Starke Hospital earns Gold Seal

Starke Hospital achieves Joint Commission re-accreditation

Knox, Ind. – Starke Hospital has once again earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation from The Joint Commission, renewing the hospital’s accreditation for the next three years. The award demonstrates the hospital’s continuous compliance with high-quality performance standards, and reflects the organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care to patients.

“Joint Commission surveys are serious business. The survey team arrives unannounced, and completes an exhaustive inspection to evaluate our compliance with hospital standards across the board – from all areas of patient care, to emergency management, leadership, facilities and engineering, and more,” said Jeff Vice, interim CEO at Starke Hospital. “The Gold Seal is a testament to the dedication of our staff and physicians, and the high quality care they provide every day.”

During the Starke Hospital survey, surveyors noted a few areas in particular for excellent practices, including: educational Frequently Asked Questions materials used on the  medical/surgical unit that were requested be submitted to The Joint Commission Leading Practice Library, transparency with data related to hospital falls, and the excellent door inspection program by the engineering/facilities department.

“The Gold Seal of Approval is not a one-day affair. It represents a consistent commitment over time to providing safe and effective care to our patients. This achievement is the result of a deliberate effort on a daily basis to ensure that we are following best practices and improving upon the care we give every day,” Vice said. “I would like to personally thank Starke Hospital colleagues and medical staff for this achievement.”

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Rusty Strings Duo

Rusty Strings duo to bring sing-along favorites to August First Friday


La Porte, Ind. – Back in 1980, opposites attracted when two individuals with polar musical interests found common ground. Bob and Sheila Thompson, also known Rusty Strings, have been delighting audiences ever since with a range of musical performances including Irish, bluegrass, folk, gospel and popular classics. The duo are featured performers at the August 4 First Friday in the Chapel, which begins at Noon in the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte. The program is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.


The Thompsons, who now live in La Porte, met in college in Kirksville Missouri in 1980, and were married in 1981. They both grew up in musical families, and today enjoy performing various genres with their featured instruments: banjo, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and ukulele. They are well-known in the La Porte area for performances at the County Fair, Farmers’ Market, and other local events. Both Bob and Sheila Thompson serve in the community by performing for patients at La Porte Hospital, and at some local assisted living facilities.


The August 4 First Friday theme is Singing All Day (and Dinner on the Ground). Rusty Strings encourages attendees to bring a picnic lunch and grab a page of song lyrics at the event to sing along to old-fashioned gospel tunes. For more information about Rusty Strings, visit


First Friday in the Chapel is made possible by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL), a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to empowering residents to live healthy and well in and around La Porte. HFL is proud to support health and wellness programs and services to achieve the vision of La Porte becoming one of Indiana’s top 10 healthiest communities by 2030. For more information about First Friday in the Chapel performances, please call (219) 325-7633.

Homebuyer Education Class

Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center
Offers Two-Part Homebuyer Education Class
Starting August 2nd in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, IN (July 19, 2017) – The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center is offering a two-part Home Buyer Education class on Wednesday, August 2nd and 9th from 5:30 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. at their Fort Wayne office located at 1005 W. Rudisill Blvd, Suite 301.

The eight hour class will focus on reviewing what is necessary to become successful home buyers and home owners.  The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center follows the NeighborWorks curriculum, “Realizing the American Dream”, which is used by home buyer educators across the United States.

Cost on the class is $60.00 for both sessions. Please contact Sandy Ayers at 260-456-2385 Ext. 3601 or by e-mailing Sandy at  All Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center instructors are certified by NeighborWorks America and the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority as home buyer educators and counselors.

Potential home buyers include individuals who have never owned a home, have owned a home but no longer live there due to divorce, have always rented or lived with family members, have a good credit record, earn 50-80% of the area’s median income, and want to own a home but believe they cannot afford it.

Pathfinder Home Ownership Center is the community development division of Pathfinder Services and was created in 1997. Pathfinder Home Ownership Center is a certified NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center with offices in Huntington and Fort Wayne.  The division guides potential home buyers through the entire process of pre-purchase education, financial capabilities, homebuyer education, loan packaging and closing, post-purchase counseling and foreclosure prevention if needed, free tax preparation, individual development accounts, community building and organization, and an auto buying program. Pathfinder Home Ownership Center serves Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, St. Joe, Starke, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties. More information can be found online at

Pathfinder Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit comprehensive human and community development organization headquartered in Huntington, where it was founded in 1966. In addition to Huntington County, Pathfinder Services also serves individuals and families in Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Elkhart, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joe, Starke, Stueben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties.  More information about Pathfinder Services can be found at

Free Concert!



DONALDSON, IN — Come, enjoy a Concert by the Lake, August 19 from 7-9 p.m. EDT at The Center at Donaldson, 9601 Union Rd., Plymouth. Local musicians, Dave Haycraft and Chad Van Herk will be playing for your listening pleasure, and to sing along.


Dave has lived in Plymouth since 1961 and has been playing guitar since 1962. He has played with the likes of Johnny Keck, Blake Mevis, Will Lawrence and others. Dave has entertained at dinners, clubs, weddings and other events.


Chad was born in the British Virgin Islands and, along with his family, traveled the seas for the next five years and then returned to the US, and Plymouth. Chad took an early interest in piano and saxophone and at the age of 15 picked up the guitar. Chad has released several albums and continues to play at a variety of venues.


Join us by beautiful Lake Galbraith for a relaxing and fun evening of music. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the entire family. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Even if it rains, the show will still go on – indoors. The concert is free – come, join us!


The Center at Donaldson is sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

New Leadership at Donaldson

New Provincial Leadership for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ


DONALDSON, IN – On Sunday, July 9, 2017, the Poor Handmaids’ newly elected Provincial Leadership Team of the American Province was installed during Mass in Ancilla Domini Chapel.


Sister Judith Diltz, Provincial, and Sisters Michele Dvorak, Joetta Huelsmann and Margaret Anne Henss, Councilors made their commitment to carry out their new responsibilities asking God for the strength to do their ministry.


This Provincial Leadership team will guide the congregation to accomplish the focus and calls set forth at the PHJC Chapter earlier this year.


Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ delegates elected the Leadership Team at the conclusion of the congregation’s governance meeting, Provincial Chapter in April 2017 in Donaldson. This team will govern and spiritually lead the American Province of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation until 2021.


The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are an international congregation of apostolic women religious within the Roman Catholic Church.  Poor Handmaid Sisters minister in Germany, England, the Netherlands, India, Nigeria, Kenya, the United States, Mexico and Brazil.

Money Management Workship – Ft Wayne

Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center to Host Money Management Workshop Beginning July 11 in Fort Wayne

July 6, 2017 (Fort Wayne, IN) – Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will be hosting a two part Money Management Workshop on July 11 & 18.  The focus is on overall financial wellness with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores to work toward home ownership.  This workshop consists of two sessions of four hours each and is designed for anyone in the community who would like to improve their financial situation.

The workshop will take place at Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center, located at 1005 W. Rudisill Blvd.,
Suite 301 in Fort Wayne (the old Taylor University Campus).

The two sessions will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p,m.  Topics for the workshop include:

o        How credit reporting works and how to achieve a healthier credit score.
o        Learn to track expenses and identify spending leaks.
o        Establish financial goals and a spending plan.

The workshop is $60 and pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Sandy Ayers at
Pathfinder Community Connections at (260) 456-2385, ext. 3601 or e-mail her at  Space is limited so please call today.

This workshop is made possible through grants received from NeighborWorks America,
Lake City Bank, and PNC Bank.

Support Groups meeting in July

La Porte Hospital promotes support groups in July


La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital would like the community to know of the following support groups in July:

Al-Anon Group

This group offers hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics and meets every Friday 10 a.m., at The Crossing, 1203 Washington St., La Porte.  Contact Susie Smith at (219) 362-9280.


Diabetes Support Group

The Diabetes Support Group provides a place to share ideas, experiences, and problems related to diabetes for those with diabetes, as well as their support team. The group meets the fourth Monday of the month from 11 a.m. – Noon, in the Heart & Vascular 1st Floor Conference Room, 901 Lincolnway, La Porte, or the fourth Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. – Noon in the Second Floor OB Conference Room at Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Road, Knox. Contact Patty Leonard at (219) 362-2478.


Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Providing emotional and social support to patients, families, and caregivers affected by multiple sclerosis, this groups meets the second Tuesday of every month (except Dec, Jan, Feb) at 6 p.m. in the La Porte Hospital Auditorium, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte (lower level). Contact Kathy May at (219) 874-2681.


Parkinson’s Support Group

Supporting those with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers in adapting more positively to the physical, emotional, and social changes associated with the disease. The group meets every third Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., at                Brentwood Assisted Living, 2002 Andrew Ave., La Porte (park in back and use back door).  Contact Sherri Moorehouse at (219) 362-5749.


WeCAN (Cancer Support Group)

WeCAN provides patients, families, and caregivers a chance to share experiences and learn new ways of coping with the disease process. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month from 5-6 p.m. at the Heart & Vascular Center, 1st Floor Conference Room., 901 Lincolnway, La Porte. Contact Teresa Tuholski at (219) 785-3444.


Women Heart

This group offers support and education on living a heart healthy life and meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m., at the Heart & Vascular Center, 1st Floor Conference Room., 901 Lincolnway, La Porte. Contact Sue Chlebek at (219) 324-7519.


Mourning to Dancing

Losing a child is devastating.  This support ministry reaches out to mothers, parents and loved ones who have experienced the loss of a child. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m., in the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte.  Contact Lynn Breeden at (574)306-7752.


Mobile Health Unit providing screenings in July

Mobile Health Unit to provide blood sugar, blood pressure, BMI screenings in July


La Porte, Starke counties, Ind. – The Wellness Outreach Professionals with the Mobile Health Unit of La Porte Hospital will be out in the community throughout July to promote healthy weight management and diabetes/heart disease awareness with free blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index screenings. Information on healthy summer eating will also be available.


Dates and times of the Mobile Health Unit visits are:


10-11:30 a.m., July 6, Al’s Supermarket, 3535 Franklin St., Michigan City

1-2:30 p.m., July 6, Al’s Supermarket, 1002 N. Karwick Road, Michigan City

10-11:30 a.m., July 7 at Good Will Industries, 1509 E. Lincolnway, La Porte

2-3 p.m., July 7 at LaCrosse Public Library, 307 E. Main St., LaCrosse

10:30 a.m. – Noon, July 10, Jorth Judson Nutrition Site, 105 E. Talmer Ave., North Judson

10-11:30 a.m., July 12, Kabelin’s 512 Andrew Ave., La Porte

10-11:30 a.m., July 14, La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave., La Porte

9-10 a.m., July 17 at La Porte County Family YMCA, 901 Michigan Ave., La Porte

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., July 17, La Porte Hospital, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte

10-11:30 a.m., July 18, Kroger, 55 Pine Lake Ave., La Porte

1-2:30 p.m., July 18, Al’s Supermarket, 702 E. Lincolnway, La Porte

Noon – 1:30 p.m., July 19, The Pax Center, 605 Washington St., La Porte

1:30-3 p.m., July 21, Bailey’s Discount Center, 5900 S. Range Road, North Judson

11 a.m. – Noon, July 25, Salvation Army 3240 Monroe St., La Porte

1-2:30 p.m., July 25, Good Will Industries, 3822 Franklin St., Michigan City

11 a.m. – Noon, July 27, Knox Garden Court Apartments, 601 William St., Knox

1-2:30 p.m., July 27, Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Road, Knox


Starke County Opoly Game!

The Starke County Chamber of Commerce will be producing a Starke County version of our favorite game!

An idea of what the Game Board will look like


An example of what we are working on getting done – outside of box of course with Starke County places and spaces


Cost of Game spaces.   If you would like to be on the board contact Jessica at 574-772-5548 or to get more information or let her know which spot you would like!

Mediacom Helping Our Kids in Need



Mediacom Communications Launches Connect2Compete
Broadband Adoption Program in Southern Illinois Communities

Affordable Home Internet Service Available to Low-Income K-12 Students


Carbondale, IL – June 14, 2017 – Mediacom Communications today took a major step towards closing the digital divide in Southern Illinois with the launch of the Connect2Compete broadband adoption program in partnership with national non-profit, EveryoneOn.

As part of Connect2Compete, Mediacom will provide discounted high-speed internet services to students and families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program.  The service will be provisioned at 10 Mbps down by 1 Mbps up and priced at $9.95 per month which includes the lease of a Wi-Fi enabled modem at no additional charge.

“The internet has become an essential communications and learning tool for educators, students and parents,” said Todd Curtis, Group Vice President for Mediacom’s Lincoln Region.  “By launching the Connect2Compete program in Southern Illinois, we hope to make internet access available to more families by lowering the cost of entry for those most at-risk of being left behind in today’s digital world.”

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of American households with incomes below $30,000 a year lack access to broadband services at home.  By comparison, 94% of American households earning $100,000 or more a year have home broadband service.  This disparity in online access has created what is commonly referred to as the “homework gap” between school age children with broadband access and those without.

“Addressing digital inclusion is a priority. We must ensure all residents have the capability to empower their lives through digital technology” said Steven Mitchell, Economic Development Director for Carbondale.  “The Connect2Compete initiative launched by Mediacom in partnership with EveryoneOn attacks this issue head on by offering low-income families with school age children an affordable internet service option.”

For more information about Mediacom’s Connect2Compete program or to apply, visit

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About EveryoneOn/Connect2Compete

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. Since 2012, EveryoneOn has connected more than 500,000 people in the United States, with the goal of connecting one million people by 2020

Connect2Compete (C2C) is EveryoneOn’s program with the nation’s cable companies to provide affordable Internet and devices to low-income populations, including students and families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program. For more information, please visit


About Mediacom Communications

Mediacom Communications Corporation is the 5th largest cable operator in the U.S. serving almost 1.4 million customers in smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Mediacom offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services to households and businesses, including video, high-speed data, phone, and home security and automation. Through Mediacom Business, the company provides innovative broadband solutions to commercial and public sector customers of all sizes, and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at



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Communications Director, Mediacom

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