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.

From Autism Awareness to Vegetarian Awareness, there is a wealth of national health observances celebrated and supported each year. View the 2014 calendar here from the National Wellness Institute.

Below offers a list of the types of community outreach and education we provide. For additional information, please call 508-765-3050.

Babysitter Training

Instructor: Rosanne Palumbo, R.N.

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.

Contact: 508-765-3050

Cardiac Rehab

Instructor: Judy Flannery, R.N., B.S.N.

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.

Instructors: Judy Flannery, R.N., B.S.N. or Lael Eaton, R.N.

*This course is by physician referral only.

Contact: 508-765-9771 ext. 2695

CPR, First Aid and AED

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 and Heartsaver Automated External Defibrillator (AED) CPR. This course is taught by a Registered Nurse (BSN) instructor in collaboration with the American Heart Association.

For classes, registration and information, contact Cheryl St. Pierre: 508-765-3050

Childbirth, New Moms & Children’s Health

Instructor: Rosann Palumbo, R.N.

Being a new mom can be frightening and exciting - we are here to help!

Our Childbirth Education and New Mom courses offer six-week, four-week and Fast Track Childbirth Education Classes. We also cover breastfeeding, newborn care, home safety and Infant CPR.

A One-day Fast Trak course is offered on some Saturdays. These courses include information on the process of birth, coping strategies for labor, Cesarean births and Medication options. Please call our Education Department for the most current dates offered.

The Prepared Childbirth sessions are open to all local residents regardless of where they plan to deliver. We also offer special Drop In Classes, held on Monday evenings. Each two hour class has a video, short lecture and question/answer session.

For Registration and Information contact Cheryl St. Pierre: 508-765-3050

Stroke Education

Instructor: Betsy Peppel, B.S.

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.

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