Unemployment falls in Northwest Indiana but Lake leads state in joble...

EAST CHICAGO — A major investment in life-saving cardiac care at St. Catherine Hospital is being hailed as a victory for East Chicago.

The long-standing hospital in the Indiana Harbor neighborhood landed a $1.5 million federal grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration to improve health care access for people who are medically vulnerable or underinsured.

U.S. Rep. Frank Mrvan helped line up the money and helped announce the investment.

“Today is a victory for the residents of East Chicago because it’s access to health care,” he said. “I was born at St. Catherine Hospital. My grandparents were taken here. My mom and dad were cared for here. My sister was a candy striper here and went on to become a nurse practitioner for Northwestern. This was and still is an anchor for the community.”

East Chicago leaders were concerned about the hospital’s future after Franciscan Health decided to close the similarly aged former St. Margaret Hospital in neighboring Hammond, Northwest…

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