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10th Anniversary Celebration Concert

We will be hosting our 10th Anniversary Celebration on August 26th 2017, at Star Plaza in Merrillville. Pinnacle will be hosting performances by En Vougue & Morris Day at their celebration. There will be free giveaways at this event. Tickets will be sold at a reasonable price for the community to attend. Our community is the reason why we have had ten years of Pinnacle success and this is our way of saying THANK YOU!

We will have a free ticket opportunity coming up! Like us on Facebook and share the 10th anniversary celebration post that will be on our Facebook Page and you will be entered in a drawing to win 2 free tickets. Drawing will be held Friday, August 11th.

Are you looking for a sponsorship opportunity? As a featured sponsor, your company name and logo will be featured on all event banners, promo t-shirts, Pinnacle’s social media channels, commercials, website, and much more! If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Susan Burdine at 219-796-4041 or email: or Lauren Schaffer 219-281-0703 or email: lschaffer@pinnaclehealthcare.

We look forward to seeing you at Pinnacle Hospital’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!
More details coming soon! Please check our facebook and website for updates

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Report is out!

Press Ganey is the largest Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems that measures the patients’ perspectives on hospital care. We are thrilled with the outstanding results Pinnacle Hospital has received in the most recent report. Pinnacle Hospital has ranked in the 97th percentile of patient satisfactory! Here at Pinnacle we continue striving to provide our patients with the absolute best care possible.

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Kassar

We are excited to announce Dr. Kassar will be holding a Lunch and Learn event at Pinnacle Hospital on March 10th.

Dr. Kassar will be talking about headache problems, causes, and resolutions to your headache problems. There will also be time to talk to the doctor one on one and have your questions answered!

The Lunch and Learn will be held in the Hospitality Room at Pinnacle Hospital on March 10th at 11:30am. There is limited seating so RSVP today!

RSVP to Susan Burdine at, call/text 219-796-4041 or call 219-616-2361.

We hope to see you there!!

New Primary Care Provider – Dr. Tamer Caleel

Pinnacle Hospital is pleased to introduce Tamer Caleel, DO as a new primary care provider servicing Northwest Indiana. Dr.  Caleel specializes in providing primary health care to newborn, pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. In addition to practicing standard medicine employee by traditional physicians, Dr. Caleel also treats patients with musculoskeletal pain using Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, a hands-on approach involving osteopathic adjustments to complement traditional medication to further decrease pain and increase mobility.

His office is located at 8550 Broadway in Merrillville, Indiana. You can schedule an appoint by calling 219-795-1890 or you can just stop in his office. Walk ins are always welcomed!!

Community Talk: Diabetes February 22nd at 6:00pm

Dr. Rakesh Parikh will be talking to the community about Diabetes. Topics will include best diets, prevention, symptoms, & living with. Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6pm – 7pm at Pinnacle Hospital in the Hospitality Room.
Refreshments will be provided along with time to ask Dr. Parikh questions one on one!

RSVP to Susan Burdine at 219-796-4041 or


Our annual Health Fair on August 13, 2016 was a great success.  We want to thank our community, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and staff for helping to make our event a success.  We had two exciting performances by the Merrillville High School Dance team.  Good luck this year girls!  We gave away 500 backpacks with school supplies. We also had tasty food to eat.  Thank you again and we look forward to next year!

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2016 Health Fair Flyer


Please join us for our Annual Health Fair, it will be Saturday August 13th, 10am til 2pm.  We will have several vendors, information, entertainment, free health screenings, food, and giveaways.

We will also be having a performance by the Merrillville Dance Team. We will also be giving away 500 backpacks with school supplies to the first 500 students.

We hope you see you there!

Click here for details: 2016 Health Fair Flyer

Daisy Awards for Extraordinary Nurses


The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes the very special work nurses do every day. The award was established by the Daisy Foundation (see their website for detailed information

In memory of J. Patrick Barnes: Barnes’ parents established the foundation in their son’s memory, as they had experienced firsthand the skills and compassionate care of several nurses.

The award is awarded quarterly to outstanding nurses nominated by patients, families and professional colleagues in over 315 hospitals throughout our nation. Daisy Award honorees personify the remarkable patient care experience at Pinnacle Hospital. The Nurse must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise, skill and compassionate care. As a Daisy Honoree, the Nurse is recognized as extraordinary role model in the nursing community.

June 2015
Meagan Samples, RN receives the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Care


Pinnacle Hospital Opens New ICU


Pinnacle Hospital officially opened its intensive care unit on April 6, 2015 in order to better serve patients who require more extensive treatment.

The Crown Point facility, which is physician-owned for-profit hospital, marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring hospital co-owner Dr. William Pierce, nurses and staff.

“Today’s the day,” Pierce said.

Pierce said the decision was made to invest in the 18-bed facility in order to be better able to treat patients who require more acute care and eliminate the need to transfer them to other health care facilities. Pinnacle COO Patty Hart said ICU patients, who have undergone heart or surgical procedures, may be too fragile to move.

Pierce said the hospital’s investment included purchasing heart monitors and other ICU equipment, hiring qualified ICU nurses, and meeting numerous state and federal regulations. Hart said the hospital embarked on the project about three years ago.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment of our board of directors and our CEO, Haroon Ansari,” Hart said.

The upgrades won’t necessarliy increase the number of patients served, Pierce said.

“Our beds remain the same because we converted two regular rooms to ICU rooms,” Pierce said.

By Christin Nance Lazerus