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August 2009

Tobey fundraiser on September 11

The Tobey Hospital Guild presents "A Celebration of Life," a fundraiser on Friday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Brookside Country Club in Bourne.

Proceeds from this year's fundraiser will be used to purchase fetal heart monitors for the Makepeace Family Unit at Tobey Hospital. These monitors will record a baby's heartbeat during and after labor in order to detect any abnormalities.

Entertainment will be provided by the Dixie Diehards, a traditional jazz and Dixieland band. The Dixie Diehards are known not only for their old-school jazz style, but for bringing an irrepressible sense of fun and frolic to their show. There will also be a silent and live auction.

Tickets can be purchased online for $75 each.

Preventing disease spread by mosquitoes

Southcoast Hospitals has compiled important tips to help you protect against the spread of disease by mosquitoes — particularly Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus.

Check for the latest information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There is information on what diseases can be spread by mosquitoes as well as tips for the best way to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.


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Southcoast to open the region's first Wound Care Center

Southcoast Hospitals has announced plans to open the region's first Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Medicine program for the treatment of chronic and non-healing wounds.

The center will be located at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

Created in partnership with Diversified Clinical Services, the world's largest wound care management company, the Southcoast Wound Care Center will offer the latest in hospital-based outpatient wound care, including circulatory diagnostics and treatment, nutrition, pain management, diabetes care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also known as HBOT.

The center, set to open in early 2010, will be the South Coast region's first dedicated wound care center offering patients comprehensive services in one location.

Dedicated wound care centers have proven to be the most effective way to treat patients with non-healing or chronic wounds.

The new Southcoast Wound Care Center will utilize the most up-to-date approaches to wound healing and prevention, drawing upon the newest scientific advances in wound care including the region's first on-site chamber designed to deliver high doses of healing oxygen directly into difficult wounds.

Nationally some 7 million people suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds — a serious disorder that can lead to amputation and dramatically impaired quality of life. Associated with inadequate circulation, infection, chronic illness, poorly functioning arteries and veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes. Studies have shown that specialized wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy accelerates wound healing, reduces amputation rates and helps patients avoid hospitalization.

In addition, Fall River has the highest mortality rate for diabetes in the state, suggesting that cases here are more severe and more complicated. The New Bedford area ranks third.

It's almost flu season — get the facts!

With flu season quickly approaching, make sure you know how to protect yourself and your family from both the seasonal flu and the novel H1N1 flu, also known as Swine flu.

Southcoast has posted a page of flu facts as well as links to locations where you can get a flu shot. We cover prevention, symptoms and treatment of flu.

For more information on seasonal flu:

For more information on H1N1 flu (Swine flu), updated weekly:

Get your children ready for back to school

If you've got school-aged children at home, you are probably busy getting ready for the new school year.

Going back to school unleashes a flood of feelings for kids — excitement, anticipation and, of course a little sadness for those summer days gone so quickly.

For most parents, it means life is a little more stressful and expensive as we try to adjust to new schedules and try to fit shopping for those last few items of clothing and school supplies into an already busy calendar.

Get tips for better school lunches, backpack safety and tips for athletes returning to the field.

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