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Hallmark Health System Comprehensive Breast Center named Center of Excellence

Hallmark Health System (HHS) is pleased to announce its Comprehensive Breast Center has been 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. 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. Care is coordinated by a specially-trained nurse navigator who works with radiologists and surgeons who specialize in breast disease to provide a full range of services to meet our patients’ breast health needs.
 
At the Center we work very hard to provide our patients with the very best care and overall experience we can,” saidElisa Scher, RN, MSN, system director of oncology services at HHS. “Being designated an ACR Center of Excellence is such an honor and one we are very proud of.”
 
By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
 
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 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 CHEM Center adds new equipment, technology

The Hallmark Health System CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology recently began treating patients with its new Elekta Infinity™, a highly sophisticated radiation treatment system for cancer that substantially reduces the time required for radiotherapy, while giving clinicians the ability to treat targets more aggressively than ever before.

Elekta Infinity incorporates Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), an innovative way to deliver radiation treatments that is a significant improvement over conventional approaches. With this technology, the target area is continuously irradiated while the source of the beam rotates around the patient. To minimize unnecessary exposure to radiation, Elekta Infinity also incorporates ultra-low dose capabilities through active leakage reduction to ensure minimal dose to critical structures and incorporates real-time assurance that the intended dose is delivered as precisely as planned.

The Center was recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

At the Center, conveniently located on Montvale Avenue in Stoneham, patients are offered the perfect blend of clinical expertise coupled with compassionate, personalized care to help them beat cancer and return to healthy living. The Center has been caring for area patients for more than 20 years and was the first freestanding radiation oncology site in Massachusetts. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team is made up of physicists, nurses, dosimetrists and radiation therapists and is led by Medical Director Paul McKeough, MD, who is a board-certified in radiation oncology and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. The Center uses the most up-to-date equipment and techniques available in radiation oncology, which even rivals what is offered at some of the teaching hospitals in Boston.

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 named 2013 Most Wired

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce it has been named to Health Care’s Most Wired list for the second year in a row. The nation’s Most Wired hospitals demonstrate progress through innovation.

“We are very pleased and honored to receive this national recognition again this year,” said James Nania, executive vice president and chief financial officer. ” Hallmark Health System has made major financial investments in information technology in recent years, which has made us a regional, state and national leader in its use to achieve the highest levels of patient care and safety.”

This year marks the 15-year anniversary of Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. In that time, hospitals and health systems like HHS have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks for creating robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors and protects patient data from loss or inappropriate access.

“This year’s Most Wired organizations exemplify progress through innovation,” said Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that IT can help improve efficiency.”  

Conducted between January and March of this year, the Most Wired Survey asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 659 surveys, representing 1,713 hospitals or roughly 30 percent of all United States hospitals. This recognition will be covered in the July issue of Hospital & Health Networks magazine.

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 awarded Gold Seal from the Joint Commission

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, has 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.

 

Hallmark Health System 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.

 

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Hallmark Health System has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, hospital programs, accreditation and certification services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Hallmark Health System for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

 

“We are very proud to receive the Gold Seal of Approval, which illustrates our high standards of patient care and safety and commitment to continually improve the care we provide,” said Maureen Pierog, MS, RN, vice president of quality improvement and patient safety at HHS.

 

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

 

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 tips for safe, healthy summer

With the summer season in full swing, Hallmark Health System (HHS) would like to offer some tips to ensure local families have a safe and healthy summer. The summer is full of a lot of fun activities that include trips to the beach, backyard barbecues and much more. Still, the same activities can pose a number of health risks the community needs to be aware of.

“Summertime is a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if people aren’t careful,” said Steven Sbardella, MD, chairman of emergency medicine for HHS. “We ask that everyone in the community take the proper precautions so that they don’t end up in one of our emergency departments at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford or Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as well as the Urgent Care Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. We love seeing our neighbors, but would hate to have them come in for a medical problem that could have been prevented.”

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) are both conditions that humans can contract if bit by an infected mosquito. Lyme disease is another one to watch out for and is contracted by infected deer ticks.

 

Thankfully there are steps that you can take to protect yourself against EEE, WNV and Lyme disease. Lower your chances of being infected by being proactive and taking the following precautions:

 

  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • Use a bug repellant containing DEET; read directions carefully
  • Remember to screen children and pets that have been outside for ticks and remove them carefully
  • Remove standing pools of water to help keep the mosquito population down in your neighborhood

 

Sun protection is another area of concern during the summer months. HHS recommends taking the following steps to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays:

 

  • Apply a broad-spectrum sun block with an SPF of at least 15 every two to four hours. Don’t forget that the lips and scalp need protection, too
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing to keep the sun off of unprotected skin
  • Try to avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Poison ivy is also something to look out for. If you get poison ivy make sure to keep the rash clean, dry and use either Benadryl cream, Caladryl lotion or the generic equivalent. If the rash is located in multiple areas or covers a good portion of the face you should be seen by a clinician.

 

Adults and children should also wear helmets if they’re going to be riding their bikes.

 

If an urgent medical problem develops, visit our 24-hour a day, seven day per week emergency care at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford or Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. You may also visit the Urgent Care Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

 

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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