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For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2014

St. Luke's Hospital to host Operation Clean Sweep

Ward 5 neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon

FNEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Southcoast® Health, the St. Luke’s neighborhood group NEED (Neighbors Eager for Enlightened Development) and The Friends of Buttonwood Park are teaming up to hold Operation Clean Sweep in Ward 5 from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 17.

Neighbors, families, friends, students, service groups and the community are encouraged to volunteer to demonstrate support for the city and to show New Bedford pride.
Free refreshments, including bagels, coffee, water, juice and pizza, will be provided by Southcoast Health and Domino’s Pizza, the official pizza of Operation Clean Sweep. Volunteers will also receive a coupon redeemable at the St. Luke’s Hospital Cafeteria for a cup of award-winning clam chowder served on the day of the clean-up or available any Friday. Other giveaways will include Southcoast beach balls, water bottles and sunscreen.

The Southcoast Health Van will be onsite throughout the event to provide free health screenings. Volunteers are encouraged to also visit the Southcoast Blood Bank, located inside of St. Luke’s Hospital, to give the gift of life by donating blood.

Volunteers can check in at the St. Luke’s parking lot on the corner of Hawthorn and Page streets. All tools, gloves and bags will be provided by Operation Clean Sweep. Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register by visiting Pre-registration is not required but is preferred in order to appropriately plan for the event. Walk-ups are always welcome.

Students and volunteers are eligible to earn community service hours during the cleanup. Community service confirmation letters will be available upon request on the day of the event.

The rain date for this event is Saturday, July 19. For more information, call 508-979-1493.

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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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