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Hallmark Health Trains Malden High Seniors in CPR

 

Malden High School seniors Isaac Bethea and Michaela Ilebode
hope they will never have to use CPR in a real-life situation, but thanks to
the training they received on October 15, they both feel confident that they
would know what to do in an emergency.

Isaac and Michaela were part of a group of 100 Malden High
seniors who received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as part of a
community outreach program at Hallmark Health. The program, funded by the
annual Stride
for Healthy Communities fundraising walk, has trained 900-1,200 high school
students each of the past five years. Each student is given a Family &
Friends CPR Anytime training kit developed by the American Heart Association. The kit
includes an inflatable learning "Manikin," bilingual instructional DVDs,
reminder cards, and full instructions, and Hallmark Health nurses and athletic
trainers and paramedics from Cataldo
Ambulance Service provide hands-on instruction.

According to Danielle Patturelli, RN, clinical outreach and
education coordinator for cardiac
and endovascular services at Hallmark Health, there has been a drop-off in
the number of people learning CPR. "The program was put together to reach out
to young people, get them engaged, and boost the number of trained individuals
in our community. We are currently working with the high schools in Malden,
Medford, Melrose and Wakefield, who have incorporated this training into their health
and physical education curriculum."

The training doesn't end at the end of each session, either.
Each student is asked to take their kit home and use it to train three other
people. Michaela will be training her parents and 15-year-old brother, while
Isaac is prepared to work with his younger cousins.

Patturelli adds that when CPR is administered before
arriving at a hospital, the chance of survival for the patient increases three
times. She feels confident that these training sessions are giving teens the
skills to jump in to help in the event of an emergency.

Hallmark Health Trains Malden High School Seniors in CPR

Malden High School seniors Isaac Bethea and Michaela Ilebode
hope they will never have to use CPR in a real-life situation, but thanks to
the training they received on October 15, they both feel confident that they
would know what to do in an emergency.

Isaac and Michaela were part of a group of 100 Malden High
seniors who received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as part of a
community outreach program at Hallmark Health. The program, funded by the
annual Stridefor Healthy Communities fundraising walk, has trained 900-1,200 high school
students each of the past five years. Each student is given a Family &
Friends CPR Anytime training kit developed by the American Heart Association. The kit
includes an inflatable learning "Manikin," bilingual instructional DVDs,
reminder cards, and full instructions, and Hallmark Health nurses and athletic
trainers and paramedics from Cataldo Ambulance Service provide hands-on instruction.

According to Danielle Patturelli, RN, clinical outreach and education coordinator for cardiac
and endovascular services at Hallmark Health, there has been a drop-off in
the number of people learning CPR. "The program was put together to reach out
to young people, get them engaged, and boost the number of trained individuals
in our community. We are currently working with the high schools in Malden,
Medford, Melrose and Wakefield, who have incorporated this training into their health
and physical education curriculum."

The training doesn't end at the end of each session, either. Each student is asked to take their kit home and use it to train three other people. Michaela will be training her parents and 15-year-old brother, while Isaac is prepared to work with his younger cousins.

Patturelli adds that when CPR is administered before arriving at a hospital, the chance of survival for the patient increases three times. She feels confident that these training sessions are giving teens the skills to jump in to help in the event of an emergency.

Hallmark Health Medical Associates patients can now easily schedule appointments online

Hallmark Health Medical Associates (HHMA) has introduced a new service to its patients,
offering easy online access to appointments with select physicians. At launch,
the service provides patients with online appointment scheduling with primary
care and OB/GYN providers. Additional doctors, specialties, and appointment
times will be added in coming months.

This service is powered by ZocDoc – a company with a mission of improving health
care access, which is made possible through strategic partnerships with
organizations like HHMA. To use the free service, patients visit the HHMA website (https://www.hhma.org).

Existing patients can search for available appointment times with their physicians. New
patients looking for a physician can also see appointment availability of
participating physicians, along with qualifications, patient reviews, photos,
and more tools to help patients choose the practitioner who best fits their
needs. Patients simply select a timeslot and complete a brief registration
process to schedule an appointment. Patients will also receive email and text
message appointment reminders for added convenience. The service eliminates the
need for phone calls and allows patients to search for and schedule
appointments with HHMA doctors anytime at patients' convenience, even when
the doctor's office is closed.

Richard Olans, MD, Discusses Enterovirus D68

As the respiratory illness known as enterovirus D68
continues to spread among children and young adults throughout the country, we
asked Richard Olans, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases at Melrose-Wakefield
Hospital and member of Hallmark Health Medical Associates, to give us a basic
understanding of enterovirus D68.

As Dr. Olans explains, there are many enteroviruses
(hundreds). They live in the gut, but can infect numerous other organ
systems. He points out that
enteroviruses have been known for several decades, causing summer rash and
respiratory illnesses and even viral meningitis, but new technologies have made
their detection easier. This particular
enterovirus we are currently seeing (D68) primarily affects the lungs and
airways.

Those who are most commonly being affected by D68 are
children and young adults, typically between the ages of 2-18.

Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough
and body and muscle aches. Most of the children who got very ill in the Midwest
had difficulty breathing and some had wheezing.
Many of these children had an underlying respiratory disease, such as
asthma.

Dr. Olans is an advocate for "common sense precautions" when
it comes to prevention. "Cover your cough, cough into your sleeve, and use old
fashioned hand washing techniques," he says. "Viruses that come from the gut,
like enteroviruses, are not killed with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, so
everyone should get in the habit of washing their hands with soap and water for
30-60 seconds."

Dr. Olans says that there are no specific treatments or "magic
bullet" antiviral medicines for people with enterovirus D68, so many of the
over-the-counter cold and flu medications can help with the symptoms. Those
with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized.

"Parents of kids with asthma or other reactive airway
disease should update their asthma action plan with their primary care doctor,
and be aware of the development of any worsening symptoms," says Dr. Olans. "Children
should have their reliever medications with them at all times, and teachers and
school nurses should be aware of any respiratory conditions."

For more information about enterovirus D68, visit the Center
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/

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Hallmark Health donates school supplies to Medford Public Schools

Hallmark Health's Team Medford (staff who volunteer in the
City of Medford) held their 7th annual school supplies drive to benefit Medford
Public Schools. This year's drive was another great success with items donated
adding up to a retail value of nearly $20,000!

The items will be
distributed to students throughout Medford Public Schools. The drive was also
supported by major sponsor Staples, as well as Armstrong Ambulance, Medford
Kiwanis, and the Medford High School PTO.

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