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December 2013





Kick-Off Blood Drive

The Southcoast Blood Bank and Dunkin’ Donuts have teamed up with FUN 107 and WBSM to host a Kick-Off blood drive on Thursday, January 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the FUN 107 /WBSM plaza, 22 Sconticut Road in Fairhaven. All who donate at the Kick-Off blood drive will receive a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and will be entered into a free raffle for a chance to win prizes including family four-packs of tickets to the Providence Bruins.

To schedule an appointment for the Kick-Off blood drive at FUN 107 /WBSM, call 800-497-1727. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome!

Southcoast/YMCA Healthy Living Series, Wareham

The January series will focus on various aspects of weight management including the importance of mindful eating, portion control and regular physical activity. Gleason YMCA, Wareham – 11:30 a.m. - Stacy Medeiros, Registered Dietitian

Southcoast / YMCA Healthy Living Series, New Bedford

The January series will focus on various aspects of weight management including the importance of mindful eating, portion control and regular physical activity. New Bedford YMCA, New Bedford – 11:30 a.m. – Susan Oliveira, Registered Dietitian

Southcoast / YMCA Healthy Living Series, Barrington, R.I.

The January series will focus on various aspects of weight management including the importance of mindful eating, portion control and regular physical activity. Bayside YMCA, Barrington, R.I. – 11:30 a.m. – Stacy Medeiros, Registered Dietitian

Early Pregnancy Education Classes

Designed for women who are planning to become pregnant or are early on in their pregnancy, this free program lays the foundation for a healthy pregnancy, birth and post-partum experience. Made possible through a grant received by the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund. 6:30 to 8 p.m., Southcoast Health System at Rosebrook, 100 Rosebrook Way, Wareham. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 508-273-4151.







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Healthgrades Study Names Southcoast Hospitals Group One of America's 100 Best Hospitals in U.S. for Heart Care

Southcoast receives five-star rating for treatment of heart attacks for 2014

 

Southcoast Hospitals Group is proud to be named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for heart care by Healthgrades™, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. Healthgrades recognized Southcoast with its Specialty Excellence Awards for Overall Cardiac Care and for Cardiac Surgery. 

The release of the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation analyzes tens of millions of patients' outcomes — specifically, mortality and complication rates — at the nation's 4,500 hospitals. Healthgrades' 2014 clinical achievements for Southcoast Hospitals are:

America's 100 Best Hospitals

  • One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ for three years in a row.
  • One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ for three years in a row.

Cardiac Excellence Awards & Five-Star Ratings

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for eight years in a row.
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ for three years in a row.
  • Ranked among the top 5 percent in the U.S. for cardiac surgery for three years in a row.
  • Ranked among the top 10 percent in the U.S. for overall cardiac services for eight years in a row.
  • Five-star rated for coronary bypass surgery for three years in a row.
  • Five-star rated for valve surgery for three years in a row.
  • Five-star rated for coronary interventional procedures for nine years in a row.
  • Five-star rated for treatment of heart attacks (2014)

             
To learn more, please visit http://www.southcoast.org/news/releases/2013/2013-1022-b.html.

 



Southcoast Health System and Representative Patricia A. Haddad Sponsor Mental and Behavioral Health Summit at St. Luke's Hospital

Southcoast Health System and Representative Patricia A. Haddad, Speaker Pro Tempore, Massachusetts House of Representatives, co-sponsored the region's first Mental and Behavioral Health Summit on Tuesday, November 12, at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.

The summit was a partially-open forum and was moderated by Representative Haddad, who leads the Mental Health Advisory Committee. A number of speakers took to the podium to discuss and address the current challenges faced by providers to offer accessible treatment, resources, coordinated care and support to an increasing number of patients being treated with mental and/or behavioral health issues in Southeastern Massachusetts. 

"The purpose of this summit is to convene all of the stakeholders on the South Coast – both public and private, not-for-profit as well as for-profit – and offer an opportunity for a frank discussion of these very important issues which affect our region," said Haddad.

Keith Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group said that as the leading health care provider in the region "we know firsthand that there are a number of serious issues that make it difficult for our residents to access and maintain care for mental and behavioral health. Issues include a shortage of behavioral health providers and services, difficulties coordinating care among providers and inadequate reimbursement. This summit gives us a great opportunity to collectively discuss these challenges and strategize solutions that will improve health care for thousands of our local residents."

More than 100 community leaders, legislators and state officials and regional behavioral health providers attended the summit.




Southcoast Welcomes Chiefs of Key Service Lines

Southcoast recently welcomed three accomplished physicians to lead the departments of vascular and endovascular surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and orthopedic surgery.

 

David Gillespie, MD, Chief of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, is board certified in general and vascular surgery. He attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md., and completed his residency in general surgery, and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Boston University.

Dr. Gillespie served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., for the last five years. There he created a world class service offering open and endovascular care of patients with aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, end stage renal disease, venous disease and mesenteric vascular disease.

 

Patrick J. Nugent, MD, Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is a graduate of the Milton S. Hershey School of Medicine of Pennsylvania State University. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence.

Dr. Nugent has been clinically active for more than two decades, and previously served as the chair of the obstetrics and gynecology departments at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, St. Joseph Hospital in Colorado, Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut and Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, R.I.

He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and serves as an expert reviewer for the boards of registration in medicine for Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

Michael J. Langworthy, MD, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed a general surgery internship and surgical residency at Michigan State University, followed by a fellowship in adult pelvis and major joint reconstruction at the University of California San Diego.

Dr. Langworthy is a leading advisor concerning arthritic joint disease to the U.S. military and to a number of research entities. He is a U.S. Navy Reserve Captain and a current Director of Advanced Trauma Life Support for the U.S. Navy. Dr. Langworthy is board certified in orthopedic surgery and has published several scientific papers and has lectured around the world on the subject of cartilage and osteoarthritis.



Southcoast Welcomes Child Life Specialist to Pediatric Program at St. Luke's Hospital

Southcoast Health System is pleased to welcome Kara W. Levoshko, MS, CCLS, to St. Luke's Hospital as a Child Life Specialist.

A Child Life Specialist helps patients and their families make a positive adjustment to hospitalization. In her new role, Levoshko offers children and their families' emotional support during procedures, coping techniques during stressful situations and opportunities to help normalize the hospital environment through play.

In 2012, Southcoast Hospitals Group entered into a collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital to bring high-quality pediatric care to children and families in the South Coast region. Boston Children's physicians now see pediatric patients at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford. The addition of a Child Life Specialist to the Southcoast Pediatric Program benefits both the program and the community.

"The Child Life Specialist is uniquely trained to help children through what can feel like scary or difficult procedures," said Brian Sard, MD, Boston Children's on-site Medical Director of Pediatric Services. "Kara has extensive experience and is trained in developmental psychology. This allows her to explain procedures in a way a child can understand based on their developmental level. She assists both by preparing children for what to expect, and distracting them during the procedure where appropriate. By doing so, she makes the medical team's job much easier."

Currently, Levoshko works with children of all ages in the pediatric inpatient unit and the Emergency Department, with plans to expand into other areas.

To learn more about the Southcoast Pediatric Program, please visit www.southcoast.org/pediatrics.



"Give a Pint, Get a Pound" Returns for National Blood Donor Month

Receive a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee when you donate blood at any Southcoast Blood Bank location in January

Southcoast Blood Bank's annual promotion, "Give a Pint, Get a Pound" featuring Dunkin' Donuts coffee, returns to the region during National Blood Donor Month this January. Anyone who donates blood at the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital or at any Southcoast community blood drive during the month of January will receive a certificate for a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Coupons are redeemable at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants while supplies last.

You have a choice! Donate local.
The Southcoast Blood Bank is the only blood donation venue that directly supports the South Coast communities' blood supply. When you donate blood at a Southcoast-sponsored blood drive you are helping to keep your local blood supply strong — so it is there when you need it.

Where to donate
Southcoast hosts blood drives throughout the region on the Southcoast Blood Donor Van and at local businesses. To find a list of community blood drives during the month of January, please visit our website at www.southcoast.org/bloodbank. To schedule a free blood drive, please call Catherine Alegria, Southcoast Blood Donor Coordinator, at 508-993-0430 or by email at alegriac@southcoast.org.

For more information on the "Give a Pint, Get a Pound" promotion, please visit http://www.southcoast.org/news/releases/2013/2013-1216.html



         


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