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Hallmark Health System: A year in review

As the New Year begins, Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH), is looking back on 2013 and highlights from each month.

JANUARY
Like hospitals throughout the state, LMH and MWH responded to unusually high flu rates. Deb Cronin-Waelde, system director of emergency services for HHS, told local newspapers, “We had about a 40 percent increase in patients presenting with flu or flu-like illnesses. In-patient volumes are running at 100 percent. We’re running at full capacity.” HHS was also featured on the WHDH Channel 7 news on the subject.

FEBRUARY
Nemo! HHS weathered the blockbuster storm thanks to dedicated employees who stayed overnight in patient rooms that were available, slept on cots and some on the floors in conference rooms on Friday night, the first night of the storm, to assure that there was adequate staffing on Saturday morning when many roads were impassable.

MARCH
Boston Bruins players visited both HHS hospitals. During their visit, they greeted patients, employees and signed autographs.

APRIL
Data released by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services showed at the Emergency Departments at LMH and MWH the average time patients spent in the ED before being seen by a health care professional was 29 minutes, which is better than the state average of 40 minutes and the national average of 30 minutes. In fact, HHS ED times were superior to any hospital ED in the region.

MAY
The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at HHS opened a second location at MWH this month. HHS is one of 40 national and two international Affiliate locations and the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston's northern suburbs. HHS also operates an Affiliate at LMH, which opened in 2011.

JUNE
The HHS Anticoagulation Management Service was named an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence by the Anticoagulation Forum, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications. This recognition illustrates HHS’s strong commitment to providing the highest level of care to these patients.

JULY
HHS earned the The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes the organization’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. HHS underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated HHS for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

AUGUST
The HHS Comprehensive Breast Center was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Center, located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave. in Stoneham, offers patients access to the latest advances in prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease.

SEPTEMBER
LMH and MWH were granted a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear cardiology by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of nuclear cardiology procedures. Accreditation by the IAC means that both hospitals have undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of nuclear cardiology.

OCTOBER
HHS announced its plan to affiliate with Partners HealthCare. The two organizations are proposing a new partnership that brings together the resources of four community hospital campuses and offers patients north of Boston better, more coordinated and cost effective health care.

NOVEMBER
HHS opened an Urgent Care Center at Hallmark Health Medical Center in Reading. No appointment is needed at the modern Center. Walk right in and you will be seen by a team of emergency medicine providers who are committed to providing you with prompt, personalized care. The Center treats adults and children with minor injuries and medical problems like bumps and bruises, aches and pains 365 days a year, from morning to night.

DECEMBER
HHS introduces the Center for Healthy Minds at LMH, which provides comprehensive assessment and treatment service for older adults living in the community who are facing difficult challenges such as depression and sadness, memory loss, confusion, difficulty coping with illness or loss of independence. The team of geriatric health professionals at the Center help identify and treat problems that interfere with the healthy aging process.

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.

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital releases top baby names of 2013

Dec. 31, 2013 – Approximately 1,000 babies are born at Hallmark Health System’s Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH) each year. Parents carefully select names for their sons and daughters, some are family names while others are unique or trendy, but still some are more popular than others.

At MWH, the most popular girls name was Ava while Anthony topped the list for the boys in 2013. Coming in second and third were Sophia and Gianna for the girls. Joseph came in second for the boys and there was a four-way tie between Dominic, Liam, Matthew and Michael for the third slot. This was a change over 2012 when Ava was the fourth most popular name and Anthony didn’t even make the top 10. Here is the full list of the top 10 most popular baby names at MWH for 2013:

Girls: Ava, Sophia, Gianna, Emma, Chloe, Alexandra, Isabella, Abigail, Brooke and Grace.

Boys: Anthony, Joseph, Dominic, Liam, Matthew, Michael, Cameron, Jackson, John and Nicholas.

The local names mirrored that of the top 100 names found on parenting website babycenter.com, but differed in their degree of popularity. The website had Sophia and Jackson on top followed by Emma and Olivia and Aiden and Liam in the second and third slots.

For more than 100 years, MWH has offered the region the very best in maternal and newborn services including a Level II Special Care Nursery, which provides a higher level of intensive care for babies having medical problems at birth. During a patients stay in the mother-baby unit, our expert team of physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, social workers and others work closely with the new mom and her family to ensure that she is off to the best possible start in her journey as a new parent. From labor and delivery to the day of discharge and beyond, the staff at maternal and newborn services provides for mothers physical and emotional needs and helps them develop the skills necessary to care for their newborn.

MWH is a Baby-Friendly® birth facility, a prestigious internal recognition from Baby-Friendly® USA, which encourages and recognizes hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. MWH is one of only a handful of Baby-Friendly® organizations in Massachusetts.

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 North Suburban WIC mobile food market recognized

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce the North Suburban WIC mobile food market received one of the six inaugural Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Awards at the Massachusetts Department of Health 2013 Ounce of Prevention Conference on Oct. 22.

Individuals and groups have been historically recognized for outstanding contributions to community health improvement at the conference through multiple awards, including most recently the Community Transformation Awards. In 2013, these awards were renamed in honor of Peter Lee, the late director of the Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities at Health Resources in Action. A leader in the Healthy Communities movement in Massachusetts and across the country before his untimely death in 2012, Lee personified the principles of Healthy Communities in his professional and personal life, and was a longtime participant and organizer of the Ounce of Prevention Conference through the 2012 conference.

The mobile food market was also recently named a finalist for the Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable Services Awards. The program will be further evaluated for both the “Program of Excellence” and “Program of Promise” awards to be presented at the national Hospital Charitable Services Conference on Feb. 4, 2014 in Atlanta. Awardees will share a prize pool of $100,000.

HHS partners 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, to address the lack of access to healthy food for low-income families in area communities. Since August 2012, HHS’s North Suburban Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office at 239 Commercial St. in Malden, has hosted the mobile market each month.  During this time, the program has served thousands of local families considered “food insecure”—having limited or no resources to purchase low-cost fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.

Other key community partners to the market include 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 oversee the food distribution efforts at the market. The City of Malden, HHS employees and local residents who benefit from the market also volunteer their time to support the success of this important community program.
For more information about the mobile food market, call 781-338-7568. 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.

Comprehensive Breast Center celebrates success after first year

The Hallmark Health System (HHS) Comprehensive Breast Center, located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave., has been up and running for a little more than a year now and is celebrating its inaugural success. The Center offers patients access to the latest technological advances in prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Through our collaborative approach and state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services, patients at HHS receive accurate diagnosis and immediate care, with an emphasis on compassion.

Services at the Center include:

  • Diagnostic digital mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies
  • Breast cyst and fine needle aspirations
  • Galactography
  • Nurse navigator
  • Surgery consults
  • Lymphedema specialist
  • Social worker

Still, the Center’s main focus is its patients’ continued care and that has been one of the reasons to its success. Everett resident Marie Baker doesn’t get nervous or overly excited about anything, so when a mass was detected during her annual mammogram at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford she didn’t overreact. She was referred to Catherine Tucker, MD at the Comprehensive Breast Center for a biopsy.

“Even if you don’t want to get nervous over something like this you get nervous,” said Marie, 66.

Thankfully the Center’s staff was able to put her at ease. Marie said from the moment she entered the building her anxiety level steadily decreased. She was struck by the staff’s genuine compassion and thankful that they took the time to walk her through every step of the biopsy, what she could expect and answered all her questions.

“I was just so amazed by how I was treated,” said Marie. “I felt like royalty like I was someone really special.”

Marie received good news soon after her procedure -the mass was benign. She was so relieved, but still thankful for the positive experience she had at the Center. Marie said she wouldn’t think twice about going back to the Center or recommending it to friends and family for their breast health needs.

“I was so grateful I had access to great healthcare,” she said. “The Center was just fabulous. It was an amazing experience from start to finish.”
 
For more information on the Center, call (781) 224-5806.  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 System 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 introduces The Center for Healthy Minds

The Hallmark Health Center for Healthy Minds at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford provides comprehensive assessment and treatment service for older adults living in the community who are facing difficult challenges such as depression and sadness, memory loss, confusion, difficulty coping with illness or loss of independence. The team of geriatric health professionals at The Center for Healthy Minds will help identify and treat problems that interfere with the healthy aging process.

The initial hour long appointment with David Harnett, MD will focus on current concerns and ways in which the patient can reach their individual goals. A plan of care will be developed in collaboration with the patient, family and primary care provider. Treatment options and services include:
* Medications to alleviate symptoms
* Behavioral and environmental strategies to assist caregivers
* Individual and family psychotherapy
* Occupational therapy treatment
* Cognitive assessments for driving skills
* Linkage to community based resources
* Support groups
* Educational programs on aging and wellness

The Center for Healthy Minds is directed by Dr. Harnett, a renowned geriatric psychiatrist with more than 25 years of experience in the field of aging, and includes occupational therapy and clinical social work professionals with extensive experience in aging and wellness.

For more information about the Center or to make an appointment, please call 781-306-6160. You may also visit www.hallmarkhealth.org and select “Programs.” 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 System 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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