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August 2008

Tobey Hospital presents "Moby Tobey ~ A Whale of a Party"

Tobey Hospital will be hosting the summer's premiere event on Friday, September 12, at One Water Street in Marion.

"Moby Tobey ~ A Whale of a Party" will benefit the purchase of a digital X-ray machine dedicated to the Tobey Hospital Emergency Department. The evening will feature an open bar, sushi and raw bar, food stations by area restaurants and the 20-piece, internationally acclaimed Compaq Big Band. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices and sponsorships are available by calling the Philanthropy Office at Tobey Hospital at 508-273-4362.

Give Blood!

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

All of the blood is used at our three hospitals sites: Charlton Memorial in Fall River, St. Luke's in New Bedford and Tobey in Wareham.

The whole blood donation process — from the interview through the actual donating — usually takes 20 to 25 minutes.


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St. Luke's garage starting to take shape

Southcoast is entering the next phase of construction on its three-story parking garage project at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.

During the next few months, the hospital will be receiving numerous deliveries of pre-cast panels that will serve as the structure of the garage. The deliveries will begin on Monday, September 8, and take place for approximately six to nine weeks, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The trucks will be transporting the materials from a storage facility in the South End of New Bedford by traveling down Rockdale Avenue to Allen Street to the construction site off Taber Street.

"St. Luke's will be exercising every caution to ensure public safety during this time including hiring special police officers to direct traffic flow. This is necessary due to the size of the panels and the number of trips necessary to bring the pieces to the site. We will also have special police officers at the corner of Allen Street and Rockdale Avenue in addition to having an officer ride with each shipment," said Arif Khan, Vice President of Support Services at Southcoast Hospitals Group.

"It is important that our community members and staff are safe at all times. Please be careful traveling to the hospital and crossing the streets surrounding the hospital during this time."

When completed in March 2009, the three-story, 31,000-square-foot parking garage will have spaces for 345 cars with an additional 34 surface parking places for a total of 379 new parking spaces.

Click for more information — and a map of the delivery route.

Southcoast Hospice named Pediatric Palliative Care Provider

Southcoast Hospice & Palliative Care, part of Southcoast Hospitals Group, has joined The Pediatric Palliative Care Network, a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that serves the unmet physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of children in Massachusetts with life-limiting illnesses. As part of the designation, Southcoast Hospice & Palliative Care was awarded a $50,000 state grant.

Southcoast Hospice joins a network of 10 providers in the state and is the only licensed provider of pediatric palliative care services in Southeastern Massachusetts.

The Pediatric Palliative Care Provider Network is designed to meet the medical needs of pediatric patients facing life-limiting illnesses while offering comfort and support to family members.

"Much like Southcoast's hospice care services, the Pediatric Palliative Care program supports families and caregivers by using a wide-range of services, including pain and symptom management, case management, social services and counseling," said Paula Shiner, Director of Southcoast Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care & Infusion Services. "However, palliative care differs in that a child does not have a specific time to live, actually many children with life-limiting illnesses live a long time."

Services through the network are provided at no cost to children 18 years old or younger who qualify. To learn more about Southcoast Hospice & Palliative Care's Pediatric Palliative Care services, call 508- 984-0200.

Get your children ready for back to school

If you've got school-aged children at home, you are probably busy getting ready for the new school year.

Going back to school unleashes a flood of feelings for kids — excitement, anticipation and, of course a little sadness for those summer days gone so quickly.

For most parents, it means life is a little more stressful and expensive as we try to adjust to new schedules and try to fit shopping for those last few items of clothing and school supplies into an already busy calendar.

Get tips for better school lunches, backpack safety and tips for athletes returning to the field.

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