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Douglas Smith

Writer to speak at Share the Love event

Teacher, writer and adviser Douglas Smith will share his advice on how to maintain a positive outlook on life as the guest speaker for the 11th annual Share the Love event Jan. 23 at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster.

Smith is the author of "Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence and Joy." He also teaches an undergraduate course at DePauw University and leads sessions at the Canyon Ranch health resorts on “The Science & Skill of Happiness.”

Net proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., vendor tables will offer boutique items for sale with a portion of those proceeds also benefiting the Cancer Resource Centre. Each reservation is $50 per person and will include a copy of Smith’s book. Demonstrations, including chair yoga, energy medicine and chair massage will be available between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Space is limited. Reservations must be received by Jan. 17. The luncheon will be at noon.

Please make checks payable to Community Cancer Research Foundation, and mail to: Community Foundation of NW Indiana, Attention: Sherri Holt, 905 Ridge Road, Munster, IN 46321. For additional information, please contact Sherri Holt at 219-836-0130 or

Merrillville cancer center gets certification

Cancer Medicine Group Inc. of Merrillville was recently recognized for the quality of care that it provides.

The practice earned Quality Oncology Practice Initiative certification through the QOPI Certification Program LLC. Fewer than 300 practices have achieved QOPI Certification nationally.

The QOPI Certification Program was created and is managed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which is the leading professional society for clinical oncologists in the U.S. with over 40,000 members.

Caregiver nominated for award

Jessica Marshall’s employers recently nominated her for the corporate Caregiver of the Year award with Merrillville-based Right at Home.

That Marshall is of the highest character is demonstrated by the fact that Right at Home owner, Marc Sokol, personally chose Marshall to be the lead caregiver for his father, Allen. This is a role that Marshall has embraced for over a year, and she continues to do so even as Allen enters his final stages on hospice.

In the two years that Marshall has been with Right at Home, she has reached the pinnacle of caregiver professional development with the brand. Immediately after being hired, Marshall started doing all of the things required to get promoted all the way to the top, including taking lots of hours of Right at Home University training. Marshall received all of her promotions and obtained the title of managing caregiver in 12 months, the shortest possible time to get that position.

LaPorte Hospital launches site for moms, moms-to-be

Moms and moms-to-be who would like to learn about all that LaPorte Hospital has to offer when it comes to having a baby are invited to explore a new site: The site is mobile-friendly and easy to navigate via desktop computer as well.

There, women can review the profiles of OB-GYN physicians and nurse midwives, request an appointment, register for classes, and sign up for e-newsletters full of healthy information and tips about pregnancy, prenatal care and having a baby.

The Birthing and Family Care Center at La Porte Hospital is the newest unit at the hospital, decorated with hardwood-colored floors and soothing, natural colors. The center features a centralized security monitoring system for infant safety; 10 spacious hotel-like suites for labor, delivery, recovery, and post-partum; private bathrooms and showers; two whirlpool tub suites for water labor and birthing; two family refreshment centers; three medical observations/examination rooms; and fold-out couches for a support partner. Complimentary Wi-Fi is always available.

HealthLinc honored for blood pressure

Valparaiso-based HealthLinc reached the Target BP: Gold achievement level as determined by the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. The Gold achievement level was awarded for HealthLinc’s exceptional blood pressure control rate of more than 70 percent throughout the patient population.

The AHA and AMA partnered to launch Target: BP in 2015 to improve blood pressure control and build a healthier nation by reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations, and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

The control rate was achieved by breaking down the three recognized barriers to success as outlined by the American Heart Association that may contribute to uncontrolled blood pressure including systems, provider, and patient factors.

Methodist offering classes for EMTs

Methodist Hospitals is offering a spring emergency medical training certification class beginning Feb. 12 and ending on Aug. 9. Applications are now being accepted for the 26-week session. The spring session meets twice weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) from 6 to 10 p.m. There are 15 to 20 students per class. EMT certification and work experience are required for those seeking paramedic training, which is also offered by Methodist Hospitals.

The EMT training program includes 200 didactic hours, 16 hours of ambulance ride-alongs and 16 emergency room observation hours. At the completion of this course you will be eligible for testing for Indiana certification. EMT certification and work experience are required for paramedic training, which is also offered by Methodist Hospitals.

Student candidates must be at least 18 and available to attend all scheduled classes. Cost is $1,000 and payment plans are available. This program is VA assistance eligible and includes all course materials, including textbook and workbook, stethoscope, one clinical shirt, and American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course. To download applications go to or call Tom Fentress at 219-881-3715.

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


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