We Are Moving…but not far!

To our Faithful Followers:

Thank you for your “follow” and staying connected with us through WordPress over the past couple of years.

Beginning today, we have introduced our readers to a new platform for reading/receiving our news and blog posts which is integrated within our hospital websites. Thus, we will no longer be posting to this WordPress site. We encourage you to take this opportunity and subscribe to our new feed for our News, Blogs and Features stories about our organization and facilities throughout Northern Indiana:


Thank you again for being a part of this online community. We truly appreciate your continued support.

Franciscan Alliance – Northwest Indiana

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Franciscan Hammond Clinic offers health insurance education, enrollment programs

MUNSTER | Persons in need of information concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace can learn what’s available and how to register during free seminars at Franciscan Hammond Clinic during December, January and February.

The programs will include an MDwise representative, who will provide information on MDwise coverage options and assist with the enrollment process. 

Sessions will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 3, Jan. 7, 21, 28 and Feb. 4.

Franciscan Hammond Clinic, which is under the auspices of Franciscan Healthcare-Munster, is located at 7905 Calumet Ave. Sessions will take place in meeting room B on the third floor.

For more information, send e-mail to kim@indianawellnessconsultants.com.

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Clinicians receive instruction from nationally known therapist

Hesch program Crown Point

Jerry Hesch, of the Colorado-based Hesch Institute, presented a two-day, Hesch Lumbopelvic-Hip and Sacroiliac Joint Workshop recently at Franciscan Point’s Sports Medicine Institute.

Some 39 area clinicians attended, along with Jennifer Bradsky, clinical manager of outpatient rehabilitation services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point; Tracy Campbell, of Dynamic Rehab-Women’s Health in Valparaiso; and Rob Shapiro, of Professional Physical Therapy in Long Island, N.Y.; all of whom assisted Hesch.

Also among those on hand were Suzanne Badillo of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which has a partnership with Franciscan Alliance; and several Franciscan Point and Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness therapists.

Hesch is shown demonstrating a technique on one of the attendees. He, for more than 35 years, has treated individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain from hypomobility and hypermobility/instability from sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and dysfunction in joints throughout the body.

Hesch has developed a whole-body approach to evaluation and treatment of connective tissues and joint dysfunction, known as the Hesch Method. His goal is to provide an alternative to long-term treatment.

Franciscan Point, 12800 Mississippi Parkway, Crown Point, is under the auspices of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point. For more information, call (219) 681-6757. The Outpatient Rehabilitation Services department can be reached at (219) 662-5770.

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer provides illumination on lung cancer fight

Shine A Light

Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer hosted a local observance of the national Shine A Light on Lung Cancer campaign Nov. 13 that was attended by members of the public, hospital staff and highlighted by physicians, who spoke on how to prevent and treat the disease.

Cancer survivor Gloria Fantin, of Hammond, inspired the group with her story of how she came to recognize and deal with her problem and how it was solved.

Among program speakers were Cindy Duran (foreground-left), director of the hospital’s oncology center; and Robert Prock, MD (seated next to Duran), oncology center medical director.

He and other speakers, including Don Dumont, MD; and Eias Jweied, MD, stressed how early detection and treatment are key to treating lung cancer and pointed out that smoking is its leading cause.

Jweied also supported the growing use of computerized tomography (CAT scans) during routine patient examinations to help with early detection and touted Franciscan Alliance’s offering of lung cancer screening programs.

Josef Dou, hospital director of mission and spiritual services, led the group in a moment of reflection that included a Shine A Light ceremony, during which small flashlights were used to help illuminate the cause and remember cancer victims and survivors.

For more information on the Franciscan Alliance lung screening program, or to make an appointment, call (855) 472-1659, or visit: FranciscanAlliance.org/cancer. For more information on the Shine A Light campaign, call (800) 298-2436, or visit shinealightonlungcancer.org.

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Nutrition Management for the Holiday Season

The holidays are approaching fast. This time of year presents additional food challenges for most of us. To help you achieve control; be mindful, and focus on your daily nutrition during the holiday season. Being mindful is not only important at meal times, but in between meals as well. Ensuring that you are in a calm and relaxed place may help you achieve success. Eating slowly, chewing your food well, and recognizing when your stomach is full can create a relaxed and pleasant meal experience.


Here are some other tips that may help:

  • Portion control, know your serving sizes:
    • 3 oz. cooked meat, poultry, fish = deck of cards.
    • 1 oz. of hard cheese = 4 dice.
    • 1/4 cup dried fruit or nuts = golf ball.
    • 1/2 cup cooked pasta or rice = 1/2 baseball.
  • Choose complex carbohydrates (nuts, whole grains, fruit or vegetables) to help balance blood sugar spikes caused by holiday stress.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Eat a meal before you do your holiday baking, and drink water while you cook.
  • Use small plates, bowls, glasses and serving spoons.
  • Leave a little food on your plate. (You control the food, it doesn’t control you).
  • Before you arrive at the holiday party, have a healthy snack at home, like a low-fat string cheese with a piece of fresh fruit,or a protein shake with 1 or 2 Tbsp of almonds.
  • Avoid sampling everything. Stay in your safe food comfort zone.
  • If you’re hosting a meal, have all sizes of carryout containers available to send leftovers home with family and friends.

The holidays require some mindful work on your part. If you’re prepared for the seasonal meal challenges, you reduce the possibility of overeating, GI discomfort or weight gain creep.

By Dale Batz, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with the Midwest Bariatric Institure in Dyer. Dale has 32 years of healthcare and nutrition management experience. He is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and an associate member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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Alison Ainslie is hospital’s November Ambassador of the Month

Alison Ainslie

MICHIGAN CITY | Alison Ainslie, a six-year laboratory assistant for PCL Alverno on the Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City campus, is the hospital’s November Ambassador of the Month.

The award has been presented by the hospital’s Social and Recognition Committee since 1988 and recognizes employees who exhibit the mission and values of Franciscan Alliance – compassion for those in need, respect for life and the dignity of mankind, wellness and prevention of illness, restoration to health and acceptance of death as the final step toward wholeness. Recipients also have demonstrated courtesy, the proper attitude and enthusiasm for their work.

Prior to her current position, Ainslie, of Michigan City, was a transportation aide in the hospital imaging department. She lives in the city with her husband, daughter and two sons. 

Ainslie was nominated for the award by a coworker, who said, “patients love her.” She also is a team player, even though that sometimes delays completion of her duties, the nominator said. 

Ainslie said loves working with fellow employees, supervisors, the management team and Timothy Prahlow MD.

“They don’t know how much they mean to me,” she said, adding, “My job is not just a job, it’s a career — my baby. I go home knowing that we, as a team, helped someone and it’s a great feeling.”

Ainslie also donates her hair to the Locks of Love program, which provides hairpieces for disadvantaged children. 

When she’s not working, Ainslie enjoys rehabilitating homes.

In recognition of the honor, Ainslie, as are all Ambassador recipients, was honored with a special billboard display for the month, a privileged parking spot, an Ambassador badge holder, a photo on the Ambassador of the Month wall that displays the previous 12 months’ winners, $150 cash and an invitation to the annual Service Awards and Recognition Banquet.

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Catherine McAuley Clinic honors memory of longtime physician

McAuley Clinic honors doctor

Family members of the late John Lanman, MD, joined the Catherine McAuley Clinic staff, board of volunteers and Franciscan Alliance management recently for the dedication of a plaque in his honor.

A longtime member of the Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond medical staff, Dr. Lanman continued to volunteer his time to the clinic well into his retirement.

The plaque was the idea of clinic staff members, who spent numerous hours working with Dr. Lanman. It hangs in the hallway, just outside of the exam room where Dr. Lanman saw patients.

The clinic, 5514 Hohman Ave., Hammond, serves the working poor and the uninsured of northern Lake County and is an outreach program of Franciscan St. Margaret Health.

Shown (from left, foreground) are Nancy Lanman, Lanman’s widow; daughter, Elizabeth Oliver and her husband, John Oliver; and son John Lanman (background).

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