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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.

 

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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 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.

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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. 

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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.

 

 

 

Bruins visit Melrose-Wakefield Hospital

Excitement was high at Hallmark Health System’s Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on March 8 as patients and employees were visited by Boston Bruins players Anton Khudobin and Lane MacDermid. Hallmark Health System, which also includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, is “The Official Healthcare Partner of the Boston Bruins.

Hallmark Health System offers mobile food market

March 4, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS) has partnered with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and one of the largest food banks in the country, on a monthly mobile food market to address the lack of access to healthy food for low-income families in several area communities.

The first mobile food market was held in August of last year and has been held monthly since then at HHS’s North Suburban Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office, located at 239 Commercial St. in Malden. During that time, the market has served thousands of local families that are considered “food insecure,” defined as not knowing where they’ll find their next meal and having limited or no resources to purchase low-cost fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.

“The mobile food market is an example of Hallmark Health System addressing a local challenge through partnering with the Greater Boston Food Bank to bring healthy food to those in need,” said Eileen Dern, RN, director of community services for HHS.

For those who struggle to afford or access nutritious food, inexpensive and unhealthy foods are sometimes the only option. Mobile food markets like this provide a unique solution by offering, fresh, healthy food in a setting similar to a farmers’ market. Families are welcomed to “shop” and are provided with recipes for the foods they receive, but may be unfamiliar with. The foods offered differ each month, but are always fresh or frozen and usually include meat, fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, and dairy items like tofu and yogurt. Most families leave with about 30 pounds of food at the end of the hour-long market.

“Food is one of the most important determining factors of health,” said Dern. “Anytime we can put healthy food on a family’s table, we are helping to improve their health.”

Providing access to healthy foods allows older adults and elders to better manage chronic diseases like diabetes while younger adults and children are able to maintain a healthy weight and focus their limited resources on other needs such as housing costs. When families have their basic economic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and healthcare met, studies show that this leads to improved health for adults and optimal growth and development for children.

HHS also partners on this initiative with the Malden Zonta Club, a local service organization whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide and to locally serve the community. Malden Zontians support the food distribution effort each month.

For more information about the mobile food market, call 781-338-7568.

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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