Community Healthcare System offers dozens of free classes, events to improve community health

Community Healthcare System offers dozens of free classes, events to improve community health
By: Kellyn Vale Last Updated: February 22, 2019

In the Spring of 2019, Community Healthcare System (CHS) will be offering an extensive range of free classes, programs, and presentations at Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. Community Healthcare System media and public relations specialist Elise Sims says these programs are intended to improve the quality of life for community members.

“As a nonprofit we offer numerous free programs, events, screenings and support groups,” Sims said. “They’re designed to help our residents live life well, get healthy and stay that way!”

Classes address general healthcare topics such as healthy cooking, stress management, and yoga, and specialty topics such as childbirth preparation and baby care classes. Numerous support groups for patients and loved ones living with conditions such as cancer, stroke, and Parkinson’s Disease are also available.

Although many of these classes are offered periodically year-round, some of them are annual events, such as the upcoming Cardiovascular Symposium.

The 2019 Cardiovascular Symposium, ‘Your Heart Belongs Here!” will take place March 6 at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.

Interventional Cardiologist Samer Abbas, M.D., will be moderating the event, which will highlight innovative new treatments for heart conditions and heart disease. The event will include refreshments and a vendor fair from 5-6 p.m., followed by a number of presentations by a group of outstanding physicians in the cardiovascular field.

Interventional Cardiologist David Stewart, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon Jason Frazier, M.D., Electrophysiologist Pratik Patel, M.D., and Cardiologist Sarah Alexander, M.D. will all be speaking at the event. All four doctors are experts in their field, and will be sharing their knowledge on TAVR (a form of minimally invasive valve replacement), robotic approaches in cardiovascular surgery, the five W’s of atrial fibrillation, and the latest in lipids, respectively.

The event is free to the public, and is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest options for cardiovascular care available right here at our local hospitals.

“It can really be a hardship when residents need to travel for treatment and families are split up as a result,” Sims said. “The hospitals of Community Healthcare System offer these procedures close to home so they don’t need to leave the community for complex cardiovascular care.”

To register for the event, visit, and search for Cardiovascular Symposium under programs and events. Or, call 219-836-3477 or toll free 866-836-3477.

To explore all of the programs that CHS offers to provide exceptional care for the mind, body, and spirit, visit their website at