Top 10 health articles on Portage.Life in 2021

Top 10 health articles on Portage.Life in 2021
By: Aubrey Thomson, Curtis Hankins, Dan Petreikis, Peyton Mahlmann Last Updated: December 22, 2021

If there is anything that the previous year taught us, it’s the importance of prioritizing both personal and community health and wellbeing. Those many lessons of 2020 helped to foster a ton of growth and development in regards to the health of the Region throughout 2021. 

We summarized the best of health articles from 2021 for you to look through, commemorate, or maybe learn something you hadn’t already known about your own community. Whether it was the development of life-saving vaccines, the opening of new clinics, sharing of knowledge to better one another, or spotlighting the incredible employees who put others before themselves time and time again, there was plenty of good to share.

In no particular order, here are the top 10 health articles from Portage.Life in 2021:

NorthShore Health Centers welcomes Dr. Narayan Prabhakar to growing team

NorthShore Health Centers is welcoming Dr. Narayan Prabhakar to their team. A family physician with years of experience and a drive to serve the underserved, Prabhakar is eager to help NorthShore accomplish their core mission – provide quality of care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

Porter County Health Department distributes vaccines directly to onboard workers at the Port Of Indiana-Burns Harbor

When the Porter County Health Department (PCHD) was made aware of crew members coming into the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor in need of vaccinations, they moved quickly to provide the much-needed immunizations to any and all who consented. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic posing an increased risk to unvaccinated individuals, the health department instantly saw how beneficial it would be to add another location to its vaccine distribution plan.

Community Healthcare System facilitates discussions on stroke education and prevention

While many people can identify the symptoms of a heart attack: chest pain, shortness of breath, cold sweats, etc., far fewer may be able to identify the symptoms of a stroke. Knowing the warning signs can help with early recognition of symptoms and, therefore, early treatment. Jill Conner, administrative director of Neuroscience, Cerebrovascular, and Structural Heart Services at Community Healthcare System, emphasized how early identification is crucial.

Northwest Health celebrates community with ribbon cutting at new facility in Portage

Northwest Health celebrated the grand opening of the newest addition to their ever-growing network of healthcare locations across Northwest Indiana.

Located at 6200 Central Avenue in Portage, this new Northwest Medical Group Primary Care office aims to serve the community by offering a medical “home base,” a place where people cannot just go to seek medical care, but where they can grow a lasting relationship with their medical providers.

Healthcare 360 allows Portage students to explore careers in health with hands-on demos

After a year where healthcare workers were in the spotlight more than ever, Portage High School students explored careers in the field during Portage Economic Develop Corporation’s (EDC) HealthCare 360 event.

Advanced Dental Concepts highlights products that greatly enhance your daily oral hygiene routine

Regular visits to the dentist are an essential part of maintaining good dental health, but even more important are the daily oral hygiene habits that build the foundation for your health, wellness, and smile. 

Midwest Express Clinic opens Cedar Lake, Portage locations

Midwest Express Clinic is celebrating the opening of two new locations: one in Cedar Lake and another in Portage. These clinics are staffed by healthcare professionals offering years of experience and providing high-quality, comprehensive non-emergency care at affordable costs. 

No, you’re not crazy – COVID-19 can have lingering neurological symptoms

If you have previously had COVID-19 and have overcome the virus but still feel like something is not quite right, Methodist Hospitals Neurologist Dr. William Conte wants you to know this: it is not all in your head.

“Don’t think you’re crazy, and that it’s all in your mind. These are real symptoms that you are having,” Conte said.

NorthShore Health Centers welcomes three new team members

NorthShore Health Centers is excited to welcome three new members to their growing team of compassionate medical professionals. The three experts, a dentist and two family nurse practitioners, are excited to join a mission-driven team dedicated to providing high-quality care to everyone, regardless of who they are or their ability to pay.

Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics offers iTero for more efficient and well-rounded care

Last year, Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics welcomed the iTero digital scanner to its facility. iTero makes determining the structure of patients’ mouths easier and more effective. For many, impressions, the previous method of obtaining this information, were uncomfortable and made them gag. Those with a sensitive gag reflex will be happy to know that they can avoid discomfort by choosing iTero.