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Bruins visit Melrose-Wakefield Hospital

Excitement was high at Hallmark Health System’s Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on March 8 as patients and employees were visited by Boston Bruins players Anton Khudobin and Lane MacDermid. Hallmark Health System, which also includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, is “The Official Healthcare Partner of the Boston Bruins.

Hallmark Health System offers mobile food market

March 4, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS) has partnered with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and one of the largest food banks in the country, on a monthly mobile food market to address the lack of access to healthy food for low-income families in several area communities.

The first mobile food market was held in August of last year and has been held monthly since then at HHS’s North Suburban Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office, located at 239 Commercial St. in Malden. During that time, the market has served thousands of local families that are considered “food insecure,” defined as not knowing where they’ll find their next meal and having limited or no resources to purchase low-cost fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.

“The mobile food market is an example of Hallmark Health System addressing a local challenge through partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank to bring healthy food to those in need,” said Eileen Dern, RN, director of community services for HHS.

For those who struggle to afford or access nutritious food, inexpensive and unhealthy foods are sometimes the only option. Mobile food markets like this provide a unique solution by offering, fresh, healthy food in a setting similar to a farmers’ market. Families are welcomed to “shop” and are provided with recipes for the foods they receive, but may be unfamiliar with. The foods offered differ each month, but are always fresh or frozen and usually include meat, fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, and dairy items like tofu and yogurt. Most families leave with about 30 pounds of food at the end of the hour-long market.

“Food is one of the most important determining factors of health,” said Dern. “Anytime we can put healthy food on a family’s table, we are helping to improve their health.”

Providing access to healthy foods allows older adults and elders to better manage chronic diseases like diabetes while younger adults and children are able to maintain a healthy weight and focus their limited resources on other needs such as housing costs. When families have their basic economic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and healthcare met, studies show that this leads to improved health for adults and optimal growth and development for children.

HHS also partners on this initiative with the Malden Zonta Club, a local service organization whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide and to locally serve the community. Malden Zontians support the food distribution effort each month.

For more information about the mobile food market, call 781-338-7568.

For more information about Hallmark Health System, 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 Bruins visit Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford

Excitement was high at Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford on Wednesday, Feb. 27 as patients and employees were visited by Boston Bruins players Tuukka Rask and Aaron Johnson. The players visited with patients and staff throughout the hospital and signed autographs in the hospital’s main lobby. Hallmark Health System, which also includes Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is “The Official Healthcare Partner of the Boston Bruins.”

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Hallmark Health System Collaborates with Novo Nordisk for Changing Diabetes Day

Feb. 22, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is collaborating with Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care management, to host Changing Diabetes Day on Saturday, March 2 at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

 

Changing Diabetes Day offers a variety of information sessions and activities centered on diabetes and pre-diabetes. Free health screenings, which will be provided by HHS physicians and medical professionals, will include blood pressure, non-fasting blood glucose, BMI, depression screenings and more. An HHS endocrinologist will also be on site to discuss diabetes care and management, in addition to certified diabetes educators, nutritionists, and fitness experts.  

 

According to a recent study commissioned by Novo Nordisk and conducted by the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), a nonprofit research and educational organization, there were 557,200 people in Massachusetts with diabetes in 2010. Some 207,000 of them were undiagnosed and possibly beginning to suffer from the common complications of diabetes, including eye, kidney, lower extremity, and heart damage. Another 1,693,600 people had pre-diabetes, a condition in which the blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet in the range for diabetes. If they do not take action, individuals with pre-diabetes can often progress to diabetes within 10 years.

 

HHS is affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization. The Center offers the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. HHS is one of 40 national and two international Affiliate locations and the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston's northern suburbs. The Joslin Affiliate at HHS is here to help you manage your diabetes. Come hear more about how we can help you.

 

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 collaborates with Novo Nordisk for Changing Diabetes Day

Feb. 8, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is collaborating with Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care management, to host Changing Diabetes Day on Saturday, March 2 at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

Changing Diabetes Day offers a variety of information sessions and activities centered on diabetes and pre-diabetes. Free health screenings, which will be provided by HHS physicians and medical professionals, will include blood pressure, non-fasting blood glucose, BMI, depression screenings and more. An HHS endocrinologist will also be on site to discuss diabetes care and management, in addition to certified diabetes educators, nutritionists, and fitness experts.  

According to a recent study commissioned by Novo Nordisk and conducted by the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), a nonprofit research and educational organization, there were 557,200 people in Massachusetts with diabetes in 2010. Some 207,000 of them were undiagnosed and possibly beginning to suffer from the common complications of diabetes, including eye, kidney, lower extremity, and heart damage. Another 1,693,600 people had pre-diabetes, a condition in which the blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet in the range for diabetes. If they do not take action, individuals with pre-diabetes can often progress to diabetes within 10 years.

HHS is affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization. The Center offers the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. HHS is one of 40 national and two international Affiliate locations and the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston's northern suburbs. The Joslin Affiliate at HHS is here to help you manage your diabetes. Come hear more about how we can help you.

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.

 

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