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Last and first babies born in Franciscan Crown Point

Franciscan Health Crown Point is celebrating the first and last babies born at the Family Birth Center following its move to the new hospital on Jan. 28, according to a statement.

Joey Lee Krygsheld, born at 4:41 a.m. Jan. 28, was born to parents Caitlin and Joel Krygsheld of Cedar at 1201 S. Main St. He was the last baby born at the former Franciscan Health Crown Point Hospital Family Birth Center at . Goal. Born Jan. 28 at 5:02 p.m., Oaklynn Elizabeth Williamson was the first baby born at the new Franciscan Health Crown Point Hospital Family Birth Center at 12750 Saint Francis Drive to parents Kyleigh Laska and Jesse Williamson of Hebron.

Photo courtesy of Franciscan Alliance

Caitlin and Joel Krygsheld of Cedar Lake hold their newborn son, Joey Lee Krygsheld. Joey Lee was the last baby born at 4:41 a.m. Jan. 28 at the former Franciscan Health Crown Point hospital on Main Street.

The former hospital on Main Street is now Franciscan Health Main St., the statement said. The Outpatient Center is known as Franciscan Health Crown Point A Division and continues to host a variety of outpatient services. The new Franciscan Health Crown Point hospital is located at the southeast corner of US 231 and Interstate 65.

Oaklynn Elizabeth Williamson was the first baby born Sunday evening at the new Franciscan Health Crown Point hospital on Saint Francis Drive.  She is the daughter of Kyleigh Laska and Jesse Williamson of Hebron.
Photo courtesy of Franciscan Alliance

Oaklynn Elizabeth Williamson was the first baby born Sunday evening at the new Franciscan Health Crown Point hospital on Saint Francis Drive. She is the daughter of Kyleigh Laska and Jesse Williamson of Hebron.

Upcycled family workshop announced

According to a statement, Porter County’s Recycling and Waste Reduction District, in partnership with Art Barn, will host the Upcycled Valentine’s Day Family Workshop on February 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Art Barn School of Art, 695 N 400 E, Valparaiso.

The statement stated that registration is open to the public with a limit of 24 participants. The fee is $10 per person. For information, contact Art Barn at 219-462-9009 or email info@artbarnschool.org or the District at 219-465-3694 or email gabrielle@portercountyrecycling.org.

Art Barn instructors will help participants turn trash into treasure using materials that would otherwise go to landfill, such as discarded cards, ribbon, scrap paper and small boxes and containers, the release said. The workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 6 and over with parents.

Franciscan Alliance will purchase the entire Franciscan Beacon Hospital

The Franciscan Alliance will purchase the entire Franciscan Beacon Hospital in LaPorte this spring, according to a statement.

The Franciscan Alliance and Beacon Health System reached an agreement in 2018 for a 50/50 joint partnership to establish Franciscan Beacon Hospital at 1010 Indiana 2 in LaPorte, the statement said. As part of the acquisition, all Beacon Health System nursing, imaging staff and patient access employees currently working at the hospital (approximately 33 people) will become Franciscan Alliance employees.

In the statement, it was stated that the closing date of the acquisition is planned to be March 1, and a 90-day transition period to the new Franciscan facility is planned after that.

District fire department wins $5,000 grant

The Porter County Community Foundation (PCCF) Men’s Fund donated $5,000 to the Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department (MTVFD), according to a statement.

The fire department was selected to receive grants to support the purchase of personal protective equipment for firefighters, including jackets, pants, firefighting gloves, vehicle rescue gloves, fire helmets, fire boots and fire-resistant helmets, the statement said.

The statement stated that the firefighter roster at MTVFD currently consists of 29 members; This is the most the department has ever had.

‘Stories from the Heart’ event on February 7 at Northwest Health – Porter

To commemorate American Heart Month, Northwest Health – Porter will host “Stories from the Heart,” showcasing the many ways heart disease connects citizens, according to a statement. The event will take place on February 7 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the main lobby of Northwest Health – Porter, located at 85 EUS 6, Valparaiso.

“Stories from the Heart” will feature comments from hospital officials, a special account from a heart disease survivor and other hospital team members who will share how taking care of your heart can increase longevity, the statement said.

Additionally, in celebration of American Heart Month, all three Northwest Health hospitals are offering the Leap Into Heart Health educational email series. Participants who sign up will receive emails designed to help improve heart health. To sign up, visit NWHealthIN.com/Heart-Challenge.

ArcelorMittal will become a partner of the Influential Women group

ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development Center recently partnered with the Northwest Indiana Association of Influential Women as an elite partner, expanding both organizations’ goals to support society and advance the success of women across multiple industries, according to a statement.

The statement stated that ArcelorMittal Global R&D is an innovative division of the international steel producer where new steel products, processes and solutions are designed, tested, improved and implemented. The organization has approximately 1,500 full-time researchers in 11 geographic locations worldwide.

PNW is approved as a PhD awarding institution

Purdue University Northwest was recently approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a doctorate-granting institution with the approval of a significant change in mission or student body, according to a statement.

The change coincides with HLC’s approval of PNW’s third applied doctoral program, the Doctor of Psychology, the statement said. PNW now offers three applied doctoral programs: PsyD; Doctor of Technology (DTech); and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). These degrees put research and theory into action, rather than the primarily scientific research focus of a Doctor of Philosophy or PhD degree.

To learn more, visit pnw.edu/Graduate-Studies.

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