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.

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Hallmark expands cancer services to Stoneham

Stoneham Sun
February 13, 2007

For local cancer patients having to travel for treatment can be a challenge but with the opening of Hallmark Health’s new cancer center on Montvale Avenue last week they no longer have to.

The new facility adds chemotherapy, diagnostic and support services to radiation services for patients throughout the Hallmark Health system.

And in one fell swoop all of these services, which have been scattered in several different communities, are now under one roof in Stoneham, explained Christine Candio, executive vice president of Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, when the new facility was dedicated last Thursday.

“The Hallmark Health Cancer Center allows us to offer the most up-to-date diagnostic studies and therapeutic treatments available today,” said Candio. “So our patients know they are in good hands and will receive the best of treatment, close to home.”

Serenity now

Boston Herald
By Jessica Fargen
September 16, 2007

Innovative program gives moms, newborns precious quiet time

MELROSE — No phones, no visitors, no clanging food trays or nurses peeking in to check on you.

For two hours each afternoon, new moms at Melrose- Wakefield Hospital can take a deep breath and escape the post-birth hubbub.

The hospital has started the area’s first maternity ward “serenity time,” a two-hour daily quiet period when new moms can bond with their bundles uninterrupted.

“I love the words ‘serenity time’,” sighed first-time mom Elizabeth Cobb, who gave birth to son Liam on Sept. 8. “I knew it would be for me and Liam to spend quality time together.” She sang him lullabies, nursed in private and read to him.

“I felt at peace watching him during those times. I made a connection with him through his eyes,” said Cobb, cradling her sleeping newborn in her hospital bed last week. “Right now, all he knows is my voice. It was important for me to have quiet time to say, ‘Hi, it’s me, it’s mommy.’ “

Heart of the community

Advance for Nurses
Vol. 6 • Issue 26 • Page 16
December 4, 2006

Nurses help cardiac catheterization services at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital respond to the needs of local residents

by Michelle Apuzzio

It's been more than a decade in the making, but "one-stop shopping" is finally an option at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab.

Grace Ancona, RN, has watched the lab grow up since its establishment 13 years ago as a non-emergency diagnostic center. Ancona, a 39-year employee of the suburban, community hospital in Melrose, MA, joined the lab's clinical team just 3 months after its first cardiac catheterization in fall 1993.

Initially, she recalled, there were two nurses, a nurse manager, two cardiologists, a cardiovascular tech and two part-time radiology techs operating the lab 3 days a week. Soon it was up to 5 days; by 1995, the team had added pacemaker implantations to procedures.

Melrose: New Cardiac Center

Boston Globe
November 18, 2007

Hallmark Health System has opened a Cardiac & Endovascular Center at its Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, which will offer patients diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease. Among the procedures and services provided is angioplasty, a minimally invasive procedure to open blocked arteries. Melrose- Wakefield is one of seven hospitals in Massachusetts that was selected to participate in a state study of the benefits of elective angioplasties. Other procedures that will be performed at the new center include cardiac catheterization, coronary artery stenting, noninvasive cardiac testing, blood clot treatment, and vascular surgery. - Kay Lazar

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Offering Unique Programs For Patients, Caregivers

HealthCare Review
by Ryan Foley
November 9 – December 21, 2007
Lawrence Memorial Hospital (Medford, MA), is privy to the indifference family members often encounter when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

“We've had people say that when the primary care physician made the diagnosis, they were told, 'Live with it – see you in a year,'” said Harnett. “That's the worst thing you can say.”

Lawrence Memorial's dementia caregivers are anything but apathetic. Under the facility's geriatric medical psychiatry unit (which includes an 18-bed open unit and a 16- bed secure unit), a patient's physical and psychiatric maladies are separated and fully treated. This “whole-person” model employs specialists of all kinds: psychiatrists, internal medicine specialists, psychiatric and medical nurses, occupational therapists, even social workers.

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