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March 2010

Sharon's Walk to benefit Southcoast cancer program

FUN 107 and the Fogaren family will be holding a memorial walk and family-friendly event to honor Sharon Fogaren, the co-host of the "J.R. & Sharon" morning radio show on FUN 107, who passed away after a brief illness this past September.

"Sharon's Walk, in memory of Sharon & Elaine Fogaren" will be held on Sunday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Taber in New Bedford.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the new Southcoast Center for Cancer Care in Fairhaven.

Registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $15 per person.

New cancer support groups

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care has begun six cancer support groups with sessions in Fall River, North Dartmouth and Wareham. We offer the following groups:

  • For patients who have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • For patients with any cancer diagnosis who is beginning treatment or in active treatment.
  • For patients with any cancer diagnosis who are no longer in active treatment.
  • For caregivers of patients with cancer.

Check out the latest schedule for dates, times and locations.

Head and neck screenings

Southcoast Hospitals Group and Northeast Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons will be offering free head and neck cancer screenings on the Southcoast Health Van on Wednesday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CVS/Pharmacy, 1145 Kempton St. in New Bedford.

Reservations are required for the screening. To register, call the Southcoast Wellness Line at 1-800-497-1727.

Head and neck cancers are more common in men and in people over age 50. It is estimated that some 45,000 men and women in this country developed head and neck cancers in 2004. Black males have the highest incidence of head and neck cancers, with a survival rate over five years at 33 percent versus 55 percent for whites.

Some of the symptoms that are common in head and neck cancer include a lump or sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing and a change or hoarseness in the voice.


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Southcoast Wound Care Center is region's first to offer hyperbaric oxygen treatment

Southcoast Hospitals has opened its new Wound Care Center in Fall River.

The Wound Care Center, at Charlton Memorial Hospital, houses the first hyperbaric oxygen treatment chambers on the South Coast and East Bay R.I.

The Southcoast Wound Care Center provides outpatient wound care services, including circulatory system diagnostics and treatment, nutrition, wound pain management, diabetes care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), in collaboration with Diversified Clinical Services, the world's largest wound care management company.

Comprehensive wound care centers treat wound problems with a variety of clinical treatments, including the removal of damaged tissue (a technique known as debridement), medicines, dressings and a wide range of support services.

Southcoast's new Wound Care Center has two hyperbaric oxygen chambers that are designed to deliver high doses of healing oxygen directly to help improve difficult wounds.

The Southcoast Wound Care Center in Fall River is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-276-0103 and for more information please call 508-679-7447.

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.


  • 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.


"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.

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.

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