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For Immediate Release:
May 2, 2014

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

Series for the month of May to focus on better speech and hearing education

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Southcoast® Health System, in partnership with the Gleason Family YMCA, the New Bedford YMCA and the Bayside YMCA, presents a monthly series focused on helping you and your family achieve a healthier lifestyle. The free programs are designed to help you make more-informed decisions that support your well-being.

The presentations will take place at each of the YMCA locations throughout the month with topics focusing on important health issues. Each will be hosted by a Southcoast specialist with expertise in that field of medicine.

The May series will be led by Patty Henderson, Southcoast Audiology Team Leader, and Susan Bronsnihan, Team Audiologist. The focus will be better speech and hearing education. Patty and Susan will share information on the latest developments in hearing aid technology and new equipment that can help to make living with hearing loss easier for the individual as well a the family members. They will also explain medical condition such as diabetes and vertigo that can contribute to hearing loss, and have samples of the latest hearing aids.

The presentations will take place at the following three locations:

Gleason Family YMCA
33 Charge Pond Road, Wareham
Wednesday, May 7, at 11:00 a.m.
Led by: Patty Henderson
Registration: 508-295-9622

New Bedford YMCA
25 South Water Street in New Bedford
Wednesday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m.
Led by: Patty Henderson
Registration: 508-997-0734

Bayside YMCA
70 West Street in Barrington, R.I.
Tuesday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m.
Led by: Susan Bronsnihan
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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Peter Cohenno
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-973-5280
Cell: 774-218-5530

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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