Top 10 Health Articles on NWIndianaLife for 2017

Top 10 Health Articles on NWIndianaLife for 2017
By: Jonathan Eddy Last Updated: December 29, 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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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 Health articles from NWIndianaLife in 2017!

nephrology-Giricz-1Renal Care Holds Special Significance for NWI Nephrology’s Dr. Kristoph Giricz
Northwest Indiana Nephrology’s Dr. Kristoph Giricz was born on the southside of Chicago before moving to the region with his family as a teenager. Giricz and his family ultimately ended up in Schererville, where he now practices as a nephrologist.

stephanie-igwebuike-01Marram Health Center’s Stephanie Igwebuike Always Knew Medicine was Her Path to Success
Stephanie Igwebuike always knew she wanted to be in medicine. She wanted to help people, prevent diseases and pain, and see patients recover into a healthy person once again. What makes her line of work even more special for her, is that she gets to do these things in the community she grew up in, helping those she grew up with.

Jane-PowersResidences at Deer Creek Center Employee Spotlight: Jane Powers
When the marketing position at Residences at Deer Creek became available, Jane Powers jumped at the chance. It was an opportunity to work with a former friend, to get back to a career in the health field, and a way to help people in her community.

2017-masquerade-methodist-1Methodist Hospitals Foundation Hosts Nearly 400 at 2017 Mardi Gras Masquerade Benefit
On Saturday, nearly 400 people gathered at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville for the Methodist Hospitals Foundation's annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Benefit. The 2017 Masquerade Benefit was held and celebrated for the benefit of Methodist Hospitals Heart & Vascular Institute in order to allow them to continue to provide the most technologically advanced and highest quality care for their patients.

Northwest-Indiana-Breast-Care-Center-at-Methodist-Hospitals-2017-Womens-Choice-AwardThe Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals Receives the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Breast Centers
The Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals has been named one of America’s Best Breast Centers by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that the Breast Care Center is in the top 7% of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering breast care services.

Mending-Broken-Hearts-at-Community-Hospital-MunsterMending Broken Hearts at Community Hospital, Munster
A tiny balloon is giving new hope to aging hearts across Northwest Indiana. Cardiologist Hussam Suradi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, is first in the region to use a minimally invasive procedure, called a balloon valvuloplasty, to reopen narrowed damaged heart valves.

Franciscan-Health-Dyer-Longtime-Sweethearts-Renew-Vows-in-Hospital-Room-01Franciscan Health Dyer: Longtime Sweethearts Renew Vows in Hospital Room
Mike and Danielle Kubiak, of St. John, embrace after renewing their marriage vows in early August in Mike’s hospital room at Franciscan Health Dyer, prior to him receiving successful open heart surgery the next week. The ceremony, attended by family and hospital staff members, was performed by the Rev. Tim McFarland, a hospital chaplain.

christy-clevelandExperienced Training and Quick Thinking Lead Valparaiso YMCA & St. Mary Medical Center's Christy Cleveland to Save a Life
In an emergency, you want someone at the ready who is quick on their feet, has a take-charge attitude, and has the know-how to keep everyone safe and healthy. Thanks to Christy Cleveland, a Registered Nurse at St. Mary Medical Center and Health & Wellness Coordinator at the Valparaiso Family YMCA, a crisis with the potential to turn into a catastrophe was averted with ease and quick-thinking.

Porter-Breast-Cancer-Ceremony-2017-6Porter Regional Hospital Rallies Community to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer with "Blow Away Breast Cancer"
A little rain couldn’t offset the mood as dozens of staff, administration, and breast cancer survivors gathered in the main lobby of Porter Regional Hospital on Wednesday to celebrate the raising of the flag for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

RegionalMentalHealth-MvilleNew Regional Health Clinic in Merrillville Offers Variety of Services to the Community
Access to primary healthcare and additional services is something many struggle with. In some areas, the availability of basic care is limited or unaffordable. For those in the Merrillville area, Regional Mental Health Center has opened a new clinic located on Taft Street, capable of serving a wide variety of healthcare needs.