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For Immediate Release:
April 8, 2013

Southcoast Hospitals Group Blood Bank says Thank You!

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 extend a special thank you to those donors who continued their support to the program during the winter months, when blood donations are at their lowest. Despite the challenging winter weather and an active flu season, the following individuals continued to give blood and, as a result, have recently hit impressive donating milestones:

1 Gallon

  • Vivina Almeida of New Bedford
  • Samuel Barrows of South Dartmouth
  • Maurice Bourque of Acushnet
  • George Correia of Fairhaven
  • Andrew Corrigan of Acushnet
  • John M. Costa of New Bedford
  • Stacy Crowley of Fall River
  • Kendra D'Arcy of New Bedford
  • Christopher A. DiGregorio of New Bedford
  • Jennifer Gaw of Somerset
  • Michelle Goddard of North Dartmouth
  • William J. Hoeg of Lakeville
  • Kerry Kazlanski of West Wareham
  • Robert M. LaBonte of New Bedford
  • Krista Mullen of Wareham
  • Gisele Pappas of New Bedford
  • Daniel Patten of New Bedford
  • Matthew Pereira of South Dartmouth
  • Henry Rivera of New Bedford
  • Matthew Scott of South Dartmouth
  • Scott Sylvia of North Dartmouth
  • Peter J. Wirzburger of New Bedford
  • Frank Zapert of Fairhaven

2 Gallons

  • Scott Almeida of New Bedford
  • Brian D. Bedient of Acushnet
  • Nelson Brandao of New Bedford
  • Carol A. Cabral of North Dartmouth
  • Douglas Corrigan of Acushnet
  • Aires DaSilva of South Dartmouth
  • Felix Fontanez of Fairhaven
  • Bruce B. Harrop of North Dartmouth
  • Daniel Lawrence of Rochester
  • Elaine C. Martin of North Dartmouth
  • Pamela Opheim-Newhall of Lakeville
  • Marcilio Raposo of New Bedford
  • Ellen Rawding of Riverside, R.I.
  • Steven M. Sullivan of South Dartmouth
  • Susan L. Vickery of Fall River

3 Gallons

  • Robert Becher of Marion
  • Russell Bonneau of New Bedford
  • Madalena Cabral of Westport
  • Ralph Cardoza Jr. of New Bedford
  • Norman Gunderson of North Dartmouth
  • Susan M. Perry of New Bedford
  • Jim Rattray of Westerly, R.I.
  • David Richard of Fairhaven
  • Marylou T. Rossi of Fairhaven

4 Gallons

  • David A. Benoit of Acushnet
  • Martha M. Connor of Fall River
  • Maryjane Dion of Acushnet
  • John H. Dooley Jr. of Acushnet
  • Shawn Dury of New Bedford
  • Glenn A. Grenier of North Dartmouth
  • Lisa R. Hill of Mattapoisett
  • William Hinchliffe of New Bedford
  • Christopher C. Kelly of New Bedford
  • John P. Raposa of North Dartmouth
  • Ademir Souza of New Bedford
  • Viola S. Taylor of Marion

5 Gallons

  • Charles Gorfinkle of New Bedford
  • Donna Pimental of Acushnet
  • John M. Sullivan of Wareham

6 Gallons

  • Mary Ann Booth of South Dartmouth
  • Kimarie Correia of North Dartmouth
  • Bernadette Daigle of New Bedford
  • John M. Machado of South Dartmouth
  • Timothy Major of Fairhaven
  • Jack Olsen of Mattapoisett
  • Yvonne Saulnier of New Bedford
  • Edith L. Silva of South Dartmouth

7 Gallons

  • Dennis R. Beaulieu of Acushnet
  • Mary Farry of South Dartmouth
  • Tom Lopes of Fairhaven
  • Judith Lee Medeiros of New Bedford

8 Gallons

  • Gerald J. Bowden of Fairhaven
  • Armand Chagnon of Orlando, Fla.
  • Paul Charpentier of Acushnet
  • Paul Humason of New Bedford
  • Gary Reardon of South Dartmouth
  • Silvino Rezendes of Acushnet
  • Helena Tavares of New Bedford

9 Gallons

  • Robert Coache of New Bedford
  • Darryl Gifford of Rochester

10 Gallons

  • Stephen F. Chmiel of East Freetown
  • Raymond Lemery of Acushnet
  • Donald H. Leung Sr. of North Dartmouth

11 Gallons

  • Thomas P. Aiello of Fairhaven
  • Jean Bonville of New Bedford
  • Peter Bullard of South Dartmouth
  • Joseph P. Frois of North Dartmouth
  • Michael P. Russell of South Dartmouth
  • Jeffrey Smith of Fairhaven

12 Gallons

  • Robert E. French of New Bedford

13 Gallons

  • Robert J. Avery of Westport
  • Peter Mitchell of Rochester

14 Gallons

  • Thomas Gray of Rochester
  • Norris A. Walecka Jr. of Fairhaven

15 Gallons

  • Norma L. Bosse of South Dartmouth

19 Gallons

  • Robert Mandeville of New Bedford

20 Gallons

  • Edward J. Rogers of New Bedford

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 Blood Donor Van and at local businesses. The schedule can be found online at or by calling 508-961-5320.

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Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer

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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