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July 2006



Give in to tempation

Enjoy an evening of food, wine and chocolate to benefit digital mammography at Southcoast.

On Tuesday, July 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rachel's Lakeside in Dartmouth. Tickets are $50 each, including food and beverages, and can be purchased online.

You'll enjoy delicious foods from some of the area's best restaurants, taste fine wines from around the world from Lees Wine & Spirits and sample Dorothy Cox's mouth-watering chocolates.

www.southcoast.org/give/




Give blood ~ save a life

Giving locally makes a difference.

When you give a single pint of blood to the Southcoast Blood Bank, you can save two people's lives. Not half a continent away, but close to home.

Because every pint that's donated to the Southcoast Blood Bank stays right here at Southcoast Hospitals, helping us provide life-saving treatment to patients in the communities we serve.

Find out how you can give blood today.

www.southcoast.org/bloodbank/


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Helping stomp out smoking — early


Southcoast wants to help you be as healthy as possible — and one way is to help teach children the dangers of smoking.

Nurses from Charlton Memorial Hospital and Fall River Public Schools health educators collaborated to bring Tar Wars to fourth and fifth grade students.

Tar Wars is a tobacco use education program supported by the Louis F. Fayan Fund at Charlton and Southcoast Hospital Group's Community Benefits Program.

Volunteer nurses from Charlton teach fifth grade students about the dangers of tobacco use. Students are given a short lecture followed by interactive stations. A poster contest reinforces what students learn and provides them with an opportunity to win prizes.

See this year's winning posters.

www.southcoast.org/health/tarwars.html


Campaign promotes safe sleep for infants


The Bristol County District Attorney's Community Outreach Division has launched a public service campaign with Southcoast Hospitals called "Safe Sleep Program — Dangers of Bed Sharing."

The Bristol County Child Fatality Review Team reported an increase in bed-sharing infant deaths in 2005. Out of 30 child fatalities, six were bed-sharing deaths as compared to two out of 22 infant deaths in 2004.

The Bristol County District Attorney Paul F. Walsh Jr. is raising awareness on the serious problem of infant deaths as a result of bed sharing. The three Southcoast hospitals — Charlton Memorial in Fall River, St. Luke's in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham — are the primary providers of maternity services in Southeastern Massachusetts and support this important public service campaign.

Providing a safe place for babies to sleep can solve this problem.

www.southcoast.org/health/safesleep.html


Hit the beach with a Southcoast beach towel


The next time you head to the shore, take along a Southcoast beach towel — and help support Southcoast Hospitals.

Our new plush velour beach towels are $20 each, plus tax and shipping — and are available now.

We'll even throw in some free sunscreen!

www.southcoast.org/shop/



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