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Herrington named Hallmark Health System Board of Trustees chairman

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, is pleased to announce that James Herrington of Melrose has been named chairman of the HHS Board of Trustees.

Herrington, who joined the board in 2008, served on the Hallmark Health Physician Hospital Organization and chaired the system's Board Quality and Risk Management committee as well as the Audit and Compliance committee.

Herrington spent more than 30 years as an executive, largely in sales and marketing, directly, or in support of, the health insurance industry. His extensive experience gives him unique perspective of health care’s operating and strategic environment. Herrington succeeds Donna West who served as chairman for four years.

Herrington will lead the board as HHS approaches its proposed plans for an affiliation with Partners HealthCare. The two health care organizations completed a major step in the process recently by filing necessary paperwork with the state and federal government to bring them another step closer to joining forces. The proposal must undergo a regulatory review process at both the state and federal level, which will likely take several months.

“It is an exciting time for Hallmark Health System and our communities as we look forward and plan for the kind of robust health care services required to meet the needs of our patients and communities for generations to come,” said Herrington.

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 Mobile Food Market earns national recognition

The North Suburban WIC Mobile Food Market, a program of Hallmark Health System, has received national recognition after winning a Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable “Program of Promise” Service Award. As a new program, the Mobile Food Market was acknowledged for demonstrating a clear vision for addressing underserved community health and prevention needs. This is the third recognition for the market, which also received one of the six inaugural Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Awards at the Massachusetts Department of Health 2013 Ounce of Prevention Conference last fall and was recently published in the American Hospital Associations’ 2013 Community Connections publication.

The monthly market is a partnership between Hallmark Health, the Malden Zonta Club, and the Greater Boston Food Bank, 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 several area communities. The City of Malden and other local social service agencies also lend their support to the Market each month.

The first market was held in August of 2012 and has been held monthly since then at Hallmark Health’s North Suburban 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 having little access to large grocery stores offering 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 problem by partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank to bring healthy food to those in need,” said Eileen Dern, director of community services for Hallmark Health. “Food is one of the most important components of health. Anytime we can put healthy food on a family’s table we are improving their chances to live a healthier life.”

Mobile food markets like this provide a unique solution to addressing food access by offering, fresh, healthy food in a setting similar to a farmers’ market. Families are welcomed to “shop” and are provided with recipes for foods they receive, but may be unfamiliar with. The foods offered differ each month, but are always fresh or frozen and usually include fruits, vegetables, dairy and items like tofu and yogurt. Most families leave with about 30 pounds of food at the end of the hour-long market, which services hundreds of people each month. There is no fee for the market, but participants are required to pre-register.

Hallmark Health was one of five programs commended as early-stage hospital-sponsored programs with a clear vision for addressing underserved community health needs. At a banquet that was the culmination of the National Hospital Charitable Services Conference, each Program of Promise was presented with a monetary investment toward its growth.

“These initiatives are not alone in giving back to their communities,” said Charles
R. Evans, FACHE, chairman of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards program. “What makes each Program of Promise unique is their potential to impact their community in life-changing, sustainable ways.”

Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Service Awards in 2010 to honor exemplary hospital-sponsored community programs, share their stories and make them models for other programs. Jackson Healthcare also uses the awards to cultivate a community of charitable hospital programs that want to encourage and learn from one another, and establish best practices.
Each nominee had to demonstrate excellence in at least one of five areas: community impact, innovation, collaboration, transferability and/or best practice.

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 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.

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