Free Senior Health and Wellness Fair is Nov. 6 in Chesterton

Posted on: October 15th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Northwest Indiana senior citizens will have the chance to get free health screenings and talk with vendors providing senior services at Franciscan Health’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

The fair will be 1-3:30PM on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Sand Creek Country Club, 1001 Sand Creek Drive, Chesterton. While the event is free, registration is required by calling (800) 931-3322.

Dr. Brian Dickover and Rachel Fischer, DNP, will present “Advanced Care Planning and Advanced Directives: Let’s Get Talking.” Free screenings will include glucose, bone density, body fat analysis, fall risk and spirometry. Refreshments and giveaways will also be available for participants.

Update on U.S. 35 bridge in La Porte

Posted on: September 24th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Yesterday, Crews laid asphalt on the U.S. 35 southbound bridge approaches in downtown La Porte. This bridge deck replacement project continues with the goal of having the bridge reopened to full traffic by November.

La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Elect Two New Board of Directors

Posted on: August 31st, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

Two new regional leaders are being elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) Board of Directors. Susan Aaron , Chairman of Vision Financial Services, and Dr. Thomas Keon , Chancellor of Purdue University Northwest will join the board at its September 9th meeting. Aaron and Keon will both serve on the LCSO’s Engagement Committee.

Gov. Holcomb Announces Farmers in All 92 Counties Eligible to Receive Assistance

Posted on: August 31st, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced that Indiana farmers are eligible for assistance under a secretarial natural disaster designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This was in response to a letter Gov. Holcomb sent to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in July, requesting assistance due to the excessive rain and flooding farmers experienced during planting season.

“I am grateful that Secretary Perdue and his team recognized the hardships Hoosier farmers experienced this planting season,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As a result of this designation, farmers in all 92 counties are now eligible for assistance, and I encourage those impacted to work with their local Farm Service Agency office.”

Seventy-four counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas. USDA deferred its decision on the remaining 18 counties. However, since they border one or more of the primary disaster areas, they are considered contiguous disaster counties – allowing farm operators in those areas to be eligible for the same assistance.

Under a secretarial natural disaster designation, farm operators in primary and contiguous counties are eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency, provided certain requirements are met. This includes access to low-interest FSA emergency loans, which may be used to: restore or replace essential property, pay all or part of production costs associated with the disaster year, pay essential family living expenses, reorganize the farming operation, and refinance certain debts.

In order to qualify, farm operators must show at least a 30 percent loss in crop production or a physical loss to livestock, livestock products, real estate or chattel property. Farmers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses to a maximum amount of $500,000, according to USDA.

“This has been an unprecedented year for Indiana farmers,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “I applaud Governor Holcomb, the Indiana Farm Service Agency and our state department of agriculture for making this assistance available.”

In addition to emergency loans, farmers with existing FSA loans, who are unable to make their payments, may be eligible to have certain payments deferred. Farmers are encouraged to work with their local FSA office for assistance regarding payment forbearance or emergency disaster loans.

La Porte Police Department to Patrol for Drugged and Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

Posted on: August 5th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The La Porte Police Department is joining about 230 law-enforcement agencies across Indiana and thousands nationwide in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. From mid-August through Labor Day, police will be working overtime to arrest impaired drivers. Expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.

Overtime patrols are supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). To assist with traffic enforcement, ICJI recently provided Indiana police agencies with:

2,600 portable breath tests to evaluate alcohol impairment in drivers,

Duneland Chamber Hosting Annual State of the Chamber and Community Awards

Posted on: July 10th, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce will host their annual State of the Chamber & Community Awards Wednesday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton. The event will start with a lively welcome from AM 1420-WIMS’ Ric Federighi as the Master of Ceremonies. Immediately following are the Community Awards portion of the program. Many local organizations, businesses, and individuals are being awarded for their efforts in making the Duneland community a better place to live, work, and play. For more information about the Duneland Chamber of Commerce or upcoming events, or to RSVP please call the Chamber at 219-926-5513, or email
[email protected]

Office of the Attorney General prevails in federal jury trial

Posted on: June 30th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Office of the Attorney General successfully defended the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) this month against accusations brought by an inmate.
In a federal jury trial in Indianapolis, an inmate accused the IDOC and private medical defendants of denying him adequate medical care for his acid reflux and other diagnosed conditions. The inmate claimed an IDOC official caused him harm by demonstrating deliberate indifference to his constitutional rights.
After hearing testimony from the plaintiff, each defendant and two additional witnesses — and reviewing hundreds of exhibits entered at trial — the jury returned a verdict in favor of the state.

Department of Insurance Warns Damage from Fireworks May Not Be Covered by Insurance

Posted on: June 23rd, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

As Independence Day celebrations kick off in a couple weeks, the use of fireworks will increase in the area. The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning Hoosier homeowners and renters that accidental damage caused by fireworks that are banned in their counties may not be covered by their homeowners or renters insurance policies.
Many insurance policies contain provisions disclaiming coverage for illegal acts committed by the insured. However, consumers who experienced property damage due to another person’s use of fireworks may be able to claim benefits under their homeowners or renters policy.

May Indiana Employment Report

Posted on: June 23rd, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Indiana’s unemployment rate remains at 3.6 percent for May, and the national rate also stands at 3.6 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.
Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 10,677 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 2,312 unemployed residents and a decrease of 8,365 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.40 million, and the state’s 65.0 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.8 percent.

AK Smith Hosts “Career Camps” for Area Middle School Students

Posted on: June 23rd, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

Earlier this month, middle school students from Michigan City and across LaPorte County tried out several career and technical programs at summer camps offered at the A.K. Smith Career Center. Areas of focus during the camps included Culinary, Automotive, Manufacturing, Welding, Construction, and Electronics & Energy. Students participated in hands-on activities and created projects, in some cases compiling portfolios documenting their projects for the week. Career Camps also included tours of local businesses and manufacturing facilities. The free camps were funded through a grant, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Skill Up 3 initiative.

National Small Business Week Kicks off

Posted on: May 5th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

While the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) kicks off National Small Business Week on May 5th in Washington, D.C., small business owners and entrepreneurs around the country will celebrate with local and regional events.
During the week of May 5 – 11, the SBA Indiana District Office will collaborate with resource partners and lenders offering unique opportunities for learning. According to District Director Stacey Poynter, the goal is to help more small business owners become aware of SBA products and services nearby.
For more than 50 years, the SBA has taken the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others from across the national through National Small Business Week.
A complete listing and registration links for SBA Indiana Small Business Week Events 2019 can be found at www.sba.gov/in .

Art Curator Roundtable Discussion at Lubeznik Center for the Arts

Posted on: April 25th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On Wednesday, May 8th, from 6 to 8 p.m., Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) will present its 2nd Annual Curatorial Roundtable. A panel of established and emerging art curators will exchange ideas about the role of the curator in this public, moderated discussion. All are welcome to observe the roundtable discussion and explore LCA’s exhibitions.

Passengers 18 years of age and under ride FREE on all South Shore trains April 25 With a Fare-paying Adult

Posted on: April 25th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

As part of “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” on Thursday, April 25, the South Shore Line invites up to three youth 18 years of age and under to ride for FREE on all trains April 25 with a fare-paying adult. A fare-paying adult applies to any paying parent or guardian. The youth riding free do not need to purchase a train ticket during this promotional day, and may simply board the train with their paying adult.

East Chicago Station improvement project

Posted on: April 25th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The South Shore Line announces that construction is set to begin that will add a second entrance/exit to the East Chicago Station platform.
The project is expected to begin Monday, April 29, through December 2019, and will help accommodate the large influx of passengers at East Chicago Station.
The improvements include converting the low-level platform to the east of the station into a covered walkway to access a new head house, stairwell and tunnel leading to the eastern parking lot.
Additionally, other East Chicago Station projects include improvements to the existing head house, and the installation in 2020 of higher speed track switches to allow for faster and more efficient train movements.
During the construction, there will be some reduction in available commuter parking due to construction laydown and access. The SSL continues to work with the project’s construction firm to minimize the loss of parking spaces for commuters.
For more information, including station renderings, please visit https://www.mysouthshoreline.com/news/item/218-ssl-east-chicago-station-construction

Lowell District State Police Blitz’ Results

Posted on: April 25th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Lowell District coordinated with state police agencies from five other states, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia last week on a joint ‘Six State Trooper’ enforcement project.  As part of this traffic enforcement concentration was also given to catching those drivers who failed to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles. During this same time period April 14-April 20th, troopers were also doing Human Trafficking interdiction.
Their results were:
Move Over Violation 24 tickets
Move Over Violation 28 warnings
Total traffic arrests 123 tickets
Speeding arrests 36 tickets
Total warnings 267 warnings
Public Services 65       
Driving While Suspended 11
Criminal Arrests 16
Seat belts 2 tickets
Child Restraint 1 ticket
Crashes Investigated 104
Also on April 14, Trooper Jerry George was hit while sitting inside his police car on I-94 covering another crash.  Thankfully, Trooper George received non-life threatening injuries and has since returned to duty.

Senator Braun Announces Second Week of ‘Solutions Tour’

Posted on: April 24th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Last week, Senator Mike Braun embarked on a two-week Solutions Tour to listen to Hoosiers’ thoughts about lowering prescription drug prices, lowering the cost of higher education, and enacting policies that spur economic growth.
Upcoming Local stops include:

Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 PM ET
LaPorte County Lincoln Day Dinner
La Porte Civic Auditorium
1001 Ridge St
La Porte, Indiana

Thursday, April 25, at 1:00 PM ET
Valparaiso Chamber Lunch
Aberdeen Manor
216 Ballantrae St
Valparaiso, Indiana

Thursday, April 25, at 2:45 PM ET
Tour of Indiana Dunes National Park
Indiana Dunes National Park
1215 N State Rd 49
Chesterton, Indiana

Thursday, April 25, at 4:15 PM ET
Visit at Strack’s Grocery
Strack & Van Til
1600 Pioneer Trail
Chesterton, Indiana

Thursday, April 25, at 6:00 PM ET
Porter County Lincoln Day Dinner
Sand Creek Country Club
1001 Sand Creek Drive
Chesterton, Indiana

AG Curtis Hill prevails in defending constitutionality of Indiana’s Right to Farm Act

Posted on: April 24th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Attorney General Curtis Hill praised a decision this week by the Indiana Court of Appealsupholding the constitutionality of Indiana’s Right to Farm Act.
Indiana’s statute limits the scenarios in which an agricultural operation may be sued for nuisance. The purpose, as the law states, is “to conserve, protect, and encourage the development and improvement of agricultural land for the production of food and other agricultural products” and “to reduce the loss to the state of its agricultural resources.”
In a case decided Monday, property owners adjacent to an expanding livestock operation challenged the law on the premise that their residential properties lost market value as a result of the increased agricultural activities.

Barker Middle School Korean War Legacy Project

Posted on: April 24th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Barker Middle School’s Student Council on Saturday, April 13th, conducted video interviews of four Korean War Veterans. These four veterans were invited by the Student Council so that their legacy and sacrifices in the Korean War could be preserved and learned by future generations. Veterans that were interviewed were: Ed Werner of Michigan City, Indiana; Carl Grose of Valparaiso, Indiana; Jim Toutloff of LaPorte, Indiana; and Harold Broertjes of Hammond, Indiana.
Barker’s Student Council acted as oral historians connecting the gap between the region’s generations. The Korean War is often remembered as the “forgotten war”, however, Barker’s Student Council wants to help in any way to have our veterans sacrifices honored and remembered. Barker 8th grader and Student Council President Kayla Campbell, conducted the video interviews. She was assisted by 7th grader and Student Council Historian Heavenly Thompkins, who ran the camcorder equipment. The Student Council also digitally archived letters and photographs that the veterans brought in from their time in the service. 8th grade Student Council members Kendra Lamberg and Skylar Henderson ran the scanning equipment and digitally documented these primary sources. Davida Barney, Nelly Serrano, and Violet Murphy all assisted in guiding the veterans to the various interview and archiving stations and engaged in conversations with the veterans to learn first hand about their war experiences.
All of the veterans video interviews will be submitted to the Korean War Legacy Foundation. The Korean War Legacy Foundation collects Korean War veteran interviews from all around the world. They currently have over 1200 veteran interviews. The Korean War Legacy Foundation uses these veteran interviews to create veteran profiles for teachers around the world to use in their classroom lesson plans. All the interviews are transcribed, edited to classroom appropriate clips, and tagged by meta-data. Due to the Student Council’s efforts, our Northwest Indiana Korean War veterans will now be represented on this website’s archives. Barker’s Student Council sponsor Mariah Pol, is a Teacher Ambassador with the Korean War Legacy Foundation and helps to create curriculum used by the veterans as primary source material in the classroom.

Indiana Department of Education to Submit Teacher Shortage List to U.S. Department of Education

Posted on: April 24th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) this week will submit to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) its most recent list of teacher shortage areas. Including such areas as Exceptional Needs and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Indiana’s list highlights the statewide struggle to find teachers for nearly 15 subjects.
Beginning in 1990, USDOE began asking states to annually submit a list of areas highlighting the need for more teachers. IDOE’s submission includes: Business, Computer Education, Computer Science, CTE Licensure Areas (all), Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Needs (all), Fine Arts: Instrumental and General Music, Fine Arts: Vocal and General Music, Mathematics, Science (all), Secondary Language Arts, Technology Education, and Teachers of English Learners; and World Languages (all).
(To view the nationwide listing of teacher shortage areas, visit: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/ateachershortageareasreport2017-18.pdf. For more information on Indiana’s Educator Preparation Programs, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/epps .)

All You Can Eat Fish Fry: American Legion Westville

Posted on: April 24th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

This Friday there will be an all you can eat fish fry from 5-8PM at American Legion Post #21 on Highway 421 in Westville. Dinner includes:hand breaded pollock, chicken strips, french fries, creamy coleslaw, salad, rolls and free homemade desserts.  Special veterans and senior pricing: Adults-$9.00, Seniors(60yrs+) & Vets-$8.00, Kids 12 & under-$5.00, Preschoolers-Free. Carry-outs are available.

Jasper and Newton County Job Fair back for its second year

Posted on: April 24th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Jasper County Economic Development Organization, Newton County Economic Development, the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board and WorkOne are continuing their partnership to host the 2nd Annual Jasper and Newton County Job Fair. The job fair will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in the West Building from 2:30-4:00pm. Jobseekers are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume and dress in business professional attire. Anyone needing free assistance to prepare for the event can stop by a WorkOne Center.  For a list of WorkOne locations visit www.gotoworkonenw.com or call 1-877-607-0680.

South Shore Line Temporary busing SB-Carroll Ave. May 6-17

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The South Shore Line plans to periodically bus passengers between Carroll Ave. and the South Bend Airport while they upgrade track and segments of overhead wire between Michigan City and South Bend. The temporary busing periods will occur at various times throughout the spring/summer, with the first of these periods being scheduled for Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 17, (this includes the weekend of May 11-12). Busing availability at the South Bend Airport will be limited, therefore westbound passengers are encouraged to board at Carroll Ave. Station or other western stations. Bus service to and from Hudson Lake will not be available during this time. Hudson Lake passengers are encouraged to board at the Carroll Ave. station.

Lyme Disease Found in Ticks in a Number of Counties

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Indiana health officials are encouraging Hoosiers to protect themselves from tick bites while outdoors as warmer temperatures bring an increase in tick activity across the state. Recent field sampling by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has found adult and immature ticks (nymphs) carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in a number of counties, particularly in the northern, west central, and south central parts of the state. Anyone who becomes ill after finding an attached tick should see a medical provider immediately and alert the provider to the exposure. Tick-borne diseases can be treated with antibiotics, and prompt diagnosis can help prevent complications. Maps displaying the tick infection data are available at https://www.in.gov/isdh/28130.htm

Two Semi Crash on Toll Road

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

A two semi crash eastbound on the Indiana Toll Road, at the 28.4 mile marker 2 1/2 miles west of the Chesterton exit, on Monday evening had traffic down to one lane for clean-up. Preliminary investigation revealed on Monday afternoon, a 2016 International semi pulling a box trailer, driven by 54 year old Glenn Christy of Valparaiso, was eastbound on the Indiana Toll Road in the right lane when he slowed down for a disabled car that was on the outer shoulder. Christy was changing lanes from the right to the left lane when a 2012 Peterbilt semi pulling a box trailer that was directly behind Christy, driven by 56 year old Mohamed Abid of Palos Park, Illinois, hit Christy’s trailer. This caused Abid’s semi to lose control, go off the roadway, and hit the outer guardrail head on. The Peterbilt leaked 150 gallons of diesel fuel because of the crash. The Peterbilt sustained heavy front end damage to the tractor and also damage to its trailer front right side. The International sustained damage to its trailer left rear side. Neither driver was injured.

March Indiana Employment Report

Posted on: April 20th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.6 percent for March and remains lower than the national rate of 3.8 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana’s unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than five years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.
Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 6,769 over the previous month. This was a result of an increase of 2,634 unemployed residents and an increase of 4,135 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.41 million, and the state’s 65.3 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.0 percent.
Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp .

Stretch of U.S. 20 in Porter County Set for Resurfacing Project Starting Monday

Posted on: April 7th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that a resurfacing project is scheduled to start Monday on U.S. 20 in Porter County, from just west of State Road 149 to just east of the interchange with I-94. During the project, which is expected to last until the end of June, traffic will flow one lane in each direction at all times. During the first phase, crews will do patching in the outside lane for around two weeks before moving to the inside lane for patching and paving. Then, at the end, they’ll move back to the outside lanes for paving.

19th Annual Walk for Alzheimer’s & Dementia of Northern Indiana at Lake County Fairgrounds

Posted on: March 25th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, a division of REAL Services, will host its 19th annual fundraising walk on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Lake County Fairgrounds, Shelter #6, Crown Point, Indiana. Registration starts at 9:00 am CST, and the walk begins at 10:00 am CST. The theme is Stand By Me. The cost to participate in the Lake County walk is $20 per walker, and to register to walk or donate to this year’s Stand By Me Lake County walk, click here or contact Stephanie at 219.789.2470 or via email at [email protected].

19th Annual Walk for Alzheimer’s & Dementia of Northern Indiana at Lake County Fairgrounds

Posted on: March 21st, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, a division of REAL Services, will host its 19th annual fundraising walk on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Lake County Fairgrounds, Shelter #6, Crown Point, Indiana. Registration starts at 9:00 am CST, and the walk begins at 10:00 am CST. The theme is Stand By Me. The cost to participate in the Lake County walk is $20 per walker, and to register to walk or donate to this year’s Stand By Me Lake County walk, click here or contact Stephanie at 219.789.2470 or via email at [email protected].

Senators Young, Markey, Merkley and Durbin Call for Greater Accountability for Atrocities in Burma

Posted on: March 21st, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) this week sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin asking for clarification of the Trump administration’s policy on sanctioning the perpetrators of atrocities committed against the Rohingya people during the 2017 security operations by Burmese military forces. Acknowledging the decision by the administration to already sanction five officials, the senators point out that additional targeted sanctions against the senior-most ranks of the Burmese military, including Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, is needed to send a strong message to Burmese officials most responsible for the violence.

La Porte Hospital Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI

Posted on: March 7th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

La Porte Hospital Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation Providing necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms

The American College of Cardiology has recognized La Porte Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. La Porte Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in March based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, they have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes. In addition, they have formal agreements with other facilities that regularly refer heart attack patients to their facility for primary PCI.

“La Porte Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing La Porte County and surrounding areas with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award La Porte Hospital with Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

“I’m pleased that our outstanding team of cardiovascular physicians and other professionals have been recognized with this prestigious accreditation.” said Ashley Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer. She continued, “We have worked diligently with every department in the hospital to assure that all patients who come to us complaining of chest pain get the care they need in a timely fashion. We know that when it comes to chest pain, every minute counts.” Dickinson credited Kayla Banks, Chest Pain Coordinator, Dr. Abul Basher, Chairman of Cardiology, and Chris Atherton, the hospital’s Director of Cardiovascular Services for leading the efforts that culminated in this honor.