Gustavo E. Galante, M.D. - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Local communities like Valparaiso, Schererville, and Crown Point are wonderful places in which to live, work, and raise a family. Part of what makes the area so great is the combined effort of local residents to support and improve their communities. As a member of the local medical community, Indiana plastic surgeon Dr. Gus Galante stands out from many other surgeons because of his commitment to his community. He donates his time and contributes to charitable organizations that are finding new ways to make Northwest Indiana even better. Many of his patients want to learn more about the organizations he supports.
If you'd like to find out more about Dr. Galante's efforts to contribute to the health and strength of local communities, contact us using our online form or call +1-800-721-3244 today. To meet with Dr. Galante, request a complimentary consultationrequest a complimentary consultation.
Helping Women Support Other Women
Dr. Galante has teamed up with the nonprofit organization Breast Oasis, a group that collects, cleans and distributes new and gently used bras to women who need them but can't afford them. Women who donate can offer words of hope and encouragement to the recipients through the Breast Oasis website.
Dr. Galante frequently performs breast enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lifts and breast reconstruction. Many of his patients require new bras after surgery and have no use for their old ones. Through this partnership with Breast Oasis, Dr. Galante gives his patients an easy way to donate their unwanted bras by bringing them to our office.
Pack Away Hunger
Inspired by a similar event staged by his son's Indiana University fraternity, Dr. Galante organized a Pack Away Hunger event during which volunteers packaged nearly 31,000 meals for local food pantries. He teamed with St. Mary Medical Center for the event, held at the medical center's Outpatient Surgery Center.
Pack Away Hunger is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide for families in need locally, nationally, and globally. This year, the group donated the meals locally to the Food Pantry of Hobart and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. At the event sponsored in part and organized by Dr. Galante, children joined adult volunteers working in an assembly line to package meals for delivery.
Dr. Galante says events such as this are a great way for his practice to give back to the community. It gets people involved in a tangible way to help others while having fun and provides an example of philanthropy for children, he says.
Holiday Help for Families in Need
Dr. Galante and his staff enjoy volunteering at the Hammond Community Center during the holidays. They fill bags with Thanksgiving meals for members of the community that don't have the means to provide one for their families. Hopefully, this small gesture will help them celebrate the holiday in comfort.
Involvement in Community Health
Dr. Galante is a co-founder and continued participant in the "Hospice Hustle," a cycling event to raise money for the Hospice of the Calumet Area (www.hospicecalumet.org). The event celebrated its ten year anniversary in 2014 which included a century ride (100 miles) in addition to its traditional 25-mile and 62-mile race routes. It is held annually in September at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Indiana. The event began in 2005 and has raised thousands of dollars to assist the Hospice in its core mission.
Hospice of the Calumet Area is dedicated to providing a caring and supportive environment for patients in the final stages of terminal illnesses. Their staff of nurses, social workers, clergy, and volunteers works hand in hand with each patient, and also take the time to address the needs of family members. The Hospice team coordinates care with each patient's personal physician to minimize discomfort while providing essential medical services.
Because women are a large majority of his Indiana plastic surgery patients, Dr. Galante has supported the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women initiative (www.goredforwomen.org), which seeks to educate women about the importance of heart health. Many people know that heart disease is the leading killer of American men, but are surprised to learn that it is the leading cause of death among American women as well. Through informational events and community activities, the Go Red campaign is educating women about healthy eating, smoking cessation, blood pressure checkups, and other ways to prevent heart disease.
Dr. Galante has participated in the Cancer Resource Centre's Annual Romp and Roll Walk and Fun Run to support the Centre's mission of providing education, events, and other resources to local residents diagnosed with various forms of cancer. He has sponsored this event every year since its inception. Learn more about the Centre by visiting www.cancerresourcecentre.com.
Charity Through B'nai B'rith
Dr. Galante is an active member of B'nai B'rith, a local Jewish service organization dedicated to providing broad-based services to strengthen family life and communities throughout Northwest Indiana. He is heavily involved in its "Buddy Bear" program, which helps children dealing with extreme stress and upheaval in their lives through donation of teddy bears. Dr. Galante knows that children going through a crisis need the comfort of a friend, even if that friend is a simple stuffed bear.
Photograph courtesy ofThe St. Jude House, a safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their dependent children, is one of the first recipients of the program. The St. Jude House serves over 200 children annually and will receive a Buddy Bear for each child. Pediatric patients have also benefitted from these bears in local hospitals including Community Hospital in Munster, Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, and Franciscan HealthCare in Dyer. Dr. Galante and B'nai B'rith will be working with a variety of other organizations in Northwest Indiana to deliver bears and comfort to children. Currently, 850 bears have been distributed in the area.
B'nai B'rith was also instrumental in collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste from the community to donate to Calumet College students for their annual mission trip to Guatemala. These dental supplies are badly needed there.
Other Community Activities
In addition to local speaking engagements and seasonal volunteer events, Dr. Galante is on the Board of Directors of South Shore Arts (www.southshoreartsonline.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing art and inspiration to schools, parks, and underserved communities in Northwest Indiana. Dr. Galante is also past President of the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana (www.federationonline.org). This organization is the welfare arm of the Jewish community, providing assistance (food, clothing, shelter, and emotional support) to those in need, Jewish and non Jewish families alike. He has participated in a program with churches in the area to help cook meals for a local soup kitchen.
For six years he has been a proud sponsor of the Speaking of Women's Health program whose mission was "educating women to make informed decisions about health, well-being and personal safety for themselves and their families."
Dr. Galante and his staff have collected clothing and health supplies for the Nazareth Home, an organization that provides care, nurturing, and support for medically at risk children. These children are given the opportunity to be cared for in a safe and loving environment. In addition, his staff also collected food and health supplies for the St. Jude House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.
Dr. Galante enjoys assisting Albert's Diamond Jewelers (www.albertsjewelers.com) in their yearly Multiple Sclerosis Auction event as a guest auctioneer. Hundreds of items are auctioned off, and the proceeds benefit the Indiana State Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to find a cure for this devastating disease.
October, being Breast Cancer Awareness month, has been an important philanthropic month for Dr. Galante for the past several years, He has donated a portion of proceeds from breast surgeries performed during this month to provide mammograms and breast care to financially assist women who are in need of these services but cannot afford them. The St. Claire Clinic in Crown Point and Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer have been the recipient of these donations.