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The National Weather Service says a potententially significant storm system will lift northeast into the Ohio Valley Saturday night and Sunday, a system has the potential to produce several inches of accumulating snowfall after midnight Saturday night through Sunday. However, meteorologists say there is still some uncertainty on the precise track of this system, and that could affect snow amounts and where the heaviest snow might fall.
(Photo Courtesy of the United Way of Porter County)
Porter Health Care System was named "Company of the Year" by United Way of Porter County at the 2013 United Way Volunteer of the Year Awards State Banquet held March 7th at the Fountains Banquet and Conference Center, Carmel.
“With health as one of United Way’s primary impact areas, it was an honor to nominate Porter Health Care System, which has been recognized for the award-winning medical care it provides to Northwest Indiana,” stated Sharon A. Kish, President of United Way of Porter County. United Way annually invests in three core initiatives which serve as the building blocks for a good quality of life: Health, Education and Financial Stability.
Led by CEO Jonathan Nalli, and CFO Cheryl Harmon, who serves as United Way’s current Board Chair, Porter Health Care System is committed to United Way efforts. Jonathan and his wife, Cathleen, chaired United Way’s 2011/12 Annual Campaign, which raised $1.8 million in Porter County. This past year, Porter also hosted United Way’s 1st Annual CEO Leadership Breakfast in the new Porter Regional Hospital before it opened. With standing room only, the event was a great start to their campaign. In addition, Porter served as the Premier Sponsor for United Way’s Annual Golf Classic in its 1st year at Sand Creek Country Club, and will serve again this year in 2013.
“Porter Health Care System is a great advocate for volunteerism,” added Kish. In 2012, the company served as the Corporate Steward Sponsor for the United Way Regional Volunteer Center. Among the sponsored activities is the Regional Day of Caring, which attracts more than 2,000 volunteers each year.
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On a 93-0 vote today, members of the Indiana House approved Senate Bill 177, which contains a series of provisions assisting veterans who wish to attend a state-supported college or university once they have completed their service.
Among those provisions is a proposal from Candelaria Reardon that ensures that any child of a veteran with any form of service-related disability will be able to attend college without paying any tuition or fees. The benefit covers students pursuing an undergraduate degree and covers a four-year period.
“This change corrects an egregious error made by the Indiana General Assembly back in 2011, when it was decided to scale back this plan in an effort by the previous administration to cut costs,” Candelaria Reardon said.
“Up until 2011, any child of a veteran with any level of disability was able to attend college and have 100 percent of tuition and fees remitted over a four-year period,” she continued. “The change from 2011 reduced the level of benefits, which meant some children would have to pay for a portion of tuition and fees.
“I felt that change reneged on our commitment to take care of those who give so much to take care of the rest of us, particularly when you consider that at the same time the Republican majority in the Legislature was cutting this benefit for disabled Hoosiers, they were also cutting corporate taxes,” Candelaria Reardon said. “This year was a perfect time to restore a sense of fairness to this issue.”
Senate Bill 177 also provides that combat veterans can receive in-state tuition if they choose to go to a college or university in Indiana within a year of being discharged from their service. The bill also enables veterans to pursue a higher education with their tuition and fees frozen at a fixed rate over four years.
“It is very easy for us to talk about demonstrating a commitment to those who place themselves in harm’s way, but I think now is the time to put those words into definitive actions that tell our veterans that we care for them, and we are willing to do everything we can to thank them for their service and help both them and their families,” Candelaria Reardon concluded.
Senate Bill 177 now returns to the Indiana Senate to see if members there concur with changes made in the House....
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Indiana leads the nation in Powerball jackpot wins with 38. A Hoosier Lottery player laid claim to the very first Powerball jackpot win in the first Powerball drawing in April 1992. Two of the game's top ten ranking jackpots -- $314.3 million and $295 million -- were also scored in Indiana.
A broken rail is delaying westbound South Shore trains today, according to officials with Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. NICTD issued this advisory this morning:
Westbound South Shore Trains originating out of the Shops/Carroll Avenue are expected to be 15-20 minutes late due to a broken rail causing red signals west of our 11st Station in Michigan City. Please be at your departing station on time incase delays are shorter than expected.
Health indicators used in the study include smoking, obesity, and alcohol use as well as income and education.
For all the county rankings and data click here: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/indiana/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank
Chief Keith Cash (Photo provided/IU)
Indiana University Bloomington Police Chief Keith Cash passed away suddenly Wednesday evening. The university issued a news release saying the " entire Indiana University Bloomington community is deeply saddened and shocked by the unexpected death of IU Police Chief Keith Cash, who passed away at approximately 6:20 p.m." Wednesday at Bloomington Hospital of natural causes.
Cash, a 29-year veteran of the IU Police Department, was named chief in October 2010 after serving as an operations captain on the force for nine years. During his time as chief, Cash, 50, oversaw a police force of approximately 100 officers and staff responsible for the public safety of IU's flagship campus.
"Keith served Indiana University with enormous distinction and honor for nearly three decades, culminating in a highly successful, and all too short, tenure as chief," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Keith's love for this university, and the Bloomington campus in particular, was apparent to all who knew him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family members. He will be greatly missed, and we all grieve at the loss of such a wonderful man."
Cash, a native of Jeffersonville, Ind., earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice from IU Bloomington and in 2004 graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. Cash was honored in 2011 by IU student media with the Trevor R. Brown Award, given annually to the IU Bloomington staff member who demonstrated respect and support for the First Amendment and student media.
Cash also was an instructor at the IU Police Academy and a guest lecturer in criminal justice and other classes at IU Bloomington. He served on the board of the Indiana Association of Indiana Chiefs of Police and was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
"Keith was ideally suited for the role of police chief of one of the largest college campuses in the United States," said Mark Bruhn, associate vice president for public safety and institutional assurance. "Keith was admired and respected by the entire police force and, on a personal note, I will be forever grateful for his wise counsel. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."
IU Executive Vice President for University Regional Affairs, Planning and Policy John Applegate added, "Keith had a deep understanding of the IU Bloomington campus and community, as well as an appreciation of the unique challenges of ensuring the safety of the more than 40,000 students who call IU Bloomington home each year."
Cash is survived by his mother, Judy Cash; father, Tom Cash; brother Mike; and brother and sister-in-law Steve and Nancy Cash. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Deputy Chief Laury Flint, who will serve as acting police chief until a permanent successor is named, called Cash "the type of leader you can't replace and a true mentor to me and other members of the force."
"Keith was as fine an officer as I have had the honor to work with during my more than 30 years with the IU Police Department," said Jerry Minger, who oversees the police forces on all IU campuses in his role as public safety director. "I have lost a dear friend, and the IU community has lost one of its best advocates and protectors. The entire IU Police family mourns the loss of Keith Cash."
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Nationally, the data revealed that unhealthy counties have more than twice the rate of premature deaths than healthy ones and childhood poverty rates are twice as high in unhealthy counties. The Rankings allow counties to see how they compare to other counties within the state based on a range of factors that influence health including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family and social support. This year’s Rankings include new measures, such as how many dentists are in a community per resident.
“Statewide, we know that we have major improvements to make in infant mortality, childhood immunizations, obesity and smoking,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D.
“The annual County Health Rankings provide us with an additional data set to show exactly where Indiana communities are struggling, as well as providing resources to assist them with their improvement plans.”
The Rankings include a snapshot of each county in the state with a color-coded map comparing each county’s overall health ranking. There are also new county-level trend graphs detailing change over time for several of the measures, including children in poverty, unemployment and quality of care.
“We all have a stake in creating a healthier community and no single sector alone can tackle the health challenges in any given community,” said Patrick Remington, M.D., MPH, professor and associate dean at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “Collaboration is critical. The Rankings are sparking action all over the country as people from all sectors join forces to create new possibilities in health—county by county.”
According to this year’s Rankings, the 10 healthiest Indiana counties based on health outcomes are: Hamilton, Hendricks, Boone, Dubois, LaGrange, Wells, Brown, Tippecanoe, Whitley and Putnam. The 10 counties with the lowest health outcomes are: Lawrence, Vermillion, Sullivan, Orange, Jennings, Starke, Blackford, Fayette, Crawford and Scott. For more about information or to view the report, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org.
Last year, the Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Hospital Association, and the Indiana Business Research Center launched the Indiana INdicators website (www.IndianaIndicators.org). This free data resource is available to help Indiana communities perform community health needs assessments, guide the development of community improvement plans and much more. IndianaINdicators.org provides the most current Indiana health-related data and information at the state and local levels in an easy to search and sort format and can be used as a supplement to the annual County Health Rankings information.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter (@RWJF) and Facebook (facebook.com/RobertWoodJohnsonFoundation).
About the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute is the focal point within the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for translating public health and health policy research into policy and practice. The Institute strives to:
· Address a broad range of real-world problems of topical importance to government, business, providers and the public;
· Promote partnerships of inquiry between researchers and users of research, breaking down barriers between the academic community and public and private sector policy makers;
· Make useful contributions to public health and health policy decisions that improve the health of the public. For more information, visit http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu/.
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