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New Hallmark Health System Comprehensive Breast Center now open

June 18, 2012 – The newest breast health center in the area is now open at the Hallmark Health System (HHS) Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham. The Hallmark Health System Comprehensive Breast 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.

“Bringing our system’s technology and expertise together in one building will allow us to better serve our patients by making their care more efficient and convenient,” said Olga Efimova, MD, PhD, director of breast imaging at HHS. “Women in the area can take pride and confidence in knowing they have a world class, comprehensive breast center close by.”

Designed with input from our patients, especially those women receiving breast care, the Center is contemporary in design and conveniently located with easy access from both routes 93 and 128 with accessible parking.

“The new Center will be focused on the patient and offer high quality care integrating surgical and radiologic care,” said Catherine Tucker, MD, a dedicated breast surgeon who specializes in diseases of the breast. “This will offer the best possible experience for women going through breast treatment.”

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 on the Center, call (781) 224-5806. 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 System receives national information technology honor

July 18, 2012 – Hallmark Health System (HHS) was awarded the national designation of one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals for 2012. HHS joins an elite group of 200 hospitals throughout the country and only nine in Massachusetts to earn this prestigious recognition. HHS was recognized as one of the nation’s leading hospitals for its advanced work in the implementation and use of information technology (IT) that protects patient data and optimizes patient flow and communications. The 2012 Most Wired Survey was conducted in cooperation with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the America Hospital Association. This recognition was reported in the July issue of Hospital & Health Networks magazine.

“We are very pleased and honored with this distinguished national recognition,” said James Nania, senior vice president and chief financial officer. ”Over the years, Hallmark Health System has made major financial investments in information technology which has made us a regional, state and national leader in its use to achieve the highest levels of safety for our patients.”

Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association said, “A Most Wired hospital demonstrates how IT not only can be used to improve patient care and safety but it is also a means to improve efficiency. This designation is a great honor.”

The magazine recognized HHS as Most Wired because the system has achieved excellence in the use of IT for operational efficiency, patient safety and satisfaction, along with significant advances in security protocols.

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 continues to enhance the patient experience

June 11, 2012 – Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, is implementing a new patient-centered transfer process for patients admitted to the hospital through the Emergency Departments. The process, the first of its kind at any hospital north of Boston, will enhance the patient experience with a focus on safety, quality and timeliness of transfer.

Over the past year, a multi-disciplinary team has been working to enhance the efficiency and quality of emergency care, reduce wait times and increase patient and family satisfaction.

Beginning this month, inpatient nurses will go to the Emergency Department to receive reports on newly admitted patients. This transfer of care will take place at the patient’s bedside in the Emergency Department and will include the patient, family member, the Emergency Department care team, (which includes a physician or physician assistant as well as a nurse) and the inpatient nurse assigned to the patient. Once this transfer of care is completed, the inpatient nurse accompanies the patient to their room.

How will this benefit the patient? Bedside report allows the patient the opportunity to discuss the working diagnosis and initial treatment plan with the entire care team. It also allows the patient and family members to alert the care team of any additional medical or personal issues of importance.

Deb Cronin-Waelde, RN, MSN, ONC, system director of Emergency Services at Hallmark Health System, in concert with this team, has reviewed and studied the healthcare literature on patient safety and medical errors, especially data that points to the potential for increased errors at the time of a patient’s transfer of care from the Emergency Department to an inpatient unit.

“The passion for patient and family centered care embedded within the culture at Hallmark Health System drove the entire clinical team to look at each other’s work flow,” she explained. “In doing so, our teams of nurses and physicians determined that meeting at the patient’s bedside, face-to-face with the clinical care team, the patient and their loved-ones, would enhance the quality and safety of their care and overall experience with us.”

Cronin-Waelde went on to say, “We are all very proud of the hard work and collaboration that all of the staff at every level of Hallmark Health System has put forth to implement this very important step toward enhancing the patient care in our hospitals. We believe our patient transfer system will be a best practice model for hospitals throughout Massachusetts.”  

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 System hospitals earn ‘A’ grade for patient safety

June 8, 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.

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

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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