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September 2007

Chowder champs ~ again!

St. Luke's Hospital's clam chowder took first prize for the second year in a row at the New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival at Custom House Square on September 16.

The hospital's Food & Nutrition Department joined 21 of the city's best chefs in the battle for the Best Chowder title. Chefs served up 50 gallons of the winning chowder to nearly 7,000 people, more than twice as many as last year.

Learn more about what makes the St. Luke's chowder so special.

Free Vascular Screenings

Southcoast is sponsoring a series of free vascular screenings. The screenings will be held on Tuesdays, October 2, 16, 30, and November 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.

Evening of food, wine and song to benefit Tobey

The Tobey Hospital Guild invites you to attend "An Enchanted Evening of Food, Wine & Song" on October 12 at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville.

This year's event begins with a wine tasting followed by a gourmet meal with pairing wines. A special treat this year will be the addition of Sgt. Daniel M. Clark, "The Singing Trooper." Sgt. Clark has appeared on national TV and is well known for his patriotic songs.

Proceeds from this event will be used to help toward the purchase of a digital mammography machine for Tobey Hospital.

Inquire about your bill

Now you can use Southcoast's Website to contact our Patient Accounts team to answer your questions about your patient bill, insurance claims and payment arrangements.

The page has a simple form to fill out. And we will review your request during our next business day and respond to you that same day.


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Women: You deserve a "Morning of Health"

Learn more about our free informational seminar highlighting topics important for women:

New choices for Blue Cross Medicare patients

People with Medicare now have more convenient access to Southcoast services and enhanced benefits.

Southcoast Hospitals recently reached a multi-year agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for its Medicare HMO Blue (formerly known as Blue Care 65) and Medicare PPO Blue.

All Southcoast Hospitals locations are now participating providers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Medicare HMO and Medicare PPO Blue, Medicare Advantage plans.

This means that patients with Medicare HMO and Medicare PPO Blue can now receive their care at any Southcoast location, including the three Southcoast Hospitals — Charlton Memorial, St. Luke's and Tobey hospitals — and Southcoast ancillary sites such as The Center for Women's Health, The Oncology Center, radiology, laboratory and physical rehabilitation locations.

"By offering the Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plan patients now have additional options for where they receive their care," said William Grigg, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Southcoast Health System. "The Medicare HMO and Medicare PPO Blue plans offer seniors additional benefits not covered under traditional Medicare including a wider range of preventive services."

What would you do with more time?

Give up the daily commute and add more flexibility to your day by working at Southcoast.

Southcoast is holding its annual Interview Walk-in Days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 25 to October 25 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for RNs, PTs, OTs, Speech Therapists, Respiratory Therapists and Pharmacists.

Walk into Human Resources at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham and you will meet with Recruitment Specialists and Clinical Managers, learn about the wide variety of career opportunities at Southcoast Hospitals and get a personalized tour of our state-of-the-art facilities.

And one more thing — our gift to you: a $25 gift check to all who interview!

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