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Hallmark Health System Collaborates with Novo Nordisk for Changing Diabetes Day

Feb. 22, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is collaborating with Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care management, to host Changing Diabetes Day on Saturday, March 2 at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

 

Changing Diabetes Day offers a variety of information sessions and activities centered on diabetes and pre-diabetes. Free health screenings, which will be provided by HHS physicians and medical professionals, will include blood pressure, non-fasting blood glucose, BMI, depression screenings and more. An HHS endocrinologist will also be on site to discuss diabetes care and management, in addition to certified diabetes educators, nutritionists, and fitness experts.  

 

According to a recent study commissioned by Novo Nordisk and conducted by the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), a nonprofit research and educational organization, there were 557,200 people in Massachusetts with diabetes in 2010. Some 207,000 of them were undiagnosed and possibly beginning to suffer from the common complications of diabetes, including eye, kidney, lower extremity, and heart damage. Another 1,693,600 people had pre-diabetes, a condition in which the blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet in the range for diabetes. If they do not take action, individuals with pre-diabetes can often progress to diabetes within 10 years.

 

HHS is affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization. The Center offers the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. HHS is one of 40 national and two international Affiliate locations and the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston's northern suburbs. The Joslin Affiliate at HHS is here to help you manage your diabetes. Come hear more about how we can help you.

 

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 collaborates with Novo Nordisk for Changing Diabetes Day

Feb. 8, 2013 – Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is collaborating with Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care management, to host Changing Diabetes Day on Saturday, March 2 at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

Changing Diabetes Day offers a variety of information sessions and activities centered on diabetes and pre-diabetes. Free health screenings, which will be provided by HHS physicians and medical professionals, will include blood pressure, non-fasting blood glucose, BMI, depression screenings and more. An HHS endocrinologist will also be on site to discuss diabetes care and management, in addition to certified diabetes educators, nutritionists, and fitness experts.  

According to a recent study commissioned by Novo Nordisk and conducted by the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), a nonprofit research and educational organization, there were 557,200 people in Massachusetts with diabetes in 2010. Some 207,000 of them were undiagnosed and possibly beginning to suffer from the common complications of diabetes, including eye, kidney, lower extremity, and heart damage. Another 1,693,600 people had pre-diabetes, a condition in which the blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet in the range for diabetes. If they do not take action, individuals with pre-diabetes can often progress to diabetes within 10 years.

HHS is affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization. The Center offers the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. HHS is one of 40 national and two international Affiliate locations and the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston's northern suburbs. The Joslin Affiliate at HHS is here to help you manage your diabetes. Come hear more about how we can help you.

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 offers tips for safe snow shoveling

Is the forecast calling for snow? Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, has you covered with tips to avoid injury when clearing snow from your walkways, driveways and cars.

Back injuries are most common when it comes to shoveling snow. Our rehabilitation and physical therapy experts recommend using your legs, not your back, when lifting snow and rotating instead of twisting your body. Following these steps can help you reduce your chances for sustaining a back injury.

If the weather is calling for a drawn out storm over several hours or even days, try to stay ahead of the snowfall by making sure you don’t let the snow on your property get above for 4 inches. Also, whenever possible it’s advisable to shovel during the day when temperatures are at their warmest.

With snow and ice, the risk for falls is also very high and can lead to injury. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear including boots and shoes with rubber soles when you go outside to shovel. Products that fit over your shoes and increase traction on snow and ice can also be purchased.

If you have the means, hire a company or someone in your neighborhood to do the shoveling for you. That way you can avoid the elements and possible injuries all together.

If you do hurt yourself, it is important you stop what you are doing immediately. If pain and discomfort do not subside you should call your primary care physician who can refer you to HHS Rehabilitation Services. With convenient locations in Medford, Melrose, Stoneham and Reading, our highly trained and dedicated physical therapists provide in-depth individualized evaluations and treatment plans. This includes therapeutic exercise programs, ambulation training, transfer training, balance and coordination programs, joint and soft tissue mobilization and modalities to get patients back to previous levels of function. 

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 System 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 hospitals earn ‘A’ grade for patient safety again

Dec. 5, 2012 – Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford 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 healthcare committed to encouraging safer, higher quality healthcare.

 

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.

 

“Hallmark Health System is committed to patient safety and has invested in technology and people to make sure we are successful in providing the very best care to each and every one of our patients,” said Maureen Pierog, MS, RN, vice president of quality improvement and patient safety at Hallmark Health System. “We are proud to have our efforts recognized by the Leapfrog Group.”

 

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. Hallmark Health System was one of 790 hospitals in the United States to receive an “A” grade.

“Everybody has a role in improving this terrible problem with safety in American hospitals,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Consumers, patients, families of patients, employers, unions, and hospitals themselves can all make a difference if we resolve here and now to make patient safety a national priority.”  

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Breast Center now offering screening mammograms on Saturdays

Jan. 4, 2013 – The Hallmark Health System Comprehensive Breast Center, located at the Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, is now offering screening mammograms on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

In addition to offering Saturday screening mammograms hours, the Center offers patients access to the latest advances in prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Through our collaborative approach and state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services, patients at Hallmark Health System receive diagnosis and immediate care, with an emphasis on compassion. Care is coordinated by a specially-trained nurse navigator who works with radiologists and surgeons who specialize in breast disease to provide a full range of services to meet our patients’ breast health needs.

 

The following services are available Monday through Friday:

 

  • Diagnostic digital mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies
  • Breast cyst and fine needle aspirations
  • Galactography
  • Nurse navigator
  • Surgery consults
  • Lymphedema specialist
  • Social worker

 

To schedule your screening mammogram, please call (781) 338-7111. 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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