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February 2010



A new way to give blood


Southcoast's new Double Red Blood Cell program allows the Southcoast Blood Bank to collect twice as many red blood cells during a single donation.

Your blood is collected directly into a machine that separates the red blood cells from the rest of your blood. The remaining plasma products are returned to you.

It's safe and convenient — and your blood donation goes twice as far.

Watch a video on the process.

www.southcoast.org/bloodbank/



Hospice volunteers needed

Southcoast Hospice & Palliative Care is looking for volunteers to provide emotional support to patients and their families in the Greater New Bedford and Wareham areas.

"One thing all hospice volunteers have in common is a true desire to help," said Jo-Ann Richard, Volunteer Coordinator at Southcoast Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care & Infusion Services. "Some volunteers provide care and comfort to patients and their families while others prefer to assist with fundraising events, bereavement services, memorial planning, community networking, office tasks and other helpful duties."

Free training begins soon. For more information, please contact Jo-Ann Richard at 508-984-0277.

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Southcoast opens new Rehab facility in Fall River


Southcoast Rehabilitation Services and the Southcoast Diabetes Management program have a new state-of-art-rehab facility at the Durfee Union Complex at 283 Pleasant St. in Fall River.

A number of Southcoast rehab programs located in the greater Fall River area have been relocated to the new Durfee Union site, including physical and occupational therapy, audiology, speech pathology, the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program, Somerset Cardiopulmonary Rehab and Southcoast's Occupational Health Rehabilitation program.

The new location is centrally located with easy access off Interstate 195 and offers patients the latest in outpatient rehabilitation equipment and technology.

A public open house of the new Southcoast facility is planned for Thursday, March 25, from 3 to 6 p.m.

www.southcoast.org/news/




Is your game up to par?


Tobey Hospital Golf Invitational


Here's your chance to find out ... and help support Tobey Hospital.

You can experience the Kittansett Club, one of the region's most historic and prestigious private golf clubs, by putting a foursome together for the 2010 Tobey Hospital Golf Invitational on Thursday, May 20.

Support the urgent needs of Tobey Hospital while enjoying a true seaside golf experience, with spectacular water views and ever-changing winds that make a round at Kittansett both challenging and memorable.

www.southcoast.org/give/special-golf-tobey.html




Southcoast to host 2010 Census assistance centers


Southcoast Hospitals Group has teamed up with the 2010 U.S. Census to host Questionnaire Assistance Centers at all three Southcoast Hospitals.

Dates/Times

  • March 20 & 21
    Noon ~ 7 p.m.

  • March 27 & 28
    Noon ~ 7 p.m.

  • April 3 & 4
    Noon ~ 7 p.m.

  • April 10 & 11
    Noon ~ 7 p.m.

  • April 17 & 18
    Noon ~ 7 p.m.

Locations

"Southcoast is pleased to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to help all residents of the South Coast region get counted in the upcoming Census," said Jim Rattray, Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs for Southcoast. "We have made it easy for people to get their questions answered about the Census by setting up Questionnaire Assistance Centers on weekends in at all three Southcoast Hospitals."

The Census Bureau places Questionnaire Assistance Centers throughout the community to give people a place to go for help filling out their questionnaires. The centers are staffed by Census Bureau professionals dedicated to helping people accurately complete their census. Information will be available in English, Portuguese and Spanish and the Census Bureau will provide multilingual staff.

www.southcoast.org/census/




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