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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.

 

 

 

Hallmark Health System receives $100,000 grant for new Comprehensive Breast Center

June 1, 2012 – Hallmark Health System is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $100,000 grant from OneWorld Boston, a Cummings Foundation affiliate, for its new, state-of-the-art, Comprehensive Breast Center. This generous contribution will be used toward the purchase of a Siemens MammoTest, a fully digital prone table biopsy system, which will provide the best access, excellent imaging, and increased comfort for our patients undergoing a breast biopsy.

This grant provides a significant boost to the fundraising campaign Hallmark Health System kicked off on in March to raise more than $3 million within three years to launch the new Center. This model healthcare resource provides the easiest access to the highest standards of breast care in Boston’s northern suburbs. It brings together a wide range of clinical services in one setting, conveniently located at Hallmark Health System Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave. in Stoneham.

“This very generous donation will help us continue our mission of bringing community based, comprehensive breast health to women of all ages,” said Elisa Scher, RN, MSN, system director of oncology services for Hallmark Health System. “We want to thank OneWorld Boston for their wonderful philanthropic support.”

The Siemens MammoTest Breast Biopsy System is advanced equipment for performing minimally-invasive stereotactic breast biopsy procedures, which use a three-dimensional computerized image to view in detail abnormal areas in the breast. The MammoTest will make the Center’s stereotactic breast biopsy procedures more efficient, precise, intuitive, and patient-friendly, in keeping with the Center’s goal of providing its breast care patients with the latest in effective, patient-centered technology.

“Cummings Properties feels strongly about giving back to the communities in which it operates,” said Dennis Clarke, president and CEO of Cummings Properties. “We recognize that Hallmark Health System has a very important role in the wellbeing of our community, and are pleased to support its new Comprehensive Breast Center through our grant-making affiliate.”

 

For more information on the Center, go to www.hallmarkhealth.org and select “Programs.” 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.

 

 

 

Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Hallmark Health System successfully completes annual review

May 31, 2012 – The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Hallmark Health System has successfully completed a rigorous annual review conducted by a team from the Joslin Diabetes Center of Boston who assessed the overall quality and effectiveness of the program and the accomplishments of the past year.

The team examined criteria such as clinical excellence and continuous improvement in the delivery of clinical care and education, patient and referral satisfaction with the care provided, quality improvement and overall growth of the Center.  The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Hallmark Health System, which is located at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, scored “Excellent” under the Joslin scoring tool, which is the highest category.

Led by Sunita Schurgin, MD, Tara Hamilton, MD and Sybil Kramer, MD, the Center offers advanced clinical care for the treatment of diabetes for patients age 18 and older as well as patient education and support services. These services also include diabetes screening, comprehensive diabetes care and management, weight management, nutrition counseling and a wide variety of other endocrinology diagnoses. The Center is one of 40 national and two international Affiliate locations and the only Joslin Affiliate in Boston's northern suburbs.

A second Affiliate at Hallmark Health System will be opening at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital later this year.

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.

 

 

Anticoagulation Management Service located at Hallmark Health Medical Center

May 14, 2012 – The Hallmark Health System Anticoagulation Management Service, located at the Hallmark Health Medical Center, 30 Newcrossing Road in Reading, is now open and accepting patients. The Service offers treatment to patients who are on blood thinning medications, which are used to prevent blood clots from forming or becoming larger.

The multi-disciplinary team consists of a board-certified physician, who specializes in hematology and blood disorders, and other healthcare professionals such as nurse practitioners, pharmacists and registered dietitians who will work together in the anticoagulation management of the patient. Close monitoring and appropriate follow up allows for prompt intervention if dosage adjustments are needed, which lead to better patient outcomes. Patients also receive counseling and education through the Service.

Studies have shown that patients enrolled in an anticoagulation management service have better International Normalized Ratio (INR) control, a measure of how long it takes for your blood to clot, decreased adverse events and better clinical outcomes. Typical patients include those with cardiac conditions, clotting disorders, post orthopedic surgery and patients that recently suffered a stroke. The American College of Chest Physicians endorses the use of a specialized anticoagulation management service to help improve the safety and quality of anticoagulation care.

“Anticoagulation management using a centralized service has become the standard of care in the field by providing patients easy access to a specialized clinician with a focused and individualized approach to anticoagulation management,” said Antonia DeQuevedo, PharmD, CACP, AMS coordinator.

For more information about the Service or the referral process, call 781-213-5117. A referral from your primary care physician is required to schedule an appointment with the Service.

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 joins Harvard Pilgrim’s New Focus Network-MA

Network offers employers 10 percent in premium savings without reducing benefits or coverage

Hallmark Health System, which includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, announced today that it is a member of Harvard Pilgrim’s new Focus Network – MA. The network includes the highest quality, most cost effective hospitals in the state and is designed to offer employers a savings of up to 10 percent on premiums compared to HPHC’s full network plans. Focus Network – MA is the broadest defined network in Massachusetts.

“By including providers that are of the highest quality and cost efficiency, like Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, we will bring real cost savings and lower premiums to the market without reducing benefits and coverage or shifting the cost to the consumer, “ said Harvard Pilgrim President and CEO Eric Schultz.

Hallmark Health System is one of the most technology advanced community health systems North of Boston. In addition to their two acute care hospital, the system also the Hallmark Health Medical Center for outpatient care in Reading, the Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center and Comprehensive Breast Center in Stoneham and a VNA and Hospice.

Focus Network – MA members will be able to use online tools or personal assistance when selecting a primary care provider and will have access to health and wellness online tools and resources to support positive health outcomes.

The plan is now available to employers in Massachusetts.

 

 

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