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Southcoast wins top honors at New England health care marketing awards

For the second time in five years, Southcoast's Marketing & Public Relations team has won the coveted Lamplighter Award from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications

For Immediate Release Contact: Joyce Faria Brennan
May 15, 2006 508-961-5270
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Southcoast's Marketing & Public Relations team accepting the 2006 Lamplighter Award. From left, Kathy Tsonis, Kerry Mello, Heather Coulombe, Jim Rattray, Christine Azevedo, Patricia Giramma and Joyce Brennan. Not pictured is Linda Coelho.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Southcoast Health System's Marketing & Public Relations team has taken top honors at the New England Society for Healthcare Communications annual Lamplighter Awards.

Southcoast was awarded the coveted Lamplighter Award for "best of show" in a competition that included 130 award winners in categories that covered health care marketing, public relations, publications and communications. The award was for Southcoast eNews, a free monthly e-mail newsletter that provides subscribers news about the hospital's services and events. To subscribe to Southcoast eNews, visit

This marks the second time in five years Southcoast has won the overall Lamplighter Award, a Paul Revere lantern mounted on a wooden base, signifying best in New England. Southcoast previously won in 2001 for a marketing campaign aimed at prostate cancer awareness.

"We are tremendously honored to be awarded the Lamplighter for the second time in five years," said Jim Rattray, Chief Communications Officer and Director of Marketing & Public Relations, who accepted the award on behalf of the team on May 9 at the Providence Biltmore.

"We are thrilled to have, once again, been recognized by our peers for our efforts to inform the people of our community about the advanced medical services Southcoast has made available, close to home."

In addition to Rattray, other members of Southcoast's Marketing & Public Relations team are Christine Azevedo, Senior Graphic Designer; Joyce Brennan, Media Coordinator; Linda Coelho, Market Analyst; Heather Coulombe, Graphic Designer; Patricia Giramma, Publications Coordinator; Kerry Mello, Marketing Coordinator, and Kathy Tsonis, Public Relations Assistant.

The annual Lamplighter Awards are presented by the New England Society for Healthcare Communications in recognition of the marketing and public relations efforts of health care institutions across the six-state region. More information is available at

About Southcoast

Southcoast Health System, a not-for-profit charitable organization, is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of advanced health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island. It includes Southcoast Hospitals Group, formed in 1996 from the merger of Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast has more than 40 ancillary facilities, including the Southcoast Health Van, home health care, hospice and infusion services, numerous outpatient medical services, an assisted living facility and a wellness center. For more information visit

Southcoast is one of three community hospitals approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to perform open heart surgery and primary angioplasty beginning in Spring 2002.

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Joyce Faria Brennan
Phone: 508-961-5270
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Fax: 508-961-5876

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