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Hallmark Health System named ‘Best Place to Work’ by Boston Business Journal

May 1, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce that the organization has been named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” list for the 10th year in a row. HHS was one of more than 400 companies to qualify for consideration based on a two-stage nomination process and the results of employee-satisfaction surveys taken throughout March and April.

“Our Best Places to Work event will again recognize the importance of cultivating a great workplace culture as a competitive advantage," said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. "Companies on our list can be justifiably proud of creating a high level of workplace satisfaction during an economy where traditional rewards like big raises and bonuses aren't as easy to give. In good times and in bad, our results validate how the creation of the right corporate culture can create powerful business advantages. Employees are proud to work for companies that are about more than just business.”

The survey project was launched in January by the Boston Business Journal in conjunction with market research firm Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE. Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 18,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. Employees answered questionnaires that addressed such factors as their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

Eighty companies total will be awarded during a lively cocktail reception on June 13 at the iconic CitiCenter /Wang Theatre and profiled in a special supplement of the Boston Business Journal on June 14.

For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

 

 

Hallmark Health System launches major advertising campaign

Hallmark Health System is launching an exciting radio, television, newspaper, transit, billboard, direct mail and social media campaign to increase greater awareness about our advanced medical services. Many of the ads feature compelling and persuasive testimonials from grateful patients who speak about the exceptional care they received at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as well as our Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery and the Hematology and Oncology Center. Ads will also promote the Urgent Care Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the new Joslin Diabetes Affiliate at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

Large print ads will appear in local community newspapers and the Boston Globe North of Boston edition. The newspaper ads will be supplemented by on-line ads on the homepage of these newspapers’ websites as well as various Patch news sites. Broadcast ads will run on WBZ-AM, KISS 108 FM, and Comcast television shows that include Boston Red Sox games, Food Network, Top Chef, House Hunters and movies on Lifetime. Ads will also air on WCVB-TV’s morning and evening newscasts, Good Morning America and the station’s popular Chronicle show. Transit ads will appear at commuter rail stations in our service area and inside subway and commuter rail cars. A billboard on Rt. 93 North and South in Stoneham will feature HHS messaging. Direct mail, social media and public relations will also be used in this highly integrated and intensive campaign.

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Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center granted accreditation

April 22, 2013 – The Hallmark Health System (HHS) Hematology and Oncology Center was recently granted three year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The accreditation represents the highest accreditation the CoC provides.

HHS provides comprehensive and compassionate care through a dynamic oncology program that provides a complete range of the most advanced cancer treatments available today. Located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, the HHS Hematology and Oncology Center and the CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology offer patients convenient access to experienced oncologists who offer the latest treatment and support options.

“We are honored to receive the Commission on Cancer accreditation,” said Elisa Scher, RN, MSN, system director of oncology services for HHS. “Our team of clinicians and support staff takes great pride in proving the very best in compassionate, patient centered patient care.”

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. It has also established standards to ensure quality and comprehensive cancer care delivery, conducts surveys in healthcare settings and collects data from CoC-accredited healthcare settings to measure the quality of cancer care.

For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

 

 

Hallmark Health System CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology earns accreditation

April 18, 2013 – The Hallmark Health System CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with nearly 500 accredited sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

At the Center, conveniently located on Montvale Avenue in Stoneham, patients are offered the perfect blend of clinical expertise coupled with compassionate, personalized care to help them beat cancer and return to healthy living. The Center has been caring for area patients for more than 20 years and was the first freestanding radiation oncology site in Massachusetts. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team is made up of physicists, nurses, dosimetrists and radiation therapists and is led by Medial Director Paul McKeough, MD, who is a board-certified in radiation oncology and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. The Center uses the most up-to-date equipment and techniques available in radiation oncology, which even rivals what is offered at some of the teaching hospitals in Boston.

Dr. McKeough said the staff communicates with patients’ primary care physicians so that all of their providers are on the same page, ensuring continuity of care. He said the Center also has great relationships with Boston hospitals, adding many of their patients receive their radiation therapy at HHS.

“The strength of our Center is being able to provide patients with the best cancer care without leaving the communities they live and work in,” said Dr. McKeough. “That is what we are all about.”

When patients are first referred to the Center they have a consultation with Dr. McKeough followed by a planning session with the multi-disciplinary team, who then develop a treatment plan that will outline how best to attack the cancerous cells while protecting the area of healthy tissue around it. Most patients receive radiation therapy Monday through Friday for about 20 minutes a day for a period of seven weeks.

“We pride ourselves on being a community center where people aren’t just a number,” said Glenn Davis, RTTR, operations manager of oncology for HHS. “We see our patients every day for several months so we really get to know and build up those relationships.”

To learn more about the Center, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org and select “Programs” or call (781) 279-0655.

For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

 

 

 

Boston Marathon tragedy

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the terrorist bombing in Boston, especially the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured. For resources to help individuals and families cope with the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, please Google Mass. Department of Mental Health.

 

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