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StoryPoint Senior Living Celebrates National Cookie Madness Champion


StoryPoint and their sister company, Independence Village, celebrated a huge win at their National Cookie Madness event last Saturday, April 28th, at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, MI. The event brought together residents from the final four cookie communities, families, employees and community leaders. The “celebrity panel” included Renee Chodkowski otherwise known as “The Great Foodini”, Mona Shand, Nolan Finley, Sean Tracy and Paul Glantz. These five chose The Fresh Glazed Apple Cookie as the “greatest cookie in the cosmos.”

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Meet Dr. Aran of NWI Nephrology!


NWI Nephrology recently welcomed a new face to their Valparaiso practice. Dr. Aravindhan Arumugarajah, or Dr. Aran, found his way to Northwest Indiana just recently, making the move from his home state of Pennsylvania.

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Family, Friends Gather In Valparaiso’s Central Park to Remember Loved Ones for Annual VNA Stroll for Hospice


Nearly everyone you meet has felt the pain of losing a loved one at some time in their lives. Sunday, the VNA of Northwest Indiana held their 17th annual Stroll for Hospice as both a way to remember and celebrate the memories of those lost loved ones, as well as a way to help the VNA continue their mission of helping families during their most difficult times.

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Off to the Races at Spring Mill Health Campus


Who says you have to go all the way to Kentucky to see the Derby? On May 3, Spring Mill Health Campus hosted their very own Kentucky Derby and the stakes were high. Spring Mill residents donned their most lavish hats and came ready to place their bets on a champion.

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Why Screening Matters, Early Detection Saves Lives!


During the month of May a limited number of discounted screening mammograms will be offered to women who are symptom-free and who meet the American Cancer Society guidelines for screening.

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The Inner Workings of a Hospice Team


Have you ever heard the phrase, “It takes a special person to work in hospice”?

That’s because it does indeed take a special person. And it takes a highly-skilled person. It also takes an empathetic person.

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Porter EMS Presents 4th Annual Donation to Porter County Salvation Army


This Saturday, YMCA kids and families got together at the Valparaiso YMCA Pavilion to make their mark on their community. The YMCA Togetherhood Program’s newest initiative will be the installation of five little libraries at the public parks this year, each one with a personal touch from local kids.

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A Residential Clinical Services Employee Spotlight: Ashlee Oliver


Since January of 2015, Ashlee Oliver has been the Director of Nursing for Residential Clinical Services. With an attitude that manages to fuse pragmatic efficiency with genuine compassion, Ashlee Oliver is the perfect example of an RCS team member.

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Belvedere Senior Housing Brings Seniors and First Responders Together with "Dine and Dash" Lunch


Northwest Indiana’s first responders are among the bravest and most respected members of the community. All too often however, we only interact with them when things are at their worst: fires, traffic accidents, or any other kind of emergency. Belvedere Senior Housing is looked to change that with their Dine and Dash for First Responders, where their senior residents had lunch with local heroes.

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Gary Rainaldi, Certified Dementia Practitioner at Sebos Provides Care With a Person Centered Approach


Gary Rainaldi has dedicated his life to helping others. For the last four years he has been the Alzheimer’s Unit Director at Sebo’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hobart, Indiana. Because of his professional know-how and big heart, Rainaldi has made a profound, positive impact on local families and seniors.

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Deborah Shepherd is Recognized for Outstanding Emergency Service at Porter Regional Hospital


Managing one emergency department sounds overwhelming, but managing three? That seems beyond human capabilities. Deborah Shepherd, Clinical Director of Emergency Services at Porter Regional Hospital, proves that this is indeed possible. With her positive energy and dedication to her community, Shepherd has been an effective leader and compassionate nurse, earning her the award of Clinical Manager of the Year.

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