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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Strong ROI or Money Pit?

Health Leaders
November 2007
http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/magazine/view_magazine_feature.cfm?content_id=200934&category_id=426

The Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services relaxed the Stark and anti-kickback laws in August 2006 in an effort to increase electronic medical record adoption by allowing hospitals to assist affiliated physicians. But the new rules haven’t affected Jim Nania much. The chief financial officer of Hallmark Health in Boston, Nania wasn’t waiting for the feds to act; Hallmark formed a joint venture two years ago to spur EMR adoption—and that was before the laws were relaxed. Still, despite the elimination of a regulatory barrier, many hospitals remain cautious about providing financial help in this area.

Why haven’t more hospitals followed Hallmark’s lead?

With healthier bottom line, Hallmark expands reach

The Boston Globe
By Davis Bushnell, Globe Correspondent
July 12, 2007
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/07/12/with_healthier_bottom_line_hallmark_expands_reach/

Outpatient facility set for Reading

In August 2000, three years after its founding, Hallmark Health System was in shaky financial health. Its bonded indebtedness was $106 million, and there was talk about how much longer the company could last.

Today, the future is much brighter for Melrose-based Hallmark Health, chief executive Michael V. Sack said last week during a tour of a new outpatient facility in Reading.

The Reading facility, which is expected to open July 23, represents not only a stronger bottom line but also a corporate push north and west of Hallmark's traditional geographic boundaries.

"We've had four years of profitable performance, and our bond rating has been adjusted upward four times," said Sack, 58, who oversees a healthcare network that includes two flagship hospitals, the 234-bed Melrose-Wakefield and the 134-bed Lawrence Memorial of Medford.

All in the Family

Malden Observer
October 12, 2007
Malden Family Medical Center — located on Savin Street at the former Malden Hospital site — was a vacant building, with no medical staff.

Now, the fully employed facility is literally coming to life.

The staff roster is fleshed out with four family medicine specialists, and the interior buzzes with business. Patients wait in a newly decorated lobby, and enjoy appointments where the latest technology is used. One of the portraits lining the walls features the likeness of at least one doctor’s child, adding what practice members see as softer, welcoming touch.

The entire practice — from its calming decoration style to its flexible hours — is dedicated to the field of family medicine, which centers on serving family members comprehensively from birth through death.

For Malden Family Medical Center, that means delivering babies, performing health screenings, counseling patients at all ages and making themselves available at hours when families need care — not just during the business day.

“We’ve already delivered a couple babies,” said Dr. James Bath, one of the newest additions to the medical staff. “We really do get to take care of the entire family. And we’re very lucky that Malden is such a very diverse town.”

Hallmark Health appoints nursing director

Melrose Free Press
November 22, 2007

Hallmark Health has appointed Mark F. Mahnfeldt as the nursing director of Emergency Services at Melrose- Wakefield Hospital (MWH). Mahnfeldt has served as the interim director at MWH since July, and previously served in the critical care system-wide float team and as per diem supervisor.

Before joining Hallmark Health, Mahnfeldt worked at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA first as a registered nurse in the emergency department and then as clinical leader of the cardio-thoracic intensive care unit. Prior to this, he served as an RN in the emergency department of Boston Medical Center and then as an RN in the intensive care unit at New England Baptist Hospital, both in Boston, MA.

Mahnfeldt received his bachelors of science degree in Nursing from Northeastern University College of Nursing in Boston in 1996. He then completed both a legal nurse consulting program and paralegal certificate program at Northeastern in 1999. He is currently pursuing his MSN/MBA from Salem State College. For more information, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org.

Look Good, Feel Better

Stoneham Sun
December 6, 2006

By Jesse Kawa and Carol Brooks Ball

For most women, clothing, makeup and skin care are intimate and highly individualized aspects of their daily routine. Women spend thousands of dollars each year on cosmetics, skin and hair care products, all to look their best and boost the image they project to the world.

But for women undergoing cancer treatments, dealing with the ravaging effects that chemotherapy and radiation can have on their hair and skin can make feeling good about themselves especially challenging.

To that end, a program called Look Good, Feel Better was developed to teach women how to deal with changes in their skin, hair and nails caused by the very treatments they are enduring to save their lives.

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