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September 25, 2009


WINFIELD HEALTH WEEK PRESENTED BY SAINT ANTHONY MEDICAL CENTER Patient survives with a little help from her friends

Holiday party fund-rai

ser helps needy wom

en fight breast cancer

It may not seem like a lot of money, but to some area women, $855 donated to the Breast Care Center at Saint Anthony Medical Center could mean a fortune to their health.

The proceeds were raised at a theme party, recently hosted by Georgia and Rich-

ard Sharpe at their Cedar Lake home on behalf of their friend, Sherri Ham, of Crown Point. Ham, who has known the Sharpes nearly 20 years, is a breast cancer survivor. The Sharpes asked attend- ees of their annual get-to- gether to forgo the usual con- tributions to their hosts and

to instead set their sights on the cancer war. The 50 guests, one of whom recently was laid off from her job, came through, despite the tough economy.

“Because Sherri is going through all this, I asked ev- eryone to bring a pink or- nament and an envelope

Saint Anthony Medical Center’s war on cancer earns two medals

Janet Sikorski, community program manager for the American Cancer Society’s Northwest Indiana Area Ser- vice Center in Merrillville, presented 2008 Five Star In- vestor and Five Star Com- munity Investor awards to Becky Grove, manager of the Saint Anthony Breast Care Center.

The community investor award is given hospitals that are fighting cancer in at least five areas through the can- cer society’s Workplace So- lutions program.

Saint Anthony was hon- ored for its efforts in the fol- lowing areas:

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    Providing breast and cer-

vical cancer programs.

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    Having an American Can-

cer Society staff member on the hospital’s Cancer


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    Linking to the cancer

society’s national Web site, cancer.org.

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    Implementing a Reach to

Recovery program for breast cancer survivors, who do- nate time and support for women diagnosed with the disease and for providing referrals to the cancer soci- ety.

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    Tobacco prevention and

cessation efforts.

The Five Star Investor honor is awarded to worksites battling cancer on multiple fronts through the Workplace Solutions pro- gram. Saint Anthony efforts included:

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    Becoming smoke-free and

offering employees a low- cost smoking cessation pro- gram.

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    Participation in community

events, such as Daffodil Days, Relay for Life and a Gala.

Sikorski said the awards have been presented for five years and lauded Saint Anthony’s efforts.

“We are pleased to be col- laborating with Saint An- thony hospital to provide the best possible support to pa- tients diagnosed with cancer. These prestigious awards are given to work sites that are active in fighting cancer on multiple fronts through pro- grams and services of the American Cancer Society,” Sikorski said.

Added Grove, “We are honored to be recognized by theAmerican Cancer Society for our work, both with the community and work place.”

containing a donation on her behalf,” Georgia Sharpe said. “Given the economy, I thought the amount of the donations was great. People who know Sherri love her as much as we do. We all have so much to be grateful for.”

Ham, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, says she donated the money to the Breast Cancer Center “because I wanted to keep the money in the community. I have been a Saint Anthony patient all my life.”

The money is earmarked for women who otherwise might not be able to afford early detection.

“Mammograms run about $200 or so, so this money

will pay for three or four of them,” Ham says. “Hope- fully, this will encourage other people – have a New Year’s Eve party and make it a charity fund-raiser.”

Becky Grove, Breast Care Center manager, said she was honored to accept the dona- tion on the center’s behalf.

“Early detection is key,” Grove said. “Many women, like Sherri, tend to put their families first because they can’t afford testing.”

Grove added Indiana “still is not where it should be” as far as the number of women receiving mammograms.

“Women aren’t getting them as much as they are needed. A party like this helps to raise awareness of

BECKY GROVE Breast Care Center Manager

giving, of sharing a story.” Grove added breast cancer treatment has “come a long way in the last few years.”

Saint Anthony Medical Center is located at 1201 S. Main St. For more informa- tion, call (219)757-6285. A cancer hotline is available at (219)757-6394.

SAMC therapist is going extra mile(s) to aid underprivileged by raising funds

Brooke Nack has a knack for giving back. In six years as a physical therapist at the Saint Anthony Medical Cen- ter Rehabilitation Institute, she has helped numerous people along the road to re- covery, following an accident or illness.

On Oct. 11, Nack will take her cause to the streets to give back again — this time to the Saint Anthony Medical Cen-

ter Capital Campaign — for which she is seeking pledges for her participation in the 2009 Bank of America Chi- cago Marathon.

The Capital Campaign, which began last February and will run through the end of next year, seeks to raise $4.5 million, half of which is being matched by a local, pri- vate donor, to build a new complex to house Saint

Anthony’s St. Clare Health Clinic and the PrenatalAssis- tance Program.

Donations may be made by check to: Saint Anthony Medical Capital Campaign/ Marathon, in care of Warren Johnson, 1201 S. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307. Con- tributors will receive a thank you letter showing proof of their donation for tax pur- poses.

offering a Breast Care Center with a women’s perspective

The Breast Care Center at Saint Anthony provides:

  • Total Full-field Digital Mammography

  • R2 ImageCheckerTM

  • Breast Ultrasound

  • Breast MRI with Biopsy Capabilities

  • PACS Fully Integrated

  • Stereotactic Biopsy

  • MammotomeTM Breast Biopsy under Ultrasound Guidance

  • Lymphedema Services

  • Massage Therapy

  • Bone Mineral Density Testing

  • “Shared Experience” Breast Cancer Support Group

  • Education Programs

An annual mammogram is one of your best defenses against breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Call 219.757.6250 to schedule your appointment today!

1201 S. Main Street Crown Point, Indiana

Visit us at www.stanthonymedicalcenter.com

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