Free Cervical and Breast Cancer Screenings Available

healthyThe IU Health La Porte and Starke hospitals’ mobile health clinic is offering free cervical and breast cancer screenings in the area. Screenings are held inside the mobile health unit, which has two private exam rooms.
Screenings will take place in Knox from 8 a.m. until noon, on Aug. 1, in North Judson from 9 a.m. until noon on Aug. 6 and in La Porte from 9 a.m. until Noon on Aug. 17.
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Free Dental Screenings for Local Veterans

Operation Stand Down, a free dental screening opportunity for qualifying area veterans, will be held at the IU Health La Porte Dental Center on Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT. This is a chance for local veterans with no dental insurance or no dentist to get a free dental screening.

The screening will include an oral exam and x-ray. No further procedures will be performed on site. However, if a follow-up procedure is necessary, veterans will be referred to a La Porte County dentist. There will still be no charge for the follow-up.

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IU Health La Porte To Offer Discounted Flu Vaccines

In an effort to cut down on the prevalence of the viruses, IU Health La Porte VNA Services is offering discounted flu vaccinations to protect against seasonal flu and pneumonia in La Porte and Starke counties.

The vaccinations are available to anyone interested over the age of 9, with no appointment necessary. The vaccines are available at two walk-in clinics: 901 S. Woodland Ave. in Michigan City, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT, and at 6955 E. 600 N. in Hamlet, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT.

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IU Health La Porte Hospital Earns An “A” In Patient Safety

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization, says IU Health La Porte Hospital has earned an “A” in patient safety. The Leapfrog Group calculates the Hospital Safety Score using publically-available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors as well as infections. The score is guided by top national patient safety experts, and they assign hospitals across the nation with an “A, B, C, D, or F” grade for overall safety.

Only 729 hospitals earned an “A,” of the 2652 hospitals nationwide that were graded.

“Our goal is similar to Leapfrog’s goal – to give patients the vital information they need and deserve before entering a hospital,” said President and CEO Thor Thordarson. “We, too, hope people will use this score to talk with their doctor, make information decisions about where to seek care, and take the right precautions during a hospital stay.”

Child Nursing and Quality Officer Pauline Arnold said their colleagues are not only comfortable and open to discussing safety issues, but they are proactive in improving the overall care and safety of their patients.

IU Health La Porte To Offer Car Seat Clinic

Indiana University Health La Porte is participating in a statewide car seat clinic which will be held Friday, June 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. CT in the parking lot behind Legacy Building, 1300 State Street, next to the CVS on the Lincolnway side in La Porte.

To ensure car seats are age- and size-appropriate, a certified child passenger safety technician will be on hand to offer inspections on car seat safety. Existing car seats will be checked for any wear, cracks, or recalls, and car seats that do not meet safety standards will be replaced free of charge. Attendees will also receive information on child passenger safety.

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Head of IU Health La Porte Foundation Receives Community Service Award

IU Health La Porte Hospital Foundation Head Maria Fruth recently received recognition for achievements in community service. Serving as executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the foundation, Fruth was presented with the Liberty Bell Award at a special ceremony on Friday, May 4 at La Porte Superior Court No. 1 in Michigan City.

The Liberty Bell Award was established by the American Bar Association more than 40 years ago to acknowledge outstanding community service.

Fruth has worked to establish a similar organization in Starke County at IU Health Starke Hospital.