Hospital officials, chamber guests, mark Heart Center opening

Heart Center

Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the recent opening of the hospital’s Heart Center, during a program with about 40 members of the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce Oct. 23.

The center offers one-stop, comprehensive, patient-centered services, provided by a team of board-certified cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, electrophysiologists and advanced practice nurses, all of whom have a track record of diagnosing, treating and preventing heart disease.

Additionally, patient education services and support groups, such as a congestive heart failure clinic and smoking cessation program, are part of the center’s program. It also offers transitional care visits for congestive heart failure patients who are being discharged, to assure a physician is available to see them in a timely fashion after discharge.

The center also assists patients with understanding chronic disease conditions, as well as understanding and compliance with medications and other treatment guidelines.

Shown, from left, are Eias Jweied, MD, PhD, cardiothoracic surgeon; Sammi Dali, MD, cardiologist; James Callaghan, MD, hospital president; Aparajita Das, MD, noninterventional cardiologist; Scott Mundell, Franciscan Alliance regional director of business development; Lyn Stevens, nurse practitioner; and Jill Nygren, hospital vice president of quality and patient services.

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Hospital offers lymphedema info program Nov. 18

CROWN POINT | A free program titled, “Prevention and Management of Lymphedema,” offered by the Breast Care Center of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, will take place at noon Nov. 18.
Participants will learn how:
* Lymphedema can occur at any time following lymph node dissection.
* Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent onset of lymphedema.
* Lymphedema can be controlled through self-management techniques.
The program will be presented by Lorraine Skolak, PTA, CLT, a nationally certified lymphedema therapist; and Joan Filipowski, Franciscan St. Anthony Health patient nurse navigator.
The Breast Care Center is located on the third floor of the Burrell Professional Building, which is located southwest of the hospital’s main entrance at 1201 S. Main St.
Seating is limited; registration is required.
Call (219) 757-6368.

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What’s for Dinner?

Submitted by Kelly Devine Rickert, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, Registered Dietitian/Health Coach, Franciscan WEELLCARE

The age old question … what’s for dinner?

In the last 8 years as a Registered Dietitian, I have noticed that the one meal a day people struggle with the most is dinner.


Here are some of the common reasons people give me for not eating dinner at home!

  • No time.
  • Rushing around with work and kids.
  • Don’t want to just cook for 1 or 2 people.
  • Don’t know how to cook.
  • Too many picky eaters at home… and many more.

But the fact is, it is MUCH LESS expensive and MORE healthy to eat at home than anywhere else. If you sit down once a week and plan your dinner meals you are more likely to stick to your menu, decreasing any chance of you ordering last-minute take out food.

Not only is it less expensive to eat at home but it also has some other great benefits as well!

  • You consume less sodium, fat, sugar and overall calories when eating at home.
  • Family dinners are more important than play, story time and other family events in the development of vocabulary of younger children.
  • Frequent family meals are associated with a lower risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs in preteens and teens ages 11 to 18.
  • Adolescent girls who have frequent family meals and a positive atmosphere during those meals are less likely to develop eating disorders.
  • Children who eat most often with their parents are 40 percent more likely to say they get mainly A’s and B’s in school than children who have two or fewer family dinners a week.
  • Dinner with family can be a stress reliever. Believe it or not, if you have a demanding job, finding time to eat with your family may actually leave you feeling less stressed.

Check out this great weekly meal planner here!

Tips for dinner meal planning:

  1. Sit down once a week with your calendar to see what nights you will be at home to make dinner and what evenings you need to have something quick and easy to go (grilled chicken wraps with fruit)!
  2. Shop the sale ads on the weekends to plan which proteins you will have that week with dinner.
  3. Start with your protein first, then figure out your sides (add a whole grain starch and some veggies to each dinner).

Happy planning!

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Franciscan Alliance Little Black Dress health program scheduled for Nov. 6

CHESTERTON | Franciscan Alliance’s Spirit of Women program will offer a free Little Black Dress health program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Sand Creek Country Club, 1001 Sand Creek Drive.

“Just like the classic little black dress, vibrant health is always in style. Put on your favorite black attire and we’ll show you how good health is your best accessory,” said Amy Delahunty, Franciscan Alliance regional outreach and wellness specialist.

The program will include Dessert with the Docs, an informal question-and-answer session, which will allow participants to ask physicians questions and discuss health issues.

Shopping, health screenings, refreshments, raffle prizes and gifts also will be offered. 

Reservations are required and space is limited. Visit to register online, or call (800) 931-3322.

Spirit of Women is a free health and wellness program designed to educate, motivate, and inspire women to make healthy lifestyle choices. 

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Franciscan Alliance offers free health insurance information

Franciscan Alliance is conducting a series of free informational sessions to provide guidance on navigating the health insurance marketplace.
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield representatives will be on hand to offer advice and to answer questions at the following times and locations:

Oct. 27
9 to 10 a.m.
Franciscan St Margaret Health-Dyer
24 Joliet St.
Administrative conference room, first floor

1 to 2 p.m.
Franciscan St Anthony Health-Crown Point
1201 S. Main Street
Marian Education Center, Suite B

4 to 5 p.m.
Franciscan St Margaret Health-Hammond
5454 Hohman Ave.
Health Resource Center conference room, first floor

Oct. 28
9 to 10 a.m.
Franciscan Medical Specialists
757 45th St., Munster
Conference room, first floor

Noon to 1 p.m.
Southlake Mall
Interstate 65 and U.S. 30, Hobart
JC Penney Court, first floor

3 to 4 p.m.
Chesterton Health and Emergency Center
770 Indian Boundary Road
Community room, second floor

For more information, call (800) 931-3322.

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health feeds area needy through food donation


Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond officials recently donated 55 cases of canned food items to be distributed to clients of the First Baptist Church’s City Rescue Mission and the St. Joseph Church Food Kitchen.

The items were delivered to the hospital by its cafeteria provider, Michigan-based Gordon Food Services, and later distributed.

The donation idea was said to be that of Thomas Gryzbek, hospital president (far right), but he refused to take credit, stating, “It was everybody’s idea – it is just good to help the community.”

Also shown (from left) are John Barrett, Franciscan Alliance regional director of Human Resources; Brother George Ranft, of First Baptist Church; Matthew Teolis, DO, hospital vice president of medical affairs; Sister Marlene Shapley, hospital vice president of mission services; and Jennifer Britt, food services director for the hospital’s Dyer and Hammond campuses.

Ranft said he was excited to receive the offerings, adding they will be used for lunch and dinner servings and the church food pantry.

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Meetings offer information on value of patient navigation for cancer victims

CROWN POINT | Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point is offering free informational meetings on the advantages of patient navigation for cancer care from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the hospital’s Marian Education Center, located on the hospital campus at 1201 S. Main St.
Patient navigation benefits include:
* Access to information on resources available during the course of treatment.
* Improving access to health information and services.
* Enhancing the health care experience.
* Assuring accuracy of appointment times and locations.
* Facilitating interaction and communication with health care staff and providers.
* Making care delivery more efficient.
For more information, call (219) 757-6407, or (219) 757-6008.

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