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special programs & CPR

To promote a healthier community, Porter offers a wide variety of educational classes, special programs and support groups.


2013 CPR for Family and Friends
For those wanting to gain knowledge of CPR but do not need to be certified, this American Heart Association program covers all of the basics of CPR and choking for infants, children and adults. Practice on manikins follows a "watch and do" format.

        April 11

        6 - 8 p.m. • Porter Regional Hospital (OB Classroom) • $20
        Pre-registration required
        Call 219-263-5669 or email

CPR - Health Care Providers Initial Course
This five hour course (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) is designed for healthcare professionals to prepare them to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an automated external defibrillator, and relieve choking in a timely and effective manner.

Education & Rehabilitation Center
1401 Calumet Avenue - Valparaiso
$80 includes course materials - Pre-registration/pre-payment required one-week in advance
Call 219-263-5669 or email

CPR - Skills Check-Off BLS HCP Online Part 1
From the American Heart Association website, this is a flexible CPR training option for healthcare professionals. This program recognizes that healthcare professionals enter the course with knowledge and skills acquired from prior CPR training and years of patient care.

Participants must complete the BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part 1 at the American Heart Association on-line website for $19.95, print the completion certificate from the website and bring it to the Skills Check-Off Session.

The fee for the Skills Check-Off session is $50 payable to Porter.

BLS HCP Renewal Skills
After completing BLS HCP Online Part 1, students complete the skills validation test with an AHA instructor. The completion form from the on-line course must be presented to the AHA instructor prior to the skills test. Upon successful completion of both parts, students will be issued an American Heart Association BLS - Healthcare Provider Course Completion card.

8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Education & Rehabilitation Center
1401 Calumet Avenue - Valparaiso
$50. Pre-registration required. Call 219-263-5669 or email

Stress Reduction Through Guided Imagery
Unrecognized and ineffectively managed stress can profoundly impact personal health and happiness. Please join Holistic Nurse Susan Skinner, RN for an interactive and guided experience that will provide alternative and positive approaches to promote individual wellness through healing images. For more information, please call 219-531-0492.

When Can I Drive Again?
If you have a family member whose driving skills have changed, have noticed a decline in your own visual skills, or are recuperating from a stroke or head injury, this driving program is your safety net back to the road. For more information, call 219-763-6858.

Red Cross Blood Drives
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 219-462-8543.


Porter Health Care System has two hospitals and seven outpatient facilities serving Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton and Jasper counties.

Porter Health Care System is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership
that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff.

Porter Health Care System
85 East US Highway 6
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
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