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For Immediate Release:
July 30, 2012

YMCA SOUTHCOAST partners with Southcoast Blood Bank to offer donors a healthy incentive

YMCA to waive joiner fee on new memberships for Southcoast blood donors

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital has partnered with YMCA SOUTHCOAST to offer Southcoast blood donors a healthy incentive.

Anyone who donates blood at the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital, or at any of the community blood drives hosted by the Southcoast Blood Bank, will receive a complimentary family guest pass to any YMCA SOUTHCOAST facility, and the Y will waive the joiner fee for any donor interested in a new YMCA membership (up to a $90 savings).

"We are extremely appreciative to the YMCA for partnering with the Southcoast Blood Bank for this ongoing promotion," said John Laverty, MD, Medical Director of the Southcoast Blood Bank. "This new initiative provides our donors with a healthy incentive in appreciation for their support of the local blood supply."

YMCA SOUTHCOAST facilities include the Dartmouth YMCA, the Fall River YMCA, the Gleason Family YMCA in Wareham, the Mattapoisett YMCA and the New Bedford YMCA.

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.

"Together we can do more to strengthen the foundation of our community," said Gary Schuyler, President & CEO of YMCA SOUTHCOAST. "We hope that our collaboration with the Southcoast Blood Bank will encourage and show gratitude to members of our community who choose to donate locally."

Where to donate

Community Blood Drives: Southcoast hosts blood drives throughout the region on the Southcoast Health Van and at local businesses. To schedule a free blood drive please call Catherine Alegria, at 508-993-0430 or email at

The following is a list of community blood drives during the month of August:

Wednesday, August 1
135 Faunce Corner Road
Noon to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 3
Tobey Hospital
43 High Street
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 5
Swansea Ambulance
285 Wilbur Avenue
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7
United Neighbors Neighborhood Festival
Ruggles Park, Fall River
2 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 8
Sunset Hill Housing
151 Charles Street
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, August 9
William Street
1 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 11
St. Bernard's Church
32 South Main Street
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 15
Kennedy Donovan Center
19 Hawthorn Street
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, August 16
Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 18
Lighthouse Assembly of God
522 American Legion Highway
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, August 19
Pride Hyundai
11 Taunton Avenue
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, August 26
St. Joseph's Church
74 Spring Street
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 29
Keches Law Group
122 Dean Street
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, August 30
Father Diaferio Village
249 Johnson Street
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, August 31
Southeast Health & Rehabilitation Center
4586 Acushnet Avenue
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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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