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February 2008

Cardiac care award for Charlton

Charlton Memorial Hospital, the Fall River site of Southcoast Hospitals Group, has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Specialty Center for 2007 to 2009.

This designation means Charlton has met rigorous quality criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice.

Southcoast Hospitals' cardiac program received designation of three stars and higher efficiency as a UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Specialty Center in all three cardiac categories: Cardiac care (interventional and emergency services), cardiac rhythm management and cardiac surgery.

According to UnitedHealthcare, the UnitedHealth Premium Specialty Center designation program was developed to give its members information about, and access to, cardiac hospitals meeting rigorous quality criteria. The designation is based on detailed information about specialized training, practice capabilities and proficiencies that hospitals submit to UnitedHealthcare and is designed to help consumers make informed decisions about where to seek cardiac care.

Stroke Support Group

Stroke survivors, their families, caregivers and friends are invited to join the Southcoast Hospitals' Stroke Support Group.

A friendly forum for sharing and learning, the Stroke Support Group is held the third Wednesday of the month in North Dartmouth. Each month the group will offer information sessions with guest speakers and medical professionals.

"Our group is a comfortable environment for people to learn more about stroke and the recovery process," said Veronica Robdau, LICSW, a Social Worker at Southcoast Hospitals Group. "It is a chance for stroke survivors to meet others in similar circumstances and share like experiences."

For more information, call Veronica Robdau at 508-961-5769. Walk-ins are welcome.


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100% Digital Mammography. Because less is more.

Less radiation. More comfort. Greater accuracy. Instant images that our radiologists can adjust for better views.

These are some of the advantages of digital mammograms.

And here's why this is important to you.

One in eight women over 40 will develop breast cancer. In this fight, mammograms are a woman's best friend, because early detection and treatment are critical.

So the question isn't whether you should have a mammogram, but where.

Southcoast has just made that decision easier. With the help of our generous supporters, we've upgraded to 100 percent digital mammography at all nine of our radiology facilities — from Fall River to Wareham.

For more information about scheduling your mammogram, call 508-998-0600. Sooner is better.

Quality & Safety: How Southcoast measures up

Southcoast Hospitals has launched a new Website to report on its own quality, becoming one of the leaders in the movement to be more transparent about quality and patient safety.

"Hospital quality measures are among many factors you should consider when choosing a hospital," said Jim Rattray, Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs. "We want our patients to have access to the most up-to-date information available and feel it is important that they hear directly from us about how much we value quality and patient safety."

Southcoast's new Quality & Patient Safety site has nine quality measures that historically have been important to patients or are currently hot topics, such as key infection rates and mortality rates. The data are measured against a benchmark to show whether Southcoast is doing well or needs improvement. The site provides guidance for how to compare measures and what Southcoast is doing to improve quality.

The site also offers patients advice on how they can play an active role to help assure their hospital stay is as safe as possible. There are also links to other governmental and private sites that provide comparative hospital quality data.

We invite you to see how Southcoast measures up.

Attention RNs!

Southcoast is looking for Registered Nurses!

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

Now through February 27, walk into Human Resources at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham and meet with Recruitment Specialists and Nurse 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 — everyone who interviews will receive a complimentary gift!

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