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February 2012

Scholarship for 2012 HS grads

The Auxiliaries of Charlton Memorial Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital and the Tobey Hospital Guild are each offering $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students who will be entering college in the fall of 2012 to pursue a career in health care.

Charlton and St. Luke Auxiliaries offer five $1,000 scholarships and the Tobey Guild offers three $1,000 scholarships.

Learn more about the scholarships and how to apply.

Chance to win Providence Bruins tickets when you donate blood in February

The Southcoast Blood Bank will be giving away three family four-packs of Providence Bruins tickets to blood donors during the month of February to thank and celebrate the critical role blood donors serve in helping to ensure blood is available to patients in need. Each donor will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win. The three winners will be drawn during the first week of March.

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Southcoast is first in region to offer 'low dose radiation' CT scans

Southcoast Health System has announced the implementation of new "low dose radiation" Computed Tomography (CT) scanners at many of its sites across the region.

The new low dose CT scanning devices reduce the amount of radiation required to create a scan by up to 50 percent while continuing to provide the highest quality CT scan.

Southcoast is the first health care provider in the region to invest in this new technology.

"As the region's largest provider of radiology services, Southcoast is continually investing in new technology and services to ensure the highest quality care in the safest environment possible. The move to low dose radiation CT scanner is an additional benefit that is now available to Southcoast patients," said Debra A. Desmarais, Executive Director of Radiology Imaging Services for Southcoast.

"When a patient receives a scan they are exposed to a very small amount of radiation. The new low dose scanner can cut that exposure in half while offering the same quality. As we continue to upgrade our technologies we will always look for the best options available for our patients. It is our goal to provide low dose CT scanners at all of our locations by 2013."

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care welcomes four new oncologists

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care have added four new oncologists and appointed Beth Herrick, MD, radiation oncologist, as Medical Director of Radiation Oncology.

The new oncologists will join the outstanding Southcoast team, led by Physician-in-Chief Therese M. Mulvey, MD, and will practice at the center's Fall River and Fairhaven locations.

Beth Herrick, MD, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology: Dr. Herrick joins Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care as a radiation oncologist and has been appointed Medical Director of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Herrick was previously with Commonwealth Hematology/Oncology at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. Prior to that she practiced at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and the Davenport-Mugar Cancer Center in Hyannis. Her areas of interest include breast and gynecologic malignancies and general oncology.

Susan J. Kim, MD, Medical Oncologist: Dr. Kim joins the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care as a medical oncologist. Dr. Kim has done research at the Tufts Medical Center Human Nutrition Research Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Cancer Research and Department of Biology. She was the recipient of a national Nutrition Research Center/USDA Pilot Project Grant to study obesity-associated colorectal cancer. Dr. Kim is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in hematology and oncology. Her areas of interest include breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, lung cancer, and general oncology.

Sonia Seng, MD, Medical Oncologist: Dr. Seng joins Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care as a medical oncologist. Dr. Seng's clinical research activities have focused on patients with prostate, bladder and kidney cancers. Her areas of interest include prostate, bladder and kidney cancer and general oncology.

A. Jason Zauls, MD, Radiation Oncologist: Dr. Zauls joins Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care as a radiation oncologist. Dr. Zauls previously practiced in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. His areas of interest include head and neck cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and general oncology.

In addition to Dr. Mulvey, the new oncologists will join the practices of Elizabeth Blanchard, MD, medical oncologist; Patrick Gagnon, MD, radiation oncologist; Tushar Kumar, MD, radiation oncologist; Harry Matelski, MD, medical oncologist; Todd F. Roberts, MD, MSC, medical oncologist, and Mark Shparber, MD, medical oncologist.

Registration open for 2012 Camp Angel Wings bereavement camp

Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association will be hosting its annual bereavement camp, "Camp Angel Wings," in July.

This is an exciting, fun-filled, two-day camp experience for children and teens, ages 6 through 17, who are grieving the death of someone close to them. The camp will be held on July 28 and 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cathedral Camp for Boys & Girls, 167 Middleboro Road in East Freetown.

Camp Angel Wings provides interactive activities that include music, swimming, arts and crafts, and activities that memorialize loved ones and help to share their loss. All of the activities are designed to reduce the sense of isolation while improving self-esteem for children and teens who share like experiences in grief.

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