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. , Communications Specialist for Public and Media relations, at (781) 338-7243. 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 marketing/communications team member on-call.

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.

New Cardiac Center at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital

Melrose Free Press
November 15, 2007

Hallmark Health System has opened the Printable Version

Programs, upgrades keep Hallmark, LMH up to speed

Medford Transcript
August 7, 2007

By Nell Escobar Coakley

When Hallmark Health first announced in 1997 that it planned to take over several aging community hospitals, including Lawrence Memorial, there was some apprehension in the city. A decade later, the healthcare system has not only proven its commitment to Medford’s residents, but continues to search for ways to improve its quality of care.

On a hot summer afternoon, LMH’s Executive Vice President Christine Candio is studying a page of all the improvements made at the hospital since she arrived five years ago.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes,” she says, of the 134-bed community hospital. “We’ve really grown in terms of the services we offer and the volume of patients treated.”

Since 2006, admissions to the hospital have gone up by 9 percent, a trend that Candio credits to the growth of staff, services and of course, upgrades to a physical plant more than 100 years old.

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