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October 2008

Thank you ... for NOT smoking

Thank you ... for making Southcoast's smoke-free zones a huge success.

Southcoast has created expanded Smoke Free Zones across all Southcoast facilities. Smoking is limited to distinct locations at our hospitals — two each at Charlton and St. Luke's and one at Tobey. All locations are clearly marked and have shelter in case of inclement weather.

Thank you for helping make our hospitals a healthy and safe environment.

Stroke awareness program

Southcoast Hospitals presents a stroke awareness programs on Tuesday, October 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Century House, 107 South Main Street in Acushnet.

The program, presented by John Stamouilis, MD, Stroke Director at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, is aimed at educating the community on the risk, prevention and symptoms of stroke. To register, call 1-800-497-1727 or register at the door.


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Southcoast is ranked top 10% in U.S. for heart care

That's not us talking, it's HealthGrades® — the nation's leading independent health care ratings organization.

If you have heart problems, it's good to know that the best quality care — anywhere — is just minutes away, at Southcoast Hospitals.

HealthGrades publishes the largest annual assessment of hospital quality in America. These awards place Southcoast Hospitals' clinical outcomes in the top 10 percent nationally for overall cardiac services.

Additional 2009 HealthGrades clinical achievements for Southcoast Hospitals include:

  • Ranked Among the Top 10 percent in the U.S. for Cardiology Services.

  • Ranked Among the Top 5 hospitals in Massachusetts for Overall Cardiac Services.

  • Ranked Among the Top 10 hospitals in Massachusetts for Cardiac Surgery.

  • Ranked Among the Top 5 hospitals in Massachusetts for Cardiology Services.

  • Ranked Among the Top 5 hospitals in Massachusetts for Coronary Interventional Procedures.

  • Five-Star Rated for Cardiology Services.

  • Five-Star Rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures.

  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack.

  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure.

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Robotic-assisted surgery: Prostate cancer patients call it a miracle.

The da Vinci robotic surgical system is the world's most advanced way to remove a cancerous prostate.

It offers the cancer control of traditional prostate surgery, but is less invasive and more precise — with less risk of damaging nerves that control urinary continence and erectile function.

  • LESS INVASIVE. Using a few very small incisions means less trauma, less blood loss and quicker recovery.

  • MORE PRECISE. Less risk of damaging nerves that control urinary continence and erectile function, and a faster return to normal activities.

  • da VINCI PROSTATE SURGERY AT SOUTHCOAST. A new choice — and new hope — for prostate cancer patients.

The most advanced prostate surgery on the planet — and it's here at Southcoast Hospitals.

Test drive da Vinci: You can test drive da Vinci for yourself on Wednesday, October 22, at the South Coast Business Expo at White's of Westport from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free!

Free prostate cancer screenings

Southcoast is offering a free prostate cancer awareness program and screenings on Wednesday, October 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southcoast Oncology Center, 480 Hawthorne St. in Dartmouth. Appointments required by calling 508-979-5858 Ext. 4001.

Schedule your mammogram and breakfast is on us

Southcoast Hospitals is offering a complimentary breakfast at seven of its mammography locations on Monday, October 20, between 6 and 9 a.m.

Bagels, muffins, cider, fresh fruit, coffee and tea, along with a seasonal mum plant, will be offered to each patient who schedules an appointment. Mammograms can be scheduled by calling 1-800-276-0103. A physician referral is required to schedule a mammogram.

Southcoast offers 100 percent digital mammography at all of our locations.

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