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IUN School of Nursing Awarded Scholarships for Accelerated Nursing Students


The Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing is pleased to announce that it has received funding to award five scholarships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. Grants provided through this competitive program will be used for scholarships to maximize diversity and increase the quantity of students enrolled in IU Northwest’s accelerated baccalaureate program. This significant national initiative, launched by RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), aims to help alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the...

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Dr. Abigail Isakson Joins Porter-Starke Services’ Medical Team


Porter-Starke Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Abigail Isakson, D.O., to its psychiatric staff. Dr. Isakson will offer psychiatric services to children aged five and up, adolescents and adults seeking individual, marital or family counseling. She will also treat substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and dissociative disorders.

Dr. Isakson has over 19 years of experience in the mental health field. She completed her undergraduate work in biology at the University of California, and then went on to medical school at the Tulsa College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Isakson completed her residency in psychiatry at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. She is board certified in psychiatry. She...

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Introducing Judy Cramer: Marketing Director for Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso


Ms. Cramer comes from Rittenhouse in Indianapolis as our Marketing Director for our start up site in Valparaiso. She has extensive knowledge on Rittenhouse systems and procedures and has done a lot of ground work in setting up our sales office.

Prior to working for Rittenhouse Ms Cramer was the Community Relations Director at Meridian Oaks, an Emeritus community,  in Indianapolis where she was responsible for developing a Sales and Marketing Plan and generate professional and resident referrals. Ms Cramer worked for Emeritus until the community was purchased by Rittenhouse in May of 2008....

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Recall of Frozen Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza Products Due To an Undeclared Allergen


Kraft Foods Global, Inc., a Medford, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,000 pounds of frozen pepperoni and sausage pizza products because they may contain an undeclared allergen, soy protein concentrate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following product is subject to recall: Click here to view the labels.

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PCACS Presents: Substitute Decision Making for Healthcare and Property


Porter County Aging & Community Services will host a presentation on Substitute Decision Making for Healthcare & Property by Linda Whitton, JD, Professor of Law at Valparaiso University School of Law, on Monday, September 14 at 1 p.m.Read more



Donating Blood is Key to National Preparedness Month


American Red Cross is urgeing donors to give for Labor Day!

The American Red Cross is among a coalition of organizations urging Americans to understand what it means to be ready for emergencies by observing the Sixth Annual National Preparedness Month this September.

“There are several simple steps all of us can take to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses and communities,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “One of those is blood donation.”

The Red Cross recommends three simple actions for preparedness: get a kit, make a plan and be informed....

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What are Your Risk Factors?: Total Cholesterol Screening


Please join in at the Portage YMCA next Wednesday, Aug 26th at 9AM for a Total Cholesterol Screening, a complete computerized risk assessment and a presentation by Mike Nimmons of Porter's Cardiac Rehabilitation Department all hosted by Porter's Senior Circle.

Join Mike Nimmons of Porter's Cardiac Rehabilitation Department as he presents a Senior Circle seminar entitled, Five Ways to Avoid the Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle.  Nimmons will discuss how physical activity can positively impact such health risk factors as stress levels, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and triglycerides...

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15th Annual StayHealthy Fair Vendor Callout


The 2009 StayHealthy Fair is coming to Valparaiso this fall and will be held at the Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center from 12 - 4PM on October 4th.

The fair will feature more than 70 booths representing Porter and members of Porter's medical staff as well as community health organizations.  Porter is currently seeking vendors to participate in the fair.  Interested vendors must be geared to helping others lead a healthier lifestyle.

The deadline for StayHealthy vendor participation is August 21.

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Blood Drives in Porter County


Upcoming Blood Drives in Porter County:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Real Life Community Church in the gymnasium, located at 3134 Swanson RoadRead more



Study Shows Red Wine Helps Prevent Alzheimer's Disease


The polyphenols found in red wine are thought to help prevent Alzheimer's disease, and new research from Purdue University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine has shown that some of those compounds in fact reach the brain.

Mario Ferruzzi, a Purdue associate professor of food science; Connie Weaver, Purdue's head of foods and nutrition; and Elsa Janle, a Purdue associate professor of foods and nutrition, found that the amount of polyphenols from grapeseed extract that can reach a rat's brain is as much as 200 percent higher on the 10th consecutive day of feeding as...

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Porter Introduces 3D TEE


Porter health system is proud to introduce Live 3-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography (3D TEE).  Porter health system is the only facility offering this latest technology in Northwest Indiana. According to Philips Healthcare, the only vendor supplying this high level technology, this procedure is only available at Porter’s facilities.

3D TEE, the most-advanced imaging technology, allows Porter cardiologists to see what they have never seen before. The first 3-D TEE was performed on August 7, 2009. According to Dr....

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