Methodist Hospitals


NORTHWEST INDIANA -  There's some new leadership in place at one of the Region's hospitals.

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Today:  Lake Area United Way is continuing in its mission to help low-income Lake County residents with the services and assistance they need the most --including adequate child care for working families -- with a collaboration with Methodist Hospitals to create a new child care center at the hospital's Northlake campus in Gary.  Lisa Dougherty, the president and CEO with the United Way, is with us to talk about the "child care desert"  issues, the new project and the financial help they received from Early Learning Indiana to make it happen.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC, and this one focuses on the Indiana Toll Road's sustainability programs.  Bill McCall with ITR is with host Carl Lisek.  And we bring back our conversations with Merrillville-based Cimcor chiel executive Robert Johnson III about cybersecurity concerns, and with Bill Wozniak of INVestEd about a recent Indiana study on higher education expenses.


On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on a data breach at Methodist Hospitals that could have exposed personal information of more than 68,000 patients, the Gary City Council and Spectacle Entertainment LLC have finalized a local development agreement that dictates the city to receive 3% of the adjusted gross receipts, Jeanie Lindsey reports on the 2020 FAFSA application, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Mitch Barlogo about the Greenways Foundation of Indiana  . All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…    

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Today:    It's "Reporters' Roundtable Thursday," and we have both Bill Dolan and Giles Bruce from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" with us to review the stories they prepared for print and the Internet.  From Bill, it includes news on local property assessment notices sent out, and the latest in the Northwest Indiana precinct size reduction issue.  Giles talks about the recent drownings and near-drownings in Lake Michigan and offers up some updates on the medical scene in the Region.

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Today:  Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman  is back on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the success of the first year of the Lilly Endowment-funded Comprehensive Counseling initiative.  This $22 million investment is aimed at helping school districts and charter schools implement innovative changes in school counseling.  Lake Ridge New Tech Schools, Hanover Community School Corp. and the School City of East Chicago received thousands of dollars in grants from Lilly Endowment to put their plans in place.

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Methodist Hospitals began the process two years ago of seeking Level III Trauma Center status for the Northlake campus in Gary from the American College of Surgeons.  Today -- the hospital has that designation.

Methodist Hospitals CEO and President Ray Grady says this achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.  And Grady adds that working toward getting the Trauma Center in Gary was a team effort of doctors, nurses and staff across the organization. 

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Today:  A conversation with Jennifer Mullen, RN, Trauma Program Coordinator and Dr. Reuben Rutland, one of the trauma surgeons at Methodist Hospital Northlake campus in Gary, which has just been verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level III Trauma Center -- the only trauma center in northwest Indiana.  The hospital first sought accreditation two years ago.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Annie Ropeik reports on a citizen in Indianapolis who's taken it upon himself to help maintain the streets he drives on in his city -- by filling in potholes when he sees them.

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On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday:  a look at the major stories in northwest Indiana this week, explained by the reporters who covered them for their newspapers.  On the program: "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce, Bob Kasarda and Joseph Pete. 

The merger of Methodist Hospitals and Franciscan Health Alliance group raises questions about health care services jobs and more.   A town hall was held at Ivy Tech in Gary to answer some of those questions. Lakeshore Public Radio’s Steven Lattimore was there and has the story.

Today: It's "Reporter Roundtable Thursday,"  when we bring in some of the reporters from northwest Indiana media to talk about the major stories they worked on this week.  On the program are Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore and Carmen McCollum, education reporter for the Times.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman joins us in the studio for our occasional conversation about the local issues of the day, including a public forum tonight on the Ivy Tech Gary campus about the proposed letter of intent to bring Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville into the Franciscan Alliance family.  A group of organizations, including the SEIU that represents Methodist Hospitals employees, is sponsoring the discussion.  

Methodist Hospitals and Franciscan Alliance are considering becoming northwest Indiana's largest healthcare provider, if the details can be worked out and regulators approve the proposal. A non-binding letter of intent was signed this week by the two.

Ray Grady, the President and CEO of the Gary-based system, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Thursday to talk  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 can bring to the future of northwest Indiana healthcare.

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.