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For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2013


Southcoast joins the fight against heart disease on National Wear Red Day

Charlton, St. Luke's and Tobey hospital to light up red on February 1



NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Patients, visitors and employees at Southcoast™ Health System will see red on February 1 as part of the National Wear Red Day celebration to benefit the American Heart Association.

Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham will illuminate their entrances with red lights, joining hundreds of local businesses, community groups, hospitals, towns and schools signed up to "go red" to help raise awareness and funds to fight cardiovascular disease.

On National Wear Red Day, thousands of companies and organizations nationwide encourage their employees to wear red and donate $5 to the Go Red For Women® movement and receive a red dress pin. Funds raised through Wear Red Day help support the life-saving initiatives of the American Heart Association — awareness campaigns, prevention and education programs and cutting-edge scientific research. In Massachusetts and Rhode Island alone, the American Heart Association currently funds more than $36 million in research related to cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

"As an active member of the regional board of the American Heart Association, Southcoast is a strong supporter of the Go Red campaign each year," said Kerry Mello, Community Benefits Manager for Southcoast Health System. "The campaign helps raise awareness about women and heart disease, a major health risk for women in the South Coast region. We invite the entire community to 'go red' on February 1 to help increase awareness and join in the fight against this fatal disease."

For 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement. Heart disease is still the number one killer for women, affecting more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

Go Red For Women invites women to speak up and take charge of their heart health through simple lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating healthier, exercising more and maintaining a healthy weight. Women can find important health tips at www.GoRedForWomen.org, including online tools and health assessments such as "My Life Check."


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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 www.southcoast.org. Connect to Southcoast through social media at www.southcoast.org/connect/.





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