Date: 1/24/2013

Valparaiso Health Center hosts Community Open House

The lobby of the new Valparaiso Health Center of St. Mary Medical Center features spacious surroundings with upscale finishes and natural décor, bringing the beauty of the great outdoors inside.

St. Mary Medical Center is opening the new, $17 million Valparaiso Health Center on Monday, February 4, 2013. The 55,000 square-foot outpatient facility is packed with quality services and exceptional choices in healthcare for residents of Porter and LaPorte counties.

An Open House will be held for the public to preview the new health center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26, at 3800 St. Mary Drive, near the corner of SR 49 and Burlington Beach Road. Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije will be on hand between 12 and 2 p.m., to sign autographs and meet fans. Chicago radio legend Dick Biondi and 94.7/WLS-FM will simulcast from the event. Festivities feature giveaways and free prizes, including a chance to win a three-day Funjet Vacation to Riviera Maya Mexico.

During the Open House, visitors can tour the facility, meet staff and physicians, and learn about the comprehensive services available at the center. Specialists in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology, neurology, weight-loss and bariatric medicine, as well as integrative medicine, will be on hand. A full, clinical laboratory, advanced diagnostic imaging, including the latest MRI, CT, digital x-ray, and ultrasound, as well as outpatient rehabilitation and an Immediate Care Center round out the full scope of medical services available at the Valparaiso facility.

“The Valparaiso Health Center represents our philosophy of bringing the highest quality services to the communities we serve,” said Janice Ryba, CEO, St. Mary Medical Center. “Not only are we able to provide a comprehensive array of services all in one location, we have them in a space that is designed to be conducive to healing. We are all committed to providing quality, convenience and expertise among beautiful, comfortable surroundings.”

St. Mary Medical Center’s Women’s Diagnostic Center at the Valparaiso site will offer the latest 3D digital mammography. Women will also have the advantage of new technology - a bone densitometry system. The equipment provides full-body composition scans, allowing for a more complete view of a patient’s body mass as well as bone density.

The Immediate Care Center is equipped with eight exam rooms and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Immediate Care will be staffed by Community Care Network physicians and staff — medical professional who provide high-quality healthcare services of St. Mary Medical Center and Community Healthcare System throughout Northwest Indiana.

“The Valparaiso Health Center represents Community Healthcare System’s tradition of contributing to a higher quality of life and health to the residents of our communities,” said John Gorski, COO of Community Healthcare System. “As a Northwest Indiana-based not-for-profit healthcare system, we have a commitment to reinvesting into the technologies and services that contribute to the strength and vitality of our neighborhoods and the people we serve.”

In addition to the array of medical services available at the Valparaiso Health Center, the building will also offer two community rooms for educational presentations and support group meetings, as well as useful resource center, a Garden Café, and a healing garden that will open in the spring.

Besides the Open House planned for Saturday, a ribbon ceremony will be held Thursday, January 24, for city officials and area business and civic representatives. The event will be catered by Valparaiso’s own Strongbow Inn, with flowers provided by the Flower Cart in Valparaiso.

Berglund Construction completed site development as well as the outer shell of the Valparaiso Health Center. Hasse Construction completed the interior build-out of the facility, including architectural features that set the tone for the natural healing elements of the facility.