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August 2007

End-of-Summer Blood Drive

Southcoast Blood Bank will be hosting an End-of-Summer Blood Drive on Monday, August 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. featuring free T-shirts and a cookout.

The Southcoast Health Van will be located in front of St. Luke's Hospital, 101 Page Street in New Bedford with a tent offering donors a continental breakfast, an afternoon cookout and refreshments. Donors will also receive a free T-shirt and giveaways. The event will take place rain or shine. It is open to the public, no registration necessary.

When you donate at a Southcoast Blood Drive you are helping your South Coast neighbors.

Get checked out!

If it's been a while since you've had your blood pressure or cholesterol checked, stop by the Southcoast Health Van the next time it's in your neighborhood.

The Southcoast Health Van serves more than 4,000 people every year by reaching out to people with identified health risks who may not have access to health care.

Find out when the van will be somewhere near you.


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Southcoast Hospitals President authors "Survival Guide" for physicians

Southcoast Hospitals Group President Ronald B. Goodspeed, MD, MPH, recently co-authored a book, entitled What If ... ? A Survival Guide for Physicians.

The book is intended to help medical students, residents and physicians successfully handle situations traditionally not covered by medical education and training.

"Despite rigorous medical training, medical students, residents and physicians might not be adequately equipped to handle all the situations they might face in their professional and personal lives," Dr. Goodspeed said. "This book explains what to do in many of these situations, from the common to the unusual.

"Some of the scenarios we present deal with life-threatening situations. Some do not, but all are important and present challenges that physicians need to be able to face."

What If ... ? provides advice and useful information for handling situations not only in a hospital setting but also in social settings or where there is limited or no access to a medical facility. Step-by-step instructions explain how to be prepared for the unexpected in any environment and possible steps for preventing the situation.

The book was co-authored by Bruce Y. Lee, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Decision Sciences and Clinical Systems Modeling at the University of Pittsburgh, and published by F.A. Davis Company of Philadelphia.

Learn more about the book and how to get a copy.

Get your children ready for back to school

If you've got school-aged children at home, you are probably busy getting ready for the new school year.

Going back to school unleashes a flood of feelings for kids — excitement, anticipation and, of course a little sadness for those summer days gone so quickly.

For most parents, it means life is a little more stressful and expensive as we try to adjust to new schedules and try to fit shopping for those last few items of clothing and school supplies into an already busy calendar.

Get tips for better school lunches, backpack safety and tips for athletes returning to the field.

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