News Releases

Hallmark Health System records fastest times in the region for emergency care

April 5, 2013 – According to recent data released by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Hallmark Health System’s Emergency Departments (ED) at Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (MWH), the average time patients spent in the ED before being seen by a healthcare professional was 29 minutes, which is better than the state average of 40 minutes and the national average of 30 minutes. In fact, HHS ED times were superior to any hospital ED in the region.

In the federal study, HHS also recorded quicker average times than other local hospitals for the time patients spent in the ED before being discharged with a time of 129 minutes. That’s far better than the state average of 152 minutes. HHS also averaged the fastest time in the region that patients spent in the ED before they were admitted to the hospital with an average 255 minutes. The state average for this category is 311 minutes and the national average was 277 minutes.

“We are very proud of these times,” explains Deborah Cronin-Waelde, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, ONC, system director of Emergency Services at HHS. “We believe the data provides a clear indication of the outstanding patient-centered care we provide that results in treating patients efficiently in a health emergency. Our staff remains committed to concentrating on the balance between efficiency and providing the highest levels of clinical quality, safety and patient satisfaction.”

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

 

###

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.

Michael V. Sack Leads Hallmark Health System to Clinical Excellence

 

Under the leadership of President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael V. Sack, FACHE, Hallmark Health System has become one of the most successful health care systems in Massachusetts. Click on the image below to read the article from Greater Boston MD News.

Michael V. Sack CEO article

Hallmark Health System offers assistance to families

March 28, 2013 – Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is helping local families stretch their dollars as much as possible. One of the ways that is done is the Mothers Helping Mothers Clothing Store, a program of the North Suburban WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program, located at 239 Commercial St. in Malden.

 

The store provides gently-used infant and children’s (0-8) clothing as well as high chairs, pack and plays, swings, strollers, bassinets and blankets to families in need. All of the items in the store have been donated by families who want to pass them on to help others. If you, your family or friends are in need of any of these items, please call (781) 338-7579 to make an appointment. The store receives new items daily. Prenatal mothers should register for the new baby wish list and staff will do their best to collect the items on the list. Due to safety concerns, cribs, toys and car seats are not accepted for donation.

 

“The families who come to the store appreciate being able to choose clothing and baby equipment for their children at no cost to them,” said Karen Andrews, community outreach specialist for Hallmark Health System and the founder of the store. “Many of these families return baby care equipment and clothing when no longer needed. These items are then passed onto other families, allowing participants to share by donating to someone else. While families shop for needed items, they also receive community resource and parenting information from our WIC parenting peer counselor.”

 

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

 

###

 

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 Bruins visit Hallmark Health System

Excitement was high at the Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center in Stoneham on March 26 as patients and employees were visited by Boston Bruins players Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron. Hallmark Health System, which also includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is “The Official Healthcare Partner of the Boston Bruins.

patientphotoresized

groupphotoresized

Dr. Caragacianu appointed to Commission on Cancer

March 15, 2013 – Diana Caragacianu, MD, a breast surgeon at Hallmark Health System, recently received a three-year appointment as cancer liaison for the Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center. Cancer liaison physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

Dr. Caragacianu is among a national network of more than 1,500 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain and support their facilities’ cancer programs. Cancer liaison physicians are responsible for evaluating, interpreting, and reporting their facilities’ performance data through the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) and facilitating quality improvement initiatives based on data findings. In addition, the cancer liaison physician is responsible for leading CoC initiatives within the cancer program and collaborating with agencies such as the American Cancer Society on behalf of the hospital. The CoC collects data from its accredited cancer programs and provides tools for these programs to facilitate analysis of patterns of diagnosis, treatment, and quality of care for patients treated at the hospital.

Dr. Caragacianu recently completed several years of advanced education and medical training in surgical oncology with a specialty in cancer-related breast surgery, endocrine malignancies and melanoma. She earned a fellowship in breast surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute and a fellowship in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Caragacianu’s primary office is located at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and her phone number is 781-979-3840. She also has a secondary office at the Hallmark Health System Comprehensive Breast Center, Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham. The phone number is 781-224-5806.

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

###

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.

 

 

 

News & Events

Staying informed: Ebola and other viruses
Wednesday, October 22 2014 17:42
Focus continues nationally on the prevention and spread of the Ebola virus. At Hallmark Health we...

 

Not to be missed...    

Creative Coping:
A new mom's group
Wednesdays, September 24 to November 12
  
Wednesday, October 29
 
Mondays, November 3 to
December 8
 
Wednesday, November 19