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March 2008

Camp Angel Wings 2008

Southcoast is once again hosting Camp Angel Wings for children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Southcoast Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care and Infusion Services, in collaboration with the YMCA, will be hosting the fifth annual "Camp Angel Wings" during the weekend of July 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This is an exciting, fun-filled, two-day camp experience for children and teens, ages 5 through 17, who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Camp Angel Wings provides interactive activities that include music, swimming, arts and crafts, rock climbing, and archery, designed to reduce the sense of isolation while improving self esteem for children and teens who share like experiences in grief.

Registrations are now being accepted. For more information, or to register, please call Catherine Wrobel at 508-984-0202 or download an application form.

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Free screenings and day of health March 19

Take a day and do something for yourself — and your community.

Come to a day of health and wellness on Wednesday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Portuguese Cultural Center, 205 South Main Street in Fall River.

Free health screenings and a community blood drive will take place throughout the day. This event is open to the public and interpreters and bilingual health education materials will be available.

This special event, presented by the Charlton Memorial Hospital Business Council and the Portuguese Cultural Center, includes many local community organizations that will join to offer free health screenings and host a community blood drive. Interpreters and bilingual health education materials will also available.

  • The Southcoast Health Van will be providing free blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood glucose screenings. Vision exams, pregnancy testing, colorectal screening kits and medical referrals will also be available.
  • Southcoast Blood Bank
  • Southcoast Diabetes Management Program
  • Southcoast Stroke Prevention Program
  • Southcoast Patient Financial Services will be counseling on health insurance including the new Commonwealth Care program.
  • American Heart Association
  • Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Southeastern Regional Office
  • Jane Sullivan, Esq., Health Care Proxy, Legal information
  • Live broadcast: Founder, producer and director of "Rádio Voz Do Emigrante" on WHTB-AM 1400, Frank Baptista, will broadcast live from the event.

Learn more about this event — and come on down and donate Blood on March 19 at the Portuguese Cultural Center in downtown Fall River.

Under Construction: ExpressCare @ Tobey

Construction has begun at Tobey Hospital on a new section of its Emergency Department that will be dedicated to treating non-critical illnesses.

ExpressCare @ Tobey will separate patients with less critical injuries and health issues from the more seriously ill patients. This means shorter waiting times due to a dedicated team providing a variety of multidisciplinary services.

"Emergency departments triage patients based on the acuity of their illness. By separating patients into two sections, we are able to treat most patients within a shorter amount of time," said Elaine Meredith, Vice President of Tobey Hospital. "Urgent patients will still receive the same high-priority care while patients with less critical illnesses — such as flu, ear infections, sprains and suture removals — will be treated by a separate team of health care providers on the ExpressCare side."

Tobey Hospital will be renovating the ExpressCare side of the ER through May.

RAPPP names its Heart of Fatherhood winners

Southcoast Hospitals' RAPPP (Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention) program honored 12 local fathers and the children who nominated them at its third annual Heart of Fatherhood awards dinner held earlier this month.

The Southcoast RAPPP program received more than 300 nominations from children age 7 to 18 years old that live in the South Coast region. The students were asked to explain why their dad, step-dad or father-like role model is so special to them and how he contributes to the community at-large.

"The objective of the contest is to put forward males as positive role models," said Cindy Guilbeault, Coordinator of Southcoast Hospitals' RAPPP program. "The nominators are asked to describe why their role model should be chosen for the 'Heart of Fatherhood Award' by writing an essay explaining what makes their father special. All of the essays are heart warming and should be considered winners."

Meet the 2007 Southcoast RAPPP Heart of the Fatherhood Award winners.

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