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August 2005



Give Blood

The Southcoast Blood Bank urgently needs 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 an 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."

Find our how you can donate today.

www.southcoast.org/involve/bloodbank/



Rock'n by the Sea

Here's your chance to rock the night away at a special party to benefit the Campaign for a New St. Luke's.

Rock'n by the Sea will be held Saturday, August 13, at Round Hill in South Dartmouth. You can dance to the sounds of Beantown of Boston while enjoying catering by Blackstone Caterers of Newport and a specialty bar by Cardoza's Wine and Spirits.

Ticket information is available online or by calling 508-961-5353.

www.southcoast.org/give/


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Electrophysiology Lab:
Cardiac Arrhythmia & Pacemaker Service

Southcoast's Electrophysiology (EP) Laboratory provides diagnostic services and treatment for cardiac arrhythmias.

A highly skilled team of physicians and nurses work with patients to determine the cause of their heart rhythm disturbances. Together, they develop a plan of care to treat the underlying cause of the heart rhythm disturbance, and monitor the patient's progress and response to treatment.

Southcoast's partner in establishing the lab is Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center in Boston, an international leader in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

Learn more about EP at Southcoast — and see the heart like never before.

www.southcoast.org/heart/ep.html


Taking a Vacation?
Tips for a healthier trip

It's a different world out there. So before you travel abroad to see it, get in the know. When you know what to watch for — and how to take care of yourself — you are on the road to a safer, healthier trip.

Southcoast's website now offers information and links to travel medicine facts and professionals in the South Coast region.

"Travelers may not be aware that when visiting certain locations they can be exposed to a variety of viruses, bacteria and other risks," said H. Ram Chowdri, MD, Chairman of the Infection Control Department at St. Luke's Hospital and a physician who offers travel medicine services.

Travel medicine specialists can help navigate through travel alerts, medical risks associated with travel outside the U.S. and how to reduce the risk of contracting serious diseases including hepatitis A, meningitis, typhoid fever, yellow fever and rabies.

www.southcoast.org/health/travel.html



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