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SPOTLIGHT: ST. CATHERINE HOSPITAL BY DEBRA GRUSZECKI

FREE RIDE ADDS TO

PATIENT CONVENIENCE,

COMFORT
Patients count on
the Care Van to get
them to treatment
As daylight breaks one
recent weekday morning,
five passenger vans in
St. Catherine Hospital's Care Van fleet
fan out across the region. The dispatch
center is transformed into a hub of activity for patients who are heading to Same
Day Surgery, Physical Therapy, Pulmonary
and Cardiac Rehabilitation Services,
Oncology, Radiology, Outpatient Retail
Pharmacy, Infusion Clinic and Behavioral
Health Services at the hospital.
As Keith Gouwens' van cruises to pick
up the ninth passenger of the day, he
says, "I love it. It's great to be part of a
service that's available to any ambulatory
patient who needs a ride to the hospital."
To use the service, which is available
Monday through Friday, Care Van riders
need only to have an appointment.
"It's convenient; plus, it's free," Rick
Usdowski, a cardiac rehabilitation patient,
says while waiting in the Professional
Office Building of St. Catherine Hospital
for a ride back to his East Chicago home.

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A newly "wrapped" Care Van was delivered to Sylvia Gould, director of Physical Therapy and
Wound Ostomy services, by Security Director Joseph Euber, in spring 2016. The vans bridge
transportation gaps patients may have to receive care at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago.

The Care Van fleet, managed by
Security Director Joseph Euber, has
been serving residents of East Chicago,
Hammond, Highland, Gary, Griffith and
Whiting for a decade. Thousands of
patients who otherwise might have found
it difficult, impossible or too costly to
get to the hospital or outpatient center

have been served through the program.
"At St. Catherine Hospital, we put
our patients first no matter what their
circumstance may be," says CEO Leo
Correa. "The Care Van program is a
great way to meet the transportation
needs of our patients and go the extra
mile to better serve the community."



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