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      Glaucoma and How It Affects Vision

      Glaucoma is caused by high intraocular pressure (high pressure of fluid inside the eye) and can decrease vision without warning. Glaucoma is one of the most common illnesses affecting the optic nerve. The optic nerve’s job is to transfer visual information to the brain, so when high intraocular pressure occurs, the
      optic nerve compresses, causing cells to die and vision to permanently decline.

      Diagnosing Glaucoma

      Glaucoma is known as “the sneak thief of sight” because there are virtually no symptoms before vision loss occurs. Regular eye exams are the best way to protect your eyesight from glaucoma and other diseases affecting your eyes. Vision loss begins with peripheral (side vision) loss, so you may not notice anything until significant vision loss. Although there is not yet a cure for glaucoma, it can be treated through medication or surgery by stopping the progression if diagnosed.

      Types of Glaucoma

      There are many types of glaucoma, but the two main types are open-angle and angle-closure.

      Open-Angle Glaucoma

      The most common form of glaucoma (about 90%); caused by slow clogging of drainage canals, resulting in increased eye pressure; has symptoms and damage that may go unnoticed; lifelong condition

      Angle-Closure Glaucoma

      Caused by blocked drainage canals, resulting in sudden rise in intraocular pressure; demands immediate medical attention; has symptoms that are usually very noticeable.

      Who Does Glaucoma Affect?

      Glaucoma can affect people of all ages, but most commonly affects middle-aged and older adults. It tends to be inherited, so knowing your family medical history is important. Other risk factors that put individuals at higher
      risk include: diabetes, nearsightedness, previous eye injury, extremely high or low blood pressure, and regular,
      long-term steroid/cortisone usage.

      How Can Therapy Help?

      Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) play a significant role in helping individuals with low vision (resulting from glaucoma and other eye issues). Occupational therapy for someone
      with low vision may include altering daily tasks, assisting with eye drops and other medications, removing/
      altering safety hazards in the home, etc. to help maintain their independence. If you or someone you know has
      low vision, ask your doctor if therapy could benefit you.

      National Glaucoma Month… Did You Know?

      Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma but only half know they have it. Glaucoma can cause blindness if left untreated.

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      POSTED: 12/17/16 at 11:19 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

      Help Keep Our Roads Safe This Spring

      Tom Farms encourages extra caution as planting season begins

      With the warmer weather of spring comes one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year for farmers – planting season. As farmers head to the fields to plant, farm-vehicle traffic increases on local roads and highways. Local farmers encourage all drivers to exercise caution when approaching tractors and farm implements to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

      Kassi Tom Rowland, of Tom Farms in Leesburg, says farmers and other drivers must work together to keep rural roads safe.

      “Planting season is certainly an exciting time for any farmer, but our number one priority will always be safety,” she says. “When operating farm machinery, we’re always extremely alert and aware of others on the road. It’s also important that other drivers take caution and do their part as well to keep everyone on the road safe.”

      More than 157 accidents involving farm equipment occurred in Indiana in 2010. Tom Farms hopes alerting drivers of the increase in farm-vehicle traffic will reduce that number this year.

      Tom Farms has a couple of tips to keep in mind this spring, including:

      • Start slowly applying your brakes early. It takes only five seconds for a vehicle traveling 55 miles per hour to close a 100-yard gap with a tractor moving only 15 miles per hour.
      • A good rule of thumb when following farm equipment is to stay back at least 50 feet.
      • Don’t assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road will turn right or let the vehicle pass. Tractors pulling an implement make wide turns.
      • Speak with young drivers about safety, especially if they are new to the road. Tom says “Some drivers may not know proper procedure when approaching a farm vehicle.”
      • Vehicle collisions most commonly occur between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This four-hour stretch often means increased activity on the road, as many make their way home from work, run errands, attend community activities and shuttle children home from school and extracurricular activities.

      “If farmers and drivers work together and safely share the road, we can reduce accidents and ensure that everyone gets a chance to enjoy the warmer days ahead,” says Rowland.

      POSTED: 04/05/16 at 10:28 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

      Dupont named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals for the third time in five years

      For the second consecutive year, Dupont Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. This is the third time Dupont has been recognized with this honor. It first earned the designation in 2012.

      Conducted annually since 1993, the 100 Top Hospitalsstudy identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard measuring overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability.

      “Nearly 15 years after we first opened our doors as a community hospital focused on the delivery of high-quality patient care and customer service, our team members and physicians continue to demonstrate “The Dupont Difference” in all areas,” said Chad Towner, chief executive officer, Dupont Hospital. “Our role as a catalyst in northern Fort Wayne has been due in large part to results verified by independent organizations and the enthusiasm of families who have grown along with us. We view each accolade we receive as a springboard to bigger and better things, not a finish line.”

      In November, Dupont Hospital was also recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on the Key Quality Measures® in the areas of Surgical Care, Perinatal Care, Pneumonia and Immunization. Dupont is one of only 117 hospitals nationally to achieve the Top Performer distinction in at least one key quality measure for all five years the program has been in existence.

      The current Top Hospitals study concluded that if all hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners:

      • More than 104,000 additional lives could be saved.
      • Nearly 48,400 additional patients could be complication free.
      • $2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved.
      • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

      “The 2016 100 Top Hospitals award winners represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics.  “Hospitals in three out of the five report groups actually reduced overall expense year over year, while improving patient outcomes – exactly the results that the entire industry hopes to attain.”

      To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated close to 3,000 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals. Risk-adjusted methodologies were used to analyze public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare reports. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

      The winning hospitals were announced in the February 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

      More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.

      POSTED: 03/01/16 at 9:04 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

      Lutheran Medical Group cardiologist first in area to be board certified in adult congenital heart disease

      Thanks to technological advances in cardiac care, the number of adults diagnosed with congenital heart disease in the U.S. prior to a catastrophic health event is on the rise. However, the range of abnormalities these patients possess and the complexities of their conditions make caring for them difficult for general cardiologists. Pediatric cardiologists, who often follow patients with congenital heart disease into adult life, are also at a disadvantage, especially as the patients age and their anatomies change.

      Recognizing the challenges associated with treating these conditions and the need for a more specialized emphasis on the delivery of care, the American Board of Internal Medicine created the cardiology subspecialty adult congenital heart disease. ABIM’s first-ever exam for board certification in adult congenital heart disease was offered in October 2015. Having met all the eligibility requirements, Sabeena Ramrakhiani, MD, a Lutheran Medical Group cardiologist, took the inaugural exam and was recently notified by the ABIM that she had become the first physician in the area to earn board certification in the subspecialty.

      “Since being exposed to the field of adult congenital heart disease during my fellowship training, I have had an interest in the field,” said Ramrakhiani. “I am pleased the ABIM recognized the importance of creating this subspecialty. A lot of patients with congenital heart defects often have advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension issues as well, so this new subspecialty ties right in with the services offered at LMG’s new Heart and Vascular Center. I am pleased to be able to care for this unique subgroup of cardiology patients.”

      In addition to being board certified in adult congenital heart disease, Ramrakhiani is also board certified in general cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT imaging and internal medicine. She is also qualified to interpret cardiac MRI scans.

      For more information about scheduling an appointment, patients may call Lutheran Medical Group at (260) 432-2297.

      POSTED: 02/17/16 at 8:47 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

      State Farm Welcomes New Agent Amanda Blackburn to Leo-Cedarvile, IN

      State Farm is pleased to welcome new agent, Amanda Blackburn, to its family of Good Neighbor Agents in Leo, IN. Amanda Blackburn State Farm agency, located at 15001 State Rd 1, Leo, IN 46765, is set to officially open its doors on January 1ST.

      Amanda B.Amanda Blackburn grew up and graduated in New Haven, IN. She attended IPFW where she received her Bachelors degree. Amanda spent 9 years working in the banking industry. She managed a number of branches during her tenure, working with National City, Salin Bank, PNC Bank and Beacon Credit Union. Amanda is member of the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club as well as a number of other small, community organizations.

      Amanda was searching for a solution to better assist her clients and found State Farm. She and her husband, Adam, and their two boys, Evan and Jackson, are excited for the move and to become a part of the community.

      Being a part of this company has allowed me to witness first-hand how much State Farm cares about people,” said Amanda. “I became an agent to help people understand their unique risks and help them find the right resources to realize their dreams.”

      Amanda’s office includes three team members, Eli Smith, Ross Miers and Gunner Hackman which are well prepared to help customers with their insurance and financial services needs. The office will include evening and weekend hours for client convenience.

      Amanda Blackburn State Farm Agency will be hosting an open house on the evening of February 4th between the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 P.M. Please stop in to welcome her and her team to the community.

      About State Farm®

      State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. Our 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 78 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 1.8 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit www.statefarm.com or in Canada www.statefarm.ca.

      POSTED: 01/01/16 at 9:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News


      The Grabill Eye Center recently presented Christian Community Health Care with a contribution toward the clinic's Emergency Funding Campaign.  Mark Schlatter (center), CCHC Executive Director, is surrounded by Grabill Eye Center staff members (L-R) Robin Phillips, Tim Stauffer, Dr. Kara Laughlin, and Danielle Schaper. (photo courtesy Grabill Eye Center)

      A surprise gift from Grabill Eye Center has boosted Christian Community Health Care closer to their Emergency Funding Campaign goal of $31,200.00 by December 31st.  The healthcare clinic, located in downtown Grabill, has experienced a serious shortfall in their budget this winter and is working hard to raise the funds needed for clinic operations.  CCHC has been able to provide free medical services to a record number of patients this year who are facing a variety of challenges with access to healthcare.

      Dr. Kara Laughlin, Optometrist at Grabill Eye Center, commented that Christian Community Health Care "is such a worthy cause" and "a blessing" to the community.  Dr. Laughlin and her staff provide periodic referral services for CCHC patients, and Dr. Laughlin also performs vision screenings during the clinic's annual Free Sports Physicals Day.

      Christian Community Health Care invites other businesses to partner with them in helping area families who need medical assistance this winter.  For more information about the Emergency Funding Campaign, as well as services offered at Christian Community Health Care, visit their website at ChristianCommunityHealthCare.org , their Facebook page, or call 260-627-2242, ext. 7.  Donations can be mailed to PO Box 128, Grabill IN 46741, or can be deposited at any are iAB Financial Bank.  What a great Christmas gift to give to your community!

      POSTED: 12/18/15 at 8:13 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

      Lutheran Hospital hosting spring career fair for medical professionals April 9

      Medical professionals and soon-to-be graduates interested in seeking a career as a registered nurse, surgical technologist or monitor technician are invited to attend a career fair at Lutheran Hospital April 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lutheran is looking for compassionate applicants who want to provide life-changing care for patients in a team-approach culture.

      Participants are asked to RSVP online at LutheranHospital.com/careers .


      The career fair will take place in the Lutheran Hospital South Lobby. Parking is available free of charge in the south parking garage on the Lutheran Hospital campus.

      Career fair attendees can chat with staff and tour:

      • Intensive care units
      • Lutheran Children’s Hospital
      • Medical/surgical unit
      • Neurosciences
      • Telemetry/heart failure unit
      • Surgery

      Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded.

      Clinical staff at Lutheran Hospital have access to: dental, medical and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; life insurance; paid time off; a per diem program; professional development opportunities; a retirement savings plan with company match; schedule flexibility; and tuition reimbursement.

      POSTED: 03/31/15 at 7:14 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

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      POSTED: 07/18/14 at 11:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

      Solve Our Border Crisis
      Senator Dan Coats

      More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children – mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year. Another 40,000 family members – one or both parents traveling with their children – have been apprehended during the same time period.

      To put these numbers in perspective, just three years ago our Border Patrol apprehended 16,000 unaccompanied alien children. In fiscal year 2008, the number was 8,000.

      We cannot sit back and let this situation grow worse, as it does day by day. We must solve this humanitarian crisis and stem the flow of unaccompanied minors entering our country.

      I believe the solution involves four key components:

      1. Enforcing existing law to stop the influx of illegal immigration and return those who have already come.


      Addressing the border crisis is about more than caring for the young boys and girls already in the United States. In reality, the crisis begins when these children start their trip, given the dangers of the journey. Those making the difficult trek from Central America are often in the hands of smugglers or drug runners, largely because of false information and promises that are not true. Sadly, many children experience violence on the way or never make it to the United States.

      Why are they risking their lives to make this journey?


      In 2010, the White House began administratively chipping away at our nation’s immigration laws. This generated whispers of hope that ran rampant through the families of our Central American neighbors and gave many the false impression that reaching American soil guarantees a new life.

      This belief spread in 2012 when President Obama took a further step by essentially halting the removal of illegal immigrants who arrived as minors. Since that time, the rate of children coming illegally across our border has increased exponentially. Current law requires that these children be returned to their home countries as quickly and expeditiously as possible, and we must follow it.

      2. A viable repatriation plan.


      Repatriation sends a clear message that the United States will send children back to their home country and unite them with their families. Parents will see children returned home, and perhaps not spend the money and risk the danger of sending their children away. We must deter children from even starting this arduous journey.

      A viable repatriation program must include a streamlined and appropriate processing system. The administration has some flexibility under current law to move families and children through immigration proceedings in an accelerated manner, but Congress needs to go further by changing current law to treat all unaccompanied alien children equally.

      3. Working with the governments of Central American countries and insist they fully cooperate.

      The United States must make clear to Central American leaders that any assistance from our country is contingent on working with our government to break this cycle of illegal immigration. Unless we engage in a cooperative effort, the current cycle will remain intact. These countries can help law enforcement crack down on smugglers.

      4. Reasonable care for the children while they are here.

      As unaccompanied minors await their day in court, providing adequate housing and care is the appropriate and compassionate response. Our country should continue to meet the needs of children who have been sent here.

      Given how rapidly this situation is escalating, the United States has a moral responsibility to swiftly solve this crisis. This situation involves more than just unaccompanied minors. We cannot ignore the national security implications of a weak border.
      For the sake of the rule of law, our national security and the safety of these children, it is imperative that we get this right.

      Sen. Dan Coats is a Republican from Indiana.

      POSTED: 07/17/14 at 6:58 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

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      POSTED: 06/28/14 at 8:13 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News