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October 2005

Blood Bank extends hours

The Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital has extended its hours on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.

The Blood Bank's new hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Southcoast Blood Bank is located off the main lobby of St. Luke's Hospital, 101 Page Street in New Bedford, Mass. Walk-ins are welcome.

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A free day of health for women

Saturday, October 22
8:30 a.m. ~ 11:45 a.m.

Hawthorne Country Club
970 Tucker Road, Dartmouth

Southcoast Hospitals will be hosting a free seminar for women in celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Women are encouraged to attend a morning dedicated to staying healthy. Local health care professionals will demonstrate aromatherapy and essential oils and discuss issues such as urinary incontinence, lymphodema, breast cancer and breast cancer surgery.

Special guest Barbara Allman of the U.S. Postal Service will be on hand to present a reproduction of the breast cancer awareness stamp. There will be raffles and an auction to benefit patient education programs and an assortment of door prizes.

A free continental breakfast will be served. Registration is necessary as space is limited. To register, call the Southcoast Wellness Line at 1-800-497-1727.

"We're lucky to have such good people to help us."

One look at Janice Bailey and you know you are in the company of a special woman.

Asked what keeps her going, she said, "It's your attitude that counts."

Even during a recent trip to the St. Luke's Emergency Department after a terrible car accident, she looked past her own calamity to appreciate the skill and concern of the people treating her.

"The people who work in the Emergency Department are really amazing and very caring — especially when you consider the pressure they work under," Bailey said. "They never know what's coming next.

"People complain about long wait times in the Emergency Department. I just want to say to them, 'We're lucky to have such good people to help us.'"

Great events you don't want to miss

October 21 ~ Tobey Gala

Wareham native and Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis has donated a signed padfolio bearing the "presidential seal" from her new hit ABC television series, "Commander in Chief," to the Tobey Hospital Gala benefit auction on October 21. Enjoy a fabulous evening — and bid on exciting prizes to benefit Tobey.

    Event: Tobey Hospital Gala, "Dinner and Wine by Candlelight"
    Date/Time: Friday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m.
    Location: LeBaron Hills Country Club, 183 Rhode Island Road, Lakeville
    Tickets: $75
    Call: 508-961-5353 or 508-273-4102

October 25 ~ Heart of Fatherhood Awards

Three celebrities will help honor local recipients of the Heart of Fatherhood award recipients presented by the Southcoast RAPPP (Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention) program. The honorary recipients are Pete Braley, host of Pete Braley & Company, weekdays on WBSM (1420 AM) radio in New Bedford, and David Patten, NFL wide receiver who was part of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl championship team (now with the Washington Redskins) will be honorary recipients of the award. Patrick Pass of the Patriots will also be in attendance and will make a special presentation. They will be joined by the 13 "Heart of Fatherhood" essay contest winners selected this past Father's Day.

    Event: Southcoast RAPPP Heart of Fatherhood Awards Dinner
    Date/Time: Tuesday, October 25, from 6 to 10 p.m.
    Location: Hawthorne Country Club, 970 Tucker Rd., North Dartmouth
    Tickets: $50 adults; $12 children
    Call: 508-994-0548

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