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March 2005

Community benefits

Beyond providing exceptional care every day, Southcoast also gives back to the community in many other ways — from free screenings on our Southcoast Health Van to critical youth programs to improved outreach and access to health care.

Southcoast's 2004 Community Benefits Report outlines the achievements we have made to bring value to you and your neighbors.

Southcoast named a top performer

Southcoast Health System has been listed among the top 100 best-performing health networks in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine. The report ranked each health system on "critical success factors" such as the clinical and financial performance of services and access to care, hospital utilization, physicians, contractual capabilities and technology and administrative services. Southcoast was one of only five New England networks to make the list.


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Top heart surgeon joins Southcoast team

Christian T. Campos, MD, a cardiac surgeon specializing in valvular heart surgery and coronary artery bypass surgery, has joined the Southcoast heart surgery team.

Dr. Campos brings a more than a decade of experience in cardiothoracic surgery, research and analysis to Southcoast's open heart surgery program. He most recently was in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and previously at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

"This is an opportunity to bring all of the knowledge and skills that I have acquired at the major academic medical centers in Boston and Worcester to the communities of the South Coast region," Dr. Campos said. "I am excited to be part of Southcoast's effort to address the region's high incidence of heart disease and contribute my skills to such an extraordinary team."

Dr. Campos continues to have strong academic affiliations, currently serving as an Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, also in Worcester, and previously on the faculty of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Stroke: Know the warning signs

Just as a "heart attack" starves heart cells of needed oxygen, a stroke — or "brain attack" — cuts off the supply of life-giving oxygen to brain cells, resulting in severe disability and sometimes death. But despite its devastating effects, strokes can be prevented and with new medical developments, can be more easily treated.

The 5 most common warning signs of a stroke are:

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body.

  2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

  3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

  5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you have any of these warning signs, call 911 immediately.

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