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March 2009

Charlton fundraiser features "Rat Pack" tribute

The Auxiliary of Charlton Memorial Hospital presents "The Best Is Yet To Come ..." featuring Frank, Dean & Sammy.

The event will be held Saturday, April 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea and features a five-course Italian meal and Impressionist Extraordinaire Michael Dutra & Friends. Also joining us is Ron Della Chiesa, host of WPLM 99.1 radio station's Strictly Sinatra and MusicAmerica.

Proceeds will be used to purchase eight fetal heart monitors for the Family Centered Unit (maternity) at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online.


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Keep your medication list up to date

One of the best ways to play an active role in your own health care is to keep a current list of all the medications and supplements you take.

Medication safety means you will receive the medication prescribed to you — at the right time and in the right way. Your doctor, nurse, pharmacist and other health care providers welcome your involvement in this process.

Southcoast encourages you and your family to download a Medication Record form, complete it on your computer and print it and carry it to every visit or stay with a doctor, emergency room, hospital, rehabilitation facility, nursing home or home health provider.

If you or a family member is unable to complete this list, bring all your medications with you to the doctor to receive help in completing the list.

Southcoast helps spread the word about the critical need for organ donors

Southcoast will be teaming up with the New England Organ Bank during the month of April to honor and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ, eye and tissue donation.

The campaign includes awareness days at the three hospitals and the month-long display of the "Donate Life" flag at Southcoast's three campuses — Charlton Memorial in Fall River, St. Luke's in New Bedford and Tobey in Wareham.

Community members are welcome to learn more about organ donation and to register with representatives from the New England Organ Bank at the three hospitals on the following dates:

"Southcoast is very proud to participate in the 'Flags Across America' celebration," said Patrick Gannon, RPh, Vice President of Quality & Safety for Southcoast Hospitals Group and its liaison with the New England Organ Bank. "Over the last 12 months, Southcoast has had 39 tissue donors and three organ donors, leading to life-saving organ transplants for five patients, and countless life enhancements for tissue recipients. Because of the work of this hospital and the generosity of donors and donor families, the lives of these recipients will be forever altered. We can all be proud of that."

Learn how to detect the signs of stroke

Just as a "heart attack" starves heart cells of needed oxygen, a stroke — or "brain attack" — cuts off the supply of life-giving oxygen to brain cells, resulting in severe disability and sometimes death.

But despite its devastating effects, strokes can be prevented and with new medical developments, can be more easily treated.

Watch a short new video on how to "Act FAST" to detect the signs of a stroke.

Trustees' award annual Medal for Outstanding Service

James Lionberger of Marion, left, and Barbara Jarabek of Fall River accepted the Southcoast Trustees' Medal for Outstanding Service awards in honor of their families.
Southcoast's Boards of Trustees recently announced the recipients of its prestigious Trustees' Medal for Outstanding Service.

Established in 2005 to honor the exemplary service of individual community members, the Trustees' Medal is considered the highest honor the Southcoast Boards can confer.

This year the recipients are Arthur and Alene Lionberger, who were awarded posthumously, and the Jarabek Family.

Learn more about the contributions the Lionbergers and Jarabek Family made to Southcoast Hospitals and our region.

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