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.

Joint Camp at Hallmark Health, MA, prepares joint-replacement patients for life pre- and postop

Advance For Nurses

By Sarah Long

Dec. 3, 2008

Community hospitals operating outside a major metropolitan area often have the unenviable task of competing with large nationally known medical centers, trying to prove to potential patients they offer the same up-to-date techniques as their reputable neighbors.

However, it is possible to carve a niche in the local community through education and outreach, as evidenced by the successful launch of a comprehensive bone and joint program by Hallmark Health System, the nonprofit inpatient and outpatient provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities.

A musical interlude: LMH study shows tunes relax patients

Medford Transcript

By Nell Escobar Coakley

Dec. 3, 2008

While music may soothe the savage beast, Lawrence Memorial Hospital is giving the old adage a new, high-tech twist.

Nurses at the Hallmark Health facility are conducting a study to see if music has any effects on patients waiting for procedures in the endoscopy unit. On Nov. 1, nurses Judy Moffatt and Donna Begin, clinical leader of endoscopy and recovery, started taking a sampling of patients to see if music should become a routine part of the unit's care.

Hallmark Health's CEO sees competitive landscape changing

Boston Business Journal

By Mark Hollmer

Oc1. 31, 2008

Michael Sack has plenty of sleepless nights, driven by thoughts about the future of health care.
Sack, the 59-year-old CEO of the community hospital group Hallmark Health System, calmly reveals this during a lunch earlier this month at the Bristol Lounge, a restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston's Back Bay.

New Hallmark program keeps in touch with joint, bone patients

Medford Transcript
August 7, 2007

By Nell Escobar Coakley

Every time she pulls into the parking lot at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Deb Cronin-Waelde still checks out her old dorm room at the school of nursing.

But these days, the registered nurse isn’t back to teach or learn, she’s heading up a new program that will enable patients to educate and prepare themselves when it comes to joint replacement surgery.

“It’s an all encompassing project,” said Cronin-Waelde of the bone and joint replacement program. “It will totally focus on patient education and preparation for surgery.”

But that’s what other hospitals do as well. So, what makes this so unique?

Melrose People: Sharon Burton

Melrose Free Press
July 26, 2007

“Whenever young children and families are in need, Sharon Burton will not be far away.”

So began the introduction written about Sharon Burton, Melrose resident and Hallmark Health employee, who was recently named recipient of the 2007 Community Service Award by the Tri-City Community Action Program Inc. (Tri-CAP). For the past three years, Burton has served on Tri-CAP’s Head Start Policy Council, and is a council member of the Malden-Everett Family Network. And as the local coordinator for the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), Burton is responsible for making sure doctors in the area are aware of services offered by WIC for low-income families. But perhaps Burton’s busiest role is running the Mothers Helping Mothers Free Clothing Store in Malden.

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