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WorkingWell, Franciscan Health Grows to Meet Health Needs in Portage

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There is and always will be a need for health services. These services come in all forms. From ambulance and emergency services, to simple doctor’s visits for a checkup and even urgent care, hospitals and clinics come in all kinds of sizes.

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Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care Physicians Provide Positive Experiences for Patients

Health problems that result in painful symptoms often disrupt your lifestyle. The physicians at Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care provide comprehensive care to help manage your pain, alleviate symptoms, and improve your quality of life.

Back/neck and joint pain, headaches, failed spine surgery, varicose veins, skin ulcers, lymphedema, and fibroids are all being treated through outpatient-interventional treatments at Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care. Below are some of the many satisfied patients treated by our physicians.


Dr. Sheel Patel, Munster Clinic
When I first started coming here, I had a lot of lower back pain. I was referred to Dr. Patel by my rheumatologist. After starting the treatment for the procedures for my lower back pain I have now been able to sleep and walk without the use of a cane. Dr. Patel was able to pin point the...

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Top 10 Health Articles on NWIndianaLife for 2017


We published hundreds of articles on the NWIndianaLife 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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Meet the Newest Providers of NorthShore Health Centers in Lake Station


NorthShore Health Centers is full of wonderful providers capable of giving top notch care to their clients. From dentistry to women’s health, these providers are caring, compassionate, and eager to help the communities they live in.

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Muller Acura of Merrillville Supports Red Cross with Vital Blood Drive


Friday afternoon at Muller Acura of Merrillville, employees and customers alike braved the frigid cold to give blood at the Red Cross Blood Mobile parked in front of the picturesque dealership. This is not the first time that Muller Acura has hosted the Blood Mobile at the dealership to aid them in their life saving mission.

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NorthShore Health Centers Offering On-Site Pharmacy

rot10A person’s relationship with their local pharmacy is one that should not be taking lightly. When it comes to you or your family’s health, you need to know that you are getting the best care. So, when the pharmacy you rely on closes for good, there is no easy decision on what to do next. NorthShore Health Centers are there to make that leap much easier.

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Franciscan Health Munster: First Portion of New Cancer Care Center Open for Business

Franciscan-Health-Munster-First-Portion-of-New-Cancer-Care-Center-Open-for-BusinessThe endoscopy unit portion of the new Cancer Care Center at Franciscan Health Munster was blessed by the Rev. Francis Tebbe, director of mission services, before standing-room-only crowd of officials, staff members and guests, Nov. 15. The unit opened to patients the next day. The remainder of the multi-million-dollar comprehensive cancer care facility is scheduled to open in late summer 2018. The endoscopy unit offers four procedure rooms and 14 holding-preparation-recovery rooms, along with the latest, high-definition diagnostic equipment.

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St. Mary Medical Center Receives Indiana Cancer Consortium Award for Outstanding Cancer Control


St. Mary Medical Center has received the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Organizational Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Control 2017. Manager of Cancer Care Services Roxanne Karnes accepted the award on behalf of St. Mary Medical Center’s entire Cancer Care Support Services Team, Wednesday, April 26, at the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.

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Community Hospital Cardiologists Among First in Northwest Indiana to Implant Watchman Device, Reducing Risk of Stroke

CH-WATCHMAN-Team-Spear-Abbas-Suradi-17Physicians at Community Hospital in Munster are among the first in Northwest Indiana to use advanced implantable technology, called WATCHMAN™, in patients to help reduce their risk of stroke. Structural/Interventional Cardiologist, Hussam Suradi, MD, Interventional Cardiologist Samer Abbas, MD, and Electrophysiologist William Spear, MD, recently successfully implanted the WATCHMAN left atrial appendage closure device in three patients. The device offers an alternative to long-term blood-thinning warfarin therapy to reduce stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) not caused by a heart valve issue.

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Franciscan Health Dyer: Hospital Offers 'New Standard' in MRI Scans

Franciscan-Health-Dyer-Hospital-Offers-New-Standard-in-MRI-ScansThe Rev. Henry Sequeira, a chaplain in the Franciscan Health Dyer Spiritual Services Department, blesses with holy water the location on a new, 3 Tesla, state-of-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit, during a recent celebration.

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St. Mary Medical Center Welcomes New General Practitioners in 2016

St-Mary-Medical-Center-Welcomes-New-General-Practitioners-2016_01 St. Mary Medical Center recently welcomed several new physicians to their Community Care Network, Inc. – the physician and health professional group affiliated with St. Mary Medical Center and Community Healthcare System hospitals.

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