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For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2014

Southcoast teams up with local YMCAs to offer monthly presentations on important health topics

February series to focus on heart health

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Southcoast© Health System, in partnership with the, the Gleason Family YMCA, the New Bedford YMCA and the Bayside YMCA presents a monthly series focused on helping you and your family live a healthier lifestyle. The free health education program is designed to help you make healthier decisions and support your well-being.

Presentations will take place at each of the YMCA locations throughout the month with topics focusing on important health issues and will be presented by a Southcoast specialist with expertise in that field of medicine. In honor of National Heart Awareness Month, the February series will be led by cardiologists, Miret Ibrahim, MD, Philip Formica, MD and Robert Schwengel, MD, FACC. Various heart health topics will be discussed including cardiac risk factors, common cardiovascular conditions, advancements in treatments, and maintaining good cardiovascular health for a lifetime.

The presentations will take place at the following three locations:


Gleason Family YMCA
33 Charge Pond Road in Wareham
Tuesday, February 4, at 6 p.m.
Led by: Dr. Miret Ibrahim
Registration: 508-295-9622

New Bedford

New Bedford YMCA
25 South Water Street in New Bedford
Wednesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Led by: Dr. Philip Formica
Registration: 508-997-0734

Barrington, R.I.

Bayside YMCA
70 West Street in Barrington, R.I.
Tuesday, February 25, at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Led by: Dr. Robert Schwengel
Registration: 401-245-2444

Registration is not required, but is preferred. Register directly with the YMCA facility that is hosting the seminar you would like to attend. For more information on the monthly series, email Traci McNeil at

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Rachel Davis
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-973-5280

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.

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