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For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2012

Southcoast Blood Bank thanks milestone blood donors

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Southcoast Blood Bank recently marked the blood donation milestones of 34 blood donors who have committed to donating blood on a regular basis to help save the lives of their friends, neighbors, and members of their community.

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 — and the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fairhaven and Fall River use approximately 1,300 pints of blood a month.

Southcoast depends on volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients requiring life-saving treatments in emergencies, patients with cancer and other serious illnesses, and patients in need of surgery.

The Southcoast Blood Bank would like to take this opportunity to thank those donors who have recently hit impressive donating milestones:

1 Gallon

  • Robert Bailey of South Dartmouth
  • Matthew Trahan of Acushnet
  • Pauline Ryan of Fairhaven
  • George Fuller Jr. of New Bedford
  • Beverly DaSilva of Acushnet
  • Steven Beauchamp Jr. of New Bedford

2 Gallons

  • James Henry of Westport
  • Cheryl Pires of Dartmouth
  • Luis Tabales of Fall River
  • David Demers of New Bedford
  • Steven Masapollo of Fairhaven
  • Antonio Magina of North Dartmouth
  • Lydia DeMedeiros of New Bedford
  • John Nunes of North Dartmouth
  • Randall Martin of Acushnet

3 Gallons

  • Peter Levesque of Westport
  • Frances VonHacht of Acushnet

4 Gallons

  • Paul Georgadarellis of South Dartmouth

5 Gallons

  • John Hill Jr. of Mattapoisett
  • Arthur Amaral of Acushnet
  • Kenneth Girouard of Fairhaven
  • John Strittmatter of New Bedford

6 Gallons

  • Brian Silva of New Bedford
  • Thomas McGill of South Dartmouth
  • Steven Medeiros of New Bedford

7 Gallons

  • Maurice Manny of East Freetown
  • Bruce Williams of Acushnet

9 Gallons

  • David Calheta of Acushnet

10 Gallons

  • Brian Marshall of New Bedford

12 Gallons

  • Vitorino DaSilva of Acushnet

13 Gallons

  • George Cafferty of New Bedford

16 Gallons

  • David Bousquet of South Dartmouth

17 Gallons

  • Terence Beehan of New Bedford
  • Robert Kirkland of Mattapoisett

The Southcoast Blood Bank: The Southcoast Blood Bank is located at St. Luke's Hospital, 101 Page Street, New Bedford, off the main lobby. Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 2:30 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment call 508-961-5320. More information is available online at

Community Blood Drives: Southcoast hosts blood drives throughout the region on the Southcoast Health Van and at local businesses. The schedule can be found online at or by calling 508-961-5320.

Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876

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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. More information is available online at Connect to Southcoast through social media at

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