585 Lebanon Street
Domenico, better than ever.
The last thing Domenico Del Sonno, 69, of Everett, remembered was having an uncomfortable feeling in his chest and collapsing in the backyard of his friend’s house. Seconds later he was lying unconscious with his friend frantically calling 911 while his friend’s daughter performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Del Sonno, a retired construction foreman, had suffered a cardiac arrest and did not regain consciousness until many days later. But in that time he was the central figure in a life-saving drama that illustrates the advanced medical care available at Hallmark Health System (HHS). Although his prognosis looked bleak, the Emergency Department (ED) medical team, hospitalists and nurses from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH) came to realize Del Sonno was a good candidate for hypothermia therapy, a new treatment for severe heart attack victims where the medical team cools the body to slow the metabolism and preserve neurological and organ function.
When a heart attack occurs, a number of biological problems can occur as the brain, heart and other organs compete for oxygen. Research has shown that cooling the body down to 91 degrees allows vital organs to survive longer by decreasing their demand for oxygen. The physicians and nurses from the ED and the ICU at MWH worked quickly and efficiently applying special cooling pads to Del Sonno’s legs and chest while a cooling device lowered his body temperature.
“Cooling the patient decreases the body temperature,” explains Lawrence Moschitto, MD, who is Del Sonno’s cardiologist. “The lower temperature slows down the deterioration of cells throughout the body. Domenico went through quite an ordeal. He is a very lucky man.” The hypothermia therapy is a clear example of the latest advances in medical, cardiac and diagnostic care you will find at HHS. The health system also houses the region’s only Cardiac & Endovascular Center staffed by highly-skilled surgeons, physicians and nurses with a solid reputation for always providing the most expert care in the region.
The treatment saved Del Sonno’s life and kept him in good condition so he could have a head start on the road back to good health. “I don’t remember anything about the treatment,” he recalls. “I was completely out, but those doctors and nurses worked miracles. The care was outstanding. They explained everything to me and my family. Now I feel like a million bucks.”
Today Del Sonno is doing everything he can to maintain a healthier lifestyle. He has lost weight and exercises religiously at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at MWH three times a week.“I feel blessed that I am still here to enjoy my wife, family and my six grandchildren. Melrose-Wakefield Hospital saved my life,” stated Del Sonno.
A 234-bed general hospital, Melrose-Wakefield offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services including acute medical and surgical services, emergency care,cardiac care and catheterization lab, diabetes management and treatment, day surgery, maternity, a special care nursery, oncology/hematology and inpatient psychiatric care.
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Areas of expertise include:
- Cardiac care
- Cardiac catheterization
- Comprehensive obstetrical and maternity services
- Acute medical and emergency care
- General and specialty surgery programs
- Diagnostic screenings and tests
- Comprehensive cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Inpatient psychiatric services
Known for the quality of its cardiac care, the hospital operates a cardiac catheterization lab and emergency angioplasty service in association with the Massachusetts General Hospital.
The world's first cochlear implant and laser surgery were performed at the hospital and it was among the first hospitals in the country to offer same day surgery.
Melrose Wakefield Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® birth facility.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendlyhospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 138 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The “Baby-Friendly” designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.
Another layer of safety for patients has been added in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. The hospital is now linked to the UMass Memorial Health Care eICU system, a patient-monitoring system that works in concert with the MWH physicians and nurses in the ICU to provide an extra level of expert care, consultation and round-the-clock monitoring of these critically ill patients.
UMass physicians and nurses who are specially trained in intensive care medicine monitor patients electronically through voice, data and video monitoring, 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week. This team works in concert with the MWH medical team monitoring vital signs such as blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate and other patient information.
Using a two-way, high resolution video cameras with audio capabilities at the patient’s bedside, the UMass team can also speak directly with the MWH team or with the patient and family should a health concern arise. The MWH team can also contact UMass directly by pressing a button should they have a question or an area of concern. The video monitors are not always on, but they can be activated in an instant when the UMass team is needed or they spot a potential problem. Patients are treated with the same attentive, courteous Hallmark Health care on screen as they are by a live staff person.
Kellie Smith, RN, BSN, director of critical care at MWH, explains, “It is the future of intensive care medicine. In addition to the expert care we provide here, our ICU patients will have direct round-the-clock access to a teaching hospital’s expertise in intensive care. There is no substitute for hands-on direct patient care, but the eICU system can quickly alert staff to changes that indicate a patient is getting into trouble, faster than the staff may be able to detect.”
Smith continues, “Our outcomes were always very good, but this eICU program adds an extra level of safety and back-up. Through telemedicine, our patients will be getting the same level of care, monitoring and expertise they would receive in a teaching hospital, right here in their local community hospital.”
585 Lebanon St., Melrose, MA 02176
From Boston/93 North:
Take 93 North to Exit 34, you will merge onto Route 28.Take a right at the first set of lights onto South Street. Stay straight for approximately 9/10 of a mile on South Street. After passing the Stone Zoo and approaching Spot Pond on your right, get into the left lane. (You will see "To Melrose" and blue H (hospital) signs). Take your first left. At the set of lights, turn left onto the Lynn Fells Parkway (J.J. Grimsby's is on the corner). At the third set of lights, turn right onto Main Street. The hospital is two blocks down on the left.
From Northshore/93 South:
Take 93 South to Exit 35, Melrose/Winchester Highlands. Bear left at the end of the ramp then take a right at the stop sign, continue through the lights (Friendly's Ice Cream on corner) onto South Street. Stay straight for approximately 9/10 of a mile on South Street. After passing the Stone Zoo and approaching Spot Pond on your right, get into the left lane. (You will see "To Melrose" and blue H (hospital) signs). Take your first left. At the set of lights, turn left onto the Lynn Fells Parkway (J.J. Grimsby's is on the corner). At the third set of lights, turn right onto Main Street. The hospital is two blocks down on the left.
From Northshore/ Route 1
Route 1 Southbound, take the Lynn Fells Parkway exit in Saugus. Turn left at the third set of lights onto Main Street. The hospital is two blocks down on your left.
From Boston/Route 1
Take Route 1 North, take the Essex Street/Melrose exit in Saugus. Take a right off of the exit ramp and over the Route 1 bridge toward Melrose. Essex Street will become Upham Street, Melrose. Continue to first set of lights (Lebanon Street). Turn right, and the hospital is two blocks up on your right.
Take the Orange Line north to Oak Grove. Take any of the buses heading north on Main Street on the following numbered routes: 130, 131, 136 or 137. Once the bus passes the downtown business section, the hospital is on your right at the intersection of Main, Lebanon and Porter Streets.
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Directory
If you or a family member will be visiting Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, we encourage you to download and print out the directory linked below.
Friends and family are encouraged to visit during the scheduled visiting hours:
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Medical 6/Inpatient Psychiatry
5:30-7:30 pm (no visitors under the age of 14)
Intensive Care Units
5 minutes every hour (family members only)
We have placed large posters at hospital entrances that request patients and visitors to alert hospital staff if they have flu symptoms. If no symptoms are present, they are reminded to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze and wash their hands with soap and warm water, which are important ways to prevent the spread of germs.
Free parking is available at both hospitals. The lots are patrolled by security personnel around the clock. If you have any questions about where to park, or need assistance finding a space, ask the on-duty security person or the receptionist in the main lobby.
Gift shops are located in the lobbies of both Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Please call for hours of operation.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital are smoke-free environments. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on Hallmark Health facilities.
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