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June 2005

Sweet Temptations

Sweet things await you at our 5th Annual Southcoast Temptations event.

You'll enjoy delicious foods from some of the area's best restaurants, taste fine wines from around the world and sample Dorothy Cox's mouth-watering chocolates — and you will support the purchase of equipment for the Charlton, St. Luke's and Tobey Emergency Departments.

The event is Wednesday, July 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rachel's Lakeside in Westport, Mass. Tickets are $45 and are available for purchase online.

Southcoast Temptations is hosted by Trio Liquors and Dorothy Cox's Chocolates.

Child car seat safety

While most parents use car seats and seatbelts for their children, many do not use them correctly.

Find out how to better protect your children and other family members at the "Family Safety Fair" being held during this year's Swan Festival on Saturday, June 18, in Wareham.

Sponsored by Tobey Hospital, the safety fair will feature car seat inspections at Tobey Hospital and a Safety Booth at the Swan Festival. Car seat inspections will be held, rain or shine, in the main parking lot of Tobey Hospital on High Street in Wareham from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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New Southcoast Health Van hits streets

The new Southcoast Health Van, which hit the streets today, will serve some 5,000 residents throughout the region with access to free health screenings, education and now blood donation.

The new Southcoast Health Van further enhances Southcoast's mission to "break down barriers to health care and improve access to much needed services in the South Coast region," said Ronald B. Goodspeed, MD, MPH, President of Southcoast Hospitals Group.

New equipment, better screening facilities, a blood donor center with five donor chairs and a reliable vehicle are highlights of the new van. Licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Southcoast Health Van also complies with new federal privacy regulations under HIPPA, the national regulations protecting patient privacy. Funding for the van was secured in part through Southcoast Hospitals Group and community organizations.

Financial support for the new Southcoast Health Van came from local businesses.

See the new van — and find out when it will be in your neighborhood.

Donate blood ~ save a life

Southcoast Blood Bank urgently needs blood donors.

"We need all blood types with an urgent request for type 'O' blood," said Sandra Pires, the donor recruiter from Southcoast Blood Bank.

"Blood supplies are low nationally which puts a increased strain on our local supplies. We are concerned going into the summer months, when donations tend to decrease even more, that our supply will reach a critical low."

You can donate blood today at St. Luke's Hospital or in your community when the Southcoast Health Van is in town.

The Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Appointments are requested, but not necessary, and can be made by calling 508-961-5320.

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