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Donations healthy for Crown Point clinic, neonatal ICU

December 13th, 2010 - By Susan Erler

Donations have climbed to more than $4 million in an effort to fund both the St. Clare Health Clinic in Crown Point and a neonatal intensive care unit at St. Anthony Medical Center, fundraising campaign chairman Joe Allegretti said.

The hospital’s capital campaign is nearing its $4.5 million goal before an anonymous donor’s dollar-for-dollar contribution offer ends December 31, and comes despite a weakened economy, Allegretti said. “Most campaigns start at the top and get the people who give a lot and then work down from there,” Allegretti said. “We started with one large donation and then worked from the bottom up. There’ve been a lot of nickles and dimes.”

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Hospital to host 15th annual Wings of Healing program

December 10th, 2010 - By The Times, nwi.com

Judy Gresko, president of St. Catherine Auxiliary, places an angel on the Wings of Healing tree during last year’s program. St. Catherine Hospital’s annual Wings of Healing program allows participants to honor or memorialize a loved one during the holiday season. Donations support the hospital’s health care scholarship program. Over the past 15 years, nearly $50,000 has been raised from this event. (Photograph courtesy of St. Catherine Hospital.)

Judy Gresko, president of St. Catherine Auxiliary, places an angel on the Wings of Healing tree during last year’s program. St. Catherine Hospital’s annual Wings of Healing program allows participants to honor or memorialize a loved one during the holiday season. Donations support the hospital’s health care scholarship program. Over the past 15 years, nearly $50,000 has been raised from this event. (Photograph courtesy of St. Catherine Hospital.)

St. Catherine Hospital’s 15th annual Wings of Healing program allows participants to honor or memorialize a loved one during the holiday season.

For a $10 donation, individuals, businesses and organizations can have a personalized angel hung on the Wings of Healing celebration tree. Personalized angel cards are sent to honorees or families to commemorate the event. For a $25 donation, the donor also receives an angel ornament. All Wings of Healing honorees and memorials are recorded in the official Wings of Healing book located near the St. Catherine Hospital donor wall.

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Local Tri Kappa chapter donates to St. Anthony Capital Campaign

December 5th, 2010 - By The Times, nwi.com

Members of the Gamma Theta Chapter of Tri Kappa in Crown Point present a check for $3,000 to the St. Anthony Medical Center Capital Campaign to benefit St. Clare Health Clinic. From left are Julie Mallers, St. Clare manager; Mandy Merkel of Tri Kappa, Mickie Hardin, local Tri-Kappa president and a St. Anthony employee; David Ruskowski, St. Anthony president; Mary Rhee of Tri-Kappa, Terri Williams of Tri Kappa and Joe Allegretti, Capital Campaign chairman.  (Photograph provided.)

Members of the Gamma Theta Chapter of Tri Kappa in Crown Point present a check for $3,000 to the St. Anthony Medical Center Capital Campaign to benefit St. Clare Health Clinic. From left are Julie Mallers, St. Clare manager; Mandy Merkel of Tri Kappa, Mickie Hardin, local Tri-Kappa president and a St. Anthony employee; David Ruskowski, St. Anthony president; Mary Rhee of Tri-Kappa, Terri Williams of Tri Kappa and Joe Allegretti, Capital Campaign chairman.
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The outside temperature was frightful, but it couldn’t chill the generosity displayed by members of the Gamma Theta Chapter of Tri Kappa December 2.

The Crown Point organization donated $3,000, which will be matched by a local philanthropist, to the St. Anthony Medical Center Capital Campaign, to support the new home of the St. Clare Health Clinic and its programs, which provide free care and assistance for underprivileged area residents.

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Halloween brings sticky, chewy candy that makes dentists, orthodontists cringe in fear

October 18th, 2010 - By Kathleen Quilligan

Halloween may be a child’s dream but it’s a nightmare for those doctors who work on their teeth.

Dr. Anthony Puntillo, an orthodontist with offices in Crown Point, Schererville and Merrillville, said the week after Halloween is one of the busiest of the year in terms of emergency calls. Broken brackets and bent wires don’t need to happen, he said, as long as those with braces or other orthodontia stay away from hard, sticky and chewy candy. He knows that’s easier said than done.

“There’s a lot of candy around, and all of their friends are eating it,” he said.

Which is why he directs those with braces to the American Association of Orthodontists website, braces.org, which features orthodontic-friendly recipes in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month.

Panera hosts third annual cereal drive

September 14th, 2010 - By Marge Kullerstrand

In honor of National Hunger Action Month, Panera Bread is recruiting Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland residents to join in on the fight against hunger.

For the third year, Panera Bread stores throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area are giving away a free breakfast sandwich in return for a box of cereal from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. September 17 through 19.

The cereal will be donated to the Northwest Indiana Food Bank, Greater Chicago Food Depository and Northern Illinois Food Bank.

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Lupus Walk to raise awareness

September 5th, 2010 - By Carrie Rodovich

Susan Colby considers herself lucky.

When she was diagnosed with lupus in 1996, she had several signs of the disease: fatigue, aching joints, hair loss and sores in her mouth.

She went from her gynecologist to her dermatologist to a rheumatologist within a short period of time. But for some patients, Colby said, the process of getting diagnosed can take much longer.

“A big problem is many people are misdiagnosed,” said Colby, of Griffith. “Most of the time, you can’t tell if someone has lupus. They can look healthy with no outward signs.”

Hospital supplies food bank with back-to-school bags

August 16th, 2010 - By Times Staff, nwi.com

Methodist Hospitals donated two boxes of backpacks to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana for its backpack program.

The backpack program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. The backpacks are filled with food that children can take home on the weekends. To qualify for this program, a child must receive a free or reduced lunch at his or her school.

Megan Sikes, communications manager at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, said the donation was beneficial. “If these families don’t have enough money for food, they are unlikely to have money for backpacks,” she said. “These children can use these bags to carry their books for school” in addition to taking home food in them.

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Tour de LaPorte to benefit cancer patients

August 9th, 2010 - By Times Staff, nwi.com

The LaPorte Hospital Foundation ninth annual Tour de LaPorte bike, run and walk, which raises funds for local cancer patients, will be August 22 at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds, 2586 West Ind. 2.

Proceeds benefit LaPorte Hospital cancer patients and their families in need of financial assistance. Funds also help provide community members with free screenings.

In 2009, Tour de LaPorte raised more than $40,000 to help the LaPorte Hospital Foundation provide financial assistance to community members.

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A better birthday with help from Ronald McDonald house

August 2nd, 2010 - By Philip Potempa

Max Herrick of Barrington, Ill., celebrated his 6th birthday on July 24, 2010 and will join his parents Liz and Jared to attend the 12th Annual Macy's Glamorama charity event on Aug. 13, 2010, benefiting The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. The Herrick family, who have spent much of the past two years living at a Ronald McDonald House, are the 2010 Ambassador Family. (Photograph by The Times.)

Max Herrick of Barrington, Ill., celebrated his 6th birthday on July 24, 2010 and will join his parents Liz and Jared to attend the 12th Annual Macy's Glamorama charity event on Aug. 13, 2010, benefiting The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. The Herrick family, who have spent much of the past two years living at a Ronald McDonald House, are the 2010 Ambassador Family. (Photograph by The Times.)

Even though Max Herrick of Barrington, Illinois, turned 6 years old on July 24, he’s still waiting for his “big birthday party.”

Max has a much different life than most kids his age.

It’s one of the reasons he didn’t have a party right away to celebrate turning another year older.

Since birth, Max has been in and out of the hospital because he was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition in which the heart’s left side is underdeveloped. He spent the first seven months of his life at Children’s Memorial Hospital and underwent a series of surgical procedures to treat the condition.

Medical students heading to Haiti

July 29th, 2010 - By Deborah Laverty

Brandon Sparks, a second-year medical student at Indiana University Northwest, talks to Dr. William W. Forgey on Wednesday before St. Mary Medical Center presented a check for $12,000 for their upcoming medical relief efforts in Haiti. (Photograph by The Times.)

Brandon Sparks, a second-year medical student at Indiana University Northwest, talks to Dr. William W. Forgey on Wednesday before St. Mary Medical Center presented a check for $12,000 for their upcoming medical relief efforts in Haiti. (Photograph by The Times.)

A group of area medical students is making it their mission to reach out and help Haitian earthquake victims.

Medical Student Missions, comprised of 19 members of the Indiana University School of Medicine Class of 2013, will be traveling to Haiti on Sunday to provide medical relief to those affected by the earthquake that hit that country earlier this year, Dr. William Forgey said.

Forgey, who will be traveling with the students, serves as a physician at St. Mary Medical Center and as a volunteer associate clinical professor of family medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest in Gary.

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