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May 2010

"Caring for Aging Parents" lecture set for May 20

Southeast Rehabilitation Center at Charlton Memorial Hospital presents "Caring for Aging Parents," a lecture on Thursday, May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Water Street Cafe, 36 Water Street in Fall River.

The lecture will feature Joan Roover, MSW, JD, founder and president of A Thoughtful Move LLC, which helps seniors and their family members navigate as they face transitional times. Roover holds degrees in both social work and law and has broad expertise in assisting seniors and families.

Rev. Robert P. Lawrence, the Pastor Emeritus of the First Congressional Church in Fall River and South Coast civic community leader for more than three decades, will also share his recent experiences as an inpatient at Southeast Rehabilitation Center.


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New Wareham medical office building will offer convenience

Construction has begun on a new $13.9 million medical office building in Wareham, marking the start of construction of Rosebrook element of Wareham's Business Development Overlay District.

Two thirds of the 67,000-square-foot medical office building, slated for completion next spring, will be occupied by Southcoast Health System specialty practices.

"This new medical center is vital to us in a number of ways," said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group. "It will allow us to consolidate our primary care physician services into one convenient setting that is easily accessible. Access to great doctors — and thus great medical care — is so vital and three outstanding primary care practices will be in the new building."

Southcoast and the Makepeace family have been partners in bringing great health services to the community for a number years and the Makepeace family have been longtime supporters of Tobey Hospital and Southcoast.

The A.D. Makepeace Company, the project's developer, is the world's largest cranberry grower and the largest private property owner in Massachusetts.

To view photos from the groundbreaking event, check out our gallery on Facebook.

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E-mail a Patient program hits a milestone

John Teixeira, Volunteer Coordinator at St. Luke's Hospital, gets ready to deliver e-mails to patients.

For the first time since its inception in 2007, Southcoast's E-mail a Patient program recently delivered more than 100 e-mails to inpatients in a single month.

"We're excited the program had been growing steadily over the years and has hit this milestone," said Jim Rattray, Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs for Southcoast. "E-mail is great for family and friends — both from the community and afar — to connect with a patient in our hospitals."

E-mails are delivered by Volunteer Services each weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. If a patient has been discharged, the message is mailed to their home.

Learn more about Southcoast's E-mail a Patient program or send an e-mail today!

163 volunteers clean up around St. Luke's Hospital

St. Luke's Hospital was the headquarters for Operation Clean Sweep on Saturday, May 15. There were 163 volunteers — including neighbors from Neighbors Eager for Enlightened Development (NEED) and staff from Southcoast Hospitals — who spent the morning cleaning the streets in Ward 5.

"We can tell these clean-ups are making a difference," said Jim Rattray, Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs. "There was a lot less trash and garbage on the streets than last year, which shows us people are doing their part to keep our neighborhoods clean."

This year there were 43 school students who used the event to fulfill some community service work for their schools.

"It is so encouraging to see our neighbors, the hospital and the community working together to beautify our world," said Rosalie Baker, who heads NEED. This is the second year NEED and Southcoast have hosted Operation Clean Sweep, which holds a cleanup on the third Saturday of every month from April to October in a different ward in New Bedford.

To view photos from the cleanup, check out our gallery on Facebook.

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300+ tour new Southcoast Wound Care Center & Southeast Rehab

Troy DeCouto, Southcoast's Hyperbaric Safety Technician, explains what it is like to receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment.
More than 300 people attended an open house at the new Southcoast Wound Care Center and Southeast Rehabilitation Center at Charlton Memorial Hospital on Thursday, May 13.

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

Southeast Rehabilitation Center at Charlton is celebrating a milestone anniversary and honoring its employees for providing excellent care to patients in the Greater Fall River for 20 years. Southeast Rehabilitation Center, an acute-level rehab unit, provides inpatient care and rehabilitation for a number of diagnoses, such as stroke, spinal cord trauma, amputation and more.

To view photos from the open house, check out our gallery on Facebook.

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