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Visiting Nurse Association "Gets Ready"


The Visiting Nurse Association participated in the American Public Health Association's National Get Ready Day on September 15th with displays aimed at educating staff members and volunteers on the importance of preparing for all emergencies, such as natural disasters, pandemic flu and weather emergencies. The displays included informational material, as well as samples of items to stockpile in case of emergency.

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Porter Health System Leads in Pandemic and Disaster Readiness


Porter Health System has taken steps to lead the way in preparing for community emergencies caused by disaster or disease with the introduction of its new Zumro inflatable “Surge” Hospital – the first of its kind in Northwest Indiana.

The mobile Surge Hospital is a self-contained unit, designed to handle an extra “surge” of patients in the event of emergency. It is complete with its own heating and cooling system, electric generators, lighting, and beds. Porter’s Surge Hospital measures 21 feet by 42 feet and can be...

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Hispanic Heritage Month Highlights Need for Type O Blood


Hispanic individuals have a special gift to give. As America’s largest growing ethnic group, about 60 percent of Hispanics have type O blood. During Hispanic Heritage Month the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean are celebrated.  In that time the American Red Cross hopes to raise awareness of the need for type O blood donors and donors with diverse backgrounds.

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Out Of The Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide


It looked like any other group outing on a warm Sunday. Picnic tables full of laughing people, kids screaming with energetic joy in a bounce house, couples walking around with hotdogs in hand, and hot dogs on leash. A DJ mixed Beatles and Beyonce with effortless musical segues.

It wasn’t hard to notice, though, the various groups walking about in matching vibrant colored t-shirts; some orange, others blue, some white – some a more somber black.

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Additional Porter County Blood Drive Scheduled


An additional American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 12 noon until 5 p.m. at Walmart, located at 6087 U.S. Highway 6 in Portage.

How to Donate Blood
Individuals who are at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission in Indiana), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. Red Cross donor card or positive ID required. Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or log on IndianaOhioRedCross.org for more information.

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VNA Preparing for Busy Flu Season


The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is preparing for another busy flu shot season. Influenza (flu) is a serious disease of the nose, throat, and lungs. It can make you sick for a week or longer with coughing, fever, aching, and more. It can lead to pneumonia and make already existing health problems such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease worse. Each year in the U.S. about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Getting a flu shot is the BEST way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.

World Alzheimer's Day Is September 21st: A Tribute Event


September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day, and the Alzheimer’s Association is asking people in the United States and in Indiana to join those around the world in turning their attention to this disease and joining the fight against it. The Alzheimer’s Association’s commitment to raising awareness on World Alzheimer’s Day is part of an accelerating worldwide effort to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, or prevent it from developing.

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Join the Movement to End Alzheimer's Disease: Memory Walk on Saturday, 9/19 at Hidden Lake Park


When asked by Louise Thompson (who is with the Alzheimer's Association) if I would say a couple of things about the memory walk on September 19th at Hidden Lake, I thought I would share my story.

My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimers a couple of years ago and it put an incredible amount of stress on my family, especially my mother.  I used to visit my grandmother on Wednesdays at her home in Wanatah, Indiana.  One day I received a call from my mother and my mom said "Your Grandma is wondering why you are coming over to her home?"  As you can imagine, it made...

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Porter-Starke Services, Inc. and Chester, Inc. announce plans to build a $1.5 million facility in Portage


Porter-Starke Services, Inc. and Chester, Inc. Architectural/Construction Services are proud to announce the construction of a new $1.5 million behavioral health facility in Portage, Ind. The 8,000 square foot facility will be built near the intersection of Lancer and Robbins Roads. A ground-breaking ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

“This is a very exciting time for Porter-Starke Services,” said Rocco Schiralli, President/CEO. “We feel strongly about the relationships we have with the communities we serve, and feel it is vital that we have the best facilities and best staff, and...

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PCACS Presents: Healthcare Benefits: What are your Rights?


Porter County Aging & Community Services will host a presentation called “Healthcare Benefits:  What Are Your Rights?” with Donna Wilson, MSA and Catherine Wiseman, MSA, RN, from Healthcare Advocacy Group, Inc. speaking on Monday, October 5 at 1 p.m. at the Campbell Street CafeRead more



Porter County Family Counseling Center - Free Women's Support Group


Porter County Family Counseling Center is a non-profit dedeicated to providing quality mental health services to individuals and families in our community.

Through educational activities and assistance, we empower individuals and families to enhance human relationships and improve their quality of life.

Many women of all ages and ethnicities suffer from hormonal imbalances that can lead to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and other chronic mental health issues. It is estimated that 7.3 million women are stuggling to conceive: 1 in 15 women of reporductive age are diagnosed...

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