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Legal Marijuana: A New Frontier for Massachusetts

As of July 1, recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts for adults over the age of 21. Marijuana use, both medical and recreational in Massachusetts, is no longer a hidden thing.

As the Medical Director of Youth Health Connection, I feel a very powerful imperative to ensure that we understand the impact culturally for our communities, families, and youth, to be knowledgeable about the law, and to be fully clear regarding the inherent risks that come with both marijuana and alcohol use.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health

How to Take Action to Prevent Suicide

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report that shows a substantial increase in death by suicide in the United States since 1999. In June, the high-profile suicides of designer Kate Spade and television host and author Anthony Bourdain made many people question if they would recognize the signs a friend, family member, client, or even a stranger on the street may be considering taking his or her own life. And how can an untrained person help someone in crisis? 

It’s easy to feel powerless. But there is a simple three-step method you can learn to help save a life. It’s called QPR.

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Topics: As One, Mental Health

Why Len Bicknell Rides the Pan-Mass Challenge for Team SSHS

Posted by Len Bicknell, Team SSHS Pan-Mass Challenge Team Captain on Jun 12, 2018 9:10:00 AM

My wife and I spent the night on a Massachusetts Maritime Academy training ship. The bunk was too hard, the room was too cold, and my aching legs kept me from getting much sleep. When Dolly’s watch alarm went off at 3:45AM, I was eager to get off the boat and get back on my bike. 

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Topics: As One, Cancer, Foundation

Luminaria honors Bob and Donna Pineau and South Shore VNA Parent Child Health Team

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 5, 2018 3:18:38 PM

Two pillars of the South Shore and a team who gives their heart and soul to so many families will be honored at the 7th annual Luminaria on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. 

Luminaria is a special dinner event designed to raise support for South Shore Health System’s Home and Community Care Division.

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Topics: As One

Transforming Community Care, One Step at a Time

Somehow, we’ve created an environment here in the U.S. that’s more confusing than helpful when it comes to healthcare. It’s now almost close to impossible for the average person to understand what services they need and when, let alone where they should go, who they should see or how they’re going to pay for those services.

It shouldn’t be this difficult.

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Topics: As One, People of South Shore Health, Gene E. Green

South Shore Hospital Earns "A" for Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 24, 2018 11:48:31 AM

South Shore Hospital has again earned an "A" grade rating from The Leapfrog Group, a designation that ranks the hospital among the safest in the U.S. The spring 2018 rating is the fifth consecutive time that South Shore Hospital has earned the group's highest safety grade.

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Topics: As One

What You Should Know About Advance Directives

It’s valuable information most people neglect to share: What are your wishes for medical care if you can’t make decisions for yourself?

It can make us uncomfortable to think about these things. But in the event that you are unable to express your wishes, it’s important to guide your loved ones and medical professionals when important decisions about life-sustaining treatment must be made.

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Topics: As One, Primary Care, Emergency Care

Six Reasons to Use South Shore MyChart

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 2, 2018 7:35:00 AM

In today’s world, we do most things online. From connecting with friends via text message or social media to ordering dinner after a busy day, we’re all used to getting things done with the computers on our desks or in the palm of our hand.

South Shore Health System understands it’s inconvenient to have to call your health care provider for routine transactions. Last year, we rolled out South Shore MyChart. This online portal provides you with access to your medical records no matter where you receive care within South Shore Health System.

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Topics: As One

The Life-Changing Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Nurse's Personal Story

Posted by Joanne Privett, MSN, RN on Feb 1, 2018 8:11:00 AM

As a cardiac nurse for more than 20 years, I’ve cared for thousands of patients with heart disease. In 2014, I was faced with a new challenge when my own husband had a heart attack.

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Topics: As One, People of South Shore Health, Cardiology

Violet: A Key Member of our Germ-Fighting Team

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 24, 2018 9:32:11 AM

When we explain the role Violet plays on South Shore Hospital's environmental services team, those who haven't seen her in action envision her in many different ways.

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Topics: As One

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