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Jarrad Bristol and Khendall Jones hold their new daughter, Peyton Jones.


Teamwork ensures top-quality care services for moms, babies

HAMMOND — Khendall Jones recently gave birth to the first child born at Franciscan Health Hammond this year and in the process, was the recipient of a three-hospital teamwork of obstetrics and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit services.

Her daughter, Peyton, was born prematurely, at 10:07 a.m. Jan. 2. That set the wheels of teamwork into motion.

The Franciscan Health Crown Point Neonatal Transport Team, which is responsible for transporting all babies in Lake County for Franciscan, brought Peyton to the Level II NICU at Franciscan Health Dyer, while her mother remained at Hammond to recover for a few days.

They happily were reunited on day five and are at home now.

The baby’s father, Jarrad Bristol, arrived on Jan. 3, taking a leave from the Army, where the couple met about two years ago. Both are rocket launcher technicians. He is from North Carolina; Khendall from Calumet City. Jarrad has three years left to serve; Khendall, a year-and-a-half.

Currently there is a Level II NICU at the Dyer campus while the Hammond obstetrics unit is being renovated. Once the renovation is complete, the Hammond campus will be the new location for the Level II NICU, allowing babies that are born at 32 weeks or greater, who require a little extra attention after birth, to remain at the Hammond campus.

Community Healthcare System launches ACO

MUNSTER — Community Healthcare Partners ACO Inc. has announced participation in the Medicare Shared Saving Program as an Accountable Care Organization. Community Healthcare Partners ACO or CHP ACO is the clinically integrated provider network that unites more than 700 independent and employed physicians and other providers with Community Healthcare System’s hospitals: Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

As an MSSP ACO, CHP ACO doctors and other Community Healthcare System providers will work together with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to better coordinate care that suits the individual needs of patients. CHP ACO has been assigned more than 23,000 traditional Medicare beneficiaries who primarily live in Lake and Porter counties.

In this model of care, patients benefit from enhanced communications among their providers and better participation in the health care decision-making process. Participating providers, with their patient’s consent, agree to share health data to better coordinate care which can lead to better outcomes and streamline efficiencies.

The MSSP ACO emphasizes a patient-centered, preventative approach with the goal of reducing hospital stays as well as emergency department visits.

This program operates under fee-for-service Medicare or “Original Medicare” and enables patients to seek care with any physician, hospital or healthcare provider that accepts Medicare.

Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte offers grants, scholarships

LAPORTE — The mission of the Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte has grant applications for health and wellness projects and scholarships for students pursuing degrees in health-related fields available until March 16.

HFL will have two identical grant cycles in 2018, giving applicants the flexibility to select the cycle that works best for their organization and project timeline. Grant Cycle 1 is now open and closes March 16, and Grant Cycle 2 will open May 25 and close July 6. Organizations with programs and services that impact the health and wellness of the residents within the city of LaPorte and surrounding areas should consider applying.

To learn more about HFL’s funding priorities and eligibility requirements and apply, visit

In addition to providing funding for health and wellness-related programs and services, HFL seeks to increase the number of qualified health professionals in LaPorte County. HFL and the LaPorte Hospital Auxiliary provide scholarships for students pursuing careers in health and wellness fields who are enrolled at an accredited university, college or similar higher learning institute.

Scholarship applications are also available now and are due March 16. A total of $33,750 will be awarded in 2018, and scholarships range from $500 to $3,000. All scholarship applications must be completed online at

Methodist to offer smoking cessation

Methodist Hospitals continues to offer smoking cessation classes. Classes are offered during each quarter at alternating campuses.

The next class is being offered at the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, from March 5 through April 16, from 5-7 p.m., in the hospitality room, 8701 Broadway.

Classes are based on the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking Program, which has helped people across the U.S take control of their health by quitting smoking. Not all cessation techniques are effective for every smoker; this class helps smokers develop the approach that works for them. Classes are eight 90-minute to two hour sessions over seven weeks. Cost is $60. Class size is limited. Call 888-909-3627 to register.


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