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Agencies celebrate the spirit of Christmas

For many years, LaGrange Healthy Families has hosted a Christmas party for its client families. Recognizing the increased challenges their families were facing, the agency continued its Adopt-a-Family program, now in its second year. As they reached out to businesses in the community, Parkview LaGrange Hospital staff and its Community Health Improvement Committee recognized a perfect opportunity to help local families.

“As the challenges in the economy continue, we are noticing a big increase in the number of families in need,” said Healthy Families’ program supervisor, Christine Swander. “We had 40 families in our program this year and Parkview LaGrange’s $2,000 gift has gone a long way to helping bring the spirit of Christmas to so many people.

“We were able to help 7 additional families this Christmas with everything from pots and pans, bed sheets and blankets, to warm clothes and toys for each of the children,” she continued. “We were also able to purchase 7 car seats for families who had an emergency need for them since they are expecting a new baby soon.”

Staff from the hospital’s med/surg and OB inpatient units also rose to the occasion by adopting two additional families. “This is what the season is all about,” said OB manager, Stephanie Witham, “reaching out to bring joy to others.”

Rob Myers, COO for Parkview LaGrange, agrees. “Supporting our local families is very important to us. This is just the sort of opportunity our Community Health Improvement program looks for.”

Each year Parkview LaGrange’s Community Health Improvement program tithes a portion of the hospital’s operating margin in support of other non-profit agencies who share a similar mission to provide access to quality health services and help improve the health of the communities it serves.

The Healthy Families program is a voluntary home visitation program designed to promote healthy families and healthy children through a variety of services including child development, access to health care and parent education. The program serves families with children 0 to 3 years. Program goals include prevention of negative birth outcomes (low birth weight, substance abuse, criminal activity, child abuse and neglect); increased parenting skills; healthy pregnancy practices; and the use of community resources to benefit the families.

Parkview LaGrange Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital that provides acute care services to the people of LaGrange County and surrounding communities. In addition to the full range of general acute care services offered by Parkview LaGrange, an electronic intensive care unit (eICU) and the eICU robotic technology that is a hallmark of all Parkview Health hospitals has brought another, higher level of care to the people of LaGrange County. Current services include EMS and emergency care; ambulatory and inpatient surgery; endoscopy; medical-surgical care, a swing bed program and maternity. Ancillary and outpatient services offered include a full service laboratory; advanced diagnostic imaging including a CT and MRI; rehabilitation therapy; a sleep lab; and physician specialty clinics (including cardiology, gynecology, oncology, orthopaedics and general surgery). Parkview LaGrange is a member of Parkview Health, a family of hospitals and healthcare services covering a 15 county region in northeastern Indiana and western Ohio.