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Dr. Harnett honored by Massachusetts Psychiatric Society

David Harnett, MD, System Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services of Hallmark Health was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society with a Presidential Award in recognition of his dedication and service.

Dr. Harnett was recognized for his longstanding service as Chair of the Geriatric Psychiatry Committee of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. In this role he has provided expert testimony at the State House, mentored members in training, and helped educate the community on the mental health needs of older adults.

Dr. Harnett recently launched a new service, The Center for Healthy Minds at Hallmark Health System, which provides outpatient geriatric psychiatry evaluation and treatment.

For more information about The Center for Healthy Minds and 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 recognized with prestigious Magnet® recognition

Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Only eight hospitals in the state, and less than 7 percent of hospitals in the United States, have Magnet recognition. Hallmark Health System is the only system in New England to receive this recognition.

“I am very proud that our organization has received Magnet recognition,” said Michael V. Sack, president and chief executive officer of Hallmark Health System. “Our staff worked tirelessly and diligently to bring our organization to this high level of excellence for our communities. To be a part of such an elite group of hospitals across the country is a true honor.”

Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. With this credential, Hallmark Health System joins the Magnet community, a select group of 401 health care organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. health care organizations.

The Magnet appraisers and commission reported that it was clear from the “board room to the bedside” that Hallmark Health System has set a vision and focus on quality and safety. They applauded Hallmark Health System for being a role model for other Magnet hospitals in the following areas:

  • Hospital programs dedicated to helping newly licensed nurses successfully transition to specialty areas of practice including the residency programs in Maternal-Newborn Services, Emergency Departments and the Medical-Surgical Telemetry Float Team.
  • The hospital’s commitment to providing programs and services that serve the health care needs of our communities.
  • The extensive use of research by nurses at all levels, noting that a culture of clinical inquiry is evident throughout the system.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Judy Thorpe, MS, RN, NE-BC, interim chief nursing officer for Hallmark Health System. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also the tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to you, our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges health care organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an onsite visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet reviews the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted. Hallmark Health’s designation was achieved with a unanimous vote of approval by the Commission.

In particular, the Magnet Model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence. The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
  • Lower risk of 30 day mortality and lower failure to rescue
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position

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 a Magnet® recognized health system and is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology, Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®
The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursescredentialing.org/magnet.

Stride for Healthy Communities walk set for June 7

Join Hallmark Health System on Saturday, June 7 at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield for the Stride for Healthy Communities walk. This year’s event will benefit cancer care, cardiology programs, emergency services and the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network.

Participants of all ages are encouraged to register for the event, which includes a 3-mile walk around beautiful Lake Quannapowitt, music, food, family activities, giveaways, health information and more. In previous years more than 300 walkers and supporters came out to join in the day’s festivities. More than a dozen area sponsors as well as WBZ Radio, eateries and other sponsors will be there. WBZ’s Kidcast mobile studio will also be on site at the event, allowing school-aged children to record their own news stories by reading scripts written by the WBZ NewsRadio 1030 staff.

Early registration for adults (18 and over) is $20 and $25 the day of the walk. Registration for students (5-17) is $10 and children under 5 are free. All registered walkers receive a free T-shirt. Register by May 15 and be entered into a chance to win Bruins tickets. Register online by visiting www.hallmarkhealth.org and selecting “Giving.”

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 Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery accredited as Center of Excellence

The Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery has been accredited as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Furthermore, the ASMBS and American College of Surgeons (ACS) have given the bariatric program at Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford full accreditation in the new, unified Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).This designation is reserved for bariatric surgery programs that have demonstrated history of successful patient outcomes. The center has been a Center of Excellence since 2007.

The center’s multi-disciplinary team includes bariatric physician specialists Andras Sandor, MD, and Jennifer Lane, MD, as well as nursing specialists, nutritionists, physical therapists and other clinicians to help patients finally achieve and sustain their weight loss goals. The team works closely with each patient to encourage and support them every step of the way. The center provides one-on-one access to clinical, nutritional and behavioral health specialists to help patients get in the right frame of mind to make significant lifestyle changes, healthy eating, exercise and embrace the strategies that lead to successful weight loss. Monthly support groups are also an integral part of the program as patients learn from experts and each other the most effective strategies for losing weight, keeping it off and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

The vision of the ASMBS, the largest society for this specialty in the world, is to improve public health and well-being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.

Founded in 1983, foremost American surgeons have formed the society’s leadership and have established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals. The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases by:

  • Advancing the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery and increase public understanding of obesity.
  • Fostering collaboration between health professionals on obesity and related diseases.
  • Providing leadership in metabolic and bariatric surgery the multidisciplinary management of obesity.
  • Advocating for health care policy that ensures patient access to prevention and treatment of obesity.
  • Serving the educational needs of our members, the public and other professionals.

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 celebrates Doctor’s Day

Sunday, March 30 is Doctor’s Day. Hallmark Health System and our employees extend our gratitude and appreciation to the 650 members of our prestigious medical staff. We gratefully acknowledge and honor their commitment to the highest levels of skill and knowledge along with the compassion they provide in every instance to every patient every day.

Hallmark Health System physicians are steadfast in their unwavering commitment to providing excellence and compassion to their patients. They are the cornerstone of health care delivery and bring quality care to our communities.

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