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February 2013

Tobey Golf

Golf season is right around the corner. Join us at The Kittansett Club for the Tobey Hospital Golf Invitational on Thursday, May 16 to raise the standard of care even higher with the proceeds being used to purchase state-of-the art critical care unit beds.

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Escape the cold: Walk with a Southcoast doc!

The February edition of Southcoast™ Health System's "Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc," has been re-scheduled to March 9 at 9 a.m. at the Dartmouth Mall.

The community walk will be lead by Southcoast cardiothoracic surgeon Iraklis Gerogiannis, MD.

Southcoast physicians want to help guide you on the path to good health with a monthly walking program that is designed to get people up, moving and enjoying some beautiful walks throughout the South Coast region.

The walk will take place before the mall opens, providing plenty of space for all to join. Use the mall entrance by the AMC movie theater (north side of the building). The walk will kick off from the center of the mall in front of JC Penney.

Be safe this winter

This has been a tough winter with plenty of snow, cold and ice.

We have put together some tips to help you protect yourself and your family this winter.

  • Ice Safety: Tips to avoid slipping and falling.

  • Snow Shoveling: Shovel correctly — and save your back!

  • Survive the Cold: Bundle up to avoid hypothermia and frostbite.

  • Winter Driving: Tips to stay safe on slippery roads.

Read our complete set of winter weather tips.

Southcoast gets positive bond rating and outlook

Southcoast Health System recently announced that Moody's Investor Service has affirmed Southcoast Health System's bond ratings, assigning an A2 rating on $60 million of Series F (2013) bonds. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned an A rating to Southcoast's Series F bonds ratings. Through their findings, Moody's and Standard & Poor's both affirmed Southcoast's outlook is stable.

The 2013 Moody's report stated that, "the assignment of the A2 rating and stable outlook is attributable to Southcoast's leading and growing market share in Southeastern Massachusetts, history of stable operating performance and significant improvement in FY 2012 performance, and good balance sheet metrics, inclusive of the Series F bonds. The A2 rating further incorporates our assessment that Southcoast's physician recruitment efforts and select program development have increased the organization's reputation in the service area, contributing to favorable volume trends over the last several years."

The Standard & Poor's report attributed the rating outcome to Southcoast's consistent group of senior leaders. The report states, "the current management team is focusing on increasing utilization by promoting high-quality and low-cost services that keep patients in the local community and limit the need for outmigration to Boston or other local providers."

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