ValpoLife News Feed Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:25:22 +0000 en hourly 1 Leadership Life: Mark Murray, President/CEO, Center for Hospice Care Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:08:48 +0000 GreatNews.Life Mark Murray President/CEO at Center for Hospice Care, has been with the organization for more than 30 years, offering an important leadership quality he undoubtedly has mastered: consistency. Murray has been President/CEO since 1997 following seven years as Vice President with the organization. In that time, he has found innovative ways to adapt to the ever-evolving hospice industry that has exploded with competition in the last 10 years alone. Through it all, he keeps mission at the heart of everything they do at Center for Hospice Care. Murray also has devoted time to making the hospice industry better for patients, locally, nationally, and even internationally. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), Board Chair of the Hospice Action Network (HAN), and has served on the board of the National Hospice Foundation, and FHSSA, formerly the Foundation for Sub-Saharan Africa and today known as Global Partners in Care (GPIC) now headquartered at Hospice Foundation in Mishawaka. Murray also is a member of the National Hospice Executive Roundtable and has served as a member of the Indiana Home Health Services and Hospice Services Council and the Board of Visitors for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at his alma mater, Butler University, Indianapolis. Off the clock, Murray is all about family. He’s been married for more than 30 years, has one daughter and three entertaining grandchildren. He enjoys watching movies in his home theater, occasional computer gaming, and collecting memorabilia of Baseball Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cub second baseman, Ryne Sandberg.

Leadership Life | Mark Murray | Growth at Center for Hospice Care

When Mark Murray started at Center for Hospice Care, they had 33 patients a day. Today, they care for more than 420 patients a day, and they’re in the top 3 percent of hospice programs in the United States. It’s all about growth, serving the mission, and making the last days of patients as high quality and meaningful as possible.

Leadership Life | Mark Murray | The Mission of Center for Hospice Care

Even though Center for Hospice Care has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, their mission statement has actually shrunk to reflect exactly why they exist: to improve the quality of living for patients. Learn how this plays out across the organization and into the community.

Leadership Life | Mark Murray | Leadership Style in Hospice Care

No matter what the course of business is at any given time at Center for Hospice Care, Mark Murray says it all comes down to a single day of care at the patient bedside. In everyday leadership, Murray pulls from role model Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs. The name on the front is more important than the name on the back, and it’s about working together as a team to meet the mission of caring for the patients.

Leadership Life | Mark Murray | The Value of Community Partnerships

The Center for Hospice Care will open their new 12-bed inpatient unit on the St. Joe River at the end of 2019, offering a beautiful pastoral setting with patios, which can accommodate patient beds, overlooking the river. In fact, the whole campus is a perfect example of healthy public-private partnerships with the city, the parks department and the community, among others. Discover how Center for Hospice Care integrates the parks and their conference center into the care they provide to patients and the engagement they have with the community.

Leadership Life: Mark Murray, President/CEO, Center for Hospice Care
Kids, adults, seniors get fun and funky with braces at Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics Thu, 14 Nov 2019 07:51:42 +0000 Kole Rushmore These days, getting braces doesn’t necessarily mean you’re that awkward teenager with a mouth full of metal. People of all ages are choosing to adjust their smiles, and many adults are taking advantage of new treatment options outside of the typical metal braces. In fact, the team at Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics has seen an increase in adult patients seeking that picture-perfect smile, and they’re having fun doing it.

“Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen a 10 to 15 percent increase in adults getting braces, since there are now more aesthetically pleasing options for braces,” said Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, D.D.S.

“The average age for adults who are getting braces is between 30 and 40 years old, but we’re also seeing people in their 70s and even 80s,” said Dr. Matthew Nondorf, D.D.S. “Some of those people had braces as teenagers and had a relapse from braces they wanted to correct.”

The thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage some from seeking treatment, but today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and oral appliances that are comfortable, aesthetically more pleasing, and customized to meet your needs. Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics offers a variety of styles, materials, and colors of braces. The practice’s most common options include ceramic braces that blend in with your teeth, invisible braces, and traditional metal braces.

“With all the options that are available on the market, braces are more comfortable than ever before,” Nondorf said. “Each type of braces comes with many customizable options for clients to choose from, in a variety of colors.”

“Patients always seem to have fun when it comes time to customize their braces to their liking,” Cavanaugh said. “We have one client who let her grandkids pick the color of her braces.”

For an adult, treatment through braces may take anywhere from six months to a year or more depending on the severity of the patient’s teeth.  

For younger patients getting braces, the jawbones are still developing. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends visiting the orthodontist around age 7. By then, most children have started to lose their baby teeth and inherit their adult teeth, which makes it easier for orthodontists to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems early, without surgery. Early treatment allows the orthodontist to:

  • create additional space for crowded teeth
  • correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
  • regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life. 

Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics makes getting braces as convenient and efficient as possible.

“When a patient comes in for a consultation, we take pictures of their mouth, take X-rays using our new state-of-the-art machine, do a clinical exam, take molds, then we discuss treatment,” Nondorf said. “From there, we’re able to install the braces right away.” 

Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics understands adults and children have different needs and require a different level of care. Their expert team will work with you to ensure you receive the proper treatments to meet your needs and expectations. 

To contact Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics to schedule a consultation, call (219)-476-4110. For more information or to get to know the practice, visit them online at

Kids, adults, seniors get fun and funky with braces at Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics
Alex Heck to join Valpo Men’s Golf program Wed, 13 Nov 2019 23:04:02 +0000 Valparaiso University The Valparaiso University men’s golf program officially welcomed its newest member on Wednesday as Alex Heck (Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove) has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the team for the 2020-2021 academic and athletic year.

“Our program is thrilled to welcome Alex as the newest member of the team,” Valpo head coach Dave Gring said. “Our players and coaches have been eagerly looking forward to Alex joining our team and each one of us knows that he will be an impact player for us starting his freshman year. He has surrounded himself with a tremendous support system throughout his high school career, from his coaches and teammates to his family and teachers. Alex has a wonderful family, with his parents, his grandparents and his older brother providing exceptional support and encouragement for him throughout all of his classroom activities and golf tournaments.”

Heck has been a part of a successful Center Grove program, leading the team to three sectional titles, three regional crowns, the 2017 state championship, and state runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2019.

A three-time varsity letter winner and two-time all-county honoree, Heck was named the 2019 Johnson County Player of the Year. He has twice earned all-conference accolades and was the 2019 individual sectional champion (-2, 70) and the 2019 individual regional champion (-3, 69), making him the only player in the state to win both sectionals and regionals. Other individual honors include 2017 Center Grove High School Golf Freshman of the Year, 2018 Center Grove Mental Attitude Award Winner and 2019 Center Grove Golf MVP.

“This young man is a winner, and we love the energy and excitement he will bring to our team,” Gring said. “He is in the middle of one of the best junior/senior years in high school that I’ve ever seen, winning a lot of tournaments during the spring season of his junior year and during this past summer. His wedge game and putting are exceptional and his accuracy off the tee and into greens is excellent. He knows how to close rounds and tournaments and play through adversity. Most importantly, he really enjoys playing golf and his attitude is fabulous. We are blessed with his addition to the team and we will look forward to having him on campus with us next year.”

Heck had seven wins in 2019 including a victory on the Golfweek Junior Tour and three on the Indiana Junior Tour. He won the 2019 Legends Golf Club Championship, shooting 68-64 (-12). His impressive resume also includes five top international placings, which came at the 2018 Optimist International Championship (22nd/133), the Canadian World Junior Challenge (15th/70), the 2019 Innisbrook Easter Classic (10th/59), the 2019 Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament (38th/124) and the 2019 Golfweek International Invite (15th/74). His top national placing was fifth in a 59-golfer field at the 2019 AJGA Junior at Knollwood presented by Yoder Oil.

Also a standout in the classroom, Heck plans to study business/engineering at Valpo. He holds a weighted grade point average of 4.1, is a three-time academic all-conference recipient and is a member of Spanish Honor Society and the Academy of Finance.

“Alex is a balanced young man, performing at a very high level both on the golf course and in the classroom,” Gring said. “He’s already a terrific fit for our program. I’ve deeply admired how well he has done in his classes and with his grades while executing a rigorous practice and tournament schedule throughout the year. He somehow finds time to make excellent grades, win golf tournaments, participate in extracurricular activities and spend time with friends and family – and he enjoys all of it in the process.” 

Alex Heck to join Valpo Men’s Golf program
Memorial Opera House presents Hometown Heroes: A Salute to Veterans lunchtime cabaret Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:58:39 +0000 Kali Beatty It’s no secret that Valparaiso welcomes its veteran community with open arms. The Memorial Opera House, one of the city’s most prominent historical sites, was built on the traditions and values of our troops, so it would only make sense that they put on a show free to veterans to thank them for their service. Many supporters and veterans alike came out to enjoy live performances of classic hits like “Beyond the Sea” and “I’ll Be Seeing You,” along with several odes to America. 

The Memorial Opera House staff wanted to create a nostalgic event for all veterans. From World War II to Vietnam to Iraq, the live performances brought back feels for everyone. The Cabaret Coordinator for Memorial Opera House, Bobbie Sue Kvachkoff, knows that we wouldn’t be where we are today without our veterans, so being able to thank them for their service during an afternoon performance is beyond important. 

“[John Peluso’s] goal was to create a cabaret full of music that either influenced them, made them think of home, or got them through the day while they were overseas fighting for our freedom,” Kavachkoff said. “Everything we have today is because of the veterans and watching all of the veterans come in, in their hats or jackets is emotional, it’s nice to see everyone be supportive.”

Last year, Director of the Hometown Heroes: A Salute to Veterans Cabaret, John Peluso, had the idea to do something a little different with the veteran’s cabaret. He wanted to include music that spoke to their personal experiences instead of the typical uniform respect of patriotism. He even went to the length of asking some veterans personally what songs stuck with them most. 

Hometown Heroes: A Salute To Veterans 2019

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“We dedicate one day a year to celebrating veterans, but the Memorial Opera House was founded for the purpose of furthering the mission that veterans had fought for and in this community we have a lot of veterans,” Peluso said. “We can’t do what we do without the service of others, so being able to take the timely opportunity to give back to that and recognize all of the sacrifices they made, I think is an important part of recognizing the entire history and purpose of this facility.”

The Memorial Opera House hosts six lunchtime cabarets every year and have done so for the last ten years with the veterans cabaret starting almost six years ago. 

“The building is of course a monument to veterans of the Civil War and all wars and we wanted to make sure we were honoring our vets today and we’re doing so through some really great songs and we’re really excited for it,” said Scot MacDonald, executive director of Memorial Opera House. “[The veterans] really appreciate it. They love being able to hear the songs that remind them of their time serving and also just really appreciate that we’re saying thank you, and that’s what’s most important.”

Marine Corps, Navy Reserves, and Army National Guard veteran, Walter White (not to be confused with Heisenberg as he points out) is a retired Staff Sergeant who is also a regular at the Memorial Opera House. As a veteran of both the Vietnam and Gulf wars, something drastically different happened when he came home from the latter, he was welcomed. He couldn’t be happier to be a part of a community that is so appreciative of veterans. 

“Thanks are appreciated. I was at the very beginning of Vietnam and when I came home I met total indifference. It wasn’t until later on when Vietnam vets started thanking ourselves because it seemed like no one else cared one way or the other,” White said. “When I came home from the Gulf War, we had a tremendous amount of welcome home because everyone decided that never again will we abandon our brothers, so being thanked is a welcomed change.”

For more information on Memorial Opera House, go to

Memorial Opera House presents Hometown Heroes: A Salute to Veterans lunchtime cabaret
Valpo erases double-figure deficit for road victory at SIUE Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:43:42 +0000 Valparaiso University The comeback kids were at it again on Tuesday night at the Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, Ill.

Another resilient effort resulted in a road triumph as the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team transformed a double-figure first-half deficit into a double-figure victory, topping host SIUE 89-76. Sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) has turned heads every time he’s taken the court this season, but Tuesday marked his best night yet with a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds.

How It Happened

  • Valpo scored the first six points of the game, but the Cougars quickly battled back. They turned an 11-7 Valpo lead into a 21-11 edge of their own by virtue of a 14-0 run from the 16:14 mark to the 13:00 minute of the first half.
  • The Brown & Gold responded with eight straight points, capped by a Mileek McMillan (Merrillville, Ind. / Merrillville) trey to make it 21-19 SIUE with 11:08 to go in the first half.
  • The SIUE lead was 33-25 with 7:34 left in the first half, but a 3-pointer by Donovan Clay (Alton, Ill. / Alton) with 7:15 to play in the half was followed by a Freeman-Liberty scoring burst to help Valpo trim the margin.
  • A strong finish to the half ended with Sigurd Lorange (Trondheim, Norway / Metis Videregaende Skole) burying a triple at the buzzer to send Valpo into the break down just two at 46-44. That marked the freshman’s first collegiate basket.
  • McMillan’s layup with 17:37 left in the second half put Valpo ahead 48-46, its first lead since 11-9 in the first five minutes of the game.
  • Valpo went on to score the first nine points of the second half, a 12-0 run dating back to the end of the first half. That put the team ahead 53-46 with 16:37 to play.
  • The Brown & Gold went on another 11-point run, building up a 15-point lead with 9:16 to play. Freeman-Liberty continued to dominate, while Nick Robinson (Chicago, Ill. / Kenwood [Saint Joseph’s]) and John Kiser (Noblesville, Ind. / Noblesville) also made big plays on both ends of the court.
  • The quality free-throw shooting of Robinson helped Valpo seal the victory in the final minutes. He made six free throws down the stretch and had eight points in the last four minutes of the game.

Inside the Game

  • Freeman-Liberty had his second career double-double and first since Jan. 29 of last season, when he had 12 points and 15 boards vs. Missouri State. His 13 rebounds on Tuesday marked his second-most behind the aforementioned game against the Bears.
  • The Valpo sophomore’s 30 points eclipsed his previous personal best of 27, which was set on Feb. 5, 2019, against Illinois State. He became the first Valpo player with a 30-point output since Bakari Evelyn on Nov. 25, 2017 vs. UNCW. Entering Tuesday’s action, there were only 23 instances of a player posting a 30-point game in the nation this season. Only one player in The Valley entered Tuesday with a 30-point game to his credit (Keandre Cook of Missouri State, 31 vs. Alabama State).
  • Robinson posted a career-high 19 points while grabbing eight rebounds and going a perfect 8-of-8 at the foul stripe. McMillan also finished in double figures with a career-high 13 points on an efficient 5-of-8 from the field.
  • Kiser had his third straight game with seven rebounds or more, squeezing seven caroms in the victory. He also handed out five assists, second only to six by point guard Daniel Sackey (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada / Thornlea). Kiser’s five helpers surpassed his previous career-high of four set in this year’s season opener.
  • Valpo’s largest deficit was 10 with 13 minutes remaining in the opening half. By the midway point in the second half, the Brown & Gold had turned it into a 15-point lead. Valpo has trailed by double figures in the first half in every game this season and have come back to win twice and pull within two in the other. This marked the first time Valpo has come from double figures down to win by double figures since Feb. 17, 2018, a 77-64 win over Bradley.
  • Clay made his first career start in his return to his hometown area. Edwardsville is a short drive away from Alton, Ill., and Valpo practiced at his alma mater on Monday.

Thoughts from Head Coach Matt Lottich

“The message at halftime was that this wasn’t who we are, and we did a good job establishing ourselves in the second half. We’re doing a good job of closing games well defensively, but we’ve got to get back to the drawing board on how to start games well defensively. We’ve found ways to win two out of three so far. This is a hard game to play at the end of a five-day trip, so I’m pleased with the victory.”

“They were pressuring Javon a little bit, and he was able to get by his defender and did a really good job finishing. Teams have to crowd Javon this year because he can shoot. Last year, teams tried to lay off him a little bit. He’s playing very well right now. The other thing that sometimes goes unnoticed is how well our guys have been working together. Their movement and screening have helped him get the opportunities he’s gotten. It is great when you have a guy who can throw in 30, but it is a team effort always.”

“With Ryan Fazekas out, there was some conversation about our starting lineup. Donovan Clay and John Kiser have both played well. I like Donovan’s enthusiasm in the lineup and I like Kiser’s veteran presence off the bench. I talked to John about it, and he said, ‘Coach, I’m here for the team.’ I thought Donovan did really well embracing the opportunity.”

“Our zone helped; it forced them to be a little bit tentative on the offensive end. They’re a good zone defensive team, and I thought we did a good job attacking that tonight.”

Up Next

Valpo (2-1) will return home to host North Dakota on Sunday afternoon in a game that tips off at 1:30 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center. It is slated to air on ESPN3 with links to live video, audio, and stats available on 

Valpo erases double-figure deficit for road victory at SIUE
Leasing Consultant Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:05:20 +0000 The Lakes of Valparaiso Weiss Entities, Valparaiso IN

Job Description:

Weiss Entities is accepting resumes for the position of Full-time Leasing Consultant for The Lakes of Valparaiso, a Luxury Apartment Community located in Valparaiso, IN. We are looking for an Experienced Leasing Consultant to join our incredible team.

Candidate should have EXCELLENT customer service skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Other skills needed are highly organized, detail-oriented with a focus on accuracy, positive attitude, basic computer skills and a willingness to succeed. Weekend work is required.


  • Maintain a professional, yet friendly atmosphere in the leasing office and other areas where prospective residents and current residents meet.
  • Answer incoming calls and handle accordingly, whether it is a prospect or resident call.
  • Greet prospective residents.
  • Qualify and determine the needs and preferences of prospective residents, professionally presenting the property and specific apartments while outlining features and benefits

Provide a professional, positive and engaging experience for prospects while touring the apartment homes and community.

  • Maintain awareness of local market conditions and trends, contributing ideas to the Property Manager for marketing property and for improving resident satisfaction.
  • Proactively manage sales, outreach, prospecting and lead generation with a primary focus of converting leads into sales. This includes interacting with neighborhood groups and community organizations.
  • Complete all lease applications, assist with application verification and notify prospective residents of results. Prepare miscellaneous communication, as needed and complete all lease paperwork, including related addenda; accept rent and deposits.

Please send resume with qualifications and work history.

Job Types: Full-time, Commission

Salary: 12.00 to 14.00 /hour


  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)
  • leasing: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Customer Service: 1 year (Preferred)


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)
Leasing Consultant
Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine partners with local experts for strong continuum of care Wed, 13 Nov 2019 20:44:22 +0000 Kole Rushmore Even with nearly 20 years of experience using state-of-the-art technology, Great Lakes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PC, is committed to partnering with other local experts to provide excellent care to patients. Such is the case regarding their work with Center for Orthotic & Prosthetic Excellence (COPE). Together, the organizations are transforming lives for the better in Northwest Indiana.

While Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides leading-edge medical care to patients who need joint replacement or other musculoskeletal care, COPE provides an important continuum of care, offering comprehensive orthotics and prosthetics that allow patients to live without limitations. 

“We’re able to better provide for our patients and give their lives back to them,” said Brian Steinberg, CO, LOC, president and founder of COPE. “The partnership with Great Lakes Orthopedics is allowing us to collaborate to define a personalized care plan for our patients.”

After leaving his practice in Niles, Mich. in 2007, Steinberg wanted to return to his home in Northwest Indiana. While looking for a location for his practice, Steinberg found the ideal spot in St. John in a space above the Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine office. It was during a conversation with Dr. Keith Pitchford that a life-changing partnership was formed.

Steinberg said the value of joining forces with Great Lakes Orthopedics is their dedication to providing direct physician-to-patient orthopedic care and a smooth continuum-of-care model.

“Being able to share expertise and discuss a plan of care for patients means we have devised a model similar to the best clinics around the globe, such as the Mayo Clinic,” Steinberg said.

When patients at Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine need orthotic or prosthetic care, physicians there refer to offices such as COPE, where Steinberg and his expert team start with an individualized plan.

“First, we evaluate the patient’s needs, find out what their lifestyle is like (activity level, line of work, etc.), then, we create an orthosis that meets those needs,” Steinberg said.

For example, if a patient has arthritis in one knee and one side is collapsed more, causing bone-on-bone pain, COPE engineers a specific knee orthosis that realigns that knee, preventing pain and improving mobility for the patient.

“I have a patient who almost required the use of a walker and had a very difficult time getting around with severe knee pain. With Dr. Pitchford’s team expertise and our combination of bracing, we were able to get that patient back to their everyday life,” he added. 

Over the last decade or so, Steinberg said, technology has propelled medical care to new heights. Technological advances in materials are allowing COPE to make prosthetics that can mimic a patient’s leg and bioelectric arms that can help patients who have lost function of their arms and hands. 

For people with spinal cord injuries, the practice can engineer an exoskeletal device that essentially acts as a skeleton outside the body, providing support so patients can walk again. Patients can go from sitting to standing even though they have no feelings below their waste.

“To be able to provide this kind of extraordinary care to patients for their overall health is amazing,” Steinberg said. 
For more information on Great Lakes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, visit their website or call (219)-696-6353.

Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine partners with local experts for strong continuum of care
A Valparaiso Life in the Spotlight: Jason Moorehead Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:00:26 +0000 Andrew Redick Valparaiso resident Jason Moorehead feels like he’s landed in just the right place for this point in his life.

Originally from Jackson, Mich., Moorehead moved to Valparaiso after spending time in Pennsylvania. While he does hope to eventually move toward a warmer climate, Ft. Lauderdale to be exact – he is happy to be in the Midwest.

“I came back here because I thought it would be a great place for my kids to grow up,” Moorehead said. “Valpo has a great downtown and hosts a lot of great events for the community and that’s what has really drawn me here.”

Since 2006, Moorehead has done as much as he can to be involved in the community. He has worked with New Song Church, hosting prayer groups and assisting them with community engagement. Moorehead wants to continue to see the community headed in the right direction.

“I think they are doing all the right things. The community has grown and changed for the better since I moved here,” he said.”I would like to do whatever I can to help make sure Valparaiso continues to grow.”

Just like the pride that he feels living in a great community, Moorehead also takes great pride in his business. He is a Senior Project Manager for Landmark Sign Group, which manufactures custom signs for businesses. His goal: 100 percent customer satisfaction.

“My favorite part about work is the sense of pride I get seeing that I had the chance to help promote a company. It feels great to see what you worked on come out exactly the way you want it,” Moorehead said.

Not everything is work for Moorehead. He has a number of unique hobbies, including hockey, which also is responsible for his interesting childhood nickname.

“My uncle used to call me zamboni, because when I fell down, I slid and cleaned a patch of ice,” he laughed. “To this day the nickname has stuck. Everyone calls me that, sometimes even my parents do.”

Moorehead has been on skates since he was 3 years old and now plays in a men’s league in Valparaiso.

When he’s not on the ice, Moorhead is on asphalt. Over the last 13 years, he has been a respectable racecar driver, garnering a league championship in 2017. For this achievement, Moorehead got his wish of warmer weather, winning a week-long cruise in the caribbean. The trip was much needed, and Moorehead took the chance then to show off another of his skills.

“I took part in a lip sync battle and came in second,” he said. “They dressed me up in a wig and dress as Tina Turner and made me sing Proud Mary. I nailed it.”

Jason “Zamboni” Moorehead has a lot to be proud of, from his career to his Tina Turner tributes. His next big accomplishment? Learning how to play shuffleboard.

A Valparaiso Life in the Spotlight: Jason Moorehead
Hospitals of Community Healthcare System welcome practitioners to physician network Wed, 13 Nov 2019 03:31:49 +0000 Community Healthcare System Community Healthcare System recently welcomed several practitioners to the Community Care Network, Inc. (CCNI) team of physicians. Among the specialties these physicians and surgeons represent are colorectal/general surgery, family medicine, internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. The CCNI group of physicians are closely affiliated with Community Healthcare System’s hospitals: Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart and specialty hospital, Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center in Crown Point.

OB/GYN Omar Abuzeid, MD, completed his residency and internship at Hurley Medical Center/Michigan State University. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He is on staff at Community Hospital and is accepting new patients. For an appointment, call 219-836-5512.

Internal Medicine Practitioner Ragini Bielski, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. She completed her residency and internship Loyola University Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Rush Medical College, Chicago. She is on staff at St. Mary Medical Center and Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center. She is accepting new patients. For an appointment, call 219-661-6157.

Also new to CCNI is general surgeon Katherine Foley, MD, on staff at St. Mary Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Orlando Health in Orlando and her residency through Abington Hospital, Abington, PA. Foley received her medical degree at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Foley sees patients in Hobart at St. Mary Medical Center, 1400 S. Lake Park Ave., Suite 202. She also has an office at the Valparaiso Health Center of St. Mary Medical Center, 3800 St. Mary Dr., Suite 201, Valparaiso. To make an appointment, call 219-947-6690.

Board Certified Family Medicine Practitioner Dan P. Kaup, MD, served his residency and internship at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, WA. He received his medical degree at the University of Kansas. He is on staff at St. Mary Medical Center and is accepting new patients. To make an appointment at his office in Valparaiso, 1051 Southpoint Circle, Suite A, call 219-286-3855.

To find a CCNI physician near you, visit or call the physician referral line toll-free at 866-836-3477.

Hospitals of Community Healthcare System welcome practitioners to physician network
Join Franciscan Health Fitness Centers for annual Fall Open House at all three clubs: Chesterton, Chicago Heights, Schererville Wed, 13 Nov 2019 03:05:51 +0000 Franciscan Health WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 9AM – 8PM

Join in at the club of your choice, between 9 am-8 pm. Free all day, including facility tours, educational booths, chair massages (Chesterton), Refreshments and over $1,500 in giveaways between the three clubs. Go dressed in your workout clothes and ready to join the fun, see schedule of events below!

Schedule of Events

Chesterton and Schererville- Schedule of Events

· 9 am – Group Exercise Class featuring Myzone

· 9 am – Cycling Class featuring Myzone

· 10 am – Aqua Exercise

· 10 am – Noon – Train with the Trainer (30 min. sessions)

·  1 pm – LesMills Virtual SH’BAM featuring Myzone

·  3 pm – LesMills Virtual BODYFLOW featuring Myzone

·  4:30 pm – Afterburn, powered by Alloy featuring Myzone

·  5:30 pm – Cycling featuring Myzone

·  6 pm – 8 pm – Train with the Trainer (30 min. sessions)

Chicago Heights – Schedule of Events

·  5:45 am – EXTREME Fit HIIT (30 min. sessions)

·  6:15 am – EXTREME Fit HIIT (30 min. sessions)

·  9:30 am – Aqua Circuit

·  10:30 am – Cardio Dance

·  5 pm – Yoga DeStress

·  7 pm – EXTREME Fit Combat Kickbox

·  8 pm – EXTREME Fit Jump

Visit the KidZone

The Kid Zone, located within all three clubs, is a convenient way to fit in your workout while your children share, learn and play! Age-appropriate toys are also available.

Learn more information and RSVP at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers are located at 810 Michael Drive, Chesterton, IN, 219-983-9832, 100 W. 197th Place, Chicago Heights, IL 708-755-3020 and 221 US Hwy 41, Suite A, Schererville, IN 219-865-6969.

Join Franciscan Health Fitness Centers for annual Fall Open House at all three clubs: Chesterton, Chicago Heights, Schererville