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May 2013

Skin & Sun Safety

Join us for "Skin Safety, Sun Prevention and Melanoma" on Thursday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road in Barrington, R.I. Get a free skin analysis to screen for sun damage and learn techniques for prevention. Beth Herrick, MD, radiation oncologist and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology for Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, will discuss the potential dangers of over-exposure to the sun including melanoma and skin cancer. Southcoast and the Bayside YMCA present the lecture as part of "Partnering for a Healthy East Bay," a monthly series focused on helping you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

New Bedford Cleanup

Join us for our annual Operation Clean Sweep in New Bedford on Saturday, May 18, at 8:30 a.m. This year we welcome The Friends of Buttonwood Park along with Neighbors Eager for Enlightened Development to clean up Ward 5 and Buttonwood Park. Join us for a morning of fun and service. Meet at St. Luke's Hospital.

Southcoast Night at Bay Sox

Come out to the ballgame on Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. for Southcoast Health System Night at the New Bedford Bay Sox. Attendees will receive giveaways, including beach balls, sunscreen and water bottles. The Southcoast Health Van will be onsite to provide free health screenings to the community. And Southcoast employees receive buy one, get one free tickets when they show their Southcoast badge.

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Celebrating 9 years of healthy beginnings!

Bariatric surgery patient Toni Astore of Taunton is all smiles as she celebrates with other Southcoast Center for Weight Loss patients during the Bariatric Reunion on May 4 in Wareham.

Southcoast Center for Weight Loss recently reached a major milestone in the program's history.

In only nine years, the community-based program has helped more than 3,500 people on their life-changing journey through bariatric weight loss surgery.

Bariatric surgery patient Eva Maciel of New Bedford shows off her amazing success!
Southcoast Center for Weight Loss is the highest volume program in New England with care that far exceeds national quality standards. The program consistently performs significantly better than industry benchmarks, with a major complication rate of approximately 1 percent.

"We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality patient care with outstanding clinical outcomes," said Rayford Kruger, MD, FACS, Bariatric Surgeon & Medical Director for Southcoast Center for Weight Loss, who practices with surgeons Donald Colacchio, MD, and Thomas Streeter, MD, FACS. "Our success is shown by our numbers, with an average weight loss of 104 pounds within 18 months of surgery. And the pre- and post- surgery support we provide is unlike any other offered in our area."

In celebration of the 3,500 patient milestone, Southcoast Center for Weight Loss invited all of its patients to a Patient Reunion on Saturday, May 4, at Southcoast Health System at Rosebrook in Wareham. The family fun day featured an inspirational talk by nationally known keynote speaker, Katy Jay, an obesity survivor who underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2004. Activities also included cooking and fitness demonstrations, children's activities, a "Walk with a Southcoast Doc" through the cranberry bogs, raffles, photo sessions and more.

"We know this is a significant lifestyle change for our patients and the only way for them to succeed is to have the support they need, when and where they need it. We remember that in everything we do," Dr. Kruger said.

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"Southcoast is my choice"

"When I found out I had cancer, I worried — for my daughter, my husband and myself.

"Then I turned to the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, in Fall River, and they gave me everything I needed to get through it.

"I did my research and was so impressed by every physician's credentials. The quality of the care was exceptional — and the doctors and the entire staff were so kind and supportive.

"Best of all, it was just 15 minutes away from my home in Portsmouth. I couldn't have asked for a better experience."

Watch a video of Susan Potter Alves of Portsmouth, R.I., describing her experience at Southcoast.

Meet some of our many stars

Southcoast has some amazing caregivers — from our doctors and nurses to those who work behind the scenes.

Every month we give you a chance to meet another member of our top-tier team.

Take a moment to meet a few of our stars!

Groundbreaking cancer prevention study

Members of the South Coast community have the opportunity to take part in a groundbreaking, national cancer prevention study that is enrolling participants at Southcoast Hospitals.

Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is the latest addition to the American Cancer Society's groundbreaking cancer prevention studies, which have been instrumental in helping identify major factors that can affect cancer risk.

Researchers say CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks. But its success depends on members of the community becoming involved.

Researchers will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from those earlier cancer prevention studies, which began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants.

The Southcoast™ Centers for Cancer Care, along with the City of New Bedford and YMCA Southcoast, are working with ACS to promote and enroll residents in the study.

Enrolling is simple.

At an initial enrollment session at the hospital, you will complete a survey, have your waist measured and give a small non-fasting blood sample like what you would do during a routine doctor visit. Participants will also complete a more detailed survey at home and will continue to receive periodic follow-up surveys in the future.

Enrollment sessions are:

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2 - 6:30 p.m., Charlton Memorial Hospital, 363 Highland Avenue, Fall River.
  • Wednesday, June 5, noon - 4:30 p.m., St. Luke's Hospital, 101 Page Street, New Bedford.
  • Wednesday, June 5, 3 - 6:30 p.m., Fort Taber Community Center, 1000 South Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford.
  • Thursday, June 6, noon - 4:30 p.m., Tobey Hospital, 43 High Street, Wareham.

Get farm fresh food — every week!

Southcoast has partnered with Silverbrook Farm in Dartmouth to expand community sustainability agriculture (CSA) across the South Coast region.

This means you can get fresh produce direct from a local farm — every week!

The new cooperative will provide fresh, locally grown produce to interested community residents for 19 consecutive weeks, lasting throughout the summer and early autumn growing seasons. Produce can be picked up in four convenient locations.

Depending on the time of season, shares may include: basil, beets, broccoli, carrots, corn, cucumbers, currants, eggplant, garlic, herbs, kale, leeks, onions, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, salad greens, spinach, squash, string beans, tomatoes, turnips, apples, blueberries, grapes, melons, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries and flowers. In addition, a variety of locally produced cheeses as well as Silverbrook's own free-range eggs, preservative-free jams and a variety of mustards are occasionally included in the weekly shares.

Members may opt to purchase either a full or half share box, which can be paid for entirely upfront or in three installments.

  • Full share: $741 ($39 per week) for the entire season.
  • Half share: $399 ($21 per week) for the entire season.

Register by June 1!

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