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Eurlan Dowdy

Gary medical receptionist recognized by college

Eurlan Dowdy, 48, of Gary, was recently named Ultimate Medical Academy’s 2017 Winter True Blue Alum. This recognition is awarded each quarter by the accredited nonprofit school to graduates who are serving their communities, excelling in their careers and accomplishing other noteworthy achievements.

Dowdy earned her associate degree in medical billing and coding online from Ultimate Medical Academy earlier this year and is now employed as a medical receptionist/biller at American Physical Therapy in Gary. After one month there, she was rewarded with a raise and a promotion to office manager.

Drawn to the health care field at an early age, Dowdy enrolled in dual program with a local career center while in high school to earn her certified nursing assistant credential. She continued her career in health care when she enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. After her military service ended, Dowdy enrolled at Ultimate Medical Academy in 2015.

Franciscan Health aims to prevent prediabetes

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 84 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are high, but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. In Indiana, 6.9 out of every 100 people have prediabetes, ranking it 18th highest in the nation for the ratio of people with diabetes to the general population.

In an effort to reverse this trend, Franciscan Health is providing a diabetes prevention program at all of its Franciscan Health Fitness Centers.

Franciscan Health Fitness Centers will be having informational sessions from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. Jan. 9 at 221 U.S. 41, Suite A in Schererville and from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at 810 Michael Drive in Chesterton. Call 219-865-3612, ext. 2 or email FRANCISCANWELLCARE@FRANCISCANALLIANCE.ORG to register. Additional information on the campaign is available at DoIHavePrediabetes.org.

Methodist Hospitals recognized for bone care

The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone program recognizes Methodist Hospitals for using best practices to address this silent public health epidemic in health care.

A broken bone on a patient with osteoporosis is considered a fragility fracture. Fragility fractures are a serious complication of osteoporosis and often the first sign that a person has the disease. Unfortunately, only about 20 percent of the nearly 2 million individuals who experience fragility fractures each year are tested or treated for osteoporosis.

Methodist Hospitals has received an Own the Bone Star Performer designation for the upcoming year and the fourth year in a row, an achievement reserved only for institutions that perform the highest level of fragility fracture and bone health care. Own the Bone Star Performers like Methodist Hospitals must achieve a 75 percent compliance rate with at least five of the 10 Own the Bone prevention measures, such as educating patients on the importance of calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, falls prevention, limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking.

Boot camp studio to host grand opening fundraiser

Fit Body Boot Camp will be hosting a grand opening fundraiser from 11 am. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 902 Calumet Ave. No. 3 in Valparaiso.

The fundraiser will support The Caring Place, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting domestic and sexual assault victims in Indiana and across the country. The Caring Place offers services such as community education, support groups, legal counseling and independent living planning.

The business will be accepting a minimum $25 cash donation or gift card from Kmart, Walmart, Target, or any other retail outlet or restaurant on the bus route. Those who donate are entered in a raffle for the chance to win a six-month free membership to the Valparaiso Fit Body Boot Camp. 

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Health reporter

Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.