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Thursday, June 23 2016

Give Blood & Learn About Heart Health at BFMC

Adapted from Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) press releases:

Next week is a busy one at Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) and you can be a part of it.  Consider giving blood on Monday, eligible blood donors will receive their choice of a Dunkin Donuts or Big Y gift card, or attending a free Heart & Vascular Health lecture on Wednesday night.

Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile Blood Drive
Monday, June 27th, from 11AM to 4PM
BFMC’s Emergency Department Parking Lot (off Sanderson Street)

All blood types are needed during this event.  Blood donations take approximately 40-45 minutes to complete, including the interview, donation, and refreshments.  To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo ID, be in good health (no colds, sore throat), and not have donated blood within the past 8 weeks.  Please be sure to have a good meal prior to donating, drink plenty of fluids, and bring along a list of medications that you are currently taking.

“It’s summer – a time when accidents can happen, and a time when people are planning vacations,” said Baystate Health Blood Donor Program Blood Donor Support Recruiter Amy Benson. “Before you take off on vacation, we could use your help in keeping our blood supply available all through the summer.” She continued, “There is no substitute for human blood. The only way our family, friends, and neighbors can receive this life-saving gift is through your generosity. Your support will help ensure that a safe and adequate blood supply is always available.” Benson finished, “100% of all blood collected on the Baystate Health Blood Mobile stays in our community for use in all Baystate Health hospitals.”

Appointments and pre-registration are recommended; however, walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Baystate at (413) 794-4600.

Baystate Heart & Vascular Program Free Community Lecture & Tour
Wednesday, June 29th, from 6PM to 7:30PM
BFMC’s Main Conference Rooms

Presenters Senthil Sivalingam, MD, and Heba Wassif, MD, MPH, will share information about the latest advances in heart and vascular care that are available in Greenfield.  This event will also include a tour of the program’s new location at BFMC, heart healthy refreshments will be served, and handouts will be provided.

Dr. Sivalingam, a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist, will discuss slow heart rates, share tips about when to worry and seek treatment, and suggest talking points for patients to discuss with their physician.  A graduate of Madras medical College in India, Dr. Sivalingam completed his internship and residency at Baystate Medical Center.  He also holds a fellowship in Cardiology from Tufts University School of Medicine/Baystate Medical Center, and a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.  He joined Baystate Medical Center in 2012 and BFMC in 2015.

A non-invasive cardiologist, Dr. Wassif will discuss the risks, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, as well as new screening options to help improve overall heart health.  Dr. Wassif received her master’s degree in public health from the Bloomberg John Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, and her medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt.  She served as an internal medicine resident at the University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic and as Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Chief Resident.  She completed her cardiology fellowship at John Hopkins Hospital/School of Medicine in Baltimore and an interventional cardiology fellowship with additional advanced cardiology training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Wassif joined BFMC in 2015.

Pre-registration for the Heart & Vascular Health program is required.  Please call 1-800-377-4325 to sign up.