Community Outreach, Education and Health Prevention

The Health Educators of Harrington are dedicated to community outreach and education opportunities, providing our patients and families with critical information to their health and well being. We present at Health Fairs, Career Days and other events.


Below offers a list of the types of community outreach and education we provide. For additional information  on having a health screening or education table at your event or business, please call 508-765-2279.

Babysitter Training

Instructor: Rosanne Palumbo, R.N.
Phone: 508-765-2289

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Learn the basics of child care and safety with this babysitting education class - a collaborative effort with the American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR. Must be 11-14 years of age. Classes are offered periodically throughout the year at our Southbridge and Webster campuses. Please conact Rosanne for registration and additional information.

Cardiac Rehab

Instructor: Judy Flannery, R.N., B.S.N., or Lael Eaton, R.N.
Contact: 508-765-2290
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Cardiac Rehabilitation began at Harrington Hospital 30 years ago as one of the first programs in the state. In that time it has grown to a four phase, multidisciplinary course that meets the needs of all the members of our community with heart disease:*

  • Phase I (Inpatient): Begins at the hospital following a diagnosis of an angina, heart attack, angioplasty or heart surgery - emphasis on low-level activity and patient/family education.
  • Phase II (Outpatient): Begins immediately after discharge -- emphasis on exercise, diet, education and risk factor modification.
  • Phase III (Outpatient): Begins 6-8 weeks after a coronary event or after completion of Phases I & II - focus is the same as Phase II but increase exercise capacity for 6-12 weeks.
  • Phase IV (Outpatient): Maintenance phase - a life-long program of exercise, education and healthy living.

Recent studies have shown that participating in a Cardiac Rehab program improves a person's chances of surviving heart disease by 25-30%.

We also offer ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). Call for more information.
*This course is by physician referral only.

CPR, First Aid and AED

Instructor: Jon Gorman, R.N., B.S.N.
Contact: 508-765-2296

ONLINE Enrollment Now Available:
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2015 Schedules for ACLS, PALS and First Aid/CPR available in print form.

Almost 80% of sudden cardiac arrests happen in the home. 92% of victims don't survive, often because people around them don't take action and begin CPR. You can help change these statistics by learning and simple but critical skill of CPR. Harrington offers community courses for Basic Life Saving (BLS) skills for healthcare providers, Adult First Aid & CPR, Pediatric First Aid & CPR, Hands-Only CPR, and Heartsaver Automated External Defibrillator (AED) CPR. This course is taught by a Registered Nurse (BSN) instructor in collaboration with the American Heart Association.



Childbirth, New Moms & Children’s Health

Instructor: Rosanne Palumbo, R.N.
Phone: 508-765-2289

Being a new mom can be frightening and exciting - we are here to help! We offer a comprehensive course schedule, including express classes to fit your needs. Flexible payment options are available. Some insurance companies offer discounts or reimbursements for childbirth classes. Please contact Rosanne for additional details.

You should enroll in childbirth education classes by your fifth month of pregnancy. All are welcome to attend our classes at Harrington, regardless of where you will deliver your baby. Our family-centered education program strives to meet the needs of every family member. Husbands, partners, and coaches are encouraged to attend these comphrehensive courses close to home.


Stroke Education

Instructor: Betsy Peppel, B.S., Community Coordinator, Outreach Wellness Education
Contact: 508-765-2279 or

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Up to 80% of strokes are preventable - A Stroke is an Emergency! Harrington's Emergency Rooms are proud to Certified Stroke Centers in partnership with UMass Memorial Medical Center Department of Neurology TeleStroke Program. We train our staff and the community on a regular basis about the Signs and Symptoms of Stroke, Blood Pressure and Heart Failure.

Stroke Education Links:
National Stroke Association
American Heart Association