the University of Saint Francis, USF School of Health Sciences and the Associate of Science — Medical Lab Technician Program. Candidates for admission may bring high school and college transcripts for a free evaluation.

USF Crown Point is at Franciscan Point, 12800 Mississippi Parkway, Pavilion U, Crown Point. An RSVP is suggested but not required. For more information, call Crown Point Admissions at (219) 488-8888 or email

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