Hallmark Health provides significant community benefits to local communities

But there is more to be being a good neighbor than providing the best health care.

Despite looming cuts in government funding, Hallmark Health and its two hospitals, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, continues to reach out to thousands of people in local cities and towns by offering a wide range of community services and community benefits programs to address the health needs and promote the well being of individuals, families and children. Every year, Hallmark Health spends millions of dollars on community programs that directly and indirectly benefit local citizens.

These dollars fund a wide range of services such as helping seniors get better access to health care. Interpreter services and financial counseling are provided for individuals and families to help them better understand the care they are receiving, and work with them to attain health insurance, set-up payment plans and provide access to human service programs such as food stamps to improve their overall health. Outreach and education programs ensure that local residents get accurate information on how to maintain their health, prevent disease and lead more active lives. Hallmark Health funds many community programs to help families-at-risk and partners with other state and community agencies that serve a number of health, service and safety needs for local residents.

Thousands of local individuals and families received support from Hallmark Health's community programs last year. More than 6,100 individuals received support from Hallmark Health's five-site Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program. The Healthy Families home-visiting program for first-time parents age 20 and under, funded by the Children's Trust Fund, received 98 referrals and served 129 families. Another 1,000 families and caregivers of young children visited the North Suburban Family Network (NSFN), funded by the state Department of Early Education and Care, a dynamic community benefits program that offers parent support, parent and child playgroups, and educational workshops. More than 850 monthly visits were made by elderly and disabled residents to the Dutton Center, a program that promotes wellness, independence and dignity for this population.

Add in health screenings and numerous health education programs on issues such as smoking cessation, proper nutrition, heart health, diabetes, obesity and physical fitness, domestic violence, safety, CPR and other topics and it is clear Hallmark Health is an excellent neighbor and committed community partner. To see the full scope of community benefits and services that Hallmark Health provides to the north suburban Boston community, please visit our publications page.

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 Cancer Center, Stoneham, and Hallmark Health Medical Center.

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