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July 2011

Southcoast Night at Bay Sox
Thursday, July 21

Join us this Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. for Southcoast Hospitals Night at the New Bedford Bay Sox. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. at Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford and there will be tons of prizes available!

Health education camp for teens begins August 1

The Southcoast Hospitals' Responsible Attitudes toward Pregnancy, Parenting & Prevention (RAPPP) Program is offering reproductive health education classes this summer for boys and girls ages 11 to 14.

The week-long program will offer comprehensive reproductive health education classes each morning through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's approved curriculum "Making Proud Choices." Each afternoon will feature an exciting and fun-filled field trip to a ball game, bowling, miniature golf, laser tag and a harbor tour.

The camp will be held on Monday, August 1, through Friday, August 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RAPPP Program Office, 49 State Road, Pequot Building, Suite 105, in Dartmouth.

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Free lecture on concussions, equipment fitting

Southcoast presents "Concussions: What you don't know can hurt you," a free lecture facilitated by Southcoast's Certified Athletic Trainers on Wednesday, August 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at McBratney Auditorium in St. Luke's Hospital, 101 Page Street in New Bedford.

The event will also feature free equipment fittings for children and teens ages 12 and older.

The lecture will review the new state law on concussion management, including:

  • Parental requirements — education and reporting.
  • School requirements.
  • Education of parents, students, coaches and volunteers.
  • Reporting procedures.
  • Return to school and play guidelines and procedures.

The lecture will also share helpful tips on how to recognize a concussion, if concussions are dangerous, how to prevent concussions and what to do if a concussion is suspected. Topics will also explain ImPACT Testing and when an athlete can safely return to play after a concussion.

To register for the event, please contact Kathy Thornton at 508-910-3443 or by email at Registration for the event will close on July 27.

Southcoast, neighbors clean up around St. Luke's

Southcoast teamed up with our neighbors and Operation Clean Sweep on July 16 to hold a neighborhood-wide clean-up around St. Luke's Hospital.

Some 131 people joined the effort, including New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang and state Rep. Antonio Cabral. FUN 107 was onsite providing entertainment and Domino's Pizza provided lunch for the volunteers.

Southcoast has hosted Operation Clean Sweep's Ward 5 clean-up for the past several years and has participated in clean-ups in other communities, such as Fall River.

Visit our Facebook gallery to see photos from the event.

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.

Led 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 through July ...

Donate a pint of blood in June or July 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.

Free vascular screenings in July

Southcoast Hospitals Group announces free vascular screenings during the month of July.

The non-invasive screenings are performed by a trained nurse and take approximately 20 minutes. Patients should arrive 15 minutes prior to screening time.

The free vascular screenings are open to both men and women. Appointments are required and can be requested by calling the numbers listed below. Space is limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. No walk-ins will be accepted on screening days.

The screening details are as follows:

  • The Rochester Council on Aging, 67 Dexter Lane, Rochester on Tuesday, July 26. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call 508-763-8723 to schedule an appointment.

  • The Southcoast Center of Women's Health, 300B Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, on Wednesday, July 27. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please call 800-276-0103 to schedule an appointment.

Southcoast offers a full range of endovascular services to both diagnose and treat vascular disease. The hospitals offer the very latest technology — including minimally invasive procedures — along with the expertise of highly trained surgeons, interventional radiologists and staff nurses and technologists. St. Luke's and Charlton hospitals also have new state-of-the-art endovascular suites.

Southcoast earns top honors for health coverage for kids

Southcoast Hospitals was recently recognized as a top participant in the launch of the Health Care For All statewide challenge to 66 organizations within Massachusetts. Southcoast enrolled 163 previously uninsured children and teens during the month of May in the "Got coverage? Health Coverage for Kids and Teens," helping to triple the program's goal.

Health Care For All held an award ceremony on June 14 on the Grand Staircase at the State House in Boston to honor the participants' hard work and to kick off the next phase of the enrollment challenge, which is to help kids retain their health care coverage.

"We know many families in the Commonwealth are struggling to stay connected to health care coverage. If parents and guardians are given the tools to ensure their children are reenrolled in coverage every year, we believe we can significantly reduce the number of uninsured children in the Commonwealth," said Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Executive Director of Health Care For All. "We are so grateful to the 66 participating organizations, including Southcoast Hospitals Group, who stood up for kids. Their work will yield healthier outcomes for generations to come."

Sponsored by BMC HealthNet Plan, Network Health and Neighborhood Health Plan, recognition was awarded to the top six organizations that demonstrated the highest percentage of children's applications out of total applications during the month of May, Southcoast was awarded second place for its participation and maximized efforts contributed to the campaign's success.

"Uninsured children are less likely to receive proper medical care for typical childhood illnesses," said Cynthia Francis, Manager of Patient Financial Services for Southcoast Hospitals. "Our goal in participating in this initiative is to provide parents with the opportunity to retain comprehensive health insurance which covers doctor's office visits and prescriptions. This better services the child than making a hospital emergency room their only access to health care."

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