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November 2006

Meet Tedy Bruschi at Fatherhood Awards Dinner

New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi and 12 local fathers will be honored with Heart of Fatherhood Awards by Southcoast Hospitals' RAPPP (Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention) program.

The event is Monday, November 13, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hawthorne Country Club in North Dartmouth, Mass. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online now.

Bruschi will join the 12 local award winners at an awards dinner. The "Heart of Fatherhood" awards dinner is presented by Bristol County Savings Bank and also sponsored by Shields MRI, WBSM and Fun 107. The dinner is open to all ages and includes light hors d'oeuvres followed by a full course dinner reception of prime rib or baked stuffed chicken.

Southcoast Diabetes Education Program earns national award

Southcoast Hospitals' Diabetes Management Program has received the American Diabetes Association's prestigious Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.

The ADA's education recognition certificate assures that diabetes educational programs across the country meet national standards for diabetes self-management programs.

"The ADA recognition status gives professionals a national standard to measure quality of services and assures our patients that they are receiving the latest and most comprehensive care available," said Geraldine Santos, RN, Team Leader and Diabetes Nurse Specialist for the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program.

Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for three years.

Southcoast Hospitals Group's Diabetes Management Program offers diabetes self-management education for Types 1 and 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes mellitus.

Charlton offers free vascular and stroke screenings

Charlton Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free screening program for local residents age 60 and older who may be at risk for vascular disease and stroke on Wednesday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at New Boston Medical Center, 373 New Boston Road in Fall River. Patients who qualify for a free screening may set up an appointment during the call. Space is limited and pre-screening is required. Call 1-866-220-7283 to register.

Magnet public notice

Southcoast Hospitals Group has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet. The Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services.

Read a public notice about our upcoming site visit in December.


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Charlton Charitable Trust gives $2 million to St. Luke's

Earle P. "Chuck" Charlton II last week announced a $2 million dollar pledge from the Charlton Charitable Trust to benefit the $33 million expansion project at St. Luke's Hospital, the New Bedford site of Southcoast Hospitals Group. The gift is the largest ever received by St. Luke's.

The pledge is the first of its kind made by the Charlton Trust to St. Luke's Hospital and continues the long legacy of giving to another Southcoast hospital, Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.

"Part of the intent of the Charlton Charitable Trust is to help ensure the people of southeastern Massachusetts have what they need," Charlton said. "We chose to make this pledge to St. Luke's because, as part of Southcoast Health System, the hospital provides essential services to the area."

AHA! Night hosts blood drive for Southcoast Blood Bank

You can "Chill Out" at AHA! Night in downtown New Bedford — and give the gift of life at the same time.

As part of New Bedford's monthly arts celebration, AHA! will be holding a blood drive to benefit the Southcoast Blood Bank on Thursday, November 9, from 3 to 8 p.m. The Southcoast Health Van will be parked at the Custom House fountain.

Everyone who gives blood will be thanked with festive AHA! buttons that can be redeemed for complementary chowder and coffee at participating AHA! partners.

Get ready to bid on great items to benefit St. Luke's

Here's your chance to bid on great items — for yourself or for a holiday gift — and support the Campaign for a New St. Luke's.

The Southcoast Online Aution's bidding opens Saturday, November 25, and concludes on Monday, December 18.

The auction will be filled with exciting items, such as:

  • Three certificates for a three-day cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines.
  • Apple iPod nano.
  • Boston Celtics tickets.
  • Overnight stay for two at Foxwoods.
  • Boston Bruins tickets.
  • Two-night stay at Residence Inn by Marriott.
  • and much, much more ...

Southcoast Hospitals donates equipment to local paramedic services

Southcoast Hospitals recently donated 30 life-saving intraosseous (IO) infusion devices to eleven local non-profit paramedic services, further expanding the capabilities of the region's pre-hospital care providers.

The Southcoast Hospitals' Community Benefits Committee each year supports community health initiatives as part of its ongoing commitment to addressing the health and wellness needs of the community. The committee recently identified the need for intraosseaous (IO) infusion devices for local community EMS services. The IO devices have become the first alternative for paramedics that are unable to administer lifesaving fluids, drugs or blood products intravenously en route to the hospital.

"Being able to administer vital fluids and drugs intravenously is a challenge paramedics may face when treating critically ill patients," said William Kasdon, MD, Chairman of the Southcoast Community Benefits Committee and Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

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