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Community Involvement

Nurse-Family Partnership nurses visit the Family Birthing Center for orientation on a program to reduce infant mortality rates in Lake County.

Beyond Hospital Walls

St. Catherine Hospital's reputation as a premiere leader in the field of medicine has stretched well beyond the Northwest Indiana border.

It opened the state's first School of Nursing with eight-hour days, performed the first open heart surgery in the Calumet Region, and in the new Millenium, became one of 26 hospitals in the nation to offer CyberKnife® to patients diagnosed with rare, hard-to-treat tumors.

Today, the 205-bed acute care hospital operating within the Community Healthcare System continues its mission to extend healing and hope beyond the walls of our East Chicago medical facility.

Our public health initiatives reach well into the community and the neighboring cities of Hammond, Whiting and Gary.

St. Catherine Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality healthcare in a cost-effective way, respecting the dignity of the individual and serving the needs of all people -- including the poor and disadvantaged.
In addition to the hospital services we provide, we offer treatment through: 

  • Behavioral Health Services outpatient and intensive outpatient programs, 4321 Fir St., East Chicago, and the Centers for Mental Wellness in East Chicago and Crown Point.
  • Whiting Community Health Center, 1516 119th St., Whiting, a full-service family medical center with a laboratory, physical therapy area and services by doctors and nurse practitioners specializing in family, internal, pediatric, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and pulmonary care.
  • Hessville Family Care Center, 3432 169th St, Hammond, a center addressing family care and women's wellness needs.
  • Center for Diabetes, an outpatient center offering patients at risk counseling and classes on preventing and self-managing the disease.
  • Outpatient Retail Pharmacy, a service to ensure patients have access to proper medication before and after their hospital stay. The pharmacy, open to the public, offers low cost prescriptions, personal medication consultations, routine vaccinations and education about medications.

 Good Health Through Collaboration

Through the year, the hospital offers three major Health Fairs with free screenings and guest speakers on a variety of health topics.

St. Catherine Hospital provides free blood pressure screenings in the community, and hosts a monthly Well Walker's Club in East Chicago, Highland and Whiting. Physician presentations and symposiums are conducted through the year on topics that include hearing loss, aging and depression, stroke, diabetes and healthy living.

Community Health Priorities

While all Community Healthcare Systems work collaboratively toward your good health, St. Catherine Hospital works close-to-home on four priority areas: Diabetes, Heart Disease & Stroke, Nutrition and Weight, Infant & Child Health and Mental Health. 

St. Catherine Hospital's department of Occupational Health has broadened its outreach in the marketplace, as well, offering a variety of opportunities for corporations and businesses to bring healthcare related services, seminars and screenings to the marketplace.

We collaborate on walks to raise funds for cures and treatments in cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and many other debilitating conditions. 

Patients received a St. Valentine’s Day surprise visit by young teen Saidah RamosSt. Catherine Hospital and the Family Birthing Center played a role in bringing the Nurse-Family Partnership to Northwest Indiana. The program pairs a registered nurse with a vulnerable mother who is pregnant with her first baby, so the young family has a healthy first start in life.

As we pay close attention to keeping moms and their babies safe, we also recognize the need to serve our aging population.

Care Vans offer transit opportunities; and our team of volunteers hone a sense of belonging for seniors in the community.

Our Fitness Center is open to the public through a low-cost membership program aimed at preventing diabetes, heart disease and obesity. And St. Catherine Hospital offers SilverSneakers, a Medicaid-driven fitness program in the hospital's Fitness Center to seniors.

Click here to learn more about our community outreach programs and classes.