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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Children raise funds to buy groceries for St. Clare Health Clinic food pantry

Inspired by a volunteer spirit, a group of Crown Point youngsters raised $80 to benefit the St. Clare Health Clinic food pantry recently by running a lemonade-concession stand at an annual, two-day, two-family garage sale in the Pine Hills subdivision.

The children went shopping with St. Clare food pantry volunteer Val Giacomin and delivered a wealth of items (shown in foreground) to the clinic on July 18. Emma Riffle, 9, an Eisenhower Elementary School fourth-grader (shown at far left, holding Troy Lux, 1), organized the effort after assisting Giacomin in the food pantry and deciding she wanted to do more to help those in need. She was assisted by A.J. Lux, 8 (white shirt), an Eisenhower third-grader, who “just wanted to help,” and Jack Lux, 5, (red shirt). Stella Riffle, 10 months (seated with clinic volunteer coordinator Diane Jansen), was credited as a main draw to the stand. Giacomin is the sister of the late Pam Zona, who was Jansen’s best friend, and is credited with inspiring a spirit of giving among her friends and family members.

The clinic is in constant need of donations of nonperishable food items, paper goods, including toilet paper; laundry detergent and personal care products, such as deodorant, shampoo and soap; for the pantry. The clinic, which is under the auspices of Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point, provides free primary health care and other services for Northwest Indiana residents who fall within established income guidelines, are uninsured and are not eligible for government assistance. Donations may be brought to the clinic, 1121 S. Indiana Ave., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Franciscan St. Anthony Health’s Prenatal Assistance Program, which is located at St. Clare, is in need of diapers, formula, baby items and new or gently used clothing, sizes newborn through 3T. The program likewise provides free assistance to needy area residents. For more information, call Jansen at (219) 663-2160, ext. 263.

Students receive Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point Health Care Provider scholarships

(left to right): Kristin Brumm; Franciscan St. Anthony
Health - Crown Point cardiologist
Boris Sagalovsky, MD; Kelli Wagner
Health Care Provider Scholarships were awarded on Thursday, July 11, to four deserving students. The scholarship of $1,000 is given by the Medical Staff of Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point.

The applicants must come from within the Franciscan St. Anthony primary service area (Southern Lake, Porter, Northern Jasper and Northern Newton counties), and they must be enrolling in a health care-related field. To apply, they provide their GPA, SAT scores, extracurricular activities and work history, and answer a series of questions about why they have chosen their career path, the events in their life that have shaped their decision, and why they deserve the scholarship.

A group of physicians reviewed the applications and chose the winners.

This year’s recipients are:
  • Kelli Wagner of Crown Point, who will be attending Purdue North Central this fall majoring in Nursing
  • Shelby Schoon of Wheatfield, who will be attending Purdue University in Lafayette this fall with plans to pursue a career in anesthesia
Last year’s recipients who qualified to receive the scholarship for a second year:

  • Kristin Brumm of St. John, who is attending IUPUI in Indianapolis with plans to become a physical therapist
  • Daniel Peterson of the St John area, who is attending Butler and is enrolled in the pharmacy program

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The late Don Hess will be honored on ‘his day’ by man he saved

Don Hess, former longtime director of the
Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point
Emergency Medical Services Academy,
passed away in August 2011.
The second annual Don Hess Day, to honor the late, former longtime director of the Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point Emergency Medical Services Academy, will be highlighted by the presence of a man Hess is credited with saving about five years ago.

Don Satoski, of Crown Point, who had collapsed due to an undetected heart defect at the finish line of the city’s Hub Run and was attended to by Hess, who also was a paramedic; is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the event, scheduled for 6:10 p.m. July 13 at the U.S. Steel Yard, prior to a Gary South Shore Railcats game.

Widow Lenore Hess said she received a letter from wife Joyce Satoski, praising Hess and expressing gratitude for his efforts.

“My husband was unresponsive and literally dead for about two minutes and your Don continued to work on him until he finally got a heartbeat,” the letter said, adding, Satoski was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health where he was found to have a defective heart valve and underwent corrective surgery.

“Your husband visited mine during his 10 days in the hospital ... No words can express our gratitude and the love we have for your husband. We have prayed for him since that day and now will continue to pray to him,” the letter said.

Hess died in August 2011, following surgery complications.

Lenore Hess said the letter and the presence of Satoski and his family adds particular meaning to the event, proceeds of which will benefit The Don Hess Memorial Scholarship Fund that supplies monies, through the Crown Point Community Foundation, for paramedic and emergency medical technician students.

“What makes this a real special day, not just for myself and Don’s family, is that the Satoski family will attend and throw out the first ball. In fact, 45 members of the family will be attending to help celebrate the event,” Lenore Hess said.

Tickets for Don Hess Day are available for $10, through June 30, through the Crown Point Fire and Rescue department or the Emergency Medical Services Academy, which is located on the Franciscan St. Anthony Health campus, 1201 S. Main St., Crown Point. The Railcats organization also will donate $5 from each ticket sold that day.

For more information, contact Dale Holsti at (219) 306-7361, or send e-mail to: To donate to the scholarship fund, call (219) 662-7252, or visit:

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hospital sponsors annual EMS Week celebration

The Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point Emergency Medical Services Academy, which trains most paramedics and emergency medical technicians in south Lake County, annually sponsors a cookout in honor of National Emergency Services Week, which was May 19 to 26 this year. This year’s event on May 23 was hosted by Crown Point Fire and Rescue and proved to be a cook-in, due to cool, windy, rainy weather.

Shown at the grill is Justin Gettler, a Crown Point firefighter. Taking a break from their duties is Jack Eskridge, left, a former 34-year paramedic, who also was Lowell fire chief; and Rob Dowling, Emergency Medical Services Academy director.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cancer survivors will celebrate their day at Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point

Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point will offer a Celebration of Life on National Cancer Survivors Day June 2.

The Burrell Cancer Center on the hospital campus, 1201 S. Main St., will host the free event from 2 to 4 p.m. and offer games, prizes, a range of activities, snacks, free chair massages and yoga demonstrations.

Registration is required by May 30 by calling (800) 931-3322.

Franciscan St. Anthony will join hundreds of communities worldwide in noting the 26th annual observance.
Local event sponsors include the Breast Care Center at Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Cancer Health Treatment Centers LLC, Michiana Hematology Oncology and Premier Oncology Hematology Associates.

National Cancer Survivors Day is a time for pause to honor America’s nearly 14 million cancer survivors. “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.

The event provides an opportunity for survivors to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones, and recognize the health care providers, family and friends who have supported them.

“When most people hear the word ‘cancer,’ they automatically think the worst,” says Foundation spokeswoman, Laura Shipp. “But the truth is that more people are living longer and better quality lives after cancer than ever before. National Cancer Survivors Day is an opportunity for these cancer survivors to come together and celebrate this new reality in cancer survivorship. There is life after cancer. And that’s something to celebrate.”

The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation provides free guidance, education, and networking support to hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities. For more information on the program, visit:

Friday, May 10, 2013

"Nurse's nurse" receives annual Nightingale Award

Bernie Puplava, left, a 24-year endoscopy registered nurse at Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point who has been in her profession for 44 years, was honored May 10 with the hospital’s annual 2013 Nightingale Award during National Nurses Week.

She shares a light moment with Carol Schuster, Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region chief nursing officer, shortly after receiving an honorary pin.

The hospital’s Professional Development Council of Shared Decision Making chooses the winner from among nominees, of which there were four this year.

Puplava was commended, for, among other attributes, putting patients’ and physicians’ needs above her own, often responding to requests during odd hours for emergency situations and for working holidays; and for her compassion, commitment and accountability. She also was lauded for treating patients’ family members respectfully, for being a consummate-professional team player, and for being dependable and trustworthy.

Puplava told a packed room during the award program of her love for the profession and expressed gratitude to her coworkers.

The award is named in honor of legendary nurse Florence Nightingale.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Celebrating National Nurses & Hospital Week 2013

A special message from our Mission and Spiritual Care Team:

May 6-12, 2013 is National Nurses Week. No other profession touches people the same way a nurse does. Our nurses touch the heart, soul, mind and body of each patient.

A patient commented, "I am 82 years old and the nurse saw that I was frightened and she asked if I wanted her to stay with me…. She stayed and comforted me…. I loved the concern and I felt safe!!!" Another patient commented, "Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best things…."

Although each day is a challenge, and the work is often physically and emotionally demanding, what a privilege the nursing profession must be. Florence Nightingale – the Founder of Nursing – put it well: nursing is a "higher calling" for the special few who can combined art and science into a thing of beauty, compassion and caring at the bedside. It is not just a job, it is a mission.

Following Nurses Week, we celebrate National Hospital Week, May 12-18, 2013. For years, Franciscan Alliance hospitals have touched the hearts, souls, minds and bodies of thousands in Nortwest Indiana and South Chicago land. It is a continuing mission that begun 150 years ago by Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel – the Founder of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration. Little did Florence Nightingale and Mother Theresia realize that over a century later their visions would converge across the Atlantic as Franciscan Alliance.

Let us honor and celebrate our nurses and staff for continuing to answer the call to bring Christ’s compassion and caring to others. WE ARE PROUD OF OUR NURSES! WE ARE PROUD OF OUR STAFF!