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July 2013

Pizza for a Pint

The Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke’s Hospital has teamed up again this year with area Domino’s Pizza stores in a “Pizza for a Pint” promotion during the month of July.

Destination Soups

Destination Soups in New Bedford has teamed up with the Southcoast Blood Bank to offer all blood donors a coupon for a free cup of soup or a small grilled cheese during the month of August.

Hope Takes Flight

Join Southcoast VNA for the second annual “Hope Takes Flight: A Butterfly Release” on September 14 at 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fairhaven Senior Center. This event is being offered to honor and remember loved ones and friends and will support Southcoast VNA’s Hospice program.

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Southcoast Center for Primary and Specialty Care in Fairhaven opens

Southcoast Physicians Group Mattapoisett practice is the first to arrive at the new Southcoast Center for Primary and Specialty Care medical office building in Fairhaven, providing primary care services to patients in the new location as of June 17.

Family practice physician Joseph A. Costa, DO; pediatrician and internist David S. Chesney, MD; pediatrician and internist Michael R. Kelly, MD; and family practice physician Drew L. Nahigyan, MD, are now seeing patients at the new two-story, 61,000 square-foot facility located at 208 Mill Road in Fairhaven, just three miles from their Mattapoisett office. Also available at the site is a full service retail pharmacy.

A team of more than 30 specialists offering expert care in general surgery, thoracic surgery, colorectal surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, nephrology, pulmonology, dermatology and urology will join the facility in the coming months along with comprehensive outpatient radiology and cardiac testing services. The Southcoast Physicians Group Buttonwood practice will relocate to the new Fairhaven center in September. Stay tuned for updates!

For more information  including hours and a full list of primary care doctors locating to the new facility, visit

World Class pediatric care now serving the South Coast community

Southcoast is proud to offer world class pediatric care to residents in the South Coast region through a clinical collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital — the pediatric hospital top-ranked in the nation.

Boston Children’s physicians, working in collaboration with local physicians, now provide 24/7 onsite pediatric care at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford with consultation provided for pediatric patients in the ER at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Boston Children’s top-ranked physicians offer round-the-clock in-house pediatric inpatient care in the newly renovated inpatient pediatric unit and are working with local emergency medicine providers in the newly customized pediatric area in the Emergency Department at St. Luke’s Hospital. These areas were designed to create a more private, comforting environment for children and their families.

To learn about the inpatient, emergency and consulting services offered through this exiting collaboration, visit

Registration is NOW OPEN for the fourth annual “Sharon’s Walk”

Southcoast and FUN 107 today announced plans for the fourth annual “Sharon’s Walk”, a memorial walk and family-friendly event to honor Sharon and Elaine Fogaren. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care’s Patient Caregiver Assistance Fund and the Southcoast Breast Center.

The fourth annual “Sharon’s Walk” will be held on Sunday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fort Taber, 1000 Rodney French Boulevard in New Bedford. The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) walk will take place around Fort Taber. Registration and check-in begins at 10 a.m. with the event kicking-off at 11 a.m. Participants are welcome to join the walk at any time during the event.

Register Today!
Individuals and teams can now pre-register for the walk online at through September 26.

The pre-registration fee is $20 per person. All pre-registered participants will receive a Sharon’s Walk memorial T-shirt. The day-of registration fee is $25 per person, $10 for children under 12, and free for children in strollers. For more information on the walk, visit

Stay safe in the Sun this Summer

Skin cancer is directly related to sun exposure. Sun damage is cumulative — and the results of too much sun may not show up for two or three decades. Shielding your skin should be year-round, lifelong and everyday habit.

Keep safe in the sun:

  • Wear a hat with a wide brim.
  • Use sun protection any time you are in the sun for more than 10 minutes.
  • Use a sunblock or a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15.
  • Some foods and medications can make you more sensitive to the sun. They include parsley, figs, carrots, celery, limes, oral contraceptives, antihistamines, tetracycline, antidepressants and thiazide diuretics.
  • Skin products such as Retin-A or renova or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) may also increase sensitivity.
  • The best protection — stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For additional sun safety tips, visit


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