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For Immediate Release:
June 30, 2010


Elizabeth Blanchard, MD, joins Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care


Elizabeth Blanchard, MD
FALL RIVER, Mass. — Elizabeth Blanchard, MD, a medical oncologist who is board certified in hematology, oncology and internal medicine, has joined the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fall River and North Dartmouth. Dr. Blanchard brings years of clinical research and experience to the South Coast region, including a specialty in lung cancer, which is ranked locally among the highest in the state.

Dr. Blanchard joins Southcoast from St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, where she was an attending physician in hematology/oncology, and as assistant professor at its affiliated medical school, Tufts University School of Medicine.

She received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a Master of Arts from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., and a Bachelor of Science from Boston College.

Dr. Blanchard is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Medical Association as well as having served on the Institutional Review Board and the Tufts Compassionate Care Committee since 2007.

Dr. Blanchard will practice at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care with Therese M. Mulvey, MD, Physician-in-Chief & Medical Oncologist, Teresa Boyle, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Herbert Hansen, MD, Medical Oncologist, Harry Matelski, MD, Medical Oncologist , Todd F. Roberts, MD, MSc., Medical Oncologist, and Mark Shparber, MD, Medical Oncologist.

About Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

In July 2009, Southcoast Hospitals opened the Southcoast Center for Cancer Care in the Mitchell Building at Charlton Memorial Hospital. Located in Fall River, the center offers a full range of patient centered oncology services, including medical oncology at the Jarabek Diagnostic & Treatment Center, advanced radiation therapy, support services, the patient navigator program and free valet parking.

The Southcoast Center for Cancer Care in North Dartmouth, at 480 Hawthorn Street (formerly called The Oncology Center) provides medical oncology and support services with a convenient link to radiation therapy at Charlton Memorial.

The Fall River and Dartmouth cancer centers operate as an extension of Southcoast's new cancer center in Fairhaven that is slated to open in 2011. The Fairhaven center is currently under construction and will be the flagship outpatient center for Southcoast Hospitals' cancer services program. When completed the new cancer center will offer convenient access to a full-range of oncology services from diagnosis through treatment. The estimated cost for both the new Fairhaven and Fall River cancer centers is more than $60 million.

For more information on Southcoast's cancer services visit www.southcoast.org/cancercare/.


Joyce Faria Brennan
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5270
Pager: 508-387-9605
Fax: 508-961-5876
brennanj@southcoast.org



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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services.





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