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April 2007

Free head & neck screenings

Southcoast Hospitals and Northeast Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons will be offering free head and neck cancer screenings on the Southcoast Health Van on Wednesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The van will be at CVS/Pharmacy, 1145 Kempton St. in New Bedford.

Reservations are required for the screening. To register, call the Southcoast Wellness Line at 1-800-497-1727.

Free community health fair

Spring into a healthier you at the Free Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 21, in downtown New Bedford.

Hosted by Southcoast Hospitals Group, the City of New Bedford and Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, the Community Health Fair is also an opportunity to learn more about the state's new Commonwealth Care insurance plans.

The Free Community Health Fair will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 560 Pleasant Street, New Bedford. The street will be closed to traffic during the event.

Free vascular screenings

Southcoast Hospitals Group is sponsoring a series of free vascular screenings. The screenings will be held on Tuesdays, April 17, May 1, 15, 29, June 12 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.


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Understanding Massachusetts' Health Care Reform law

If you own a small business in Massachusetts, you need to know about the new Health Care Reform Law.

Southcoast is hosting a FREE breakfast for small business owners on Thursday, April 19, at White's of Westport.

Southcoast has invited the Massachusetts Hospital Association to discuss the background and the basics of health care reform and the various options available in health care plans.

Registration is required by April 12.

You can be a hospice volunteer

Southcoast Hospice & Palliative Care is looking for volunteers in the greater New Bedford and Wareham areas to provide emotional support to patients and their families.

"One thing all hospice volunteers have in common is a true desire to help," said Jo-Ann Richard, Volunteer Coordinator at Southcoast Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care & Infusion Services.

"Some provide care and comfort to patients and their families while others prefer to assist with fundraising events, bereavement services, memorial planning, community networking, office tasks and other helpful duties."

The hospice volunteer must participate in a free 16-hour training session held at Southcoast Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care & Infusion Services located at 200 Mill Road, Fairhaven.

The next training sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 18 and 19.

Hospice volunteer training topics include patient care, family dynamics and spirituality. For more information, please contact JoAnn Richard at 508-984-0277.

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