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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.

 

 

Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine marks one year of service

Dec. 20, 2012 – The Hallmark Health System Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, located at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, recently marked its first anniversary. Since opening its doors in December 2011, the Center has had 2,142 wound clinic visits and administered 728 hyperbaric oxygen treatments. On average, the Center sees 10-plus patients per day.

 

The Center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, offers comprehensive wound care for all types of chronic wounds including diabetic ulcers, venous and pressure ulcers, wounds caused by poor blood flow or other underlying medical conditions.

 

Alfonso Serrano, MD, a board-certified general and vascular surgeon, serves as the medical director for the Center. A multi-disciplinary team of highly-skilled physicians, nurses and specialists helps patients get their lives back by concentrating on non-healing wounds, ones that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment.

 

The Center features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. If a patient’s wounds qualify for this type of treatment, the patient will breathe 100 percent oxygen under pressure while resting comfortably inside the roomy, plexiglass chamber. This non-invasive, painless treatment known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, increases the patient’s oxygen level in the bloodstream. This enhances the body’s natural healing, strengthens the immune system, and often results in a return to an active lifestyle. The Center also has dedicated exam and treatment rooms that provide the best treatment for these patients.

 

Most insurances cover the Center’s services. Patients and caregivers can call (781) 979-3500 for more information and appointments. The Center’s staff will take care of getting patients’ visits pre-approved by insurance.

 

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 VNA and Hospice named among top agencies in U.S

Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Agencies are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience, quality improvement, and financial performance.

"The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs, and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum," said Susan L. Henricks, President and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare. "Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends. We congratulate Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice on being recognized as a top home care agency."

Diane Farraher-Smith, MSN, MBA, RN, president of Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, credits the agency staff with its ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. "The award demonstrates our agencies' commitment to providing our patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level," says Farraher-Smith. "We credit our exceptional clinical and support teams, as well as our office staff, with our agency's ability to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite. Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice's philosophy is to provide clinical excellence in a truly personalized way. We achieve this by listening and responding to our patients and their caregivers. Our team approach to care, which includes the patient, patient's caregivers, physicians, and the entire clinical team, allows us to obtain the best possible outcomes," she says. "We are honor to again being named as a top home health care agency in the United States."

"HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement revenue. Home health agencies that have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but continue to excel in clinical, patient experience, quality improvement, and financial outcomes," said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is a not-for-profit agency serving twenty-three cities and towns in the Greater Boston/Northern suburbs. The agency is accredited by The Joint Commission, has received recognition from Home Health Quality Improvement, and has consistently been named to the HomeCare Elite. In addition to general home health care and hospice services, the agency offers specialty programs, including Diabetes, Angina, Congestive Heart Failure, Pulmonary Disease, Palliative Care, Bridge to Hospice. Telehealth, Oncology, Skin and Wound Care, Bone and Joint Replacement, and Maternal/Child Health. For further information, please call Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice's Program Development Department at (781) 338-7903.

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