Category: Business

Something Old, Something New

GROUNDBREAKING TECHNOLOGY Cardiologist Andre Artis, M.D., uses a tiny, wireless
CardioMEMS HF implant to monitor his patients, remotely, while they recover at home.

Address cardiovascular disease with both new technology and well-known advice.

by Cassie Richardson

Imagine if preventing a heart attack was as easy as swallowing a pill.

The idea may sound like an imaginary convenience taken straight from the Space Age world of cartoon character George Jetson. But at Google X, Google’s semi-secret research facility in Mountain View, Calif., scientists are working to bring this concept …

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At the Top of Their Game – Carol Hiskes

“MY CHILDREN COME FIRST” Carol Hiskes co-owns Total Disposal with husband Mark.

Excerpt from the article: At the Top of Their Game by Laurie Wink.

Women executives excel at juggling career and family responsibilities.

Carol Hiskes co-owns Total Disposal with husband Mark. The Gary-based commercial and residential waste hauling business serves Northwest Indiana and South Chicago suburbs. The couple started Total Disposal in 2001 with one truck. Since then, the business has blossomed to include: Blaine Street …

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At the Top of Their Game – Karen Barnett

“WOMEN HELPING OTHER WOMEN” Karen Barnett is CEO,
president and owner of Valley Screen Process Co. in Mishawaka.

Excerpt from the article: At the Top of Their Game by Laurie Wink.

Women executives excel at juggling career and family responsibilities.

Karen Barnett, the CEO, president and owner of Valley Screen Process Co. in Mishawaka, also feels strongly about mentoring. “It’s really all about women helping other women,” Barnett says. “We have an obligation to do that.”

She started working in high school for …

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The Big Disconnect

GEARING UP FOR CAREERS Students Michael Balzer and Nicole Attar inspect gears
from a print of an automatic transmission model on a 3D printer at Purdue Polytechnic.

Universities and businesses working together to better prepare students for real-world challenges.

by Heidi Prescott Wieneke

Gary Bertoline wonders how many times college engineering students have been challenged to redesign the flashlight. They study the circuitry, power source and look for ways to improve its durability, but there are limitations to their assigned task.

“A flashlight is a flashlight. It was designed 100 years ago, …

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At the Top of Their Game – Ashley Dickinson

BUILDING A CAREER Ashley Dickinson, Porter Health Care System’s chief operating
officer, meets with Walsh Construction project superintendent Dan Prochno at the site of
Porter’s new emergency room in Valparaiso. The new ER is set to open in the early fall.

Excerpt from the article: At the Top of Their Game by Laurie Wink.

Women executives excel at juggling career and family responsibilities.

Ashley Dickinson became COO of Community Health Systems in Valparaiso in January 2014. Previously, she was COO at the CHS Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Mo. Although she’s early in her career, Dickinson has moved steadily upward in her chosen profession and …

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Arts Update

Upcoming events in Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend.

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by John Cain

The fall season abounds with arts offerings! Hammond’s Towle Theater presents “Perfect Wedding,” September 11-27. An appalling situation occurs when a bridegroom wakes up on his wedding day to find a strange girl beside him in bed. Worse, during the ensuing panic to get the stranger dressed and out of the …

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Prosper Capital Wins 2015 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced that Prosper Capital, a division of Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE), is a winner of the 2015 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.

The 80 winners represent 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. They were celebrated at White House Demo Day to showcase America’s entrepreneurial potential and the need for Americans to pursue bold, …

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The Affordable Care Act: From Volume to Value

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The Affordable Care Act’s effects continue to accelerate.

by Phil Britt

The Affordable Care Act was designed to make affordable, accessible, high-quality health care available to all Americans while also focusing on patient outcomes rather than fee-for-service. While it is driving people to less expensive urgent care rather than more expensive emergency room visits, it also has continued the trend of employers adopting high deductible …

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Designing a Home Office

BALANCING WORK AND HOME Be sure your furnishings match your
goals and needs, says Cathi Lloyd of Decorating Den Interiors.

Options vary greatly, depending on occupation and personal tastes.

by Jane Bokun

When it came to working at home, I’ll admit it. I was afraid of the freedom.

I needed an angry supervisor and a rudimentary desk, combined with coworkers who talked about the same things throughout the day. You could say the freedom of a home office and no one but me watching the …

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Biomedical Breakthroughs

“IT’S 150 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE” Frank Szczepanski is cofounder, CEO
and president of IVDiagnostics Inc., which is developing a diagnostic test
for circulating tumor cells—the major cause of death in cancer patients.

Indiana researchers are making progress on everything from tracking cancer to healing diabetic wounds.

by Laurie Wink

Innovative research at area universities is producing promising results for advancing health and medical care. Breakthroughs could lead to new ways of tracking cancer cells, treating colitis and healing diabetic wounds, to name a few possibilities. But the process of taking discoveries from bench to bedside requires years …

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