Top 10 Health Articles on LaPorteCounty.Life in 2019

Top 10 Health Articles on LaPorteCounty.Life in 2019
By: Contributor Last Updated: December 23, 2019

We published hundreds of articles on the LaPorteCounty.Life Health Section this past year. Saved lives, notable symposiums, and stories of people doing great things were all fair game for sharing. With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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La Porte, Starke hospitals honors years of service at annual awards banquet

People matter. That clearly was evident at the annual Service Awards Banquet Friday for colleagues at La Porte and Starke hospitals. It was a night of celebrating the people who have served faithfully for many years, caring for patients and making the hospitals the quality health care facilities they are.

Healthcare Foundation of La Porte heads for healthier baby initiative

As the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) prepared their strategic directions for building a healthier community, a key area of focus was healthier babies. The idea is that giving an infant the healthiest start at the beginning of life contributes to an overall healthier community later.

Blow Away Breast Cancer ceremony at La Porte Hospital highlights importance of screening mammograms, early detection

Two-time breast cancer survivor Debbie Smiertelny was first diagnosed with the disease in the 1980s, at the age of 23. As a new wife and mother to two young children, her prognosis terrified her.

Residential Services at Paladin inspire and improve lives in the Region

The residential living program offered by Paladin, Inc., offers persons with disabilities the opportunity to live as independently as possible and experience meaningful lives as they contribute to making their communities a better place.

Annual Tippy Tri-Challenge Boasts a Slew of Summer Fun for the Entire Family

Tippecanoe River State Park held it’s annual Tippy Tri-Challenge on Saturday morning July 27. Approximately twenty-five runners grabbed their hiking shoes, bikes, and kayaks, then ventured on through the Tippy Tri-mini-athlon. Runners had a choice of either a one-mile hike/run for beginners or a two-and-a-half-mile hike/run for experienced tri-athletes bundled with a two-mile bike ride, and a three-mile paddle down the Tippecanoe River to the ultimate finish line. 

La Porte Health Sciences Students Recognized for Excellence

Abbi Kroll, a registered nurse for the La Porte Hospital emergency room, loves her job. So much so that she’s working towards a Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Nursing degree at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Elementary school students shine in Show Us Your Heart art exhibit

During National Heart Month, La Porte Hospital had a message for middle schoolers throughout the county: “Show Us Your Heart!” The students created inspiring works of art that brightened various hospital locations throughout the month, and winners were announced Tuesday at a reception at the La Porte Hospital LifeWorks campus in Michigan City.

UnitedHealthcare Presents Longest Stair Climb in the Country

For those suffering from lung disease, every breath can be a challenge. Millions of Americans are affected by asthma, lung cancer, air pollution, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other lung diseases. UnitedHealthcare, the American Lung Association, and residents of Northwest Indiana are literally stepping up to raise funds for research, education, and patient programs at the Fight for Air Climb in Chicago on March 10.

Spotlight on Cyndy Searfoss of Center for Hospice Care

Since 1980, Center for Hospice Care has played an integral role in helping patients and their loved ones experience the best possible quality of life, even as they face end of life. Hospice Foundation supports this mission with programs, education, and events for the community. Cyndy Searfoss, Director of Education and Collaborative Partnerships at Hospice Foundation, works to help normalize conversations about death and dying, and get people comfortable about creating advance directives for healthcare.

Franciscan Health Michigan City partners with Bolt for the Heart and Play for Jake to raise money for AEDs

Franciscan Health Michigan City announced its partnership with Bolt for the Heart and the Play For Jake Foundation on Tuesday that will sponsor a family fun 5K in Washington Park on September 8. All proceeds from this race will benefit Bolt for the Heart’s goal is to place an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in every La Porte County police car. Bolt for the Heart has already purchased and donated over 600 AEDs in the central Indiana area and provided an AED for every state trooper patrol team. These measures have saved 12 lives thus far