Media Coverage

Welcome to Hallmark Health System's (HHS) Media Coverage section. This section is designed to assist patients and journalists seeking information about our current news and to introduce our healthcare experts. We are also available to assist you by providing information about HHS and its members, including Lawrence Memorial of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospitals.

To arrange an interview or photo shoot, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director, Media Relations and Social Media, at 781-338-7234. We also maintain a 24-hour media on-call system. If you are on deadline after normal business hours, call the HHS operator at 781-979-3000 and ask them to page the media relations team member on-call.

Hallmark MD opposes new guidelines

Wakefield Daily Item

By Gail Lowe

Nov. 27, 2009

At least one local physician opposes the new guidelines issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that women between the ages of 40 and 50 should not receive mammograms for breast cancer screening.

Dr. Catherine Tucker, a surgical oncologist specializing in breast health for Hallmark Health, said she does not agree at all with the guidelines.

Federal agency's breast cancer report causes uproar

Medford Transcript

By Nell Escobar Coakley

Nov. 24, 2009

National statistics currently state that one out of 10 women will develop breast cancer within her lifetime. A new federal study pushing back current standards for mammogram screenings from 40 to 50 could push that number up.

A report issued last week by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends that women wait to have a breast cancer screening until age 50 and then follow up every two years. Monthly self-exams are also discouraged.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: Love, lost and found

Winchester Star

By Brad Petrishen

Oct. 15, 2009

Winchester resident Patricia Loric has a broad, cheerful smile that accompanies almost everything she does.

So when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 — a disease that claimed her husband’s life 10 years before — she decided to keep on smiling.

“All I could think of was that my husband was looking for me,” she said with a laugh, three weeks after undergoing successful breast reconstruction surgery.

Medford nursing program serving as model in Egypt

Medford Transcript

By Nell Escobar Coakley

Sept. 24, 2009

The face of nursing is about to change in Egypt — and it’s all thanks to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital/Regis College Nursing Program.

The school was picked from hundreds of nursing programs throughout the country by the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development in Egypt to partner over the next five years to establish the Gouna Nursing Institute, a two-year nursing program in Egypt that will replicate the Medford-based school’s curriculum.

Postop problem solved?

Advance for Nurses

By Michael Gibbons

Sept. 23, 2009

What's the most common fear of patients about to be wheeled into the operating room? Is it fear of having a limb amputated by mistake, or having a sponge sewn inside them? One might think so, given the media's focus on medical errors today. Actually, the most common worry is a much less publicized one: fear of getting sick to one's stomach and vomiting.

Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) "is one of the primary fears of patients undergoing procedures using inhaled anesthesia," said Kathleen DeLeskey, DNP, RN, assistant professor of nursing at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital/Regis College Nursing Program, Medford, Mass.

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