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For Immediate Release:
October 23, 2012

Southcoast Hospitals Group Blood Bank says Thank You!

Southcoast Blood Bank
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — 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 counts 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 is proud to have so many 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 Southcoast Blood Bank would like to take this opportunity to thank those donors who have recently hit impressive donating milestones:

1 Gallon

  • Betty Broome of Marion
  • Diane Desautels-Morin of West Wareham
  • Lisa Matias of Fairhaven
  • Derrick Morgado of Fall River
  • Angela Natal of New Bedford
  • Daniel A. Raposo of East Freetown
  • Doris Thornton of Somerset
  • Brian Tjersland of North Dartmouth
  • Teresa Webb of Middleboro

2 Gallons

  • David Mitchell of Fairhaven
  • Kenneth Walker Jr. of New Bedford

3 Gallons

  • Mary Caneira of New Bedford
  • Stephanie Garcia of Marion
  • Caroline McGuire of South Dartmouth
  • Daniel Raposo of Westport

4 Gallons

  • Matthew Brodo of Fairhaven
  • Robert Cormier Jr. of New Bedford
  • Lorraine Desrosiers-Sylvia of New Bedford
  • John Laronda of East Freetown
  • Gary Soares of North Dartmouth

5 Gallons

  • Susan Correa of New Bedford
  • Frank Stephens Jr. of New Bedford

6 Gallons

  • Rene Saulnier of New Bedford

7 Gallons

  • Steven Beauregard of New Bedford
  • Richard Brown Sr. of North Dartmouth
  • Barbara Healy of North Dartmouth
  • John Cole of New Bedford

8 Gallons

  • Bruce Barnes of New Bedford
  • Alan Swanson of New Bedford

9 Gallons

  • Chris Sharples of Rochester

12 Gallons

  • Michael Almeida of Fairhaven
  • Stevan Piazza of Fairhaven

13 Gallons

  • Garrett Silvia of New Bedford

16 Gallons

  • John Hadfield of Fairhaven

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 508-993-0430.

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

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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