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November 2008

Holiday 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.

Send a Southcoast Carol-O-Gram — and help the St. Luke's Auxiliary purchase a digital mammography machine.

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.]

A limited number of Carol-O-Grams are available. Reserve early. Orders are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Blood Bank receives national accreditation

The three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group have been granted accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).

Accreditation follows an intensive onsite assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB.

"The AABB accreditation is significant because it reflects the high level of professional proficiency achieved by our blood bank and transfusion staff every day," said Nancy Chadbourne, Team Leader, Southcoast Blood Bank.

All of the blood donated at Southcoast stays local. Please consider donating blood today.


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Southcoast opens new PET/CT

Southcoast Hospitals has opened its new mobile PET/CT body scanner located at Southcoast's Center for Women's Health at Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth.

Richard Geada, RT, PET/CT Technologist, Lynn Pinette, RT, Operations Coordinator, and Tony Resendes, RT, PET/CT Technologist, in front of the new PET/CT scanner at Faunce Corner.
The new state-of-the-art unit is the only PET/CT available in the South Coast region five days a week and will address scheduling delays in the area.

Southcoast's PET/CT provides patients with a seamless link to Southcoast physicians, hospitals and services, saving patients time and ensuring quality of care without the hassle.

While Southcoast's PET/CT scanner initially will be used for oncology patients, the technology can also be used in cardiology and neurology.

St. Luke's Hospital unveils historical paintings in main lobby

St. Luke's Hospital has unveiled three historical oil paintings on loan from The New Bedford Free Public Library.

"We are grateful to the New Bedford Free Public Library and its trustees for sharing these esteemed paintings with our patients and staff. Like our hospitals, we recognize that our region's culture and history are a vital part of the community and this momentous occasion is an extension of our shared mission," said John B. Day, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System.

"We hope that these particular works of art, which reflect the culture, atmosphere and environment that make New Bedford so treasured, will give our patients and their families' great comfort."

The oil paintings are hanging in the hospital's main lobby. This is the first time the library has made a long-term loan to a non-governmental agency and a health care facility.

The New Bedford Free Public Library's Director, Stephen Fulchino, said that because the St. Luke's "Art of Healing" initiative offers a tangible demonstration of the emotional power art can have, it seemed a natural fit for the library.

"The art collection of the New Bedford Free Public Library is the public art collection of the City of New Bedford. I cannot think of a better place to display some of its pieces than St. Luke's Hospital," Fulchino said.

The New Bedford Free Public Library's art collection encompasses pieces from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Soon after its founding in the 1850s, the library began to collect paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings through donations from prominent citizens, making it the city's first "museum."

Learn more about the artwork and view the "Art of Healing" collection at St. Luke's.

Southcoast Hospice to hold Annual Interfaith Memorial Service

Southcoast Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care & Home Infusion Services will be holding its Annual Inter-faith Memorial Service on Thursday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 764 Hathaway Road in New Bedford.

Southcoast's Annual Inter-faith Memorial Service celebrates the lives of those who have passed and provides comfort for all who are grieving a loved one this holiday season. An informal social gathering for family, friends, hospice and palliative care staff and volunteers will follow in the church hall.

Southcoast offers bereavement support groups for adults, adolescents and children all year long.

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