Over 1,500 Porter County students were given the opportunity to experience the hazards of impaired driving in the last three weeks. The Porter County Drunk Driving Task Force visited four high schools this spring: Boone Grove, Morgan Township, Valparaiso, and Wheeler. Task Force members helped students navigate obstacle courses, toss bean bags, kick soccer balls, shoot baskets, complete a seat belt challenge, and other tasks all while wearing specialty goggles that simulate a variety of impairment levels. In the golf carts the students wore goggles that mimicked alcohol impairments of .08 on up to .25 including goggles that replicate nighttime drunken driving.
What is car surfing?
Car surfing is a dangerous thrill-seeking activity that involves a person riding on the exterior of a moving vehicle, such as on the roof or the hood, while someone else is driving.
Kiki Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, was tortured and killed in 1985. His fight against illegal drugs and the devastation they do to communities has been championed since then via the Red Ribbon Campaign. In honor of his memory community members wear red badges of satin and make a difference, one person at a time. Agent Camarena told his mother, “I’m only one person, but I want to make a difference.” On Tuesday, May 14, over 70 adults came together and watched as eight Porter County students were recognized for the difference they are making in the fight against substance abuse.
This past week was National Women’s Health Week. And from May 13-17, the Portage YMCA celebrated the ladies. Each day there were different activities and classes held within the YMCA and free screenings for people to participate in. They partnered with St. Mary Medical Center who helped to provide the educators and equipment necessary to make this week’s idea a reality.
“The Portage Y has partnered with St. Mary Medical Center in order to enhance the quality of life in the community through education about healthy living practices,”Danny Gonzales, RN and Health and Wellness Coordinator at
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What do you do as the CEO of St. Mary?
It’s really about fulfilling our mission, I feel like I’m the steward of the organization during the period of time that I’m in my role, so for me it’s making certain that we’re meeting the health needs of the community and I know that’s also a very broad comment, but it encompasses everything from making certain that we have high quality physicians participating at the hospital, providing care to the community, making sure we provide the physicians and our staff with the best in technology and tools to achieve those goals, and last but certainly not least, always looking if we can expand our services in the local community because we are a community based facility here in the Hobart community, servicing not only Hobart but also the Merrillville community, Crown Point, Portage,...
Porter Regional Hospital recently held its First Annual Competency Fair. The fair provided an opportunity for nurses and nursing assistants to participate in a hospital-wide skill day while reinforcing Porter's commitment to safe, consistent, and accurate nursing care.
In honor of National Disabled Pet’s Day, we wanted to share Ernie’s story. Ernie was adopted by one of our receptionists, Wendi, when he was only 2 years old. Knowing that Ernie was injured and would be in need of more help than normal, Wendi knew Ernie was put into her life for a reason. His ball joint in his hip had been crushed when Wendi rescued him, so her first step was taking him straight to Purdue for surgery.
Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year to pay special tribute to our nurses, Porter Health Care System will present a Candlelight Vigil on the front lawn of Porter Regional Hospital at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 – in honor of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
Heather Ennis, the Executive Director of the Chamber, welcomed a full house at the Chesterton Hilton Garden Inn with El Cantarito catering the luncheon.
Join orthopedic surgeons Dr. Michael Leland and Dr. Bruce Thoma to learn more about solutions to chronic joint pain and to see if you might be a candidate for knee or minimally invasive hip replacement.
When: Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Chip Event Center
777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City