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November 2007

Send a Carol-O-Gram

Why mail your Holiday cards when you can have them hand-delivered, accompanied by a live, professional musical performance of your favorite holiday carols.

A professional singing quartet will deliver your holiday card and your Carol-O-Gram right to the door of your family member, neighbor or friend. [Available in New Bedford, Dartmouth, and Fairhaven only.]

Order yours by December 3. There are a limited number of Carol-O-Grams available, so reserve early.

Facts about MRSA

Get the facts about MRSA, the staph infection that has been referred to in the media as the "super bug."

Learn what MRSA is, how it is spread and how you can protect yourself.

And remember, proper hand washing and hand hygiene is always the best way to avoid spreading germs, including MRSA.

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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Great spine care ~ right here!

At Southcoast Hospitals we're experts in spine surgery — performing more procedures than any community hospital system in the state.

We offer the very latest techniques, including minimally invasive surgery to treat compression fractures and other spine problems.

  • Expertise: Specialists in spine surgery, dedicated surgical and post-op teams, and rehab focused on functional restoration of the spine.

  • Experience: We do as much spine surgery as many Boston hospitals.

  • New procedures: Much less invasive and easier on the patient.

Excellent surgeons, experienced surgical teams, and focused rehab for the spine are right here at Southcoast Hospitals.

Learn what's new — and meet our physicians and patients.

A team approach to stroke therapy

When 80-year-old Edward Anacleto of Fall River began going to the Mitchell Therapies Center at Charlton Memorial Hospital, he had double trouble — a heart stent to relieve chest pain and a subsequent stroke.

But that did not stop him from attending his needed cardiac rehabilitation.

When Southcoast cardiopulmonary nurse Linda Paiva met with Anacleto, she did more than just help with heart-strengthening exercises. She gauged all of Anacleto's trouble spots, recognizing that with the right therapy he could regain greater independence and mobility than originally anticipated.

With teamwork, therapists at Southcoast have improved the odds for regaining strength and function for patients like Anacleto.

Read his story here and found out why he says, "It's a terrific program."

This holiday season, give the gift of life

There's nothing more precious you can give this holiday season than the gift of life.


When you donate blood at the Southcoast Blood Bank it stays local, saving the lives of individuals right here in the South Coast region.

There are two ways to give:

  • Stop by the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital.

  • Visit the Southcoast Blood Van when it is in your neighborhood.

Come check out our complete schedule and guidelines for giving.

Southcoast Logo Shop 2007 Holiday Collection

The Southcoast Logo Shop has some great items for the 2007 holiday season.

  • Fleece jackets.

  • Custom ball caps.

  • Fleece stadium blankets.

  • Beach towels.

Click on over and browse through our store today.

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