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May 2014

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 or visit

May 20, at 7 p.m.

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

May 21, at 6:30 p.m.

John Carver Inn, 25 Summer Street, Plymouth

May 27, at 6:30 p.m.

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

May 28, at 7 p.m.

Benjamin's Restaurant, 698 Bay Streeet, Taunton

June 4, at 7 p.m.

The Cape Codder, 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis

June 10, at 7 p.m.

Charlton Memorial Hospital 363 Highland Avenue, Fall River


Weight Management Information Sessions

Southcoast has a number of non-surgical programs to help with weight management. Call 508-525-3114 for more information and to learn about additional sessions.

May 20, at 5 p.m.

Durfee Union Mill, Building One, 238 Pleasant St., Fall River, 1st floor conference room

May 28, at 4:30 p.m.

Rosebrook Medical Office Building, 100 Rosebrook Way, Wareham, 3rd floor conference room

June 2, at 4:30 p.m.

Mashpee Building, 49 State Road, Dartmouth 1st floor conference room


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 in partnership with the YMCA.


May 14, at 11:30 a.m.

New Bedford YMCA — Better Speech and Hearing, New Bedford. Registration (at the YMCA) is not required, but is preferred.

May 20, at 11:30 a.m.

Bayside YMCA — Better Speech and Hearing, Barrington, R.I. Registration (at the YMCA) is not required, but is preferred.


Early Pregnancy Education Program

Join Southcoast Health'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 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 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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Are you ready for More?

On March 30, Southcoast Health began to tell a new story about itself - one of delivering more to our patients, visitors and each other — along with a new slogan to declare its intent to the community: More than medicine.

"Over the past few years, we've been working hard to improve patient care, bringing hundreds of new physicians to the area and introducing advanced and specialized services that are usually only found in academic medical centers," said Keith Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group. "Now it's time to let the community know what we aspire to — delivering More than medicine."

The new Southcoast includes a bright and bold image that is being featured on billboards and in print ads throughout the region. Our colorful new look is being supported by radio and television advertising. Coming soon will be updated web content at that will continue the story.

"At Southcoast Health, you're more than a patient," Hovan said. "You're a person trusting us with your health and wellbeing. We know you want the best. So we do more."

Southcoast Center for Weight Loss Opens Fall River Office

The Southcoast Center for Weight Loss has opened a new office at 300 Hanover Street, Suite 1F, in Fall River. The new location will make it more convenient for current patients who live in the Fall River area and Rhode Island to receive services and make it easier for new patients in those regions to access weight loss surgery services. The new office will offer surgeon office hours, nutrition and psychology services. For more information on the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss, visit

Southcoast Health Named Healthiest Employer by Boston Business Journal

Southcoast Health is honored to have been named Healthiest Employer in the large company category (500 or more employees) by Boston Business Journal. The honor is awarded to companies for their efforts in improving employee health.

"A healthy workforce is obviously a sign of a healthy company," said BBJ Publisher Chris McIntosh. "They go hand in hand. Our awards and event spotlight what area companies are doing to help their employees thrive on the job, and, in turn, boost morale and productivity."

Through its employee wellness program, HealthQuest, Southcoast offers its employees a wide range of programs aimed at improving their health and well-being. Programs include weight and stress management, smoking cessation, yoga and farmer's market. Biometric screenings and health risk assessments are offered to increase employee awareness of vital health statistics and behaviors that have a direct impact on their health.

Southcoast to Host Skin Screenings in Fall River on June 5

Southcoast Health is offering free skin cancer screenings on Thursday, June 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 506 Prospect Street, Fall River. 

Before the summer begins, get your skin checked by a dermatologist and learn about the signs of skin cancer. Dermatologist Ronald Schneider, MD, will conduct the screenings and provide information on skin cancer prevention and services provided by Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care for cancer patients. Pre-registration for the screening is required as space is limited. To register, please call 800-497-1727. For more information about skin cancer, visit

Give Blood in June and Receive Free Bay Sox Tickets

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During the month of June, the Southcoast Blood Bank will offer all blood donors two free tickets to a New Bedford Bay Sox home game.

Tickets are available to blood donors at all Southcoast blood donor locations, including the Southcoast Blood Bank located at St. Luke's Hospital and at Southcoast Blood Drives. Tickets can be used at any home game during the regular season but are not redeemable for cash. The Bay Sox play their home games at Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford. A complete schedule is available at

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:

  • The Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford,
  • Community Blood Drives — schedule can be found at above link.

To host a blood drive, please call Catherine Alegria, Southcoast Blood Donor Coordinator, at 508-993-0430 or by email at

Southcoast and Fun 107 to Team Up for First Ever Radiothon

Be sure to tune into Fun 107 on June 20 for the first ever Southcoast Health Radiothon. “Stay tuned” for more details.



Looking for a primary care physician or specialist? Southcoast Health has hundreds of physicians, who have trained at some of the most prestigious training programs, located throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island. To find a physician to meet our needs, visit


Camp Angel Wings Registrations Open

Camp Angel Wings from Southcoast VNA
The Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is continuing to accept registrations for participants and volunteers for Camp Angel Wings — a meaningful, fun-filled, two-day camp experience for children and teens, ages 6 through 15, who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp will be held on July 12 and 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Camp Welch in Assonet.

Please visit Camp Angel Wings for more information. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible as space is limited. The deadline for registration is June 9.


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