‘Strike Out Stroke’

Methodist Hospitals is partnering with Genentech USA and the Gary Southshore Railcats to promote awareness about stroke and its warning signs.

The event will take place Thursday before the 7:10 p.m. game at the U.S. Steel Yard, 1 Stadium Plaza, Gary.

Gates open at 6 p.m., and an on-field program is slated for 6:30 p.m. Stroke screenings, including blood pressure and stroke-risk-assessment questionnaires, will take place at the main gate entrance.

The on-field program will feature Methodist Hospital president and interim CEO Dr. Michael Davenport, Gary chief of staff Richard Leverett (representing Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson), Gary Southshore Railcats president Pete Laven, and stroke survivor Hariett Miles, who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Those who participate in the stroke screenings and education will receive a Methodist Hospitals bag and pen, a “Stroke is an Emergency” magnet, blood pressure pocket cards, raffle entries and more.

Wheatfield Library offers health screening

The Wheatfield Library invites adults to get a check of their health by coming to the library each month, where Clinical Home Health Care of DeMotte is offering free and low-cost health screenings on a first-come, first-served basis.

The screenings from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. July 7 will include free blood pressure/glucose screenings and $5 total cholesterol screenings. An eight-hour fast is recommended for the total cholesterol screening. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, visit www.myjcpl.org or call 956-3774.

Support groups slated for July

Porter Health Care System will offer the following support groups in July:

Lung cancer support group. Meetings are open to anyone affected by lung cancer, including survivors, family members, friends and caregivers. The next meeting will be from 11 a.m. to noon July 9 at Porter’s Education & Rehabilitation Center, 1401 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Cheryl Wallace at (219) 983-6171 or Ray Hewlett at (219) 628-1202.

Diabetes support group. A nurse educator or dietician will be on hand to facilitate meetings, the next of which will be at 6:30 p.m. July 16, also at the Education & Rehabilitation Center. The topic will be diabetic foot care. For more information, call (219) 263-7992.

Ostomy support group. The group helps patients learn from others, share concerns and talk with one of the hospital’s certified wound ostomy and continence nurses. The next meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 24 in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6 in Valparaiso. For more information, contact Sarah Grcich at (219) 309-5939 or Michele Kaplan-Jones at (219) 406-0019.

‘Pink at Portage’

Porter Health Care System will host “Pink at Portage” from 7 a.m. to noon July 19 in the Women’s Center at Portage Hospital, 3630 Willowcreek Road, Portage.

“Pink at Portage” offers women mammography screenings and a complimentary brunch one Saturday a month.

To participate, a woman must be 40 or older and know the date of her last mammogram. Insurance will be charged and only covers one mammogram annually.

For more information and to preregister, call (219) 983-8392.

Wellness events slated for July

Porter Regional Hospital will present the following community wellness programs in July:

Just a Mole or Melanoma? Plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Retson and general surgeon Dr. Adam Conn will discuss the basics of melanoma at 6 p.m. July 23 in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6 in Valparaiso.

Got GERD? General surgeons Dr. Jac Cooper and Dr. Adam Conn and gastroenterologist Dr. Amit Kalra will discuss an effective, long-term solution for people suffering from chronic acid reflux, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). The event will be at 6 p.m. July 31 at the Sand Creek Country Club, 1001 Sand Creek Drive in Chesterton.

The wellness programs are free, and refreshments will be provided. Preregistration is required by calling (800) 541-1861.

Staff reports