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Regionally Speaking, Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ray Grady, Methodist Hospitals
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Today:  a conversation with Ray Grady, the President and CEO of Methodist Hospitals, about the letter of intent between the two-hospital system and Franciscan Alliance to explore a full integration of healthcare facilities and services in Lake County. 

Franciscan Alliance is one of the Midwest's largest providers.  He talks about the months-long process of finding a partner -- what will now happen over the next six months -- and what becoming part of the Franciscan Alliance system, if approved by regulators, will bring to the future of northwest Indiana healthcare.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson spoke at length with the now-retired U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana -- David Capp.  In his 31 years, Capp supervised the handling of dozens of federal public corruption and criminal cases while in his position as a federal prosecutor.  He began an early retirement when the Trump administration asked for his resignation.

And we revisit our conversation with Steve Coxhead, president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, about the organization's interest and support of the South Shore Line expansion plans.

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.