Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in wp-settings.php on line 472

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in wp-settings.php on line 487

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in wp-settings.php on line 494

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in wp-settings.php on line 530
BusINess » Health

Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Auxiliary donates $100,000 to Capital Campaign

From left, Joe Allegretti, Capital Campaign chairman; and David Ruskowski, St. Anthony Health-Crown Point president; accept a $100,000 donation from Doris Paluszak, Auxiliary president; and Carolyn Meinbresse, treasurer. (Photograph courtesy of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point.)

From left, Joe Allegretti, Capital Campaign chairman; and David Ruskowski, St. Anthony Health-Crown Point president; accept a $100,000 donation from Doris Paluszak, Auxiliary president; and Carolyn Meinbresse, treasurer. (Photograph courtesy of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point.)

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point:

The Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point Auxiliary presented a $100,000 check to the hospital’s Capital Campaign during its annual business meeting on Jan. 28 in the Marian Education Center. David Ruskowski, hospital president, told of the priceless benefits the Auxiliary’s 240 members offer, adding their services amount to the equivalent of 15 to 20 full-time employees. Since the hospital opened in 1974, the group’s fundraising efforts have raised more than $2 million to benefit services and programs. The Capital Campaign is funding a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is expected to open in The Birth Place in March, and recently funded construction of a new home for the St. Clare Health Clinic and the Prenatal Assistance Program, both of which provide free services to needy area residents.


Wal-Mart, Michelle Obama announce effort to make, sell healthier foods

Wal-Mart President and CEO Bill Simon looks on as First lady Michelle Obama takes part in Wal-Mart's announcement of a comprehensive effort to provide healthier and more affordable food choices to their customers, Thursday in Washington. (Photograph by Cliff Owen/Associated Press.)

Wal-Mart President and CEO Bill Simon looks on as First lady Michelle Obama takes part in Wal-Mart's announcement of a comprehensive effort to provide healthier and more affordable food choices to their customers, Thursday in Washington.
(Photograph by Cliff Owen/Associated Press.)

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest grocer, says it will reformulate thousands of products to make them healthier and push its suppliers to do the same, joining first lady Michelle Obama’s effort to combat childhood obesity.

The first lady accompanied Wal-Mart executives Thursday as they announced the effort in Washington. The company plans to reduce sodium and added sugars in some items, build stores in poor areas that don’t already have grocery stores, reduce prices on produce and develop a logo for healthier items.
Read the rest of this entry »


Indiana Gov. Daniels would sign statewide smoking ban

Gov. Mitch Daniels is ready to sign a statewide smoking ban into law if the General Assembly sends it to him.

“I would definitely sign one and there seems to be growing momentum for one,” Daniels said.

State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, plans again to sponsor legislation in January that would prohibit indoor smoking statewide.
Read the rest of this entry »


Increasing popularity of gender specific services

When it comes to serious health issues, like infertility or ovarian cancer, or when it comes to simple matters, like annual checkups or allergies, finding a doctor that not only has the right kind of knowledge and skill, but also a doctor who truly understands, is critical. That is why when many women choose a doctor for themselves they turn to another woman, selecting a female doctor, to advise and to identify with their issues and their needs.

According to the Boston Globe, “Nearly half of medical school students nationwide are now female, and as they enter the profession, they are making patient care friendlier and therefore may be less likely to get sued than male physicians. Women physicians also are more likely to serve minority, urban, and poor populations and are twice as likely to go into primary care.”
Read the rest of this entry »


Record number of retirees will be a ‘dose of reality’

A record number of Americans will be eligible to retire next year, putting an unprecedented amount of stress on our nation’s health care system and challenging many social service programs, businesses and units of government. Whether or not these “golden years” are tarnished by out-of-control health care costs and shortages in services depends greatly on our understanding of and preparation for what lies ahead.

Nearly 77 million Americans who were born between 1946 and 1964—referred to as baby boomers—will enter their retirement years starting in 2011 and are expected to live longer than previous generations. Baby boomers will be part of the fastest growing segment of the population for the next 30 years and will most likely need long-term health care service options after age 85.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2020 the number of people across the nation age 85 and older will increase by more than 40 percent. By 2050, estimates show another 118 percent increase in that age group. Read the rest of this entry »


The doctor side of primary care innovation

In the wake of health care reform, hospitals across the nation are challenged to deliver the highest quality of care in the most efficient manner. In order to accomplish this, medicine is borrowing a page from aviation by developing Evidence-based Order sets. Physicians, in collaboration with their peers, decide on a “best practice” checklist for a number of conditions seen in the hospital. Once agreed upon, these checklists are utilized for every patient with that condition, every time. These documented “best practices” ensure the highest quality of care, improved outcomes and increased patient safety and satisfaction.

At Saint Anthony Memorial, I am very proud to say that our physicians and staff have been leaders in implementing specific clinical support tools, including evidence-based order sets, plans of care, decision rules and practice guidelines into their everyday patient treatment procedures. Read the rest of this entry »


Technology, new products revolutionizing cosmetic medicine

Cosmetic medicine is undergoing a revolution in the second decade of the 21st Century with new less-invasive technologies and products being used in addition to surgery, according to area physicians who specialize in cosmetic procedures.

“Not a day goes by that there doesn’t seem to be some new innovation in any one of the areas of cosmetic medicine, be it surgical, Botox, fillers, lasers and actual cosmetics themselves,” says Laura Hoffman, M.D., a Munster-based dermatology and cosmetic specialist affiliated with Medical Specialists.
Read the rest of this entry »


Making the workplace safe and healthy through education

Getting employers to see the benefits of training is sometimes difficult. Missed man hours and the temporary loss of worker output may not seem worth the expense. However every company, big or small, should invest in industry safety training for all employees. In 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 1224 construction workers died on the job with 36 percent of those fatalities resulting from falls.

While events surrounding these types of accidents often involve a number of factors, most involved human error. Safety training is not limited to companies that utilize machinery or heavy equipment. It can be as simple as knowing what attire to wear during certain weather conditions and extensive as being able to distinguish potential chemical hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has many workplace safety standards and regulations that affect employers and employees in almost every industry in the United States.
Read the rest of this entry »


Seth Warren leads revitalization of St. James at Olympia Fields

Seth Warren, CEO of St. James Hospital, spearheaded a revitalization of the two-campus health care facility. (Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Seth Warren, CEO of St. James Hospital, spearheaded a revitalization of the two-campus health care facility.
(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Seth Warren took over the helm of St. James Hospital in February 2008 and has spearheaded a revitalization of the two-campus health care facility that had become a financial liability for the Mishawaka-based Sisters of Saint Francis Health Services Inc.

The President of St. James Hospital and South Suburban Chicago Regional CEO talks frankly about the challenges the hospital faced.

“Our financial picture was bleak. We were averaging a $20 million loss per year. At the same time our reputation suffered, and our satisfaction scores were not stellar,” Warren says. As a third generation hospital administrator, Warren grew up learning about health care’s organizational and financial aspects. His mother, a registered nurse, also taught him to focus on patient care, he says.

Warren honed his skills during tenures at hospitals and as a consultant before joining SSFHS in 1998. He has continued to rise through the SSFHS ranks, starting as manager of operations at the order’s St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers in Beech Grove, Indiana. His career with the Sisters of Saint Francis Health Services Inc. has taken him to other Indiana-based SSFHS hospitals in Mooresville, Michigan City and Crown Point as director of operations, executive director, CEO and president.
Read the rest of this entry »


How to prosper physically, mentally, spiritually

The Apostle John wrote in his little book that is placed near the end of the New Testament: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and that your body may keep well, even as I know your soul keeps well and prospers.” (3 John 2 [Amplified Version]). John “spoke” these words to his good friend Gaius, blessing him to prosper in all three areas of his life—physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual.

Our lives are governed by what we speak. The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, wrote in his book of Proverbs, “the tongue of the wise [person] is health.” Further in the book, he tells us that the tongue holds the power of life and death. What we speak is what we get. If we speak negatively, we get negative things operating in our lives. Conversely, when we speak positively, our bodies and spirits respond likewise.
Read the rest of this entry »