Meet Deborah Gordon, Healthy Me! Program Participant

Tuesday, April 1st was a busy day in South Bend for Deborah Gordon.  Deborah, a wife and mother of two, had an appointment with Dr. Mader and then one immediately following with Dr. Scheel.

Most people would dread two appointments, but that wasn’t the case with Deborah. This Healthy Me! Program participant welcomed the advice from the dentist and her physician. The appointments were her second step to becoming a healthier person.

Dr. Mader and his staff worked with Deborah to get several x-rays of her mouth and pictures of her smile.  Lacking dental insurance has been a struggle for Deborah, who has continued to care for her dental needs by seeing dental students at Indiana University in South Bend. Following her appointment and consultation with Dr. Mader, it was a straight shot down Highway 23 to see Dr. Scheel, a physician with Family Medicine of South Bend, P.C.

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Meet Healthy Me! Program Participant, Bret Bajdek

Meet Healthy Me! Program Participant, Bret Bajdek

At 33 years old, Bret Bajdek spends a lot of his time coaching students at Saint Joseph Catholic High School. As he tries to set good examples and mentor members of the boys’ football and golf teams, he decided it was time to take a look in the mirror and push himself to become a healthier person.

“In high school and college I was constantly trying to put on weight to become a bigger and better football player.  What I didn’t know then was that I would unsuccessfully be trying to shake that weight nearly fifteen years later,” said Bajdek.

That’s what led Bajdek to apply for the Healthy Me! Program. Now, at 340 pounds, he will work with a registered dietitian, a local physician, and fitness specialists this year, in hopes of losing nearly 100 pounds.

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Medical Foundation employees, Rock Your Pride!

Medical Foundation employees, Rock Your Pride!

Coming up the week of April 21 – 25, Medical Foundation employees will be celebrating. Yes, some will celebrate Dyngus Day, maybe even a birthday or two.  But the focus of the celebration will be – Lab Week.

During Lab Week, laboratories around the United States will thank their laboratory professionals and pathologists for the vital role they play in health care.

You see, our phlebotomists, MTs, MLTs and Pathologists are the “behind the scene players” who quietly perform critical laboratory testing on a daily basis.
When patients are in the hospital, they look to their physicians and hospital caregivers to make them feel better. And for that to happen, the physician often orders laboratory testing that gives clues to what ails the patient. In approximately 70% of cases, physicians rely on laboratory testing to make a diagnosis. 

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