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Lawrence Memorial/Regis College nursing program receives full national accreditation

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has once again awarded full accreditation to the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program. This accreditation was granted for the next eight years, the longest accreditation allowed.

The Hallmark Health System (HHS) program achieved this distinguished recognition after completing an extensive report detailing the program followed by a comprehensive site visit. The visiting evaluation team and the commission recommended full continuing accreditation for eight years and identified specific strengths of this program. These strengths included the designation of the program as a National League of Nursing Center of Excellence designation from 2012 to 2015 and a strong emphasis on faculty research and scholarship. The Commission also noted the program’s international outreach with programs in Haiti, Egypt and other countries.

Nancy Phoenix Bittner, PhD, CNS, RN, vice president for education and professor of nursing at HHS, said very few programs (20 percent) have received the full continuing accreditations designation without any conditions. “Fifty-three associate degree programs throughout the country were reviewed in the spring 2013 cycle,” she continued. “Of them, only 10 other nursing programs were awarded the full continuing accreditation that we received.”

The Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program offers nursing students a unique blend of classroom and clinical experience, expert and experienced faculty and a flexible curriculum. The program is responsive to the diverse needs of applicants seeking a nursing education and accommodates student needs through a variety of schedule options, including day, night and weekend study.

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 enhancing the birthing experience for local moms

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH) is leading the way in enhancing the birthing experience for mothers by becoming one of the first hospitals in the state to introduce family-centered caesarean births. Patient and physician feedback has shown that mothers who give birth via caesarean section, or C-section, have a very different experience than women who have natural births. Family-centered caesarean births include the use of clear surgical drapes that allow mothers to see their baby being born and to see and better communicate with their physician. Other aspects of Family centered C-section include the facilitation of early skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby and delaying routine procedures until after first breastfeeding.

Erin Friedrich, of Saugus, felt she missed out on the birth of her first child two years ago. Due to complications she was rushed in for an emergency C-section and was not awake when her daughter Keira was born. Though Friedrich was thrilled with her first baby, she was disappointed that she had not felt a part of the birth process and hoped things would be different when she had her second child. Thanks to MWH they were!

Friedrich had read about family-centered caesarean births and introduced the idea to her OB/GYN Daniel Witkowski, MD, who embraced it immediately and made the proper arrangements to follow the new approach for Friedrich’s C-section. On May 24, 2013, Friedrich’s daughter Madeleine was born and she got to experience every second of it.

“Being able to see our daughter being born was absolutely amazing,” she said. “I have never experienced anything like it in my life. It was such a rush. I joked with my husband that we have to have another baby just to experience that feeling again.”

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. Our expert team of physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, social workers and others work closely with new mothers and their families to ensure they get off to the best possible start on their journey as new parents. MWH is also a Baby-Friendly® birth facility, a prestigious international recognition from Baby-Friendly® USA, which recognizes hospitals that offer mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

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.

HHMA welcomes new physicians

Terese Landry, MD and Gloria Lunghar, MD have joined Hallmark Health Medical Associates (HHMA), a group of more than 70 providers in nine local communities including Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham and Winthrop. HHMA is affiliated with Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice in Malden.

Dr. Landry, who is board-certified in family medicine, received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her office is located at the Malden Family Health Center, 178 Savin St. in Malden and her phone number is 781-338-7400.

Dr. Lunghar completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Lunghar has special interests in preventative care and chronic disease management. Her office is located at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, 170 Governors Ave. in Medford and her phone number is 781-306-6101.

For more information about HHMA, visit www.hhma.org.

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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 receives nuclear cardiology accreditation

Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH) have been 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. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

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. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to nuclear cardiology, which includes physicians, technologists and medical physicists.   

Dr. Salil Midha, chief of Cardiology at MWH, said “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. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to nuclear cardiology, which includes physicians, technologists and medical physicists.”

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 dedicates new surgical waiting area

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital recently opened a new surgical waiting area dedicated in the name of Joseph Abate, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and longtime member of the hospital’s medical staff. The new waiting area, which includes a flat screen TV, computer stations, comforting colors and furniture, was made possible through a very generous donation from Cummings Foundation, Inc., founded by Bill and Joyce Cummings of Winchester.

Dr. Abate graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1962 and has spent his 50-plus year career in the greater Boston area. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and holds memberships in several professional societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, American Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society and Massachusetts Orthopedic Association. Dr. Abate has served on the Massachusetts Orthopedic Association and Tufts University Medical School Alumni boards of directors for more than 20 years.

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

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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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