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November 2005

PET/CT coming soon

New much-needed technology is coming to the South Coast region to help in the advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities for cancer, heart disease and brain disorders.

Southcoast Hospitals has received Massachusetts Department of Public Health approval to provide Positron Emission Tomography (PET) services through a mobile PET/CT body scanner.

The unit is set to arrive in 2006 and will travel between Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast will be the only provider of PET imaging services in the Greater New Bedford and Greater Wareham regions.

"With the added benefit of PET/CT scanning we will have complete advanced imaging capabilities for Southcoast patients," said Nicholas Spencer, MD, Chairman of Radiology Imaging Services at St. Luke's Hospital.

Volunteers honored

Volunteers at Southcoast provided more than 85,000 hours of service during fiscal year 2005, saving the hospital approximately $1 million annually.

Some 700 volunteers at Charlton, St. Luke and Tobey hospitals were honored recently for their collectively hours of service and individually for milestone years of service.

"Your commitment and dedication to Southcoast is truly outstanding," said John B. Day, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System.

Volunteers work in the hospitals or at an affiliated Southcoast location. They serve in a number of capacities, including the information desk, gift shop, general office work, patient representatives, cafeteria, escorts, pastoral care and patient transport. They also provide services from their homes by sewing or knitting caps and blankets for our maternity units, lap robes and cardiac pillows.


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Trust your heart to Southcoast

Father and son Robert LeComte Jr. and Robert LeComte Sr. of Somerset have a lot in common: A passion for art, hazel eyes, warm smiles — and heart disease.

They can compare scars from their bypass surgeries.

And they both value Southcoast's cardiac rehab program for helping them regain healthy hearts.

"After a heart attack, I needed to get exercise and felt that working out at Southcoast cardiac rehab would give me confidence," Bob Lecomte Jr. said. "I've been working out religiously three times a week for nine years. I think it's the reason I'm healthier today."

Learn more about the area's only complete heart services — close to home at Southcoast.

An ounce of prevention

Last year the kids at Durfee High School learned about heart disease — from Southcoast.

It's part of Southcoast's Cardiac Prevention Program that focuses on promoting education, lifestyle changes and risk factor modification. A team that includes a nurse, a dietitian and a pharmacist is out in your community on the Southcoast Health Van, in local churches, businesses and other organizations and in our local schools.

So now the kids at Durfee High know about lowering their cholesterol and other risk factors — and how to live longer, healthier lives.

Learn more about what Southcoast is doing to help lower the incidence of heart disease in our area.

It's flu season — learn what to do

Don't let the flu slow you down this year.

Southcoast encourages you to take advantage of a flu shot. Be sure to get the shot every year because flu viruses are constantly changing and new vaccines are needed to protect against the different flu viruses.

Southcoast has a list of free local flu clinics and links to all available flu resources in Massachusetts.

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