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Hallmark Health System offers tips for safe, healthy summer

With the summer season in full swing, Hallmark Health System (HHS) would like to offer some tips to ensure local families have a safe and healthy summer. The summer is full of a lot of fun activities that include trips to the beach, backyard barbecues and much more. Still, the same activities can pose a number of health risks the community needs to be aware of.

“Summertime is a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous if people aren’t careful,” said Steven Sbardella, MD, chairman of emergency medicine for HHS. “We ask that everyone in the community take the proper precautions so that they don’t end up in one of our emergency departments at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford or Melrose-Wakefield Hospital as well as the Urgent Care Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. We love seeing our neighbors, but would hate to have them come in for a medical problem that could have been prevented.”

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) are both conditions that humans can contract if bit by an infected mosquito. Lyme disease is another one to watch out for and is contracted by infected deer ticks.

 

Thankfully there are steps that you can take to protect yourself against EEE, WNV and Lyme disease. Lower your chances of being infected by being proactive and taking the following precautions:

 

  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • Use a bug repellant containing DEET; read directions carefully
  • Remember to screen children and pets that have been outside for ticks and remove them carefully
  • Remove standing pools of water to help keep the mosquito population down in your neighborhood

 

Sun protection is another area of concern during the summer months. HHS recommends taking the following steps to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays:

 

  • Apply a broad-spectrum sun block with an SPF of at least 15 every two to four hours. Don’t forget that the lips and scalp need protection, too
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing to keep the sun off of unprotected skin
  • Try to avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

Poison ivy is also something to look out for. If you get poison ivy make sure to keep the rash clean, dry and use either Benadryl cream, Caladryl lotion or the generic equivalent. If the rash is located in multiple areas or covers a good portion of the face you should be seen by a clinician.

 

Adults and children should also wear helmets if they’re going to be riding their bikes.

 

If an urgent medical problem develops, visit our 24-hour a day, seven day per week emergency care at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford or Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. You may also visit the Urgent Care Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

 

For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth.  

 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

Hallmark Health System cheers on healthcare partner Boston Bruins

The babies in Maternal-Newborn Services at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH) are ready to cheer on the Boston Bruins this Saturday night. The hospital is a member of Hallmark Health System, which is the Official Healthcare Partner of the Boston Bruins. Each baby born at MWH is given a newborn cap with the Bruins logo on the front and the HHS logo on the back.

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Aetna to highlight Hallmark Health System for patient safety score

Aetna, one of the nation’s leading health care benefit companies, just announced that it will include Hallmark Health System’s A grade for patient safety in its online hospital directory, DocFind®, beginning this August.

Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital earned an A grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization of employers and other purchasers of health care committed to encouraging safer, higher quality health care.

“Combined with other quality information already available from Aetna and The Leapfrog Group, the Hospital Safety Scores give our members and consumers an additional reference to help them make informed health care decisions for themselves and their families,” said Elizabeth Curran, head of Aetna’s Network Strategy and Program Development. “Aetna is helping their enrollees make better informed decisions about their healthcare, including the opportunity to choose an A rated hospital like Hallmark Health System.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. The panel is made up of patient safety experts from across the country.

Leapfrog launched the Hospital Safety Score initiative to provide usable information to the public and to stimulate improvements in hospital safety. Scores for more than 2,600 general hospitals were calculated and each was assigned a consumer-friendly grade rating its safety from A to F. An “A” grade denotes the best hospital safety score.

Aetna members and DocFind visitors will be able to check specific hospital safety scores by clicking a link on the hospital’s page on the site. They will see the latter grade for Hallmark Health System hospitals as well as grades of other hospitals in the same geographic area.

For more information about Hallmark Health System, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. 

 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

Hallmark Health System Anticoagulation Management Service named Center of Excellence

June 13, 2013 – The Hallmark Health System Anticoagulation Management Service has been named an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence by the Anticoagulation Forum, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications. This recognition illustrates Hallmark Health System’s strong commitment to providing the highest level of care to these patients.

The Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence program helps health care professionals provide the highest level of care and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients on antithrombotic medications. The program offers a roadmap to consistent, sustainable excellence in five key areas of patient care. By successfully meeting the rigorous standards in each patient care pillar, Hallmark Health System has qualified for the 2-year recognition as an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence.

“We are very proud to have achieved the Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence recognition,” said Antonia DeQuevedo, PharmD, CACP, Anticoagulation Management Service coordinator. “Hallmark Health System is dedicated to actively participating in all aspects of our patients’ care since working together with our patients is the best way to improve health outcomes.”

The Hallmark Health System Anticoagulation Management Service is located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave. in Stoneham and offers treatment to patients who are on blood thinning medications, which are used to prevent blood clots from forming or becoming larger. It is overseen by a medical director and anticoagulation pharmacists who closely monitor patients’ anticoagulation therapy. Close monitoring and appropriate follow-up allows for prompt intervention if dosage adjustments are needed, leading to better patient outcomes. Patients also receive counseling and education through the service.

For more information about Hallmark Health System, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

Hallmark Health System’s Diane Hanley named nurses’ organization treasurer

Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is pleased to announce that Diane Hanley, MS, RN-BC, EJD, has been appointed treasurer of the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN).

 

MARN is committed to the advancement of the profession of nursing and of quality patient care across the Commonwealth. As a constituent member of the American Nurses Association, MARN is recognized as the voice of registered nursing in Massachusetts through advocacy, education, leadership and practice.

 

Hanley, an associate chief nursing officer at HHS, will serve a 2-year term as MARN’s treasurer.

 

For more information about Hallmark Health, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hallmarkhealth. For more information on MARN, visit http://www.marnonline.org.

 

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

 

 

 

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