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Edgewater Health Announces Open House Celebration at New Merrillville Clinic; Welcomes New Provider

October 19, 2023

Gary, Indiana (October 20, 2023) – Edgewater Health is pleased to announce a public open house celebration at the new Merrillville Clinic located at 5495 Broadway in Merrillville, IN. The open house will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  

All are welcome as this is also the perfect time to introduce Chiedu Nchekwube, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM, who recently joined the new Merrillville primary care practice. 

This free, family-friendly event will be held at the 5495 Broadway location and includes mini lectures by Dr. Nchekwube such as The Ten Mindsets of Happy & Healthy People, blood pressure and glucose screenings, BMI readings, bouncy house, trunk-or-treat, free food, raffles, prizes, fun and games for every age.  

Dr. Danita A. Johnson, President and CEO, Edgewater Health, is pleased to welcome Dr. Nchekwube, who has already begun to see patients in Merrillville. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Nchekwube into the Edgewater fold. His extensive experience in integrative medicine, coupled with his deep roots in the community are in strong alignment with our approach to culturally responsive, whole person care,” said Dr. Johnson. “We invite everyone to come out and meet him during the open house on October 28.” 

Dr. Nchekwube graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his residency at Indiana University, and an internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, before settling in northwest Indiana. He is board certified in Family Medicine. 

He is also the founder of The Wellness Shoppe, an online and brick-and-mortar retailer where patients have access to high quality vitamins and pharmaceutical grade supplements that have been third-party tested for purity and quality.  

“I have dedicated my career to family medicine and finding ways to helping people become the best versions of themselves through cultivating healthy habits of mind, body, and spirit. I am excited to join so many respected colleagues in the Edgewater Health system. I look forward to continuing the work in an environment with a commitment to integrative health care,” said Dr. Nchekwube. 

The public is invited to meet Dr. Nchekwube and other members of the Edgewater Health primary care team, including Laresse Harris, DNP at the open house event on October 28 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Nchekwube or Laresse Harris, call 844-4-Edgewater (844-433-4392). Learn more at 

Edgewater Health 

Edgewater Health is northwest Indiana’s full-service partner for culturally competent, high-quality primary care and behavioral health services. Our approach to caring for the whole person begins with health screenings and assessments and extends to integrated and specialized care that may include addiction and opioid treatment, inpatient, outpatient, and adult residential services in 10 locations. Edgewater Health originated in 1974 as the Gary Community Mental Health Center and has grown steadily in response to the community’s needs. In 2015, Edgewater Health established the Rapid Access Center, the only one of its kind in the state of Indiana. In 2019, Edgewater Health achieved Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike status under the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). In 2022, Edgewater Health Clinic opened in Cedar Lake to provide primary care with a focus on women’s health, prenatal, and gynecologic care. In 2024, we will celebrate 50 years of excellence at our annual gala. Edgewater Health participates in the VA’s Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR) model for active duty and veteran service members. Edgewater Health is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Visit us at