Hallmark Health awarded grant

June 23, 2011 – Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, was recently awarded a generous grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to improve medication management.

Hallmark Health is joined by 38 other hospitals and healthcare organizations from all over the country to receive grants from the Foundation, which in total equal approximately $1.2 million. The regional healthcare organization will use the funding to add additional staff at its two hospitals to provide discharge counseling to Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patients at high risk for re-admission that are getting ready to leave the hospital.

“We are very honored and excited to receive this grant,” said Michelle Corrado, system director of pharmacy services at Hallmark Health. “It is critical to ensure that when patients leave our hospitals they have the information and the tools they need to get better and stay healthy.”

“The E3 Grant Program funding has been used by hundreds of healthcare organizations over the past three years to implement meaningful, long-term improvements in the way they care for patients,” said Shelley Bird, executive vice president of public affairs for Cardinal Health and chairperson of the Cardinal Health Foundation. “We congratulate Hallmark Health for being selected as a grant recipient this year.”

The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve healthcare quality and build healthy communities. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage employee service to the community and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in time of disaster.

For more information about Hallmark Health, 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.

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