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May 2009

Operation Clean Sweep at St. Luke's — Saturday, May 16

Join in a neighborhood clean-up on Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Luke's Hospital.

Southcoast Hospitals will co-host The St. Luke's Neighborhood Clean-up Day with New Bedford's Operation Clean Sweep and the St. Luke's neighborhood group, Neighbors Eager for Enlightened Development (NEED) (rain date May 23).

Spreading throughout New Bedford's Ward 5, the group will kick off the clean-up from their staging area located in the St. Luke's parking lot on the corner of Hawthorn and Page streets.

Free Domino's Pizza and St. Luke's award-winning clam chowder for all volunteers!

Volunteers are still needed, please pre-register before the clean up by calling 508-979-1493 or visit

The Southcoast Health Van will also be onsite from 8 to 11 a.m. to provide free health screenings and a blood drive.

If inclement weather, please check our website or listen to WBSM or FUN 107 at 7 a.m. Saturday.


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Trouble ahead? You may have PAD — and not know it

Southcoast Hospitals will be hosting free vascular screenings in Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham during May and June.

A basic vascular screening can help detect a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). If left untreated, PAD can increase risks of heart attack and stroke. People who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes have an increased risk for PAD and should be screened on a regular basis.

Appointments are required and can be requested by calling 800-497-1727. Space is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. No walk-ins on screening days.

Upcoming screenings:

  • Thursday, May 14, 5 to 7 p.m. @ Tobey Hospital.
  • Tuesday, May 19, 5 to 7 p.m. @ St. Luke's Hospital.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 5 to 7 p.m. @ Charlton Memorial Hospital.

See the full schedule.

Take the da Vinci surgical robot for a test drive!

Here's your chance to test drive the da Vinci surgical robot — the latest advancement in the treatment of prostate cancer.

The da Vinci robot will be at the Silver City Galleria in Taunton on Saturday, May 30, from noon to 4 p.m.

Stop by and speak with clinical staff from Southcoast Hospitals. And "get behind the wheels" of the next generation in surgery!

Southcoast Hospitals is the only hospital in the region offering the da Vinci Surgical System, which allows highly-skilled surgeons to perform robotic-assisted, minimally invasive procedures with greater precision and expertise.

Update on H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

At Southcoast, your health matters — and so does your peace of mind.

Southcoast's mission is to deliver the safest, highest quality care and services to our patients. We take pride in the excellent care we provide every day, and value the opportunity to be your local connection to critical health information and services.

Over the past weeks, our community members have asked many questions relating to the global swine flu outbreak. Rest assured that Southcoast has dedicated significant resources to monitoring the local situation and staying apprised of the ever-changing national and international situation.

Southcoast has created a page that collects all the latest information on the H1N1 flu (swine flu) virus and helpful hints for you and your family to stay healthy.

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