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April 2012

Give blood ~ see baseball!

The Southcoast Blood Bank will give blood donors two free tickets to the New Bedford Bay Sox's Opening Day game on June 7 against the Laconia Muskrats.

The tickets are available at all Southcoast blood donor locations, including the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and the Southcoast Health Van. Tickets are not redeemable for cash.

Southcoast Hospitals Group is the official hospital of the New Bedford Bay Sox, a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League since 1997. The Bay Sox play their home games at Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford. A complete schedule is available at

You have a choice! Donate locally.

Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings on April 25

The Southcoast Health Van, Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care oncologists, and Northeast Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons team up to offer free head and neck cancer screenings on the Southcoast Health Van on Wednesday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CVS/Pharmacy, 1145 Kempton St. in New Bedford. Reservations are required for the screening. To register, call the Southcoast Wellness Line at 1-800-497-1727.

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You can take steps toward a healthy heart

Join us Saturday, May 5, 2012, for a kick-off event at DCR Fall River Heritage State Park.


Walk with our community, our cardiologists and staff in a special dedication of the Heritage Heart Healthy Trail, sponsored by Southcoast in an effort to raise awareness of heart health. This means that the walking trail will now join a national network of AHA-designated heart-healthy walking paths.

Have fun. Be healthy. Learn more at this free event.

  • Heart-healthy tips.
  • Health screenings.
  • Entertainment.
  • Heart-healthy recipes and refreshments.
  • Raffles.

Look for ongoing Southcoast-sponsored events at the park and in the community to help you and your family make healthier choices.

We're your partner in health — and together, we can take steps toward a heart healthy community.

Join us for neighborhood cleanups in Fall River and New Bedford

Operation Clean Sweep New Bedford at St. Luke's Hospital
Southcoast staff are joining with our neighbors in cleanup efforts in Fall River and New Bedford.

We have made it easy to volunteer and become part of this great community activity. Just click on the link by each date to sign up!

This is a great opportunity for you and your whole family to help us give back to our community!

Family MediCenter joins Southcoast Physicians Group

Pictured left to right: Wendy P. Regan, MD, Michelle Boyle, MD, Richard V. Morgera, MD, and John J. Hand, MD.

Family MediCenter in Middletown, R.I., has joined Southcoast Physicians Group, one of the largest networks of primary and specialty care physicians in the region, and part of Southcoast Health System.

The practice includes Michelle Boyle, MD, John J. Hand, MD, Richard V. Morgera, MD, and Wendy P. Regan, MD, and has changed its name to Southcoast Family MediCenter.

"As part of Southcoast, we are now aligned with the region's most progressive and trusted community health systems," Dr. Morgera said. "This affiliation gives us access to the latest information, best practices and quality assurance programs while adhering to the highest standards of care. The transition will be seamless for our patients, requiring no action on their part."

"It is always our goal to keep our patients' care close to home," Dr. Morgera said. "In addition to the local facilities and specialists that continue to be utilized, Southcoast provides a seamless link to advanced services available at one of their convenient locations and in many cases only 30 minutes away."

Southcoast Family MediCenter offers extended hours six days a week — Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scheduled appointments are suggested with walk-in visits welcomed.

Southcoast Family MediCenter is located at 672 Aquidneck Avenue, Polo Center, and is accepting new patients.

Southcoast Rehab Services at Somerset to celebrate 10 year anniversary with public open house April 24

Southcoast Rehabilitation Services at Somerset will celebrate 10 years at its 67 G.A.R. Highway location with a public open house on Tuesday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to meet the staff, tour the facility and ask questions about Southcoast Rehabilitation Services.

This free event is open to the public and will include free refreshments, a raffle for a $25 gas card and free balance and grip strength screenings. Screenings are limited.

To schedule a free screening in advance, call 508-646-3975.

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