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December 2011

Thank you
for your support

Thank you to everyone who has supported Southcoast Hospitals in the past year.

As the region's only not-for-profit charitable health care system, Southcoast relies on the support of our communities to continue to make the most advanced medicine available to everyone, close to home.

Please consider making an end-of-year donation.

And thank you from all of us at Southcoast Hospitals!

Your voice can benefit our patients

Southcoast Hospitals' Patient & Family Advisory Council (PFAC) helps improve communication between patients, families, staff and administration.

And we're looking for new members.

Southcoast's PFAC is looking for patients and family members to join the council, which meets monthly to discuss issues that are important to Southcoast patients.

Please visit our website for more information and our short online application.

FREE health assessments for seniors

Southcoast VNA has a new program designed to help improve the health and well-being of seniors, age 60 and older, who reside in the Greater New Bedford area.

The program offers free monthly community clinics at various locations throughout the region. Community clinics include health screenings for blood pressure, pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood sugar conducted by Southcoast VNA nurses. Community clinics will also feature an educational component to address medication monitoring, chronic disease management, nutrition and home safety.

  • December 21: Hazelwood Senior Center.
  • December 27: Taber Mills Apartments.
  • December 28: Downtown Senior Center.

For more information on community clinics, individual assessments or immunization education and clinics, call 800-698-6877.

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Brain & spine care, close to you

Southcoast Brain & Spine Center is home to world class physicians, such as neurosurgeons Matthew Philips, MD, Alvin Marcovici, MD, and Michael Harrison, MD. The center's team also includes neurologists, physiatrists, rehabilitation and chiropractor specialists.

The new Southcoast Brain & Spine Center is a regional center that provides the comprehensive delivery of care for patients with neurological brain and spine disorders through surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

Physician specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of physical therapists, psychologists, chiropractors and nurses to offer the most advanced treatments and care available for neurological, brain and spine disorders.

The Southcoast Brain & Spine Center uses the most sophisticated techniques, treatments and technology to treat disorders of the brain, nerve and spine.

The center treats patients who have a wide array of neurological and brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, headaches, stroke and movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease. The center also treats issues specifically causing chronic back and neck pain, including disc disease and herniation and compression neuropathies, as well as injuries and disease of the brain, including treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors and epilepsy. The center also has specialists who treat sleeping disorders.

Give a pint, get a pound!

Southcoast Blood Bank's annual promotion, "Give a Pint, Get a Pound" featuring Dunkin' Donuts coffee, returns to the region during National Blood Donor Month this January.

In January 2012, anyone who donates blood at the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital or at any Southcoast Blood Bank site or blood drive, will receive a certificate for a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

Coupons are redeemable at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants while supplies last.

Learn more about how you can keep the local community blood supply strong — and be rewarded with some delicious Dunkin' Donuts coffee!

Southcoast to go 100% smoke & tobacco free

On January 1, 2012, all Southcoast facilities will be 100 percent smoke and tobacco free.

The goal of the program is to create a healing environment for patients and to take a leadership role in the community as the region's largest health care provider and employer.

The new policy will prohibit smoking and the use of all tobacco products on all Southcoast properties and adjacent grounds, including all three Southcoast Hospitals sites — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham. The new policy will apply to all patients, visitors, employees and anyone providing or receiving services at a Southcoast facility.

"As the region's health care leader, its largest employer and a strong community member, Southcoast is committed to providing a safe, healthy environment for patients, employees and visitors and to serve as a model of health promotion in our communities," said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group. "We have a significant responsibility to provide a safe, healthy and positive patient experience at Southcoast. By becoming smoke and tobacco free, we are furthering this goal while maintaining our community leadership role as the source for health, healing and education."

Read more about Southcoast's new 100 percent smoke and tobacco free initiative.

'E-mail a patient' reaches milestone

Southcoast Hospitals Group reached a new milestone when patient Homer Gelineau, of Carver, received the 1,000th e-mail to a patient sent in 2011.

This is the first time since the inception of the "E-mail a Patient" service in 2007 that more than 1,000 e-mails have been received by Southcoast Hospitals patients in one calendar year.

"I was recently a patient at Charlton Memorial Hospital and, during my stay, I unexpectedly received several e-mails from my children — and even my granddaughter down at Virginia Tech," said Gelineau, recipient of the1,000th patient e-mail of 2011 at Southcoast Hospitals Group. "Receiving those e-mails was like icing on a cake. It was a great thing to receive them and I'm very happy to be here to say that."

The "E-mail a Patient" service allows friends and family to send a personalized e-mail greetings to any patient at any of Southcoast's three hospitals — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham. The e-mail service offered through Southcoast Hospitals' website is free and can be delivered to any inpatient at the three Southcoast Hospitals.

FREE vascular screenings in January

Southcoast Hospitals Group is offering free vascular screenings in January.

  • January 4: New Bedford
  • January 6: Fall River
  • January 11: Dartmouth
  • January 12: Fairhaven
  • January 16: Wareham
  • January 17: Rochester
  • January 25: Dartmouth
  • January 26: Fairhaven

For more information on Southcoast's endovascular services call 800-276-0103.

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