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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

Fighting the Loss of Addiction with Love: One Nurse’s Story

Posted by Kathryn Morini, RN, Critical Care Unit on Mar 6, 2018 12:56:00 PM

Kathyrn Morini, RN, (on the left in this picture) moved colleagues at the PAIN Education Day in February when she spoke of her sister Amanda’s (right) death due to an overdose. Morini is the author of the book “The Story of Red Tail Hawk”, which chronicles her sister’s decade-long battle with addiction. Morini donates 20 percent of any proceeds raised through book sales to various outlets of recovery and prevention.

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Topics: People of South Shore Health

What it takes to be a Hospice Volunteer

As the Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice of the South Shore, I coordinate the 40 volunteers that support patients and their caregivers across the region.

Our volunteers visit with patients in their homes. They provide respite for caregivers, so that they can go out and do errands, go out to lunch with friends, or take a nap in another part of the house. They also visit patients who are in facilities, where the primary goal is more companionship and stimulation. Each volunteer gives about three or four hours per week of his or her time.

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Topics: Caregiving, People of South Shore Health, Home Care

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

Physician Spotlight: Healing Hands and Restoring Human Connection

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 14, 2017 10:01:53 AM

People use their hands to console a loved one in times of need, to create art and music, to communicate and to shake after closing a business deal. It’s those human interactions that got John Kadzielski, MD, into the field of hand surgery many years ago. Dr. Kadzielski is the Director of the Division of Hand Surgery and has practiced at South Shore Orthopedics in Hingham since 2012.

In our latest edition of Physician Spotlight, Dr. Kadzielski spent time with us to discuss his practice, why hand surgery is important to him and the expertise that can be found within his team at South Shore Hospital.

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Topics: As One, Specialty Care, People of South Shore Health

Congratulations to Our 2017 Nurses’ Week Award Winners!

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 12, 2017 10:37:26 AM

During National Nurses’ Week (May 5-12), we celebrate the critical importance of the nurses of South Shore Health System. Dozens of nurses were nominated by their peers to receive awards for their exceptional service to our patients and their families.

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Topics: People of South Shore Health

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

Guardian Angels Help Family Get Through Their Darkest Days

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 14, 2017 8:25:31 AM

Nicole Schindler is a little warrior. Sitting cross-legged on her canopy bed with her dog, “Jo-Jo” on her lap, this 12-year-old year girl is wise beyond her years.

"Now, the little things are important to me,” she said matter-of-factly. ”When I hear people say 'I hate this' I think, you should be happy for the life you have. Be grateful you're here, and enjoy the precious moments."

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Topics: People of South Shore Health, Foundation

Colleague Spotlight: South Shore Health System's Ironman

While you are sleeping in on Sunday morning, Dean Haspela, nurse manager on the orthopedics unit on Emerson 5 at South Shore Hospital, will be working out...for a long, long time.

Dean will be in Kona, Hawaii this weekend for the Ironman World Championships, where he will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and finish off his day with a simple 26.2 mile “jog”.

“I think most of my family and friends think I’m crazy,” Dean said.

Dean got into the sport several years ago on the advice and nudging of his brother and worked his way up from smaller events to a full Ironman. Earlier this year, at the North American Championships in Texas, Dean finished fifth overall in his age group, giving him the necessary qualification time to make it to Hawaii this weekend for the biggest event in the sport.

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Topics: People of South Shore Health

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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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