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North Shore Resident Comes to South Shore Hospital for Hernia Expertise

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

June is Hernia Awareness Month 

Each year hernias affect millions of Americans, but experts believe that only a portion of those suffering will seek medical treatment of any kind. Unfortunately, without treatment, hernias can lead to other health problems.

While there is often no obvious cause as to why someone develops a hernia, they occur when organs bulge through the connective tissue which normally protects them and keeps them in place. The resulting bulge is known as a hernial sack, which includes layers of connective tissue along with the herniated organ.  

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Topics: As One, Specialty Care

Video: Learn to Recognize Signs of Stroke and Take Action

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 24, 2017 10:29:09 AM

The statistics on stroke in the US are sobering. According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds and every four minutes, someone dies of a stroke. The good news is that recognizing and treating symptoms early can minimize the long-term effects and even prevent death. 

In honor of National Stroke Awareness Month, we sat down with Gregory Allam, MD, Medical Director of South Shore Hospital’s Stroke Program and a member of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to learn about the signs and symptoms, who is most at risk, and what to do if you or someone you love is exhibiting symptoms. 

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Topics: As One, Heart Health

Five Reasons to Like South Shore Health System Foundation and Friends on Facebook

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 21, 2017 4:04:08 PM

As a not-for-profit health care system, philanthropy touches every area of South Shore Health System. Our donors, volunteers, and community members play a vital role in our mission of healing, caring and comforting for the people who live in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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Topics: As One, Foundation

Fast-Acting Caregivers Save One of Their Own

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It can happen in a heartbeat.

One second, Bill Verrier, who works in Engineering Services at South Shore Hospital, was racing to the Hospital’s cafeteria to sell M&Ms for his favorite charitable event, the Walk for Hospice. The next, he was laid out on the dining hall floor from a heart attack—with a second attack on the way.


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

Heart Attack Rapid Response Saved this South Shore Resident’s Life

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 23, 2017 9:59:36 AM

According to the American Heart Association, approximately every 42 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. Abington resident, Donald Mathison became part of that startling statistic when he experienced a massive heart attack at 57 years old. Though he had a family history of heart disease—his father even dying from a massive heart attack at a young age—it still came as a complete shock to him and his family, because he led a very active, healthy lifestyle.

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Topics: As One, Heart Health

Proper Disposal of Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs Can Save Lives

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 78 people die every day due to an opioid overdose.

Studies show that residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances, those often found in home medicine cabinets, are often the supply of choice to young people and criminals. Though effective when used properly, many of these medications are highly addictive and dangerous when abused. A prescription drop off program allows people to safely dispose of unused or unwanted medications—keeping harmful substances, especially dangerous narcotics, both out of the hands of those who could abuse them and out of our environment.

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Topics: As One, Family Medicine

The Hidden Impact of Concussions in Children

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 20, 2016 8:03:00 AM

Though concussions can happen at any age, it is estimated that more than three million children, aged 18 and younger, sustain a traumatic brain injury each year—80 to 90 percent of which are mild. The rise in high-impact youth sports has made our children more susceptible to head injuries and brain trauma than ever before. While it has been a hot topic of conversation in recent days with regard to professional athletes, concussions are a concern for players at both the professional and student athlete level. In fact, any head impact on or off the field that causes trauma to the brain can result in a concussion.

What is a Concussion?

The term concussion is used interchangeably with the term mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

A mild TBI or concussion is a disruption in the function of the brain as a result of a forceful blow to the head, either direct (such as hitting your head on or against something); or indirect (such as whiplash).

The impact causes the brain to shuffle back and forth within the skull.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health, Neurology

No More Flu Mist and Tips to Ease Your Child’s Fear of Shots

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 14, 2016 10:46:27 AM

So Long, FluMist®? The sigh of relief parents had in the past during flu season because of the nasal spray alternative to a shot has turned instead to a collective wince for the upcoming season. While the nasal spray (marketed under the name FluMist®) accounted for more than a third of all influenza vaccines given to children last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics has joined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recommending against the nasal spray vaccine this flu season.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health, Family Medicine

A Glimpse into the Life-Saving Skills of Our Level II Trauma Team

At South Shore Health System, we believe teams working together toward a common goal is crucial to providing the exceptional care the people of our region deserve. “As One” encompasses the values we live and work towards every day. Devon's experience is a perfect example of people, caregivers and excellence in medicine being brought together "As One."

Devon CariniMedical trauma always shows how very vulnerable we are, and though we can’t plan when, where or how a trauma will occur — when it does, it requires the most diligent medical team response necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. Devon Marie Carini never expected a casual summer afternoon on her way to Nantasket Beach would drastically impact her life.

The 21-year-old South Shore resident was minutes from the beach when her car was struck in the middle of an intersection. Devon was not wearing a seatbelt that day, and the impact of an airbag deploying without the use of a safety belt often results in traumatic injury.

When Hull Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived on the scene, they immediately recognized the need to bring Devon to a Level II trauma center because she appeared to have a significant knee injury and her blood pressure was dangerously low — under 90mm, putting her in a hypotensive state. South Shore Hospital’s Level II Trauma Center assures that the trauma team is always notified by paramedics before a patient arrives, allowing our trauma specialists to get prepared to deliver critical care.

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Topics: As One, Emergency Care

Health System Clinicians Create Task Force to Reduce Opioid Prescriptions

Michael Ayers, MD and Leslie Stenbeck, RN, of South Shore Orthopedics sensed an alarming trend in their hometown of Scituate and standing by was not an option. 

Stenbeck and Dr. Ayers had discovered that some athletes in the South Shore town had become addicted to pain medication after being prescribed a large quantity of pills following surgery related to sports injuries.  It didn't take long for these athletes to move on to heroin, the cheaper high. 

"It became apparent to us that we were prescribing medication and patients weren't taking all of it," Dr. Ayers said. "The medication was just sitting in medicine cabinets and that's where people were finding the supply of illicit narcotics to feed this continued problem."

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Topics: As One

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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