Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care to host Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil on November 14
Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care Fairhaven site will host a local vigil as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about lung cancer and reduce the stigma associated with the disease. On November 14, Southcoast will join 125 communities across the country in hosting a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).
Lung cancer patients, survivors, family members, caregivers and the community are invited to join Southcoast for this very special vigil which, will take place at Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Road in Fairhaven. The event will begin at 6 p.m. During the first hour, resource tables will be available to guests, providing educational material about lung cancer, lung cancer screenings and lung cancer support groups.
The speaking program will begin at 7 p.m. and will be led by Master of Ceremonies, J.R. Reitz, morning show host and program director for FUN 107. The speaking program will include personal stories from local caregivers and survivors; lung cancer experts, Richard Miller, MD, Physician-in-Chief of the Surgical Care Center at Southcoast; and Therese M. Mulvey, MD, Medical Oncologist and Physician-in-Chief for Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care. The event will also feature special guest Steve Nelson, former New England Patriots linebacker. At the end of the speaking program, the exterior of the cancer center will be lit in purple lights and guests will illuminate glow sticks in honor of survivors and caregivers and in memory of those who have passed.
This free event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. For more information about the event and to register, visit http://www.southcoast.org/news/.
Southcoast promotes importance of receiving the flu vaccine
With the flu season fast approaching, Southcoast would like to remind the public that the best way to protect themselves, their family and the community is to get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. The seasonal flu is a very serious and contagious disease of the respiratory system that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.
Every flu season is different and the flu can affect people in different ways. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and can spread it to others. Symptoms are often confused with the common cold, but are much more severe and potentially dangerous.
Receiving the annual flu vaccine is an effective way to reduce the chances of contracting the seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. The more people that get vaccinated against the flu, the less the flu can spread throughout the community.
Southcoast recommends that people get vaccinated as soon as the flu season vaccine becomes available in their community. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can begin as early as October. It takes about two weeks after you receive the flu shot for a vaccine to become fully active in the body and provide protection against the flu.
For more information about the flu vaccine, please visit www.southcoast.org/news.
Southcoast VNA to hold Annual Interfaith Remembrance Service on November 13
Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, known in the community as Southcoast VNA, will be holding its Annual Interfaith Remembrance Service on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. at St. Bernard Church, 30 South Main Street in Assonet. The service is free and open to the public and will include a special blessing read in several languages, a children's story, candle lighting and musical performance by Concordia Choir.
The service, organized by staff and volunteers from Southcoast VNA's Hospice Care program, celebrates the lives of those who have passed and provides comfort for all who are grieving a loved one during the upcoming holiday season. An informal gathering with refreshments will immediately follow the service. Commemorative ornaments will also be for sale with proceeds benefiting Hospice care.
To make a donation to Southcoast VNA in memory of your loved one, call 508-973-3470. Names received by November 1 will be published in the service program.
For additional information, call Southcoast VNA at 800-698-6877 or visit www.southcoast.org/news.
Southcoast Maternity Services now offering an Early Pregnancy Education Initiative in Wareham
Southcoast Health System’s Maternity Services now offers an Early Pregnancy Education Initiative to women who are planning to become pregnant or are early on in their pregnancy. The new program will help women lay the foundation for a healthy pregnancy, birth and post-partum experience.
The free monthly gathering is led by a registered nurse from Tobey Hospital with more than 20 years of experience in maternity, labor and delivery and mothering. The class will cover topics such as:
- Nutrition and exercise, including weight gain and hydration.
- Birth planning and birth options.
- Substance use such as smoking, alcohol and medications.
- Risks including high blood pressure and gestational diabetes.
- Lifestyle changes including balancing work or school and adjusting to changes in a mother’s body.
- Breastfeeding and deciding if it’s the right choice for mother and baby.
The program was designed to offer education in a non-judgmental, supportive environment to maximize a mother’s experience with her pregnancy. Early pregnancy education is key to promoting health and wellness for mom and baby. In addition, providing education on the importance of nutrition and exercise beginning in the first trimester will enable mothers to make informed choices.
This program is made possible through a grant received by the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund. The monthly meetings began in October and will continue on November 7 and December 12. The meetings take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Southcoast Health System at Rosebrook, 100 Rosebrook Way in Wareham. Healthy snacks and a free book will be provided to each participant. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://www.southcoast.org/news/releases/2013/2013-0918.html.