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June 2010

Give a pint ~ get a pizza!

The Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital has teamed up again this year with area Domino's Pizza stores in a "Pizza for a Pint" promotion during the month of July.

Lead by Nelson Hockert-Lotz, owner of the Domino's Pizza stores on Kempton Street and Rockdale Avenue in New Bedford, participation will include all Domino's in Bristol County — Fall River, New Bedford, Somerset and Taunton. Anyone who donates blood at the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital, or at any of the community blood drives hosted by the Southcoast Blood Bank, during the month of July will receive a certificate for a free large one-topping pizza redeemable at all Domino's located in Bristol County. The offer is good for any pick-up order or can be combined with a home delivery order. The certificate will not be recognized for home delivery orders of a large one-topping pizza alone.

And during June ...

Donate a pint of blood in June at any Southcoast Blood Bank location and we'll give you two free tickets to a New Bedford Bay Sox home game. Southcoast Hospitals Group is the official hospital of the New Bedford Bay Sox, which play in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Bay Sox play their home games at Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford.


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Southcoast Health System President John Day to retire in 2011, Keith Hovan named successor

John B. Day and Keith A. Hovan
John B. Day announced earlier this month his intention to retire in July 2011 as President & CEO of Southcoast Health System after more than 32 years, capping a career that improved access to advanced medical services by bringing a strong regional approach to health care.

Day, 59, informed the Southcoast Health System Board of Trustees of his decision at its June 2 meeting and informed Southcoast employees and physicians on June 3. The board voted unanimously to name Keith A. Hovan, currently President & CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group, as Day's successor. Upon Day's retirement, Hovan will assume responsibility for both the Health System and the Hospitals Group.

After making his announcement to the board, Day reflected on his career at Southcoast and, before that, St. Luke's Hospital, where he began as a hospital administrator in 1978.

"Health care has changed in dizzying ways over the last three decades," Day said. "The landscape of health care — what services are offered, where patients are treated and how health care is paid for — is vastly different than it was when I arrived in 1978. I am proud to say the Southcoast of today can stand with any hospital in the state in terms of our top-tier services, our dedicated and compassionate caregivers and our strength and stability for our region."

In his years leading Southcoast, Day has overseen more than $450 million in capital improvements, the implementation of new services such as open heart surgery, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery and weight loss surgery as well as the building of a health system that includes more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians at 20 sites across the region.

Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group, praised Day for his leadership and vision.

"John Day has done an extraordinary job leading Southcoast's transformation into one of the country's leading health care systems," Hovan said. "John has always been a fervent advocate for what is most important — that Southcoast's top priority is always the needs of our patients and our communities. It is because of John's vision and leadership that, today, Southcoast is able to provide the kind of medical care previously only seen at large big city teaching hospitals and we have been able to weather economic downturns that have threatened other hospitals."

Read an extensive profile of John Day's career and more about Keith Hovan.

Mayor Flanagan joins Charlton volunteers in Fall River clean up

Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan, second from right, joined with volunteers from Charlton Memorial Hospital and neighbors from the Highland Neighborhood Association in a neighborhood clean up on June 12. The crew spent the morning picking up trash and tidying up some of the areas north of the hospital.

Southcoast Health System receives national business IT award

Christopher Baldwin
IDG's CIO magazine announced Southcoast Health System as a recipient of the 2010 CIO 100 Award.

The 23rd annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

"This year's CIO 100 awards draws well-deserved attention to companies that are not only innovating with IT, but creating genuine business value as well," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & events. "These winning companies and their IT organizations are an inspiration to businesses everywhere."

The 2010 CIO 100 Awards will be presented at the 12th annual CIO 100 Symposium© and Awards Ceremony in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on August 24. In addition to Southcoast Health System, 2010 CIO 100 award recipients included Allstate Insurance, AT&T, FedEx, JetBlue Airways and Sodexo. The complete list can be found at

Southcoast was recognized for innovations in technology for three key areas: the broad application of wireless technology across several continuums of care in a hospital setting; the implementation of a nursing documentation component streamlining charting and care planning which in turn allowed nurses to spend more time with patients, and the implementation of technology to allow access to patient-care and diagnostics applications from a single wireless device.

"There is little debate that effective use of information technology and the electronic medical record are essential to achieving high-quality outcomes and improving access to care," said Christopher Baldwin, Vice President of Information Services for Southcoast Health System. "Southcoast is honored to receive the top 100 CIO Award as recognition for all the progress we have made for the entire Southcoast Health System, which includes the three Southcoast Hospitals and more than 40 ancillary sites across the region."

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