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VNA of NWI Hospice appoints Drs. Venditti and Patel


The VNA of Northwest Indiana welcomes Joseph Venditti, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.C.C., F.A.C.C.P., as its Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Venditti was born in Massachusetts, and attended the University of Miami and New York University for his undergraduate studies. He went to medical school at the University of Pavia in Italy, interned at SUNY Buffalo, and completed residencies in Western New York at SUNY Buffalo and Roswell Park Memorial Institute. He is certified as a Fellow from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Venditti has been on staff at Porter since 1987 and at La Porte Hospital since 2004 and currently serves as a Trustee of La Porte Hospital and is the President of its Medical Staff. He is also a Physician Advisor for Porter’s Case Management Department. Dr. Venditti is married with three children, nine grandchildren and lives in...

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Purchase Agreement for Potential Fourth Port Extended


Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced today that the state has extended the option to decide if it will purchase land near Lawrenceburg that could be the site of the state’s fourth port.

The Ports of Indiana entered into an agreement in September 2017 to purchase up to 725 acres of land that was formerly the American Electric Power plant. That option was set to expire June 30.

The option has been extended by six months to enable the seller, Tanners Creek Development, LLC, to complete its environmental remediation plan for the site and submit it to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. If the Ports of Indiana decides to move forward, the total cost for the land and equipment would be approximately $8 million.

Indiana has three state ports operating on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, with locations in Jeffersonville,...

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Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana Welcomes New Director of Development


Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana welcomes Wende Burbridge as new Director of Development, effective June 24, 2019. In announcing the appointment, Dawn Michaels, Executive Director, said “We are excited to welcome Wende to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana and we look forward to her leadership as we work together continuing our mission of providing affordable housing in our community."

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Indiana Hospital Association awards patient safety service & leadership award to St. Catherine Hospital Pharmacy Director

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Koula Tsahas, director of Pharmacy at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, was the recipient of the Indiana Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Service & Leadership Award during its 2019 Patient Safety Summit in Plainfield.

Brian Tabor, president, Indiana Hospital Association, said Tsahas was recognized on June 4 for the role she plays to empower her team to keep patients safe.

The Indiana Hospital Association award is presented to an individual who has shown exemplary service to improve patient safety within his or her hospital, health system, regional patient safety coalition or professional organization. Recipients are involved in initiatives and successfully rally others in their organization to participate in patient safety initiatives and other significant contributions to decrease patient harms and...

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REGIONAL Federal Credit Union announces new e-Branch and Financial Curriculum at Valparaiso High School


Valparaiso High School students and teachers will soon be getting a little help with those awkward growing-up talks— like how a credit score is formed and where loan application language comes from.

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Planning The Plaza, a public living room for Michigan City

"When you have a plaza,” said Dan Senftner, Director and CEO of Destination Rapid City, “You have a living room in your downtown."

Senftner, one of the keynote speakers at Monday’s breakfast hosted by Michigan City NOW, addressed a room full of local stakeholders in The Plaza - Michigan City's Gathering Place project.

The-Plaza-Michigan-Citys-Gathering-Place-8The Rapid City native explained how a similar project in his hometown had fundamentally improved residents’ quality of life.

"It's where people will gather," he said. "You will see friends and neighbors that you rarely see at the gathering space.”

IWC Switzerland Watchmaker training dream come true for Albert’s Jeweler Timepiece Specialist


Few luxury timepieces can match the elegance and craftsmanship of those manufactured by Switzerland’s International Watch Company (IWC) and few people in Northwest Indiana know them better than Frank Dresden of Albert’s Jewelers.

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Tax abatement granted for proposed building

2019holladayproperties1Valparaiso City Council approved a tax abatement request for a 65,000 sf multi-tenant building that is being proposed just north of Indiana Beverage off SR 49. The building can accommodate up to 6 tenants with suites ranging from 7,500 sf or larger depending on needs. This building will fill a niche in the greater Valparaiso area that is currently not being meet in the marketplace. Businesses will have the flexibility to expand and grow in a state-of-the-art building that has visibility and easy access to SR 49. With the tax abatement approval, the proposed development can now move into the final phases of site planning and permitting process with the city and state. Bluejay I, LLC is the anticipating a groundbreaking in July and construction completion by the end of the year. Holladay Properties and Holladay Construction will be...

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Lakeside Wealth Management continues to grow within the M&A department


In 2017 the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) department at Lakeside Wealth Management was born. Elizabeth Marks, Director of Strategic Development, is leading the way inside this new department as Lakeside looks to expand, grow and learn.

The different options for M&A at Lakeside include an employee advisor model, a branch office model, joining the Lakeside Partner’s Network, and an advisor acquisition/succession model. “We have built a team of professionals that will help guide advisors and their clients through the move to Lakeside. Everything from communication to clients and the community to account set-up and investments gets combed through extensively by this team,” Marks said.

Joining the Lakeside Partnership Network allows advisors the opportunity to maintain their brand and...

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Doctors join Franciscan Physician Network health centers in LaPorte and Michigan City

2019-franciscan-health-centersFranciscan Physician Network has welcomed new doctors to health centers in LaPorte and Michigan City. Kayla Nebalsick, DO, will provide expert care for women at Legacy Hills Health Center in LaPorte, and Dr. David Maldonado, DO, will practice family medicine at Coolspring Health Center in Michigan City.

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Meet the family behind CompressAir


Since 1987, CompressAir has provided some of the world’s most notable compressed air systems in the Northern Indiana and Chicagoland area. The company has built a reputation for offering their customers the most efficient, reliable products and air systems on the market. Alongside its pride in being the area’s leader in compressed air systems, the company takes pride being family-owned and operated.

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