Cancer Services makes a hair-raising call
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana is asking for help to fill an increased demand from cancer patients for more wigs and lightweight head coverings.
The call for donations seeks to help women who lost their hair during cancer treatments.
The organization, in a statement, emphasized a specific need for new or gently used wigs in styles and colors appealing to African-American and Latina women. Wigs with shoulder length or longer hairstyles are also requested.
With a growing list of clients, Cancer Services wants to provide a variety of styles to suit each person’s sense of identity, self-image and dignity.
“For many women, losing their hair is one of the most emotionally painful parts of cancer,” Cheryl Dafforn, director of services, said in a statement. “Our wig salon allows women to walk in and find that perfect wig that will make them feel beautiful and help them feel like themselves.”
Cancer Services also needs more soft, lightweight hats and head scarves for the summer.
Lighter materials provide protection from the sun while not feeling heavy in the heat. They also cause less irritation for people whose scalps are now more sensitive due to their treatments.
Wigs and head coverings are available free to clients at Cancer Services. Clients can also exchange items frequently, according to the statement.
Physical donations can be dropped off at the organization’s office on Mutual Drive. Monetary donations can be made online at Cancer-Services.org.
The group will also provide patterns to anyone cosplay wigs who would like to sew lightweight headscarves and hats for local cancer patients.
Meanwhile, Cancer Services received a $39,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation.
The funds will support the organization’s client advocate program, which provides financial assistance and other resources to cancer patients, Cancer Services said in a separate statement.
Ortho accelerator gets
$1.6 million push
The Fort Wayne and Allen County governments joined Koscisuko County in allocating a combined $1.6 million to a support a venture aimed at accelerating the growth of new medical device businesses.
The AcceLinx initiative that OrthoWorx is developing would help orthopedics enterprises get off the ground, OrthoWorx said in a statement.
Orthoworx, which serves as a focal point for the Warsaw area’s orthopedics industry, raised $3.3 million toward a $4.8 million goal to operate AccelLinx over its first six years.
The current funding breakdown looks like this:
• Indiana Economic Development Corp. - $1.2 million
• Kosciusko County - $1 million
• City of Warsaw - $500,000
• U.S. Economic Development Administration - $500,000
• City of Fort Wayne - $450,000
• Allen perruques cheveux naturels County - $150,000
OrthoWorx is working with economic development corporations and private stakeholders in raising the rest of the money, according to the statement.
Running down a team
Three Rivers Running Co. teamed up with Indiana Physical Therapy to offer performance training assessments to customers at its retail location.
Runners can take advantage of IPT’s sports performance program at 3RRC’s store on North Clinton Street, the organizations said in a statement.
The service focuses on examining how runners move their bodies and providing advice to help them improve their movements and performance while also preventing injuries.
The program launched on July 1 and complements 3RRC’s new massage and yoga services at the store.
Trine adds leadership
to new health school
Catherine Swick will hold the office of associate dean at Trine University’s new Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences in Angola.
She currently serves as head of the university’s exercise science department, Trine said in a statement. Her experience includes healthcare work and presentations in Europe and Asia, service on the Physical Therapy Advisory Board, and membership in the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Health and Wellness Society.
Swick will focus on administration of the undergraduate offerings, while the health sciences school’s new dean, Max Baumgartner, will concentrate on graduate education at the university’s Carew Street location in Fort Wayne, according to the statement.
The new health sciences school is expected to launch in January 2017 with the completion of a $6.6-million expansion of Trine’s Best Hall of Science. The project kicked off in May to build a state-of-the-art facility that will serve students in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, forensic science, exercise science, pre-med, pre-physical therapy and pre-physician assistant programs.
Insurance group head
lauded for leadership
Kathy Goffer, president of the Northeast Indiana Association of Health Underwriters, received a distinguished service award from the national organization.
The award, presented during the National Association of Health Underwriters’ 86th annual convention in June, honors members who standout for their volunteer work on the local, state or national levels, the NEIAHU said in a statement.
Goffer helped found the NEIAHU and serves as assistant vice president and relationship manager for Old National Bank’s HSA Authority division.
Her work with the local chapter includes boosting membership, fundraising, strengthening political activity, organizing professional continunig education programs, and leading volunteer efforts which benefited Parkview Health’s No One Dies Alone perruques cheveux program, Cancer Services remy hair extensions of Northeast Indiana and Erin’s House.
NEIAHU overall also claimed other awards during the convention.
The local chapter won a prestigious Pacesetter award, which honors chapters for raising their profile through activities like attending national and regional meetings, hosting local meetings and events, chapter management, participating in volunteer profjects, and improving media relations, NEIAHU said in a separate statement.
The second award, overall achievement in membership, was given to NEIAHU for growing and maintaining the highest percentage of membership among small local chapters throughout the country over the past year.
Parkview Health added three more accolades to its recognition list.
First, Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne was named a top performer in the Midas+ Platinum Quality Award program, which recognizes performance excellence across metrics like efficiency and outcomes in areas of mortality, hospital stays and readmissions, Parkview said in a statement.
Midas+ Solutions, a division of Xerox Co., presents the Platinum Quality title to eligible hospitals that score in the top 5 percent of evaluations filled out by the company’s customers. The RMC was the first in the state to receive the award, according to the statement.
Parkview Huntington Hospital, meanwhile, made Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 100 Great Community Hospitals for the second straight year.
The publication compiled criteria such as awards and rankings from other organizations to create the list, Parkview said in a separate statement.
“The awards and rankings aren’t what make us a great community hospital, though. pre bonded hair It’s the compassionate care team we have that sets us apart,” Juli Johnson, Parkview Huntington’s president, said in the statement.
The Parkview Health network also received a most wired designation from the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum, according to a third statement.
The title comes from a survey that looks into how hospitals use information technology to improve services and efficiency.
Parkview is one of 13 health-care systems in Indiana, and the only one in the region, to receive such a distinction.
gets booster shot
The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne awarded a $20,000 grant to Super Shot Inc.
The funds will help the organization’s program of providing immunizations to the children of uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid-enrolled families, Super Shot said in a statement. Shots are also available for uninsured and underinsured adults.
The group relies on support from foundations, companies and individuals to keep the program running.
“The grant is such a welcome shot in the arm for us,” Doug Samuels, Super Shot’s board chair, said in the statement. “As most organizations know, donations to smaller organizations are harder to come by, and everybody is struggling to meet their community’s needs.”
The grant will also help the group’s lace front wigs efforts to promote the need for vaccinations.
Former Lilly exec
joins Purdue staff
Purdue University brought on former Eli Lilly and Co. senior vice president Thomas Verhoeven to help hone the university’s drug development process.
Verhoeven was named a fellow for pharmaceuticals development and partnerships on July 1, Purdue said in a statement.
His primary task will focus on helping researchers get more drugs on the fast track to clinical and pre-clinical trials.
The university has more than 45 potential compounds in pre-clinical development and an additional 17 potential drugs in human clinical trials, according to the statement.
“The journey from initial discovery to approved drug is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires passion, commitment and coordination among interdisciplinary partners,” Verhoeven said in the statement. “The university has an astounding 17 potential drugs in human clinical trials, which far exceeds the benchmark for success at a research institution, but it is still looking for ways to improve.”
Moving a medication from its initial discovery to approval can take about a decade and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Plus, most discoveries fail during the complex process.
Verhoeven will use his background to help spur more industry collaborations, raise private and federal funding, and consult on commercial strategies for medications.
scrambles for golfers
The Adams Memorial Hospital Foundation still has spots available for its upcoming fourth annual golf fundraiser.
The organization is looking for teams to register and for sponsors to put their names on holes and events.
The golf tournament, set for Sept. 9 at Cross Creek Golf Club in Decatur, will raise money to purchase capnography equipment for the hospital. The equipment helps with patient safety during anesthesia and sedation, the foundation said in a statement.
The cost to play in the event is $75 per person or $300 for a team of four. In addition to 18 holes of golf, the players will also receive a gift package, lunch, beverages and snacks.
Anyone who hits a hole-in-one will also win a new car, according to the statement.
Those interested in participating can call Susan Sefton at (260) 724-2145, ext. 1670, or Katie Schumm at (260) 724-2145, ext. 1425.