|Awards and Recognitions|
Hallmark Health System hospitals earn 'A' grade for patient safety
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. Read more.
Hallmark Health System (HHS) 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.
Published by Workplace Dynamics, the list is based solely on employee feedback from companies surveyed with 1,000-plus employees across the 30 regional Top Workplaces programs. HHS is the only healthcare system in the region to be recognized
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® birth facility.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
Hallmark Health System is a leader in reducing infections
Hallmark Health System (HHS) was selected as the Clinicians' Choice winner in the 2011 Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) Watchdog Awards. This national program seeks to dramatically reduce HAI's in hospitals and healthcare facilities. HHS was selected for this honor based on evidence it provided that showed a dramatic reduction and elimination of HAI's in recent years.
Hallmark Health Awarded Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission
By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, Hallmark Health System has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™. The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's healthcare through voluntary accreditation. The Joint Commission's rigorous on-site survey of Hallmark Health occurred this past winter.
Michael V. Sack, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Health System, adds, “The five-day comprehensive survey conducted by The Joint Commission encompassed all aspects of both inpatient and outpatient care. This accreditation is proof of the high level of care our physicians, nurses and clinical staff provide and our unwavering commitment to provide the highest levels of safety to our patients.”
Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., The Joint Commission's Executive Director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, said of the accreditation. "The community should be proud that Hallmark Health is focusing on the most challenging goal -- to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."
In addition, The Joint Commission presented Hallmark Health System with a silver tier Certificate of Achievement in recognition for achieving a 75 percent seasonal flu vaccination rate among all employees. The high number of staff who chose to get a flu shot demonstrates their high level of concern to protect the health and safety of our patients.
Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” ten years in a row
In April 2013 Hallmark Health System was named to the Boston Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” list for the tenth year in a row. The award recognizes the organization’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.
2012 IBCLC Care Award
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital has received the 2012 IBCLC Care Award. One of only 7 hospitals in the state to receive this award which signifies excellence in breastfeeding support. The criteria for this award was one or more dedicated lactation consultant support positions with IBCLC and a dedicated lactation program available 5-7 days a week. Any project started within the last two years that protects , promotes, and supports breastfeeding or the lactation consultant profession. Documentation of breastfeeding training/updates within the last two years (between January 2009 and November 2011) for nursing, medical, and other health professional staff who care for new families, and which is separate from the breastfeeding project.
Community Newspaper Group's Reader's Choice Awards
Hallmark Health System (HHS) proved to be the popular favorite among local citizens in the 2012 Community Newspaper Group's Readers' Choice Awards. In the hospital category, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford captured the Regional Gold, HHS took the regional silver and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital took the regional bronze award. Area readers voted for their favourite hospitals, businesses and services in more than 75 local and regional categories.
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.