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Aetna to highlight Hallmark Health System for patient safety score

Aetna, one of the nation’s leading health care benefit companies, just announced that it will include Hallmark Health System’s A grade for patient safety in its online hospital directory, DocFind®, beginning this August.

Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital earned an A grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization of employers and other purchasers of health care committed to encouraging safer, higher quality health care.

“Combined with other quality information already available from Aetna and The Leapfrog Group, the Hospital Safety Scores give our members and consumers an additional reference to help them make informed health care decisions for themselves and their families,” said Elizabeth Curran, head of Aetna’s Network Strategy and Program Development. “Aetna is helping their enrollees make better informed decisions about their healthcare, including the opportunity to choose an A rated hospital like Hallmark Health System.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. The panel is made up of patient safety experts from across the country.

Leapfrog launched the Hospital Safety Score initiative to provide usable information to the public and to stimulate improvements in hospital safety. Scores for more than 2,600 general hospitals were calculated and each was assigned a consumer-friendly grade rating its safety from A to F. An “A” grade denotes the best hospital safety score.

Aetna members and DocFind visitors will be able to check specific hospital safety scores by clicking a link on the hospital’s page on the site. They will see the latter grade for Hallmark Health System hospitals as well as grades of other hospitals in the same geographic area.

For more information about Hallmark Health System, 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 Anticoagulation Management Service named Center of Excellence

June 13, 2013 – The Hallmark Health System Anticoagulation Management Service has been 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 Hallmark Health System’s strong commitment to providing the highest level of care to these patients.

The Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence program helps health care professionals provide the highest level of care and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients on antithrombotic medications. The program offers a roadmap to consistent, sustainable excellence in five key areas of patient care. By successfully meeting the rigorous standards in each patient care pillar, Hallmark Health System has qualified for the 2-year recognition as an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence.

“We are very proud to have achieved the Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence recognition,” said Antonia DeQuevedo, PharmD, CACP, Anticoagulation Management Service coordinator. “Hallmark Health System is dedicated to actively participating in all aspects of our patients’ care since working together with our patients is the best way to improve health outcomes.”

The Hallmark Health System Anticoagulation Management Service is located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave. in Stoneham and offers treatment to patients who are on blood thinning medications, which are used to prevent blood clots from forming or becoming larger. It is overseen by a medical director and anticoagulation pharmacists who closely monitor patients’ anticoagulation therapy. Close monitoring and appropriate follow-up allows for prompt intervention if dosage adjustments are needed, leading to better patient outcomes. Patients also receive counseling and education through the service.

For more information about Hallmark Health System, 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’s Diane Hanley named nurses’ organization treasurer

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce that Diane Hanley, MS, RN-BC, EJD, has been appointed treasurer of the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN).

 

MARN is committed to the advancement of the profession of nursing and of quality patient care across the Commonwealth. As a constituent member of the American Nurses Association, MARN is recognized as the voice of registered nursing in Massachusetts through advocacy, education, leadership and practice.

 

Hanley, an associate chief nursing officer at HHS, will serve a 2-year term as MARN’s treasurer.

 

For more information about Hallmark Health, 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.

 

 

 

 

Hallmark Health System’s Marie McCarthy receives nursing excellence award

May 17, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce that Marie McCarthy, MS, RN, vice president for education, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Program, has been awarded the 2013 Nursing Excellence Award from Nurse.com.

McCarthy’s award was announced on Monday, May 13 at a gala event at the Boston Marriott Newton. She was one of 30 regional finalists from New England. McCarthy will now go on to be a national finalist.

Each year, Nurse.com calls upon their readers to tell them about the exceptional nurses they work with by nominating them in the Nurse.com Nursing Excellence program — and for more than 20 years thousands have done that. This year was no exception, and Nurse.com once again received many phenomenal stories of nurse excellence.

McCarthy is a consummate professional and visionary leader. Under her leadership, the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program received the prestigious National League for Nursing’s Center of Excellence designation twice, an honor bestowed on less than 5 percent of schools across the country.

Admired for her collaborative and determined spirit, McCarthy is spearheading a move of the associate degree program toward a BSN program. Working with HHS, she helped create dedicated education units, tuition reimbursement and academic bridge programs, a mentoring program for new managers and the Center for Professional Development.

As an international nursing consultant, McCarthy led the establishment of the Gouna Nursing Institute, the first two-year degree program in Egypt. And as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, she has contributed to major nursing initiatives in the state. She is a consultant for the state’s Department of Higher Education and a site visitor for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

This is the second award for McCarthy in recent months. She also received a 2013 President’s Award given by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN) in April.

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 great place to work in healthcare

May 16, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review annual list, “100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.” The hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers and physician groups included in this national list offer robust benefit packages, positive work environments, excellent employee recognition programs and opportunities for professional development and continuing education.

HHS was also recently named to the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list for the 10th year in a row. The organization has also been recognized in the past by the Boston Globe as a top place to work.

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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