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Catching Up With: Nurse Practitioner Natalie Eddy


From the Spring 2008 issue of StayHealthy Magazine

Natalie Eddy loves to tell people how she fell in love with nursing first in her role as a critical care nurse and now with her career as a nurse practitioner at Porter's Chesterton Medical Campus.

As the only nurse practitioner at the Chesterton Medical Campus, Mrs. Eddy spends her days interacting one-on-one with her patients who have a host of ailments - from colds and fevers to illnesses that are far more serious.

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Preventing and Treating Injuries Among the 'Weekend Warriors'


From the Summer 2008 issue of StayHealthy Magazine

When Tauhir Jones heard an uncharacteristic ‘pop’ and felt an unfamiliar pain in his right leg while playing a game of pick-up basketball on one of the first nice days in May, he knew something serious had happened.  “I felt like I had been kicked in the back of the ankle.  When I looked, I say an indentation and knew I had done something to my Achilles tendon,” says Mr. Jones, of Miller. That ‘something’ was a complete rupture of the Achilles tendon, the strong fibrous chord that connects the muscles...

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Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery


When Herbs and Prescriptions Clash


From the Spring 2008 issue of StayHealthy Magazine

"Do Not Take Together"

Herbs have become a popular addition to the daily multi-vitamin most Americans take.  Whether it’s ginkgo biloba to boost your brain power and energy or melatonin to help you sleep, it is estimated that 7 our of 10 Americans takes at least one herbal supplement on a regular basis and that less than one third of those individuals tell their doctors of its use. Read more



A Warm Reception at Porter Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit


Ribbon Cutting at Porter Inpatient CenterI recently had the opportunity to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Porter Health's new Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Representing ValpoLife.com, I showed up with cameras in hand, not knowing what to expect, where to go, or even exactly what the ceremony was commemorating. Within moments of arriving, I was warmly greeted by Porter hospital system spokeswoman Kelly Credit who very kindly explained what I could expect, how the ceremony would proceed, and considerately gave me a quick run through of the facility. As soon as I set up my equipment and ran through some quick checks, hospital Chief...

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St. Agnes Day Service Center Donates Blanket to NICU


St. Agnes Day Service Center Donates Blanket to NICU

Spring 2009

NICU staff had the honor of meeting with the creative St. Agnes Day Service Center ladies and gentlemen who provide the unit with hand crafted blankets. St. Agnes center provides safety, health care, personal care and meaningful activities for adults unable to stay at home alone. Several members of the crafters visited the NICU to...

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Amazing Outcomes in Critical Care


From the Winter 2009 issue of StayHealthy Magazine

Porter Health SystemAs soon as Emergency Department physicians at Porter's Valparaiso Hospital Campus saw Angela Coleman, they knew she was dying. Less than 24 hours earlier, the young wife and mother of four appeared to be healthy. Her husband, Narles, says his wife quickly became ill with back pain and a fever, but would not go to the hospital until the...

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Becoming a Modern Healthy Woman


Winter 2009

A year after being launched, Porter's Healthy Woman program has found a niche among a growing number of women in the region who have found information they can use to improve both their health and well-being.

Some of the programs have focused on early diagnosis of heart disease and menopause; others have looked at stress-busters and the importance of finding ways to laugh.

Janet Brown says the Healthy...

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Jeff Chin: Going the Extra Mile


Winter 2009

When Porter Pharmacist Jeff Chin heard that Mandy Firnhaber had suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of an automobile accident just before the Thanksgiving holiday in 2005, he offered to help in whatever way he could.

"Mandy was a pharmacy student at Purdue and did an eight-week rotation at Porter just two months before the accident. She was on her way to another rotation when she was in the accident. She was very bright, very personable," Mr. Chin recalls. "Everyone who got to know her really liked...

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A Message From Porter health system


February 2, 2009

Dear Neighbor,

We are beginning 2009 with wonderful news we want to share.

HealthGrades- a national leader in rating health care institutions- has rated porter first in the region and third in the state for Coronary Interventional Procedures. HeathGrades has also rated Porter fourth in the state for Overall Orthopedic Services. In all, Porter received nine five-star ratings- the highest possible- from HealthGrades in...

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Special Needs Gymnastics


Horizon Main GymHorizon Gymnastics Center offers a gymnastics class for girls and boys ages 10 - 25 who have developmental delay diagnosis.  Students will participate in a variety of fitness activities including flexibility & strength skills, tumbling, balance beam, tumble tramp, bars and rings.  All skills will be developed to enhance the physical fitness of each student at his or her own level. The class meets at 5:45p on Fridays and costs $43 per session.  For details, call (219) 477-6542 or visit their website for more information....

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