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July 2009

Bike run to benefit St. Luke's Hospital set for August 16

The Maintenance & Engineering department at St. Luke's Hospital will be sponsoring its 2d annual bike run in memory of their colleague and friend, Andy Irwin who worked at St. Luke's for more than 25 years and passed away in 2008.

Proceeds from the motorcycle run will be donated in his memory to benefit St. Luke's Hospital.

Rain or shine, the run will take place on Sunday, August 16, at 8:30 a.m. Meeting location is the IHOP restaurant at 2 Bourne Rotary Circle in Buzzards Bay.

Health tips for travelers

If your vacation plans call for international travel, make sure you know what to watch for — and how to take care of yourself — so that you're on the road to a safer, healthier trip.

Four to six (4 to 6) weeks before departure, consult your travel medicine specialist for the most up-to-date immunization recommendation and consultation.

Travelers may be exposed to a variety of pathogens and risks — and 20 to 70 percent of people report some health problems while traveling.


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Cancer care at Southcoast: Nobody does this alone.

The new Southcoast Center for Cancer Care has opened in Fall River — the first step toward bringing coordinated care and advanced oncology services to the entire South Coast region.

"Southcoast is ushering in a new era of cancer care in our region. Never before have the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts and neighboring Rhode Island had access to this level of comprehensive oncology services backed by their own regional health system," said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group.

"The level of care being provided by this stellar team of professionals further solidifies Southcoast's commitment to the entire South Coast region."

The new comprehensive center provides a full range of oncology services, including image-guided radiation therapy, the very latest technology available in radiation treatment for cancer. The radiation therapy program will utilize IGRT, IMRT and PET/CT technology, which is considered the very latest technology available in radiation treatment for cancer. The Cancer Center will also specialize in the latest chemotherapies, surgery and advanced diagnostic imaging. Support services, educational materials and screenings will be offered in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.

Comforting care

Southcoast's new Cancer Centers will also have a dedicated "Patient Navigator" to make sure every patient's journey through cancer treatment is as smooth as possible. The Patient Navigator is a "go-to" person to help coordinate appointments, answer questions and point them in the right direction will guide every patient through their care. This coordinator will manage all aspects of the patient's care, including appointments with physicians, radiology and laboratory services, medication and pain management, support services, transportation and any questions the patient or family members may have during their visit or after they return home.

Joining the center is one of the region's top medical oncologists. Mark Shparber, MD, a medical oncologist/hematologist who has served the Greater Fall River region for more than 20 years, has joined the team of top-tier clinicians in September.

Learn more about the new Southcoast Center for Cancer Care.

Southcoast Center for Cancer Care's clinical leadership

We've put together an outstanding cancer team which includes dedicated staff who have been treating cancer patients at Southcoast for decades, and new staff who include top-tier clinicians with a wealth of experience from some of the major academic cancer centers around the country.

Leading the clinical team is Therese M. Mulvey, MD, a board-certified physician in medical oncology and internal medicine, who is the Physician-in-Chief for Oncology Services.

Dr. Mulvey has dedicated her career to providing state-of-the-art community-based care for cancer patients. As Physician-in-Chief for the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, she is continuing her affiliations with many leading academic medical centers to ensure that patients of the South Coast region have access to high-quality oncology services and leading-edge clinical cancer research without having to travel.

Our Team

  • Medical Oncologists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Oncology Nurses
  • Patient Navigator

Patient Navigator: A clinical team member whose sole responsibility will be to coordinate your patients' care so they and their families can focus their energies on getting well.

  • Arrange appointments
  • Answer questions
  • Coordinate all aspects of care

Meet the clinical leaders at the Southcoast Center for Cancer Care.

Meet Red Sox mascot Wally at Wareham Gatemen on August 2

Come out and meet Wally the Green Monster, the Boston Red Sox mascot, at the Wareham Gatemen game on Sunday, August 2, at 5 p.m.

During Southcoast Night at the Gatemen, Wally will be on hand to visit with fans, young and old. Take photos with the Red Sox mascot and get his official baseball card.

Southcoast is the official hospital of the region's two collegiate summer baseball teams — the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League and the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England College Baseball League.

We encourage you to support these teams and enjoy an evening of baseball with your family at these kid-friendly events.

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