• Northwest Medical Group Welcomes New Family Nurse Practitioner to Valparaiso

    Valparaiso, IN – Northwest Medical Group recently welcomed nurse practitioner Jennifer DeFauw, FNP-
    C. DeFauw joined the family medicine practice of Derek Gasper, D.O., and Vijaya Chapala, M.D., at the
    Northwest Medical Group – Primary Care office located at 1100 McDonald Drive in Valparaiso.
    Ashley Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer for Northwest Health, shared that adding new practitioners is
    part of a continued effort by Northwest Medical Group to meet the growing demand for primary care
    throughout Porter, La Porte and Starke counties. Last year, Northwest Medical Group added more than
    15 new providers to the area.
    “We’ve seen the need for more primary care providers throughout Northwest Indiana in recent years
    and are pleased to add new practitioners and services here for the patients in the area,” said Dickinson.
    DeFauw received both her master of science in nursing and her bachelor of science in nursing from
    Purdue Northwest in Hammond, Indiana. She specializes in general and preventive medicine for patients
    and provides treatment for acute illness and chronic conditions such as arthritis and high blood
    To schedule an appointment with DeFauw, call 219-464-9521 or visit NWMedicalGroup.com.
    About Northwest Health
    Northwest Health is a comprehensive healthcare system committed to providing communities in
    Northwest Indiana with high-quality, accessible healthcare—from highly specialized care and surgical
    services to more routine primary care. The system of more than 60 access points includes three
    hospitals, five emergency departments, urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers, an ambulance
    service, and physician offices. A team of more than 3,000 employees works together with more than
    700 physicians on its medical staff. Northwest Health is owned in part by physicians. For more
    information, visit NWHealthIN.com.

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