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Southcoast Health: Proudly providing world-class healthcare and service, locally in Southeastern MA & RI

Southcoast Health is a not-for-profit, charitable, community-based health system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Our system includes three hospitalsCharlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River (founded in 1885), St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford (founded in 1884) and Tobey Hospital in Wareham (founded in 1938). These hospitals merged on June 9, 1996, to form Southcoast Hospitals Group and operate under a single hospital license, with a total of 815 beds. In addition, Southcoast Health partners with Acadia Healthcare to offer expanded resources at Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth.

When you come to Southcoast Health, you will receive the best care, plus something more. We deliver an unmatched combination of clinical excellence with a personal touch. Our providers, nurses, and staff chose Southcoast Health so they can bring high-quality care to the communities they call home. Find a doctor near you today.

Some of the most advanced procedures and innovative new treatments in medicine today are happening right here. Learn about the latest at Southcoast by visiting our News section or following us on social media.

Meet Our President & CEO

Rayford Kruger, MD, FACS, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Southcoast Health System, Inc. and Southcoast Hospitals Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Southcoast Health System. Appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer in 2022, Dr. Kruger is an accomplished leader with more than three decades of frontline healthcare experience and a proven commitment to the South Coast community.

Our Community

Southcoast Health provides clinical excellence and a uniquely caring experience to every life we touch in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We are proud to serve as our community’s only not-for-profit health system and our region’s largest employer. We invest and reinvest in our community, always seeking to provide our patients with the best services, programs, providers, technologies and facilities. We collaborate with local leaders and organizations to promote and nurture a culture of health and wellness. With an unwavering commitment to our patients, communities and all those we serve, we deliver on our promise — Exceptional Care from People Who Care.

In addition to its hospitals and a physician network of more than 675 providers, Southcoast has more than 55 service locations across the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This includes more than 40 physician practices as well as urgent care centers, a Visiting Nurse Association, the Southcoast Health Cancer Centers, outpatient surgery centers, and numerous ancillary facilities.

Southcoast serves more than 725,000 residents in 33 communities, covering more than 900 square miles. Our clinical integration provides seamless network referrals to specialists and ensures continuity of care for patients. This all adds up to providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time, close to home.

Our Values

  • Be People Focused: establish trusting partnerships with patients, families, colleagues and our community.
  • Be Engaging: model the Southcoast Health Service Behaviors
  • Be Accountable: always expect and give your best
  • Be Supportive: Southcoast Health is a team that is caring, compassionate and dedicated
  • Be Innovative: positively embrace change, be a change agent
  • Be Proud: you are a Southcoast Health Ambassador 24/7/365
  • Be More than medicine: for our community, for each other

Southcoast Hospitals have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

Rely on our integrated, regional system to provide the best possible health care, whenever it is needed.

Southcoast Health has local hospitals and practices in Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham, MA and parts of Rhode Island.