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The American Heart Association is seeking inspirational, heart-healthy, women role models to become the 2013 Go Red Leading Ladies of Western Massachusetts. Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 14 and are open to women of all ages.

Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet many women still do not know their risks and consider it to be an “older man’s disease.” The Go Red For Women movement raises awareness of heart disease and empowers women to reduce their risk by learning the steps to prevent it.

“We are looking for women who are heart healthy role models by taking the time to be active, eat healthy and maintain a positive attitude,” said American Heart Association Communications Director Mary Ann Burns. Nomination forms can be found by visiting Mix931.com or by calling the American Heart Association at 413-735-2103.


Health information technology makes it possible for health care providers to manage and coordinate patient care. How is technology advancing the medical field and what does this mean for you?

R. Dirk Stanley, M.D., and David Blumenthal, M.D., will explain the benefits of health information and how this field has advanced — and continues to advance — quality and safety in health care in Bringing Health Information to Life, a community program in the Cooley Dickinson and Massachusetts General Hospital Lecture Series.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Registration is required; visit www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or call (888) 554-4CDH (234).


The Cooley Dickinson Hospital Cancer Care Program announces its annual breast and cervical cancer screening clinic, to be held Oct. 11, 5 to 7 p.m., at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. The screening is free.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital-affiliated physicians, certified nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners will perform screenings. Women over age 18 and those women who are under- or uninsured are encouraged to attend.

The location of the screening will be provided at the time of registration. Registration is required; space is limited. To schedule an appointment, call (888) 554-4CDH (234) or visit www.cooley-dickinson.org/Main/ClassesEvents.aspx.

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