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October 2010

Skin cancer screenings Oct. 20

Get your skin checked by a dermatologist and learn the signs of skin cancer.

Southcoast Hospitals Group is offering free skin cancer screenings on Wednesday, October 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care at 480 Hawthorn St. in North Dartmouth.

Dermatologists who specialize in the treatment of skin disease and disorders, along with registered nurses, will conduct the screenings and provide information on skin cancer prevention and area services for cancer patients.

Space is limited, pre-registration for the screening is required. To register please call the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care at 774-206-4000.

Tips for a safe Halloween

Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable event if parents follow a few simple guidelines.

Gillian Simmons, MD, Pediatrician for Southcoast Primary Care in North Dartmouth, suggests the following to ensure your child's safety without spoiling the fun:

  • Go along with younger children. Older children should stay in groups.
  • Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood. Go only to houses you know.
  • Apply reflective tape to costumes and bring a flashlight.

Read 11 more tips at our website.


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Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care unveils new Jarabek Center

Southcoast has unveiled the new Jarabek Diagnostic & Treatment Center at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fall River.

"The opening of the new Jarabek brings together all cancer services at the Charlton site under one roof and in a state-of-the-art facility designed with the latest treatments and technology," said Therese Mulvey, MD, Physician-in-Chief & Medical Oncologist at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care.

"It is important that our patients receive the highest-quality care available in the best facilities we can build. The new Jarabek Center incorporates best practices in cancer care with one thing in mind — providing a caring environment that is comforting for patients and their families. Our center also fulfills Southcoast's promise to the Jarabek family to make a difference in the quality of life for oncology patients, right here in their own community."

The new Jarabek Center conveniently places all oncology services in the Mitchell Building at the Charlton Memorial Hospital site. The Jarabek Center is on the second floor of the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, which opened in July 2009 and houses state-of-the-art radiation oncology services.

The medical oncology area is open and bright with modern treatment areas and a host of comforting amenities for patients and their families to enjoy.

  • The infusion area has 12 spacious treatment bays and a private treatment room with ample windows providing natural light.
  • Each treatment bay is divided so as to provide a level of privacy while still ensuring that staff can effectively monitor their treatment.
  • The bays have individual televisions and can easily accommodate a family member or visitor to support the patient during their treatment.
  • The reclining chairs are cushioned and a nutrition center is located a few feet away for the convenience of patients and their families.

Read more about the Jarabek Center and the Jarabek family's commitment to improving cancer care and watch a video tour of the new center with our Patient Navigator, Beth Larson.

Citizens-Union Savings Bank makes $500,000 donation to Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

Pictured left to right are Abraham Ehrenhaus, Chairman of Citizens-Union Savings Bank, Nicholas M. Christ, President & CEO of Citizen-Union Savings Bank, Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group, Barbara H. Mulville, CFRE, Senior Vice President External Affairs of Southcoast Health System.
Citizens-Union Savings Bank has pledged $500,000 in support of the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fall River and the new flagship outpatient facility in Fairhaven, which is currently under construction and set to open in early 2011.

The pledge is the largest ever made by a financial institution to Southcoast Hospitals Group. Already a major contributor to the community, Citizens-Union announced it would increase corporate giving as a result of its planned merger with Bank of Fall River.

Nicholas M. Christ, President & CEO of Citizens-Union Savings Bank, said the decision to support Southcoast's efforts to bring world-class cancer care to the region began with the bank's ongoing commitment to being a proud member of the community and was further solidified by the clear dedication of Southcoast's leadership team.

"It is our strong belief that offering fully integrated, compassionate cancer care close to home should be a priority for the community — that is why Citizens-Union has given this gift," Christ said. "It is a simple goal really: Save the lives of our loved ones, our family members and our friends right here in our community by making the very best cancer treatment available, right now. This pledge for $500,000 to the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care supports this commitment and will help to provide desperately needed advanced cancer services to our region."

Read more about the gift and the progress of the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care.

Enjoy a Pink Bagel and support Southcoast

It doesn't just taste good, it does good, too.

Throughout October, Panera Bread at the Dartmouth Mall and Southcoast Hospitals are teaming up to raise local awareness for women's health.

Purchase a Pink Ribbon Bagel and 25 cents from each bagel purchased will be donated to Southcoast.

You can also support women's health by placing a Panera Bread catering order during October and mentioning Southcoast Hospitals.

Panera Bread's Pink Ribbon Bagel is made with cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar. Plus you are supporting women's health at Southcoast.

It's sweet in every way.

45 residents join Ex-Smokers Hall of Fame

Of the 45 South Coast residents inducted into the Ex-Smokers Hall of Fame, 27 are employees of Southcoast.

Southcoast Hospitals hosted 45 South Coast residents that were inducted into the Ex-Smokers' Hall of Fame at a ceremony September 30 at St. Luke's Hospital.

The local inductees, all ex-smokers, were honored for volunteering to tell their stories about how and why they quit smoking to inspire others to quit.

The Ex-Smokers' Hall of Fame is a joint effort of the New Bedford Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, a program of Seven Hills Behavioral Health, Southcoast Hospitals Group and the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation & Prevention Program (MTCP). In addition to representatives from Seven Hills, Southcoast Hospitals and MTCP, inductees were recognized by State Sen. Mark C.W. Montigny, State Rep. Antonio Cabral and New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang.

The event also launched a one-of-a-kind mobile multimedia campaign that includes a South Coast Ex-Smokers' Hall of Fame DVD and a large photo display that included all the ex-smokers. The DVD and display will be moving to locations around the community in the coming months.

Read more about the event and watch a video of ex-smokers talking about why they quit.

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