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March 2006

Free vascular screenings

Southcoast Hospitals Group is sponsoring a series of free vascular screenings. The screenings will be held on Tuesdays, April 4, 18, May 2, 23, and June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Luke's Hospital, 101 Page Street, New Bedford.

Appointments are required and can be requested by calling 800-497-1727. Space is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. No walk-ins will be accepted on screening days.

The screenings are basic vascular screenings that can help detect a condition called peripheral vascular disease (PVD). The non-invasive screenings are performed by a trained nurse and take approximately 20 minutes. Patients should arrive 15 minutes prior to screening time.

Human services fair

Southcoast Hospitals' Clinical Social Work department will be hosting a Human Service Fair at Charlton Memorial Hospital on Thursday, March 23, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Fifteen local health and human service agencies will present information on social services and care available throughout the South Coast region, including mental health, substance abuse, adoption, elder at risk and housing.

The fair is open to the public. No registration necessary.


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It's spring — get out and play!

Spring starts today — and now is the time of year many people get outside and get more active.

Before you exercise, get some tips on injury prevention from the sports medicine pros at Southcoast.

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Southcoast has the largest hospital-based sports medicine program in New England with more than 15 athletic trainers serving 13 area high schools and colleges.

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Fundraiser to benefit St. Luke's Hospital

Spend a night dining and dancing at Fort Taber — all to benefit the St. Luke's expansion and renovation project.

The "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" benefit gala will be held Saturday, April 29, at Camp Kennedy, Fort Taber in New Bedford, beginning at 6:30 p.m. It is hosted by the St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary.

Proceeds will go directly to support the Emergency Department portion of the St. Luke's construction and renovation project that will help to ease overcrowding, ensure patient privacy and reduce waits in the ED for residents of greater New Bedford region.

Tickets cost $130 per person and can be purchased online today.

Camp Angel Wings helps grieving kids

Southcoast will again be offering "Camp Angel Wings," an exciting, fun-filled two-day camp experience for children and teens, ages three through 17, who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

"Camp Angel Wings was designed for children and teens who are sharing like experiences in grief to have an educational, therapeutic experience that is also an enjoyable one," said Deanna Upchurch, Bereavement Coordinator at Southcoast Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care & Infusion Services.

The camp is hosted by Southcoast Home Care in collaboration with the YMCA during the weekend of July 29 and 30. The camp is free and open to Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents.

Registrations are now being accepted. For more information or to register call Deanna Upchurch at 508-984-0202.

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