Hallmark Health nurse practitioner tapped for new state commission

Dec. 21, 2011 – Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce that Karen Crowley, DNP, has been chosen to serve on a new state commission focused on postpartum depression. Between 13 to 40 percent of new mothers experience some form of postpartum depression. Of that, 50 percent are misdiagnosed or untreated with only 3 to 5 percent receiving some type of treatment.

A resident of Tewksbury, Crowley is a nurse practitioner at Hallmark Health Medical Associates (HHMA) at 109 Commercial St. in Malden. She is also an associate professor at Regis College in Weston and a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.

Crowley expressed interest in serving on the new commission after the idea was presented at a Coalition meeting last year. She was pleased to receive a letter from Gov. Deval Patrick this past July that she’d been appointed.

Crowley is looking forward to serving on the commission to address postpartum depression, a condition she sees regularly among her patients. She said the multi-disciplinary group, made up of healthcare providers from different specialties, social workers, politicians, pharmacists, insurance company representatives, public health and patients, will investigate research on best practice for screening and treatment of postpartum depression and identify resources needed to increase societal awareness of this disease process.

Hallmark Health Medical Associates is a network of 59 providers with 16 neighborhood locations throughout the northern suburban Boston area. Our practices offer a complete spectrum of primary care services for the entire family, from newborns to grandparents. Our specialties include obstetrics & gynecology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, general surgery, breast surgery and vascular surgery. All of our sites offer free parking and flexible hours to accommodate your busy schedule. Many of our sites offer same day and next day appointments and convenient ancillary services, including onsite laboratory and x-ray facilities.

For more information about Hallmark Health, 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.

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