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October 2007

Free diabetes screening

The Southcoast Diabetes Management Program will be presenting a free diabetes education and screening program on Friday, October 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wareham Elks Lodge, 2855 Cranberry Highway, East Wareham, Mass.

"Jump into Diabetes Control" will be presented by Southcoast Hospitals' Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) and will outline diabetes pathophysiology, self management and emotional issues. Educators will test blood glucose levels of individuals, provide educational materials, initialize self-management strategies and the importance of following up with a health care provider. Vendors will also be available to demonstrate the latest products in diabetes health such as glucose meters, insulin and patient diabetic supplies.

No registration necessary, walk-ins welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Free Vascular Screenings

Southcoast is sponsoring a series of free vascular screenings. The screenings will be held on Tuesdays, October 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.

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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Stroke: Learn the warning signs at FREE seminars

Southcoast Hospitals will be presenting three stroke awareness programs during October and November.

The programs are presented by physician stroke directors from each of the Southcoast hospitals and are aimed at educating the community on the risk, prevention and symptoms of stroke.

"Act FAST: Save a Life — Understanding & Preventing Stroke" is free to the public. The stroke seminars presented by area physicians will explain the risk factors of stroke and how it can be prevented, identify how to recognize the signs and symptoms and explain how to minimize the effects of stroke by acting FAST. Stroke survivors will also be on hand to share their experience and recoveries.

Free screenings will be offered for total cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure screenings. All programs are free and include light refreshments, educational information, giveaways and free raffles.

  • WESTPORT: Wednesday, October 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at White's of Westport, 66 State Road in Westport, Mass. Featuring Farrel Douglas, MD, Stroke Director at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.

  • ACUSHNET: Wednesday, November 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Century House, 107 South Main Street in Acushnet, Mass. Featuring John Stamouilis, MD, Stroke Director at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.

  • ONSET: Thursday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bay Pointe Country Club, 19 Bay Pointe Drive in Onset, Mass. Featuring Nancy Edwards, MD, Stroke Director at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

To register for any of these programs, call 800-497-1727 or register at the door.

Presented by Southcoast Hospitals Group and sponsored by Boehringer-Iingelheim, Genentech, MedAesthetic Day Spa, Pfizer, PDL Biopharmer and Stop & Shop.

FREE health insurance enrollment event October 30

Come to this special enrollment event, sponsored by the Commonwealth Health Connector, and learn about the new state requirements and explore your options.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2007
    3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    New Bedford Career Center
    618 Acushnet Avenue
    New Bedford, Mass.

What to Bring: To make it easier to enroll in Commonwealth Care, please bring a photo ID and copies of your most recent pay stubs.

If you live in Massachusetts and don't have health insurance, the state's new Commonwealth Care plans can cover most of your health needs — and your family's — at little or no cost.

Southcoast only accepts BMC HealthNet and Neighborhood Health Plan, the plans that offer you the most choice and access to the region's largest and most advanced health care system.

Get started today by calling the Southcoast Hospitals Patient Financial Services Department. Our trained staff will:

  • Explain everything you need to apply for health insurance.
  • Help you determine which health plan might best fit your needs.
  • Help you complete and file an application.
  • Support you while your application is processed.

You visit us directly Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all three of our hospital sites — Charlton in Fall River, St. Luke's in New Bedford and Tobey in Wareham.

Call today. It's easy. And we're here to help.

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