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New Urgent Care Center now open in Medford

It’s a weekend evening and your throat is really sore. You need immediate relief. Your physician’s office is closed and you can’t afford the expensive co-payment for a visit to the hospital emergency department. Where do you turn for quick and affordable medical care?  

The new Urgent Care Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford will have you in and out on the road to recovery in no time. The modern Center is adjacent to the Emergency Department on the ground level of the hospital and is easily accessible from Interstate 93 North and South. No appointment is needed. Walk right in and you will be seen by a team of emergency medicine providers who are committed to providing you with prompt, personalized care all without expensive emergency room copay.

The Center treats adults and children with minor injuries and medical problems like bumps and bruises, aches and pains 365 days a year, from morning to night. If patients require a higher level of care they can quickly be transferred to the Emergency Department for further treatment.

According to a recent report released by the state, 49 percent of all emergency department visits in Massachusetts are for low acuity, non-emergent conditions that could be easily treated in an urgent care setting.

Unique to the Center, you will be greeted by an experienced Patient Access Navigator who will make you feel at ease, coordinate your visit and arrange any testing or follow-up appointments you may need. The navigator will also help you find a primary care or specialty physician if needed. If you require a higher level of medical care they will be quickly transferred to the hospital’s emergency department. And unlike other urgent care centers, the LMH service is supported by Hallmark Health System ensuring quick access to laboratory tests, advanced diagnostic and therapeutic treatments.

“The center is a great benefit to our entire region,” said Lori Stevens, associate chief nursing officer and LMH site administrator. “Unlike other centers, we have a highly trained team of emergency medicine providers ready to deliver prompt care to our patients, weekdays, weekends and holidays. We recognize that adults and kids have busy lives, which is why we are committed to providing them with quick and effective treatment at a time that fits in their schedule.”

The Center, which has been completely renovated, will enhance the former Prompt Care model and will be located in its former space on the ground level of the hospital, adjacent from the Emergency Department.

The Center is open every day of the year. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Treatments/evaluations offered for:

Common illnesses: allergies, bladder infections, coughs, sinus infections, ear infections, sore throat, rashes and viruses.

Minor injuries: cuts/scrapes, minor burns, sprains and contusions.

Other: back/muscle pain, fractures/dislocations, cuts/lacerations, infections, immunizations and medication injections.

To learn more about the Center, call (781) 306-6100 or visit urgentcaring.org.

Alan Macdonald named executive vice president for strategy and external affairs

Nov. 6, 2012 - Hallmark Health System is pleased to announce that Alan Macdonald has been named the organization’s new executive vice president for strategy and external affairs.

 

A resident of Winchester, Macdonald spent many years as a member and chairman of the Hallmark Health System Board of Trustees. In 2011 he was the recipient of a prestigious Hallmark Health System Hero Award for his distinguished service within the field of healthcare, service to the community and service to Hallmark Health System

 

Prior to joining Hallmark Health System, Macdonald led the Massachusetts Business Roundtable for 23 years where he worked hand-in-hand with the state’s leading business executives to develop positions and programs on economic and social issues including consumer-based health care. Prior to his executive leadership role with the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, he served as the regional head of public and legislative affairs for General Electric Corporation and Gulf Oil Corporation. Macdonald also served early in his career as an Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts, working primarily in the areas of environmental law and criminal law enforcement.

 

Michael V. Sack, president and chief executive officer of Hallmark Health System said, “I am very pleased that Alan has joined our executive leadership team. He is one of the most well respected members of the Massachusetts business community. His reputation is that of a consummate relationship manager and masterful negotiator, a seasoned non-profit executive with a depth of experience in external affairs on the local and state levels that is backed by years of experience in organizational management, contract negotiations and legal and regulatory

affairs.”

 

Macdonald holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He was recently appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve on the Board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and currently is a member of the Advisory Council of the State’s Office of the Inspector General and on the Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission. He is a Founding Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, which was established to oversee the use of grant-funding to guide electronic medical recordkeeping among Massachusetts’ healthcare providers.

 

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 System is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

 

News on Compounding Center and Ameridose

There is currently a nationwide recall of all products prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), in Framingham, MA. The Hallmark Health System (HHS) Pharmacy Department does not receive any products from NECC. HHS is also discontinuing our use of all Ameridose products.The now closed Hallmark Health Cosmetic & Laser Center did recieve one topical medication from the NECC, this medication was never used on a patient and this medication package has been segregated for return by the HHS Pharmacy, as outline by the FDA recall notice. NECC’s sister-company, Ameridose, in Westborough, MA, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) agreed to voluntarily cease production and distribution of their products, while the DPH can conduct a thorough investigation of Ameridose’s policies and practices, as a due diligence for public safety. HHS remains committed to delivering the highest quality patient care, and we have developed mitigation plans to deal with the temporary interruption in medications that would normally be supplied by Ameridose. If you have any questions about this situation, please contact HHS’ Communications Department at 781-338-7243.

 

Hallmark Health System recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct. 9, 2012 – According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,510 deaths from cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States in 2012. This month, Hallmark Health System (HHS), which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is using Breast Cancer Awareness Month to remind women about the importance of breast health.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends women 40 and older to have a yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam. The Society also recommends that women ages 20 to 39 receive a clinical breast exam at last one every three years. The five year survival rate is 99 percent for breast cancer that is diagnosed in the earliest stages.

Having regular screening mammograms is the best way to detect early breast cancer, as mammograms can detect more than 90 percent of breast cancers. A mammogram is a picture of the breast that shows if the breast tissue is healthy. Our board-certified mammographers x-ray each breast and the total procedure takes only a few minutes. Mammograms can find tumors when they are too small to be felt, even by a physician. HHS has several convenient testing locations throughout the region including Medford, Melrose and Reading.

This spring, HHS opened its new Comprehensive Breast Center at the HHS Stoneham Outpatient Campus, located at 41 Montvale Ave. in Stoneham. The Center offers patients access to the latest technological 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 HHS receive accurate 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 Center’s nurse navigator is with the patient every step of the way. She will coordinate care for the patient, work closely with an inter-disciplinary treatment team, assure timely access of scheduled appointments and provide emotional support to patients and families. The nurse navigator will also educate patients about individual breast disease diagnoses and treatment options, help patients make informed decisions about treatment and care, advocate for patients throughout treatment and assist with recovery and rehabilitation plans.

Services at the Center include:

  • 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

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 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 recognized as a National Top Workplace

Oct. 2, 2012 – Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, has been recognized as a National Top Workplace. The list of National Top Workplaces aggregates results from across 30 Top Workplaces publishing partners to identify the best employers in the nation.

 

The list of National Top Workplaces is based solely on employee feedback from 805 companies surveyed with 1,000-plus employees across the 30 regional Top Workplaces programs. This included survey responses from more than 500,000 employees. Hallmark Health System is the only healthcare system in the region to be recognized.

 

The list is published by Workplace Dynamics of Exton, PA. Workplace Dynamics are experts in organizational health and conduct more than 4,000 company surveys each year. This research suggests that Top Workplaces are outperforming their peers financially.

 

“Put simply, the most successful companies appear to be the ones that employees believe in,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Workplace Dynamics.

 

 

In addition to this recent recognition, Hallmark Health System has been named to the Boston Business Journal’s Top Places to Work list for nine years in a row as well as the Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work list for the past the past three years.

 

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 System 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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