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May 2012

FREE skin cancer screenings

Before the summer begins, get your skin checked by a dermatologist and know the signs of skin cancer.

Southcoast Health System is offering free skin cancer screenings on Thursday, May 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 506 Prospect Street, Fall River.

Dermatologists Richard Waldman, MD, and Ronald Schneider, MD, physicians who specialize in the treatment of skin disease and disorders, will conduct the screenings and provide information on skin cancer prevention and area services for cancer patients.

Pre-registration for the screening is required as space is limited. To register please call 800-497-1727.

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Join us for Operation Clean Sweep on May 19!


Join Southcoast Hospitals and Neighbors Eager for Enlightened Development, the neighborhood association surrounding St. Luke's Hospital, for Ward 5 Operation Clean Sweep New Bedford 2012.

    Saturday, May 19, 2012
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    St. Luke's Hospital
    Corner of Page and Hawthorne Streets
    New Bedford

We encourage families, friends, students and senior groups to join those who live in the neighborhood along with St. Luke's staff to volunteer and take part in this cleanup.

  • Free bagels, fruit, juice, water and Domino's Pizza for all visitors.

  • All tools and materials provided.

  • Work in teams — stay as long as you can!

  • FUN 107 will on site — broadcasting live!

  • Coupon for free St. Luke's clam chowder for all volunteers.

  • Gifts to Give: Bring your gently used clothes, cribs, strollers and car seats to be refurbished and donated within our community.

  • Students: Community service letters are available for all students.

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

Free CPR training for coaches

CPR at Southcoast Hospitals Group
Southcoast Hospitals Group's Professional Education Department is offering a free CPR training for coaches on Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Luke's Hospital, 101 Page Street, in New Bedford.

Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths and young athletes are often at risk. Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save lives. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or even triple a victim's chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander. As a result, less than 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital setting survive.

"In Massachusetts, our Legislature is considering a bill that will require all school-based athletic coaches to be certified in this lifesaving technique," said Kerry Mello, Community Benefits Manager for Southcoast Hospitals Group. "Volunteer coaches of youth sports in local communities would also benefit. We encourage coaches to take advantage of this free training so that they can be better prepared to respond in a cardiac emergency. Being prepared can save lives."

The session will include both adult and child CPR training by Southcoast Hospitals Group certified nurses. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register, call 508-961-5560.

Southcoast dedicates Healthy Heart walking trail

Southcoast Heart Walk Fall River

On Saturday, May 5, Southcoast Health System became the official sponsor of the Heritage State Park walking path, designating the path as part of a national network of American Heart Association heart-healthy walking paths.

Community members joined Southcoast Cardiac Services to "Take a Step Toward a Healthy Heart" by joining Southcoast cardiologists and staff for a celebratory kick-off walk around the walking path and an afternoon of activities focused around heart health.

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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