Welcome to Hallmark Health's Media Coverage section. This section is designed to assist patients and journalists seeking information about our current news and to introduce our healthcare experts. We are also available to assist you by providing information about Hallmark Health and its members, including Lawrence Memorial of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospitals.
- Created on Sunday, September 24 2006 05:00
September 24, 2006
Boston's big teaching hospitals are strengthening their presence in outlying communities, and local medical centers are nervous. Can they compete for patients against such prestigious heavyweights?
By Christopher Rowland, Globe Staff
Academic medical centers in Boston are putting a tighter competitive squeeze on community hospitals by exporting more of their prestigious medical services to the suburbs.
The plan disclosed this month by Tufts-New England Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital to build a new hospital with up to 190 beds somewhere along Route 128 -- perhaps in Westwood -- is only the most prominent example of a trend that is rattling many executives at community hospitals.
Harvard-affiliated heavyweights Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, for example, are also increasing their strength in outlying communities. With their strong brand names and reputations for excellence, many expect they will easily lure suburban patients from local hospitals.
- Created on Tuesday, November 30 1999 00:00
Joe DiMarino was getting his golf clubs out of his car at Mount Hood when it hit him. Chest pains. Sweating. Difficulty breathing.
He was having a heart attack.
Within an hour, doctors at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital had performed life-saving surgery, and DiMarino was on the road to recovery.
Just a few months ago, DiMarino would have been rushed to Boston in an ambulance for the emergency angioplasty he needed, delaying treatment by an hour or more - and decreasing the operation's effectiveness.
- Created on Thursday, November 01 2007 05:00
The Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services relaxed the Stark and anti-kickback laws in August 2006 in an effort to increase electronic medical record adoption by allowing hospitals to assist affiliated physicians. But the new rules haven’t affected Jim Nania much. The chief financial officer of Hallmark Health in Boston, Nania wasn’t waiting for the feds to act; Hallmark formed a joint venture two years ago to spur EMR adoption—and that was before the laws were relaxed. Still, despite the elimination of a regulatory barrier, many hospitals remain cautious about providing financial help in this area.
Why haven’t more hospitals followed Hallmark’s lead?
- Created on Thursday, July 12 2007 05:00
The Boston Globe
By Davis Bushnell, Globe Correspondent
July 12, 2007
Outpatient facility set for Reading
In August 2000, three years after its founding, Hallmark Health System was in shaky financial health. Its bonded indebtedness was $106 million, and there was talk about how much longer the company could last.
Today, the future is much brighter for Melrose-based Hallmark Health, chief executive Michael V. Sack said last week during a tour of a new outpatient facility in Reading.
The Reading facility, which is expected to open July 23, represents not only a stronger bottom line but also a corporate push north and west of Hallmark's traditional geographic boundaries.
"We've had four years of profitable performance, and our bond rating has been adjusted upward four times," said Sack, 58, who oversees a healthcare network that includes two flagship hospitals, the 234-bed Melrose-Wakefield and the 134-bed Lawrence Memorial of Medford.
- Created on Friday, October 12 2007 05:00
October 12, 2007
Malden Family Medical Center — located on Savin Street at the former Malden Hospital site — was a vacant building, with no medical staff.
Now, the fully employed facility is literally coming to life.
The staff roster is fleshed out with four family medicine specialists, and the interior buzzes with business. Patients wait in a newly decorated lobby, and enjoy appointments where the latest technology is used. One of the portraits lining the walls features the likeness of at least one doctor’s child, adding what practice members see as softer, welcoming touch.
The entire practice — from its calming decoration style to its flexible hours — is dedicated to the field of family medicine, which centers on serving family members comprehensively from birth through death.
For Malden Family Medical Center, that means delivering babies, performing health screenings, counseling patients at all ages and making themselves available at hours when families need care — not just during the business day.
“We’ve already delivered a couple babies,” said Dr. James Bath, one of the newest additions to the medical staff. “We really do get to take care of the entire family. And we’re very lucky that Malden is such a very diverse town.”
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