Clarian Health rallies staff to collect soon-to-be outdated items for charity

La Porte, IN – In preparation for a new identity in early 2011, employees within La Porte Regional Health System (LRHS) are gathering items that carry the LRHS or Clarian Health logo as part of the Great Logo Recall charitable event.

The Great Logo Recall invites LRHS staff — including La Porte Hospital, Lakeshore Surgicare, Starke Memorial Hospital and La Porte Regional Physician Network — to turn in branded items such as pens, mugs, shirts, planners and hats. The items will be used for donation to the Indiana University-Kenya Partnership, a partnership between IU School of Medicine and Moi University School of Medicine in Kenya, Africa. The partnership created the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare, or AMPATH, one of Africa’s largest, most comprehensive and effective HIV/AIDS control systems. AMPATH serves an estimated 400,000 and has expanded to provide many programs that support the Kenyan people, including maternal/child health, orphans and vulnerable children and agriculture, education, research and safe water initiatives, among others.

LRHS is not the only health system in Indiana collecting items. All hospitals and related groups throughout the Clarian Health system are holding similar events to benefit the IU-Kenya Partnership.

“We made the decision to unite under one identity to change the way people in Indiana experience health care,” said LRHS President/CEO G. Thor Thordarson. “The Great Logo Recall events are symbolic of the great things we will accomplish in the New Year as we work closely together as a statewide system.”

In October, LRHS announced changing its name to IU Health La Porte Hospital. All affiliates and facilities falling under the system umbrella of LRHS will also change their names to fall under the newly named IU Health statewide system including Starke Memorial Hospital, which will change its name to IU Health Starke Hospital. The name change is part of a larger effort to establish a new identity that better aligns with Clarian Health’s, soon to be IU Health’s, vision to provide one standard of high-quality, patient-centered care.

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