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Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center granted accreditation

April 22, 2013 – The Hallmark Health System (HHS) Hematology and Oncology Center was recently granted three year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The accreditation represents the highest accreditation the CoC provides.

HHS provides comprehensive and compassionate care through a dynamic oncology program that provides a complete range of the most advanced cancer treatments available today. Located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, the HHS Hematology and Oncology Center and the CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology offer patients convenient access to experienced oncologists who offer the latest treatment and support options.

“We are honored to receive the Commission on Cancer accreditation,” said Elisa Scher, RN, MSN, system director of oncology services for HHS. “Our team of clinicians and support staff takes great pride in proving the very best in compassionate, patient centered patient care.”

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. It has also established standards to ensure quality and comprehensive cancer care delivery, conducts surveys in healthcare settings and collects data from CoC-accredited healthcare settings to measure the quality of cancer care.

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 CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology earns accreditation

April 18, 2013 – The Hallmark Health System CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with nearly 500 accredited sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

At the Center, conveniently located on Montvale Avenue in Stoneham, patients are offered the perfect blend of clinical expertise coupled with compassionate, personalized care to help them beat cancer and return to healthy living. The Center has been caring for area patients for more than 20 years and was the first freestanding radiation oncology site in Massachusetts. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team is made up of physicists, nurses, dosimetrists and radiation therapists and is led by Medial Director Paul McKeough, MD, who is a board-certified in radiation oncology and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. The Center uses the most up-to-date equipment and techniques available in radiation oncology, which even rivals what is offered at some of the teaching hospitals in Boston.

Dr. McKeough said the staff communicates with patients’ primary care physicians so that all of their providers are on the same page, ensuring continuity of care. He said the Center also has great relationships with Boston hospitals, adding many of their patients receive their radiation therapy at HHS.

“The strength of our Center is being able to provide patients with the best cancer care without leaving the communities they live and work in,” said Dr. McKeough. “That is what we are all about.”

When patients are first referred to the Center they have a consultation with Dr. McKeough followed by a planning session with the multi-disciplinary team, who then develop a treatment plan that will outline how best to attack the cancerous cells while protecting the area of healthy tissue around it. Most patients receive radiation therapy Monday through Friday for about 20 minutes a day for a period of seven weeks.

“We pride ourselves on being a community center where people aren’t just a number,” said Glenn Davis, RTTR, operations manager of oncology for HHS. “We see our patients every day for several months so we really get to know and build up those relationships.”

To learn more about the Center, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org and select “Programs” or call (781) 279-0655.

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.

 

 

 

 

Boston Marathon tragedy

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the terrorist bombing in Boston, especially the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured. For resources to help individuals and families cope with the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, please Google Mass. Department of Mental Health.

 

Support for Community residents in wake of marathon tragedy

Hallmark Health System (HHS)  joins with our community in sadness over the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. We recognize that many people are deeply affected by this tragedy.

HHS counselors will be available to offer support for local residents tonight from 6-9 p.m. and tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Conference Room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and on Wednesday, April 17 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Board Room at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

Hallmark Health System to host Match.doc May 1

April 5, 2013 – If you are looking for a new primary care physician, join Hallmark Health System for Match.doc, a unique information session with a speed dating format, on Wednesday, May 1 from 5-7 p.m. at John Brewer’s Tavern, 7 Highland Ave. in Malden. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet some of Hallmark Health System’s excellent physicians one-on-one and learn more about the exceptional care they provide. Participants will also learn more about several services including our Comprehensive Breast Center, Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate and more.

Participating in the event are physicians Christine Mulligan, MD, Kristyn Newhall, MD, and Pamela Nankoole, nurse practitioner, all of Hallmark Health Medical Associates at the Malden Family Health Center at 178 Savin St. in Malden, as well as Yvonne Smikle, MD and Lisa Dondero Brengola, nurse practitioner, of Hallmark Health Medical Associates at 425 Revere St., Revere.

Our family medicine physicians focus on providing continuing, comprehensive healthcare for individuals of all ages, from infants to adults and seniors. Many of our family medicine practitioners specialize in women’s health issues and perform timely services in the comfort and convenience of their own offices including pap smears, routine breast exams, family planning and menopausal concerns.

Despite a supposed statewide shortage of primary care physicians, Hallmark Health System has a host of physicians accepting new patients and many even guarantee an appointment within two weeks for new patients.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 855-446-2362. 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.

 

 

 

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