Building Indiana » Building Indiana | New directory shows Indiana ranks in top 10 for 100+ logistics categories Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:55:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New directory shows Indiana ranks in top 10 for 100+ logistics categories Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:27:30 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS (July 1, 2015) – The newly released Indiana Logistics Directory reports that Indiana is ranked in the top five states in 30 logistics-related categories and in the top 10 for more than 100. The Directory is published by the Ports of Indiana to showcase Indiana’s economic advantages as “The Crossroads of America” and to provide a comprehensive resource for logistics-related information, companies, maps and freight statistics.

Here are a few facts found in the 2015 Indiana Logistics Directory:

  • Indiana ranks first in pass-through interstates and rail shipments of primary metals, and is home to the nation’s largest producer of truck trailers.
  • The Hoosier state is also home to the median center of the U.S. population, and boasts the second largest FedEx Express hub in the world as well as the second largest liquid barge fleet in the country.
  • Indiana also ranks second in line-haul railroads, third in truck-tractor registrations, sixth in domestic waterborne shipping, seventh in NAFTA exports and sixth in individual cargo airport rankings.

In addition to rankings for over 100 logistics-related categories, the Directory includes more than 1,000 business listings, inventories of Indiana’s maritime assets, maps of key transportation networks throughout North America and Indiana for major highways, railroads, ports and airports, as well as logistics data ranging from economic impacts, freight traffic, employment, NAFTA trade and all transportation modes. The Directory is designed to be a useful resource for business executives looking for service providers, economic development officials advising new companies about the state’s logistics resources as well as media, public officials and educators in search of transportation and logistics data.

The 2015 Directory may be viewed online at To receive a free copy by mail, contact Liz Folkerts at 317.232.9205 or

About the Ports of Indiana
The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana’s economy by developing and maintaining a world-class port system. For more information, visit

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CNBC Names Indiana “Best in Cost of Business” Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:54:42 +0000 CNBC ranks Indiana first in the nation for cost of doing business as part of its annual “America’s Top States For Business” scorecard. Indiana ranks 13th overall, also scoring well in economy and cost of living.

Indiana’s cost of doing business rating is due in part due to ongoing reductions in the state’s personal tax and corporate tax rates. Indiana also has a AAA credit rating from all three major credit rating agencies. CNBC also based the category on factors including state incentives and utility and rental costs.

Indiana was recently recognized as best in the Midwest for doing business by Chief Executive and last year was named best in the region by Area Development magazine.

To view the full list of rankings, click here.

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Public Invited to Learn About Burns Harbor RDC’s Upcoming Projects Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:41:12 +0000 The Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission (RDC) has been working with LiveWorkLearnPlay (the RDC’s Master Development and Revitalization Advisor) as well as citizens, community leaders, and the Town on a development strategy for Burns Harbor. The public is invited to its next meeting on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Duneland Falls Banquet & Meeting Center for an update on all of the progress.

Everyone is welcome. This meeting is free and open to the public — please help us spread the word to your neighbors and colleagues.

For inquires, please contact Danielle Ziulkowski at (219) 771-3468 or

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Mental Health America of Lake County Announces Two New Board Members Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:04:08 +0000 Mental Health America of Lake CountyMental Health America of Lake County (MHA) announces the appointment of two new members to the Board of Directors. Joining the Board are lifelong Northwest Indiana residents Lauren Trumbo and Gina Altieri.

Lauren Trumbo is a Senior Financial Analyst at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. Purdue Calumet alum Trumbo has a history of involvement with organizations that benefit children. Her motivation for joining the board is to build a better continuum of care for Lake County residents.

Gina Altieri is President of Phenix7 Mktg. Inc., with offices in Munster and Chicago. Altieri credits her parents with instilling in her a commitment to improving lives through volunteerism.  The Purdue Calumet alum has volunteered for many organizations northwest Indiana organizations, including the Lake Area United Way.

Board President, John Freyek of First Merchants bank said, “It is always exciting to welcome new members to the board who bring with them a fresh perspective. Both of our newest board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table.”

“Serving on the board of a thriving nonprofit like MHA requires dedication and a commitment to taking action to improve the lives of vulnerable people. We are incredibly grateful for the serve of all our board members for providing their time and talents to strengthening our organization,” Renae Vania-Tomczak, Executive Director.

Mental Health America of Lake County is a not-for-profit organization promoting overall well-being through preventative programs to safeguard children, enhance development and strengthen families.  For information visit or find us on Facebook.

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Local Company Investing $300K, Boosting Community Development Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:44:37 +0000 Crown Point, IN – 6/11/2015 – Local property development firm, Austgen Properties, is bringing new life to the Pine Island Plaza Shopping Center with a $300,000 investment intended to serve as a catalyst for continued growth throughout the surrounding community.

The plaza, which sits on U.S. Route 30 along the border of Crown Point and Schererville, was given a major facelift and upgrade and will now act as an anchor point to attract new business and additional investment in the nearby area.

“Investing these funds in the Pine Island Plaza was our first step in creating a new hub designed to draw and retain new businesses at this location,” said Carrie Austgen, Director of Development for the plaza. “Our hope is that the plaza will be an attractive beacon to inspire additional businesses to begin taking a serious look at this great location between Schererville and Crown Point.”

Austgen Properties provided the plaza with a complete overhaul, including: new roofing, doors and air conditioner units; completely restored parking; new landscaping; fresh paint; new and updated lighting and signage; and much more.

The company cited the Town of Schererville as being very helpful and supportive of the project, particularly with the remodeling and signage upgrades.

More than 42,000 vehicles pass by the location daily, along Rt. 30, and all new tenants at the plaza will have signage opportunities along the highway.

Additionally, the company has stated that facilities will be customized to the business needs of tenants, with options including:

  • Unit sizes ranging from 1,080 square feet up to 15,000 square feet
  • Units can be divided or added to achieve the ideal size
  • Build-outs are negotiable
  • Units start at $10.00 per square-foot

About Austgen Properties:
Austgen Properties is a Griffith, IN, based firm that specializes in all manner of commercial, industrial and residential properties throughout the Northwest Indiana region. For more information, please visit or call 219-922-2074 Ext 117.

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Local Hospital Earns Get With “The Guidelines – Stroke Gold” Award Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:20:40 +0000 Methodist Hospitals only Hospital in NWI to receive “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold” Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll

Methodist Hospitals has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Methodist Hospitals earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Dr. Sanjeev Maniar, Medical Director of Neurological Services. “Methodist Hospitals is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”

Methodist Hospitals has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“We are pleased to recognize Methodist Hospitals for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”

For providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

For patients, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Photo Attached:  Methodist Hospitals is awarded with plaque at the Annual Go Red for Women Symposium from the American Heart Association for achieving Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Role.  Pictured left to right:  Diane Kemp, American Heart Association, Wright Alcorn, Vice President Methodist Hospitals, Laurel Valentino, Clinical Director Neuroscience Institute at Methodist Hospitals, and Sherry Mosier, Stroke Coordinator Neuroscience Institute at Methodist Hospitals.


About  Methodist Hospitals

Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana, that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years.  Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology, Heart and Vascular Institutes and Breast Care Center. Its range of services also includes Bariatric Surgery services, Emergency & Trauma services, Orthopedics & Spine services, comprehensive Rehabilitation services, Behavioral Health and Home Health Services.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit or

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NWI Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals Receives 2015 Women’s Choice Award Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:46:24 +0000 Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals earns the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment for a second consecutive year. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women according to the American Cancer Society, and one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

By carrying the evidence-based designation of the Women’s Choice Award seal, Methodist Hospital’s Breast Care Center has signified its commitment to a global mission to elevate the patient experience for women and all patients as one of more than 315 America’s Best Breast Centers.

“Every 2 minutes a women in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer, and she needs to know which breast centers she can trust to navigate this uncertain path,” says Delia Passi, CEO & founder of Women Certified, home of the Women’s Choice Award. “Breast care is extremely vital to women’s health and we want them to know that Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals has met the highest standards in caring for the needs of their female patients. The Women’s Choice Award is the only program that identifies the nation’s best in healthcare based on patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality medical experience.”

Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals earned the award by having met the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) standards from the American College of Surgeons. The NAPBC is a consortium of national, professional organizations focused on breast health and dedicated to the improvement of quality care and outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast through evidence-based standards and patient and professional education. As one of

America’s Best Breast Centers, the Breast Care Center also carries the Seal of the American College of Radiologists as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and scored above-average on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services patient satisfaction measures.

“We are proud to receive this award, and I congratulate our staff and physicians for their hard work and dedication each and every day.  Earning this award for the second year in a row is a great achievement, and Methodist has a history of leadership as we were the first hospital in the Indiana Region to offer 3D mammography technology and the first to gain NAPBC Accreditation, and being awarded the Breast Imaging Center by the American College of Radiology.  This award is once again a testament of our overriding goal of providing the best treatment and outcomes for our patients,” said Raymond Grady, President & CEO.

The Women’s Choice Award helps women and their families by providing recommendations they can trust and use when making healthcare choices.  “We have found that recommendations are the single most important consideration used by women in selecting a hospital or care center,” added Passi. “By letting women know which breast centers in their area are among America’s best, we are able to reduce risk by helping them make better decisions and smarter healthcare choices.”

As the collective voice of female consumers, the Women’s Choice Award provides women with recommendations from other women that they can rely upon. The full list of awarded breast centers is available at Learn more about Methodist Hospitals by visiting their profile:

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Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana, that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years.  Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology, Heart and Vascular Institutes and Breast Care Center. Its range of services also includes Bariatric Surgery services, Emergency & Trauma services, Orthopedics & Spine services, comprehensive Rehabilitation services, Behavioral Health and Home Health Services.


The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women to make smarter choices for themselves and their families. The company and its awards identify the brands, products and services that are most recommended and trusted by women. The Women’s Choice Award is the only evidence-based quality designation that drives consumer and patient appreciation through education, empowerment and validation. Additionally, they recognize those that deliver a recommendation-worthy customer experience. Visit to learn more.

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Indiana Lions Eye Bank Names Community Hospital “Hospital of the Year” Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:16:15 +0000 MUNSTER Community Hospital has been named the 2014 Hospital of the Year by the Indiana Lions Eye Bank (ILEB). The non-profit transplant bank facilitates collection, storage and distribution of human eye tissue and is the leading supplier of corneal donations in the state of Indiana.

“The staff at Community Hospital has done an outstanding job supporting cornea donation,” said Mike Henderson, Donor Services Manager, Indiana Lions Eye Bank.  “Many people have received the Gift of Sight as a direct result of their compassionate work. The Indiana Lions Eye Bank thanks Community Hospital for helping us accomplish our mission of improving the quality of life through cornea transplantation.”

In 2014, the hospital was able to provide 60 cornea donations through generous donors. Community Hospital also has averaged 40 cornea donations per year for the past five years. Community Hospital was chosen by ILEB as hospital of the year for their dedication and commitment to providing eye donations, but also for continuously honoring the families of the donors.

“Community Hospital was selected for this honor not only for the donations that we have been able to provide thanks to our generous donors, but for our programs that raise awareness and pay tribute to our donors and their loved ones as well,” said Jana Lacera, RN, MSA, Community Healthcare System’s regional liaison to the hospitals’ Bioethics Committees.

At Community Hospital and at sister hospitals St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart and St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, the “Donate Life” flag is flown in honor of a donor for 48 hours as a silent salute. Each donor family receives a card with a garden-sized version of the flag as a keepsake and to honor the generous gift provided by their loved one.

“Our Fly the Flag program honors donors for their precious gifts and serves as closure to grieving families,” Lacera said. “One employee said that she received her card and flag on a ‘really bad day’ and it made her remember that her daughter-in-law had an impact on the lives of others.”

Another opportunity to honor those grieving families happens every November when the hospitals host the Rose Dedication ceremony. Donor families are invited to fill out a message to their loved one on a rose vial which is sent to Pasadena and placed in the dedication garden on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

“We also are very proud of our dedicated team of Designated Tissue Requesters, the nursing supervisors, who, in spite of the busy schedule, find time to approach our grieving families about tissue and cornea donation,” Lacera said. “We are only one of 12 hospitals in the state that use this one-on-one personalized approach with families.”

The important thing to remember is to share your decision to be a donor with your family, said Lacera.

Under Indiana’s Donor Choice Law, individuals 18 and older may declare their intention to donate, and family members are not able to override that intention at the time of death. Individuals under age 18 may declare their donation intentions with the permission of a parent or legal guardian, who must also provide consent for donation at the time of a minor’s death.

Year round through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana residents can register their intent to be organ and tissue donors while obtaining or renewing their drivers’ license.

Registration also is accepted at

For more information about the programs and services at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System, visit


PHOTO CUTLINE: Mike Henderson, Donor Services Manager, Indiana Lions Eye Bank presents the Hospital of the Year award for dedication and commitment to corneal donations and raising awareness and paying tribute to the donor families. Accepting the award on behalf of Community Hospital is Jana Lacera, RN, MSA, Community Healthcare System’s regional liaison to the hospitals’ Bioethics Committees.

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Crowe Horwath Announces Two New Executives Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:50:27 +0000 Joe Santucci has been appointed the chief operating officer at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S. His new responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s specialized industry groups, firm-wide administrative groups and geographic office leaders. He also serves as president of Crowe Horwath University, the firm’s internal learning arm.

Also, Derek Bang has been appointed the chief strategy and innovation officer at Crowe Horwath LLP. He is now responsible for assisting the CEO with developing, communicating and executing Crowe strategic initiatives and will retain responsibility for innovation and new solution development.

Crowe Horwath - Joe Stanucci and Derek Bang

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The Valparaiso Family YMCA’s Infinity Circle – Ensuring the Y’s Mission for Future Generations Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:34:02 +0000 The Heritage Society of the Valparaiso Family YMCA is now The Infinity Circle.  The Infinity Circle is a special group of men and women who believe in the purpose of the Valparaiso Family YMCA, and who want to ensure its mission for future generations.  This group recognizes those who include the YMCA in estate plans or make an outright gift to the Valparaiso Family YMCA Foundation.  Infinity Circle members help the Y fulfill one of the four focus areas of the Valparaiso Family YMCA – Ensuring our Legacy.

The Y’s Foundation is overseen by a Board chaired by Karen Vogelsang.  This Board oversees the endowed gifts and investments made by the Foundation’s investment firm, Strategic Financial Group.  In promoting Infinity Circle membership, the Y’s Endowment Committee, chaired by Dr. John (Jack) Felton, hosts occasional “Lunch and Learns” and socials, as well as an annual dinner honoring Infinity Circle members.  VP, Chief Development Officer, Debbie Koeppen, expressed her appreciation for both the Foundation Board and Endowment Committee for their work in growing the Y’s Foundation, which will ultimately enable the Y to serve the community for decades to come.

Charitable gifts are one of the few areas of tax planning that is within your personal control. Giving is not only a tax deduction; it is the satisfaction of donating to a cause.  By contributing to the Y’s Foundation, the community is strengthened by the outreach and support the Y gives to people in need in the Valparaiso community.





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