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For Immediate Release:
March 29, 2012

Southcoast to sponsor walking path at Heritage State Park, dedication set for May 5

Community invited to "Take a Step Toward a Healthy Heart" by joining Southcoast cardiologists and staff for a kick-off walk and free community event

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FALL RIVER, Mass. — On Saturday, May 5, Southcoast Health System will become the official sponsor of the Heritage State Park walking path, designating the path as part of a national network of American Heart Association heart-healthy walking paths.

Southcoast Cardiac Services invites the community to "Take a Step Toward a Healthy Heart" by joining Southcoast cardiologists and staff for a celebratory kick-off walk around the walking path and an afternoon of activities focused around heart health.

The free event is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, May 5, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Fall River Heritage State Park's Visitor's Center> on Davol Street. Afternoon activities will include:

Made possible through Southcoast Health System's community benefits program in association with the American Heart Association and a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, the event will be held rain or shine with the majority of activities taking place inside the Visitor's Center. Parking is available at the Fall River Carousel building parking lot.

Heart disease is the number one health problem on the South Coast. Tens of thousands of people in the South Coast region suffer from heart disease. The mortality rate from heart disease in our region is considerably higher than the state average.

Southcoast's full range of cardiac services brings five-star care to the region and continues the decade-long commitment to improving patient outcomes. Southcoast Hospitals is ranked in the top 5 percent in the U.S. by HealthGrades for cardiac care and heart surgery. Cardiologists from the Fall River and New Bedford communities perform advanced interventional cardiac services at Charlton while St. Luke's also offers a full range of diagnostic and cardiac treatment services complimented by a seamless link to the region's only cardiac intervention and open heart surgery programs. Southcoast's Electrophysiology (EP) Lab, based at Charlton, provides patients with the latest in treatment for cardiac arrhythmias and implantation of pacemakers. To learn more about the heart services available through Southcoast, visit

This designation of the Heritage State walking path is the first in a series of Southcoast-sponsored events in the region dedicated to raising awareness and providing education on heart health.

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.

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