Have the calendar on your phone or desk handy as we run through some upcoming lectures and community discussions as well as important dates to remember.


The State and Local Response to the Opioid Epidemic is happening on Monday, Sept. 25. 

There are not one, not two, but THREE events planned that day, including two discussions at Elkhart General Hospital. Here are the details:

  • A clinically focused CME discussion on opioid addiction is happening from noon to 1 p.m. at Patel Auditorium, Elkhart General.
  • A conversation about the social impacts of opioid addiction will take place from 3 to 4 p.m., also at Patel Auditorium at EGH.
  • The COMMUNITY event — a panel discussion about opioid addiction with a question-and-answer session, is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Lerner Theater in downtown Elkhart.

Presenters include:

  • Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration secretary
  • Jim McClelland, executive director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement for the State of Indiana
  • Don J. Selzer, MD, MS, president of the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Denise Robinson, Indiana Senior Deputy Attorney General
  • Vicki Becker, Elkhart County Prosecutor
  • Jessica Koscher, Elkhart County Drug-Free Partnership
  • Daniel Nafziger, MD, Elkhart County Health Officer

Associates can register for the event by clicking here. Don’t miss this important conversation. A video link is available by registering to view the presentations offsite.

Let’s look ahead at October.

Here’s another event you won’t want to miss…

The 2017 Mary Morris Leighton Lecture is happening at 7 p.m. Oct. 10. It’s entitled, “Letting Go: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction.” Here are some details…

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Addicts don’t stop caring about the people they love. But as addiction takes over, it commands a person’s mind and body to the point where all they can think about is getting the drugs into their system while loved ones are sidelined, feeling helpless. In this powerful presentation, David Sheff shares the story of his son Nic’s addiction and the impact it has had on their family. Based on his New York Times best-selling book, and his son Nic’s bestseller, “Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines,” this father and son tell the story from both sides of addiction.

The lecture will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 53995 Indiana 933, South Bend. To reserve a seat, call 574.647.6630.

Or register to attend by clicking here.

And here are a few other dates to circle on your calendars…

Nursing Fairs are scheduled at Oct. 13 from noon to 7 p.m. in the main lobby at Memorial Hospital and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Patel Auditorium at Elkhart General.

The very next day — Saturday, Oct. 14, you can attend the Happy Baby Yoga Event benefitting NICU Babies

From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., you can do yoga at Beacon Health & Fitness, 3221 Beacon Parkway, near Capital Avenue in Mishawaka. 

Click here to find out more information and to buy tickets.

Benefits Open Enrollment will take place Oct. 31 through Nov. 17 for 2018 benefit plans.

Speaking of November…

The Bright Side: A Women’s and Children’s Health Symposium is scheduled for Nov. 3. Here’s a look at the planned topics and speakers:

  • The biology of fatherhood, skin to skin contact, and the utility of involving fathers early in their babies’ lives; Lee Gettler, PhD, University of Notre Dame
  • Cultural Competence: Meeting Families Where They Are During Hospitalization; Kimberly Kim, MSW, Beacon Children’s Hospital
  • Pediatric Quality and Safety in an Adult World: Creating an infrastructure for pediatric quality in a large integrated practice; Randall Flick, MD, MPH, Medical Director- Mayo Clinic Children’s Center

Breakout Sessions include:

  • Emesis in the Newborn: When Should I Be Worried? Kim Brathwaite, MD, Neonatologist, Beacon Children’s Hospital
  • Art Therapy; Sarah Tyler, MAAT, Beacon Children’s Hospital
  • Enteral Nutrition for the Critically Ill Child; Nikhil Patankar, MD, MBA, Pediatric Intensivist, Beacon Children’s Hospital

Case Presentations include:

  • Renata Sawyer, MD, MS, Beacon Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Sarah Filchak, PNP, Beacon Children’s Hospital

Click here to register by Oct. 27 for the symposium. 

Getting all this down?

Here’s one more…

A new Service of Remembrance is scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Memorial Hospital auditorium for families whose loved ones passed away on any of Memorial Hospital’s adult inpatient units.

Families also will have time to visit with the staff who cared for their loved ones. The hour-long service will include a reading of the names of the deceased, poems and music.

We’ll tell you more about the service in an upcoming story.