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Hallmark Health System offers childbirth, parenting education programs

Hallmark Health System (HHS) provides childbirth education and other parenting classes conducted by clinical staff, Certified Childbirth Educators, American Heart Association trained CPR and First Aid instructors and other credentialed educators on a variety of topics aimed at promoting community safety, health and wellness. To fit clients’ busy schedules, classes are offered throughout the year, including evenings and weekends.

All Prenatal Education classes are taught by experienced Maternal/Newborn RNs and/or Certified Childbirth Educators. Some educators are also Certified Lactation Consultants. Prenatal classes offered include: 
• The Art of Becoming a New Mom
• The New Dad Difference
• Breastfeeding Basics
• Infant Care-Caring for Your New Baby (Part I) and Keeping Baby Healthy (Part II)
• American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR and First Aid
• Childbirth Education
• Online Childbirth Education Classes

Many of these programs are eligible for insurance reimbursement.

Community Health Education also offers other programs addressing a variety of wellness issues and health improvement for families with young children, including:
• HeartSaver™ Adult, Infant & Child CPR with AED
• “Feeling Good –Discovering Your Strong and Healthy Self” – an 8-session mindfulness wellness program
• Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
• Safe Sitter™ Baby Sitter training (removed “Courses”)
• “Creative Coping” An 8-session parenting support program for new first time mothers

For more information or to register for classes, contact Community Health Education Program Coordinator Diana DeStefano at 781-338-7561 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional parent-child health education and other resources are provided by HHS through the following resources:
• North Suburban Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program. For more information, please call 781-338-7578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• Healthy Families and Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative Programs for young first-time parents offering home visits, educational programs, groups and more. For more information, please call 781-338-7541 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network:
* Infant and Pre-toddler Programs
* Parent and Infant Group     
* Pre-Toddler Play and Learn Groups
* Toddler Play and Learn Groups
* Parent and Caregiver Education Classes
For more information, please contact Kathy Harlow at 781-279-0300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As part of HHS’s commitment to Baby-Friendly hospital principles, Lactation Support is also provided through three intimate and cozy Baby Cafes, located in Melrose, Malden and Everett. While breastfeeding is natural and ideal for both mother and baby, sometimes circumstances arise where guidance and support are needed, or simply reassurance that breastfeeding is going well. We are also available for telephone support or welcome you to schedule an appointment with us at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital by calling 781-979-MILK (6455). Contact us if you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding. 

Hallmark Health System also offers Maternal/Newborn services through the Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice Inc. All of the Maternal Newborn Nurses are trained Lactation Consultants.  To request services, simply call the Referral/Intake Department at 781-338-7900 and our team of experienced intake professionals will assist 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.

Regis College Nursing offers RN to Bachelors Completion Program to Lawrence Memorial/Regis College associate graduates

The Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions announced it will offer a new Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing through its collaborative program with Lawrence Memorial and on the campus at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. The RN-BS program, which begins this January, is for current students and graduates of the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Associate of Science Program.

“This is really a unique program,” said Nancy Bittner, PhD, CNS, RN, vice president of education for the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs. “It’s an excellent example of our collaboration with Regis College and  a remarkable opportunity for our students.”

“For those interested in continuing their education without barriers, this program offers two paths,” said Dean Penelope Glynn, PhD,RN, of the Regis College School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions. “The first is for those already holding a Bachelor’s degree and an Associate of Science in Nursing, allowing them to earn their Bachelor’ degree with a major in nursing in as little as one semester, and the second is for those for whom an Associate in Nursing is their first degree.  While the program may take a little longer for students seeking their first Bachelor’s, Regis is committed to moving the students along as quickly as possible.”

For more information about the new program, contact
Jessica Meuleman (781-768-7101)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Laurie Hillson (781-306-6684),  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

You may also visit the websites of Regis College and Lawrence Memorial at www.regiscollege.edu/undergraduate_programs/department.cfm?id=as_in_nursing and www.lmregis.org.

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REGIS COLLEGE
Regis College is a Catholic co-educational university that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing
education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, approximately 2000 students are enrolled in 19 undergraduate majors; 28 minors; 12 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; an accelerated bachelor’s degree in medical imaging, and master’s degree programs in applied behavioral analysis, education, communication, biomedical science, heritage studies, health administration, professional writing, regulatory and clinical research management, nursing, and two doctoral programs: nursing practice and higher education leadership. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the second time. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors. Visit Regis on the Web at  www.regiscollege.edu and follow at www.twitter.com/RegisBeat

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

PUBLIC NOTICE Magnet Recognition Program® Site Visit

Hallmark Health System has applied to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the prestigious designation of Magnet. The Magnet designation recognizes excellence in nursing services.

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.

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