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Porter's New Tobacco Cessation Program

There's a new bedside education program that has recently been implemented at Porter- Valparaiso Hospital Campus. These new educational efforts have been made possible through a grant from Valparaiso University.

The new program is based upon hospital admission information.  From that information leading nurses are alerted to the patient's tobacco use status.  If the patient is a tobacco user they are then provided with bedside education tailored to their experience along with information to help them quit.

Apparent Life-Threatening Event

An apparent life-threatening event (ALTE), is the term sometimes given to a prolonged infant apnea spell. It is an episode in which an infant has apnea, or stops breathing for long enough to cause:
  • choking and gagging
  • color change in the skin and lips, first bright red then blue
  • muscle weakness and limpness

The Daily 10 for Basic Health

As seen in the Spring 2009 issue of Stay Healthy Magazine

1. Move More
Find more ways to move your body. Climb stairs instead of taking the elevator. Toss a ball with your kids. Mow the lawn. Anything that keeps you moving is not only a fitness tool; it’s a stress buster, too.
2. Cut Fat
Avoid the obvious such as fried foods and fatty meats. Eat low-fat dairy foods. Limit your intake of nuts, sandwich meats, condiments, dressings and sauces. Read labels and think before you eat.
3. Quit SmokingRead more

A Warm Reception at Porter Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Ribbon Cutting at Porter Inpatient CenterI recently had the opportunity to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Porter Health's new Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Representing ValpoLife.com, I showed up with cameras in hand, not knowing what to expect, where to go, or even exactly what the ceremony was commemorating. Within moments of arriving, I was warmly greeted by Porter hospital system spokeswoman Kelly Credit who very kindly explained what I could expect, how the ceremony would proceed, and considerately gave me a quick run through of the facility. As soon as I set up my equipment and ran through some quick checks, hospital Chief...

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Becoming a Modern Healthy Woman

Winter 2009

A year after being launched, Porter's Healthy Woman program has found a niche among a growing number of women in the region who have found information they can use to improve both their health and well-being.

Some of the programs have focused on early diagnosis of heart disease and menopause; others have looked at stress-busters and the importance of finding ways to laugh.

Janet Brown says the Healthy...

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A Message From Porter health system

February 2, 2009

Dear Neighbor,

We are beginning 2009 with wonderful news we want to share.

HealthGrades- a national leader in rating health care institutions- has rated porter first in the region and third in the state for Coronary Interventional Procedures. HeathGrades has also rated Porter fourth in the state for Overall Orthopedic Services. In all, Porter received nine five-star ratings- the highest possible- from HealthGrades in...

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