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January 2014

'Give a Pint, Get a Pound' in January

Donate blood during the month of January at the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke’s Hospital or any Southcoast community blood drive and receive a certificate for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee. For more information, blood bank hours and a complete schedule of community blood drives, please visit

Free Informational Sessions on Weight Loss Surgery

Join the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss for free informational sessions on the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery. For more information or to register for a free seminar call 508-273-4900. For more information on the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss visit

January 22, at 7 p.m.

Benjamin's Restaurant, 698 Bay Street, Taunton

January 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Tobey Hospital, Operating Room (OR) Waiting Room, 43 High Street, Wareham

January 28, at 7 p.m.

Southcoast Center for Women's Health, 300 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth

Partnering for Healthy Living

A monthly series focused on helping you and your family live a healthy lifestyle. These free health education programs are brought to you by Southcoast Health system in partnership with the YMCA. Together, we want to help you make healthier decisions and support your well-being.

February 4, at 6 p.m.

Healthy Living Seminar – Cardiovascular Health, Gleason Family YMCA – Wareham

February 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Healthy Living Seminar – Cardiovascular Health, New Bedford YMCA – New Bedford

February 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Healthy Living Seminar – Cardiovascular Health, Bayside YMCA – Barrington, RI

Early Pregnancy Education Program

Join Southcoast Health System’s Maternity Services for an Early Pregnancy Education Program for 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. This free monthly gathering is led by a registered nurse from Tobey Hospital and has been made possible through a grant received by the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund. 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, call 508-273-4151.



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Southcoast Hospitals Welcomes New Year's Babies

Baby Evan Stephens - Click to view larger image.
Evan Stephens
The first New Year's baby born in the South Coast region arrived at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River at 1:54 a.m. on January 1. Cindy and Joseph Stephens, of Berkley, had a baby girl, Evan Stephens, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 19.7 inches long. Evan is the couple's fourth child.

St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford welcomed its first baby at 8:37 a.m. on January 1.
Baby Dominic Aresta - Click here to view larger image.
Dominic Aresta
Yelitza Rivera and Ian Aresta, of New Bedford, had a baby boy, Dominic Aresta, weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 20.5 inches long. This is the couple's second child.

Tobey Hospital in Wareham welcomed baby New Year at 4:20 p.m. Brittany and Clint Broesch, of Buzzards Bay, had a baby girl, Jayden, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long. This is the couple's first child.

Baby Jayden Broesch - Click here to view larger image.
Jayden Broesch
All three Southcoast Hospitals' New Year's babies received gift baskets filled with baby toys and clothes donated by the St. Luke's & Charlton Auxiliaries and the Tobey Hospital Guild. For more information, please visit

Southcoast Health System Announces 2013 President's Award Winners

Southcoast Health System recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Southcoast President's Award for Excellence. Nominated by their co-workers, the President's Award recognizes 12 individuals and one team for outstanding performance, integrity and overall quality of services provided.

This year's recipients were announced at the combined annual meetings of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group by Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group. The event was held December 10, 2013, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

"The President's Award for Excellence is presented to some of our most talented employees who truly demonstrate the cultural elements of Southcoast Health System," Hovan said. "Southcoast's achievements are based on the dedicated services and efforts of more than 7,000 employees. It gives me great pride to acknowledge these individuals."

All Southcoast employees, including members of leadership and employed physicians, are eligible. There is no limit on the number of times an employee can be nominated. Winners are selected on how well they meet the selection criteria that is based on excellent performance and demonstration of Southcoast's values.

For a complete list of winners, please visit

Southcoast Appoints Jack Dresser Senior Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer

Southcoast Health System is pleased to announce that Jack Dresser has been appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer.

Dresser brings to Southcoast more than 20 years of experience in resource development and demonstrated leadership ability. In his new role, he will work to strengthen community partnerships across the South Coast region to increase philanthropic resources and expand volunteer support.

Prior to joining Southcoast, Dresser served as Vice President of Development and Community Services at Emerson Hospital in Concord and as Chief Development Officer at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. In addition, he has led and directed numerous fundraising programs including those at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, and also at Cornell University, located in Ithaca, N.Y., which is also his alma mater. He continues to serve as president of the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

Southcoast Health System is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the generosity of the community for its support. Southcoast has been able to invest in numerous new buildings and advanced services that directly serve the needs of the community due to local philanthropic support. Southcoast is the only not-for-profit healthcare organization in the South Coast region. To learn more about philanthropy at Southcoast, please visit

Southcoast Hospitals Group Donates $100,000 to the Town of Wareham

Southcoast Hospitals Group recently made a $100,000 donation to the town of Wareham to support the purchase of new, state-of-the-art monitor defibrillators for the Wareham Emergency Medical System (EMS). This grant was made possible through Southcoast's Community Benefits Program and will allow the town to upgrade vital and life saving equipment in the town's ambulances, enabling Wareham EMS to meet the highest standards of emergency care.

"Promoting the optimal health and wellbeing of our communities is central to Southcoast's mission," said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group and Southcoast Health System. "Our local EMS systems are key partners in community healthcare and are the frontline of very vital services that save lives every day.

"These monitor defibrillators are a desperate need for us, since our current units are all over 10 years old and the manufacturer will no longer service them," said David Evans, Director of the Wareham EMS Department. "This donation will bring us into compliance with current state EMS regulations. The multi-function machines will greatly enhance the Wareham Paramedics ability to do their jobs with the end result being improved patient care and outcomes."

Southcoast's Community Benefits Program responds to the unique healthcare needs of the South Coast region and helps provide services to the community's most underserved and at-risk residents. Southcoast works to identify pressing health needs through a comprehensive assessment process, and collaborates with community partners to prioritize and meet those needs. 

To view Southcoast's most recent community health needs assessment and community benefits plan, please visit

Southcoast Health System Extends Groundbreaking Lung Cancer Screening Program

Southcoast Health System is introducing its groundbreaking lung cancer screening program to the public. This innovative program aims to detect early-stage lung cancer in high-risk individuals, before symptoms are present.

The Southcoast Lung Cancer Screening Program, directed by Richard Miller, MD, thoracic surgeon and Physician-in-Chief of surgery, has been modeled after the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial and is being offered to community members who fit the following criteria:  

  • Age 55 to 74
  • Smoking history of 30 pack years* or greater
  • If ex-smoker, quit within the last 15 years
  • No personal history of previous lung cancer

There is a $20 enrollment fee for the program.

After an initial evaluation, each participant who qualifies will be given a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. Participants who continue to qualify for the program will undergo two additional CT scans in year two and year three. In the event that an abnormality is present in any of these scans, Southcoast will review and coordinate further care with the individual’s current medical team.

Recent studies, including the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, have shown that selective screening of high risk patients with low-dose CT scans of the chest can find early stage lung cancer. Lung cancer that is detected at an early stage can be curable.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and in the South Coast region. Of the four most common cancers (lung, prostate, breast and colon) it is the only cancer without a widely adopted preventative screening test.

For more information, or to enroll in the Southcoast Lung Cancer Screening Program, please call 855-259-5864 or visit

*A pack year is a way to measure the amount a person has smoked over a period of time. It is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. For example, one pack year is equal to smoking 20 cigarettes (1 pack) per day for 1 year or 40 cigarettes (2 packs) for a half year.


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