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Top 10 Health Stories on NWIndianaLife in 2016


We published several hundred health stories to the NWIndianaLife.com Health section this year. Stories on great local healthcare services to awards and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are your Top 10 Health Stories in Northwest Indiana from 2016!

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Meet Dr. Roland Walker of Marram Health Center
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Dr. Roland Walker, Medical Director at Marram Health Center, feels a strong connection to Gary, IN. He was born and raised there, so he feels compelled to give back to the community he called home.

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Methodist Hospitals Helping to Educate New and Expecting Mothers at Community Baby Shower
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On Friday, Methodist Hospitals hosted a community baby shower on their Northlake Campus for pregnant mothers and mothers with infants up to six months old. The event, called “Baby Steps”, featured community groups, private retailers and healthcare professionals who offered families and expecting mothers information on resources available to them as well as prizes and refreshments.

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Symphony of Dyer: A Place of Refuge for Rehabilitation Patients
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Symphony of Dyer is one of the newest medical resorts in Northwest, Indiana. They offer senior living apartments and medical resorts for rehabilitation care. According to one recent medical resort patient who has now recovered, Symphony of Dyer was a place of refuge.

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NorthShore Health Centers Treats Moms at ‘We are Wild About Moms’ Celebration
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NorthShore Health Centers honored mothers on Tuesday with their first ever ‘We are Wild About Moms’ celebration at Ballaboo’s Play & Discovery Center in Lake Station. The event featured mommy and child activities, pampering and relaxation, shopping, education and resources as well as health screenings for moms and their children.

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JDRF Walk Raises More Than $100,000 For Diabetes Research
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Mornings are a little different at the Larson household since their daughter Skyler was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes over four years ago.

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NWI Nephrology Welcomes Dr. Gaurav Agarwal to the Team
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Northwest Indiana Nephrology is devoted to the highest quality study and care of the kidneys, and the major organs functions, diseases and treatments. Recently joining the NWI Nephrology team is Gaurav Agarwal.

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Donate Life Month at Porter Regional Hospital Highlights Gift of Life
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Porter Regional Hospital celebrated those who have a second chance at life and the selfless sacrifices of those who helped give that life during National Donate Life Month. Right now, there are more than 1,300 Indiana residents on the transplant waiting list and 121,000 Americans throughout the country who are waiting for a life-saving transplant as well.

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Franciscan Alliance Day of Dance Encourages People to Be Happy, Be Healthy
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Dancing, for many, is an easy start towards a healthier life. Whether it be line dancing, Zumba, or freeform dancing, it’s easy to move to the beat - especially when doing it with friends. Franciscan Alliance had all of that mind - and then some - for their annual Day of Dance. On Sunday at Merrillville’s Radisson Hotel hundreds of women took the chance to dance, get free health screenings, listen to a few seminars, and do a bit of shopping.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Gather at Porter Regional Hospital to "Blow Away Breast Cancer" with Flag Raising
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Dozens of pink pinwheels were blowing in the wind as Porter Health Care System staff, administration, and local breast cancer survivors gathered outside the main entrance of Porter Regional Hospital on Wednesday afternoon to “Blow Away Breast Cancer.” Survivors shared their stories with the group, emphasized the importance of routine mammograms and thanked the staff and physicians at Porter Regional Hospital who aided in their treatment and recovery.

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Local Nonprofit Emma’s Footprints donates CuddleCots to Every NWI hospital
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It seemed fitting that the phrase “Give. Lead. Make a difference.” was written on the wall behind Joseph and Amelia Kowalisyn as they spoke about Emma’s Footprints, a nonprofit organization they created in honor of their daughter Emma.


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Brett Fuller is the Managing Editor and Operations Manager for the LIFE network and specializes in social media engagement and content development. Visit Brett on , LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

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