Bethel Hosts Educational Program on IBD

Bethel College will host “Treatment Options in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Options to Consider,” an educational program intended for patients, families and caregivers living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The event, sponsored by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, will be held on Wednesday, April 25 in the Middleton Hall of Science – Octorium. Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the program immediately following from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The program will consist of a live and interactive presentation by Pankaj Patel, M.D., a gastroenterologist with Michiana Gastroenterology, as well as a question-and-answer session. Topics of discussion will include, but will not be limited to: similarities and differences between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis; risk and benefits of medication, surgery and integrative treatments in IBD; impact of treatment adherence on disease management and quality of life; and talking with your health care team about your treatment plan.

This educational program is provided by a grant from Janssen, with no cost to attendees. Register online at, call the foundation office at 317.259.8071 or email  Jo Bender at  for more information.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.